• Children(Public and Private Law)
  • Domestic violence/forced marriage cases
  • Vulnerable adults

Margaret’s thriving family law practice is a reflection of her commitment to her clients.

Margaret has significant expertise in public law work and private law disputes; particularly those with a medical dimension including ‘shaking’ injuries; sexual abuse; surrogacy, circumcision and factitious illness.  She has extensive experience and expertise in representing vulnerable adults.

Mental Health & Vulnerable Adults

Margaret practises in all aspects of mental health law and has particular expertise in Section 29 Mental Health Act 1983 applications. She has acted on behalf of local authorities; applicants and respondents.

Court of protection

Margaret has a particular interest in litigation under the Mental Capacity Act 2005 including Section 16 deputyship and complex Welfare issues.  Recent cases have included preliminary declarations as to litigation capacity; welfare declarations as to residence; contact and care packages; Declarations as to medical treatment (including contraceptive treatment) and capacity to consent for sexual relations (including ‘fluctuating capacity’).

Margaret acts for a wide range of litigants in this sphere including local authorities; health authorities; litigation friends (including IMCA’s) and family members.


  • Newcastle upon Tyne School of Nursing (R.G.N Certificate)
  • Nottingham Trent University LLB 2:1
  • Kings College University London MA Medical Law and Ethics
  • Inns of Court Bar Vocational course.


  • 1997 - Present practising Barrister
  • 1994 - NHS Customer Relations Manager
  • 1993 - Action against Medical Accidents Caseworker 
  • 1989 - Registered General Nurse

Clerking team

Steven Preen

Lead Family Clerk

0191 245 9551

Family & Immigration Clerk

0191 245 9531

Family Clerk

0191 245 9530

Family Clerk

0191 232 1927

Clerk (Middlesbrough)

01642 247 569

Direct Access Clerk

01642 247 569
  • "Ms Sweeting is always very well prepared, is very good with clients particularly ones who have difficulties with communicating due to mental health problems or learning difficulties. Clients always feel that their case was put as well as it could have been even when the outcome is not the one they wanted. As a solicitor I feel Ms Sweeting works with me and that we are a team and I think this is clear to clients who as a result feel well supported"

    Legal 500 2021

  • "A tenacious advocate who leaves no stone unturned"

    Legal 500 2020

  • "A barrister to have in your corner during a fight"

    Legal 500 2019

Re PW [2014] ALL ER (D) 19 Mar. Committal Application re Breach of Court Order. Regarding contact with PW – whether M’s sentence should be enforced or deferred.  Acting for M (the Respondent) who, under the influence of alcohol had repeatedly breached contact orders. The Court of Protection deciding that there had been a serious breach of the Court Order, the suspended sentence should not be activated.