David Hodson OBE

David Hodson OBE Family lawyer
International Family Law Group LLP

David is a highly experienced family law dispute resolution specialist, especially involving an international element or complex assets. 

In The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in June 2014, David was appointed an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his ‘Services to International Family Law’. 

The Legal 500 (2013) referred to him as ‘The London international family law specialist’. He is a English solicitor (1978 and accredited 1996), mediator (1997), family arbitrator and Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) (2002), Deputy District Judge sitting at the Central Family Court, London (1995), Australian (NSW) solicitor and barrister (2003) and mediator.
 He is a joint founder of iFLG. 

In May 2008,his book Practical Aspects of International Family Law was published by Jordan Publishing. The 5th edition, now entitled The International Family Law Practice, is to be published in late 2016. This is the leading definitive textbook for practitioners on the international aspects of family law work. 

With Ann Thomas, he is author of When Cupids Arrow crosses National Boundaries: A Guide for international families (3rd edition). 

He is an Accredited Specialist (with portfolios in Substantial Assets and International Cases), a Fellow of the International Academy of Family Lawyers, a past trustee of Marriage Resource, a Fellow of the Centre for Social Justice and a member of the Family Law Section of the Law Council of Australia. He is a member of the Lawyers Christian Fellowship. In November 2011, he received the prestigious inaugural Jordans Family law Commentator of the Year award for his outstanding contribution to commentary on family law matters, as voted by family lawyers. 

David also writes a weekly column for Jordan Publishing's e-newletter on International Family Law matters,www.familylaw.co.uk under Opinions and Analysis.

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Turkey signs 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions 10 OCT 2016

Turkey signs 1996 and 2007 Hague Conventions

On Friday, 7 October 2016, Turkey signed and deposited its instrument of ratification to the...

USA signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention 31 AUG 2016

USA signs Hague 2007 Maintenance Convention

On 30 August 2016, Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, signed the instrument...

The best interests of the child in the cultural setting 15 AUG 2016

The best interests of the child in the cultural setting

How should the test of the best interests of the child be seen in the context of active support...

EU refuses to reform divorce forum jurisdiction, but 'speeds up' child abduction 11 JUL 2016

EU refuses to reform divorce forum jurisdiction, but 'speeds up' child abduction

The European Union last week (30 June 2016) adopted the European Commission's proposals for...

Brexit and national family law 28 JUN 2016

Brexit and national family law

David Hodson OBE sets out some preliminary reflections on the impact on domestic, national...

Brexit and international family law 24 JUN 2016

Brexit and international family law

David Hodson OBE of iFLG sets out preliminary reflections on the impact on international family...

Brexit: England and Wales as a global family law leader or EU-emasculated? 15 JUN 2016

Brexit: England and Wales as a global family law leader or EU-emasculated?

The below article appears in the May issue of Family Law at [2016] Fam Law 572 and has been made...

Anglo-Scottish spousal maintenance: a kingdom very gender disunited 29 MAR 2016

Anglo-Scottish spousal maintenance: a kingdom very gender disunited

A decision on 23 March 2016 (Re V (European Maintenance Regulation) [2016] EWHC 668) by the...

EU proposes accession to Istanbul Convention on domestic violence: a brief background to international domestic violence laws including the Istanbul Convention 07 MAR 2016

EU proposes accession to Istanbul Convention on domestic violence: a brief background to international domestic violence laws including the Istanbul Convention

  On 4 March 2016, there was much EU fanfare and self-congratulation that the EU was proposing...

Priority of proceedings under EU Brussels II: An Irish High Court decision may mean all change after 15 years of practice 08 JAN 2016

Priority of proceedings under EU Brussels II: An Irish High Court decision may mean all change after 15 years of practice

On Wednesday 2 December 2015, Ireland’s High Court by its most senior family court judge, Mr...

Towards a digital family court 14 DEC 2015

Towards a digital family court

Those of us who have been campaigning since the last years of the last century for the use of...

Consultation on EU Mediation Directive 02 DEC 2015

Consultation on EU Mediation Directive

Calling all mediators and arbitrators. The EU is conducting a periodic review of the operation of...

Recitals, indemnities and third-party orders: overturning old orthodoxies of orders 16 OCT 2015

Recitals, indemnities and third-party orders: overturning old orthodoxies of orders

In financial proceedings, can the family court order one party to indemnify the other for...

Family Court power to order interim sale and vacant possession of the family home: ​BR v VT [2015] EWHC 2727 (Fam) 05 OCT 2015

Family Court power to order interim sale and vacant possession of the family home: ​BR v VT [2015] EWHC 2727 (Fam)

Can the family court order the family home, or indeed any other family property, to be sold (with...

Law Commission extends time for family law consultation 13 JUL 2015

Law Commission extends time for family law consultation

The Law Commission has extended the deadline for consultation responses to their project on the...

The Islamic marriage conundrum 03 JUL 2015

The Islamic marriage conundrum

In May 2015 an important conference was held at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies to...

The British general election 2015 and international family law 11 MAY 2015

The British general election 2015 and international family law

On 7 May 2015 the United Kingdom went to the polls to elect our next government. What might be...

New EU law in force today providing cross border protection for victims of domestic violence and others 12 JAN 2015

New EU law in force today providing cross border protection for victims of domestic violence and others

The Protection Measures Regulation On 11 January 2015, Regulation (EU) No. 606/2013 of the...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Scottish families and family law 15 SEP 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Scottish families and family law

What if Scotland decides on 18th September to vote for independence? No one will decide on...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Marital eroticism on marital separation 21 JUL 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Marital eroticism on marital separation

The draft 'financial remedies' consent order authorised for the English family courts has,...

David Hodson appointed OBE 16 JUN 2014

David Hodson appointed OBE

The International Family Law Group LLP is delighted to announce that its co-founder and...

David Hodson on International Family Law: New EU law on domestic violence 13 JUN 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: New EU law on domestic violence

The EU has introduced a law, in force in January 2015, giving significant cross-EU powers...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Not (necessarily) a political broadcast on behalf of UKIP 02 JUN 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Not (necessarily) a political broadcast on behalf of UKIP

Where does the present debate on EU family law legislation lie with the sentiments expressed...

David Hodson on International Family Law: MIAMS and international cases 23 MAY 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: MIAMS and international cases

One of the key changes in the family justice system on 22 April 2014...

David Hodson on International Family Law:  EU seeks views of English family lawyers on Brussels II 06 MAY 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: EU seeks views of English family lawyers on Brussels II

Brussels II (2201/2003) is reviewed periodically by the EU as to its...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Standardised orders and the future delivery of family law services 22 APR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Standardised orders and the future delivery of family law services

Today, 22 April 2014, family law in England and Wales has some of its biggest changes...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Too many international cases spoil the family justice broth? 04 APR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Too many international cases spoil the family justice broth?

'Very serious issues ought to arise as to just how much time of an English court these...

David Hodson on International Family Law: EU external competency goes to European Court on 1 April, and it’s no joke! 27 MAR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: EU external competency goes to European Court on 1 April, and it’s no joke!

On Tuesday, 1 April 2014, a date rich with irony, the European Court of Justice is...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Worldwide qualifying conditions for marital agreements 14 MAR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Worldwide qualifying conditions for marital agreements

One of the good recommendations from the recent English Law Commission report into...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Law Commission proposals and international families 07 MAR 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Law Commission proposals and international families

The proposals by the Law Commission are now a week old and a better opportunity can now...

The Law Commission proposals: A wasted opportunity, passing the reform buck and continued unpredictability for future settlements? 28 FEB 2014

The Law Commission proposals: A wasted opportunity, passing the reform buck and continued unpredictability for future settlements?

The English Law Commission has today (27 February 2014) published its long awaited...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Special contribution in Australian law 14 FEB 2014

David Hodson on International Family Law: Special contribution in Australian law

A very important decision has been handed down in a landmark full Family Court decision...

David Hodson on International Family Law: The Court of Appeal upholds English discretionary forum against Owusu 18 OCT 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: The Court of Appeal upholds English discretionary forum against Owusu

  The Court of Appeal has today, Friday 18 October, handed down a landmark...

David Hodson on International Family Law: There’s a Ghost in the Matrimonial Home and it’s not the Ex 03 OCT 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: There’s a Ghost in the Matrimonial Home and it’s not the Ex

David Hodson in his international family law opinion piece describes the possible effect...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Owusu goes to the Court of Appeal 13 SEP 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: Owusu goes to the Court of Appeal

David Hodson sets out information of an appeal to be heard by the Court of Appeal in early...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Which countries are in the EU? 06 SEP 2013

David Hodson on International Family Law: Which countries are in the EU?

David Hodson in his opinion piece on international family law, and perhaps prompted...

David Hodson on International Law: Non-recognition of Bulgarian divorce under Brussels II 09 MAY 2013

David Hodson on International Law: Non-recognition of Bulgarian divorce under Brussels II

The basis of Brussels II is the automatic recognition across the EU of divorces...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Hague Convention mediation guide to good practice 24 JUL 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Hague Convention mediation guide to good practice

The Hague Conference on Private International Law has just published its...

David Hodson - What is Safe Parental Involvement? 11 JUL 2012

David Hodson - What is Safe Parental Involvement?

The government consultation of 14 June 2012 has proposed an amendment to the Children Act 1989...

David Hodson on International Family Law: What is safe parental involvement?  28 JUN 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: What is safe parental involvement?

The government consultation of 14 June 2012 has proposed an amendment to the...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Mediation in Dubai 21 JUN 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Mediation in Dubai

It doesn't appear on most itineraries of holiday companies; morning: visit to the...

David Hodson on International Family Law: "Needs" claims and sole domicile jurisdiction 27 APR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: "Needs" claims and sole domicile jurisdiction

The EU Maintenance Regulation is one of the most complex and bewildering pieces of...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Divorce tourism 20 APR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Divorce tourism

Last week, The Times (10 April) ran a front-page story headed "'Divorce...

David Hodson on International Family Law: A dead parrot or simply pining for the fjords - or no parrot at all? 05 APR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: A dead parrot or simply pining for the fjords - or no parrot at all?

El Gamal v Al Maktoum [2011] EWHC EWHC, just reported, is another High Court...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Budget 2012 impact of corporate owned residential properties 23 MAR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Budget 2012 impact of corporate owned residential properties

George Osborne's Budget on 21 March 2012 contains several elements which affect...

David Hodson on International Family Law: "I, Spouse A, do take you as my lawful wedded Spouse B" 16 MAR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: "I, Spouse A, do take you as my lawful wedded Spouse B"

With the government launching a consultation today on how to introduce same-sex...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Child abduction as criminal kidnapping 08 MAR 2012

David Hodson on International Family Law: Child abduction as criminal kidnapping

In the recent R v Kayani, R v Solliman decision [2011] EWCA Crim 2871, the Court of...

David Hodson on International Family Law: Relocation! Relocation! Relocation!  14 JUN 2010

David Hodson on International Family Law: Relocation! Relocation! Relocation!

Child abduction is one of the worst events which can occur in the life of a child. It is a...