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International Family Law

The leading authority on international family law

01 MAY 2014

International Family Law Contributors

International Family Law Contributors

Jacqueline Renton

 Jacqueline RentonJacqueline Renton is a Family Law Practitioner who has a specialist interest and experience in the field of International children law. Jacqueline appears regularly in the High Court and has also appeared in the Court of Appeal.
 Prior to joining chambers, Jacqueline worked for one year at the international Child Abduction and Contact Unit doing case management and legal research in international child abduction and Brussels II Revised cases.

David Hodson

 David Hodson
 David Hodson is a Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP. He acts in complex family law cases, often with an international element.
 He is an English specialist accredited solicitor, mediator, family arbitrator, Deputy District Judge at the Principal Registry of the Family Division, High Court, London and also an Australian qualified solicitor, barrister and mediator. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and chair of the Family Law Review Group of the Centre for Social Justice.
 David is the author of a new major reference work, The International Family Law Practice as well as A Practical Guide to International Family Law (Jordan Publishing, 2013). He can be contacted on dh@davidhodson.com.

Helen Blackburne

 Helen specialises in family law concerning children and has a particular expertise in child abduction law and children cases with an international dimension (adoption, Wardship, leave to remove, Brussels IIr etc).
 She is listed as a specialist in "Family:Cross-Border Child Work" in Chambers and Partners. Helen writes for various legal journals/publications and was most recently commissioned to write an article for "Family Advocate", the American Bar Association Family Law publication.
 Helen worked in the Family Department of Reynolds Porter Chamberlain LLP before
 joining iFLG as a partner in September 2009.

Teertha Gupta QC

 Teertha is a Family Law Practitioner with particular experience in public and private international child abduction, stranded spouses and forced marriage matters and cases involving jurisdictional complications e.g. international surrogacy and adoption and media interest. He epresents adults and children as well as institutions in the High Court Family Division) on a daily basis. He has also made oral submissions in the European Court of Justice, The House of Lords, and several times in the Court of Appeal. In 2007 he represented the intervening children in his second of three recent successful cases in The House of Lords; on that occasion he conducted the case without a leader: Re M [2007] UKHL 51. In Oct/Nov 2008 Teertha was instructed as amicus curiae in a public law child trafficking case before the High Court, Family Division because it required specialist knowledge of the interrelation between s31 of the Children Act 1989, the 1980 Hague Convention, Brussels II revised and the Warsaw Child Trafficking Convention: Re S [2008] EWHC 3013.

Professor Marilyn Freeman

 London Metropolitan University B.A. (Hons) LL.M, Barrister
 Marilyn Freeman is Professor of Family Law where, for many years, she has specialised in lecturing in both Family Law and Child Law. Although not currently in practice at the Bar, she retains a door tenancy at a leading set of family law chambers.
 Her research interests extend to various aspects of child law but, in particular, that of international child abduction, forced marriage and international relocation. She is regularly invited to international conferences and meetings to deliver papers on these topics, as well as publishing widely in these areas. She has undertaken several government funded research projects on behalf of reunite, the International Child Abduction Centre, most recently concerning relocation, published in July 2009 (http://www.reunite.org/).

Richard Harrison QC

Richard is a specialist family lawyer with particular expertise in matrimonial finance and international children cases. He is recommended as a leading junior in both the Chambers & Partners Directory (finance and children) and The Legal 500:
 ‘..ranks well beyond his call‘; and is ‘exceptionally clever, with incredible technical abilities‘. The Legal 500 2009 
 '. . turns the heads of solicitors as he can "get on top of a hell of a lot of paper in a very short space of time".  He is " one of the better counsel for dealing with a mix of children and finance in the same case," and is being seen in increasingly big cases.  Chambers & Partners 2009
 He specialises in complex financial cases including those involving offshore trusts and difficult issues of enforcement. He appeared in the Mubarak litigation which generated seven reported authorities on different aspects of enforcement. He also deals with applications under the Trusts of Land and applications under schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989. He also regularly advises about and settles pre-nuptial agreements for very high net worth clients.
 Richard Harrison is a Consultant Editor of Hershman and McFarlane Children Law and Practice.

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, Partner

 "an all-round outstanding solicitor who is very committed and conscientious" Chambers, 2012
 "sources agree she is "the queen bee" of children work" Chambers, 2011
 Anne-Marie was admitted in 1985 and joined Dawson Cornwell in January 1998 as head of the Children Department. She now heads up an expert and recognised team. Anne-Marie specialises in all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. In particular she has expertise in international divorce forum and jurisdictional disputes on divorce, with particular expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction; the EU Regulation on jurisdiction in family matters. She acts for the victims of forced marriages, abandoned spouses and Honour Based Violence. Anne-Marie is also a specialist in surrogacy and surrogacy with an international element. Anne-Marie advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements and The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

Nuala Mole, Senior Lawyer

Nuala Mole is the founder and Director of the AIRE Centre. She has worked for more than 25 years in the field of human rights. Initially specialising in immigration and asylum, she has broadened her work to include all aspects of international human rights law. She has written extensively on all aspects of the European Convention on Human Rights and on the free movement of persons under European Union law, with special attention to the interface between the two legal orders. She is on the Board of the European Human Rights Law Review and co-edits the Centre's monthly Bulletin of ECHR case-law.

Henry Setright QC

Henry Setright QC sits as a Recorder, and as a Deputy High Court Judge
 (Family Division)
 Henry Setright QC was called to the English Bar in 1979 and was appointed Queen's Counsel in 2001. He has for many years specialised in international children's and family work at the highest level, including cases in the UK Supreme Court, the Court of Justice of the European Union, the European Court of Human Rights, the House of Lords, the Court of Appeal, and the High Court, and as lead English counsel in an Amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court.. He has (so far) appeared in more than 100 leading cases reported in the English Family Law Reports, a total not to date equalled by any other member of the Bar. These include (for example) consideration of issues relating to acquiescence, adoption, asylum, attempted assassination, care proceedings, children's representation, children's views, conflict of jurisdiction, custody rights, diplomatic privilege, forced marriage, habitual residence, domestic violence, human rights, immigration, marriage, relocation, risk of harm, Sharia law, settlement, surrogacy, and welfare in the context of international family litigation.

David Williams

‘A supremo when it comes to international children cases David Williams is commended for his meticulous preparation, ‘penetrating' cross-examination and ‘insightful advocacy'. Uniquely for a junior, in the last year, David has appeared both in the Court of Justice of the European Union and the UK Supreme Court.' Blog: http://childabduction-dw.blogspot.com/
After 21 years at the Family Bar David has developed a practice concentrating on the international aspects of the movement of children, including child abduction, international relocation and contact and the enforcement of foreign orders. In the last 12 months he has appeared in the first family case from England to be referred to the Court of Justice of the European Union (Mercredi-v-Chaffe) and the first child abduction case to be heard by the UK Supreme Court (Re E) In abduction cases he acts for Applicants, Respondents and children in Hague, BIIR and non-Convention cases.
 He represented the Applicant in the Court of Justice of the European Union in 2010 and for the Plaintiff in the House of Lords in Re M in 2007. He appeared for the respondent mother in Re E in the Supreme Court in 2011. He regularly appears in the Court of Appeal and has appeared in many other reported cases with an international dimension. Prior to concentrating on international work David's previous practice at the Bar included criminal work and he developed a particular specialisation in cases involving confiscation of assets and in other 'intervener' cases and represented the Respondent in X-v-X   (CPS Intervening) and the children in the final round of the Mubarak litigation. David has an interest and particular experience in representing children within abduction and other cases with an international dimension.
Hague Conference Guide. Part III: Preventive Measures

Hague Conference Guide. Part III: Preventive Measures

A good practice guide to dealing with international child abduction cases

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Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts

Emergency Remedies in the Family Courts

"A very good tool for the busy family lawyer" Solicitors Journal

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