Increase in the global movement of people, including free movement within the EU and Eastern Accession countries, has inevitably impacted upon the number of international relationships and families arising from them. Where family breakdown subsequently occurs, disputes involving international parental child abduction; leave to remove from the jurisdiction; international relocation; and overseas divorce can follow.
These cases can be complex and challenging, and frequently require urgent action to be taken in the High Court (whether within wardship, or under the inherent jurisdiction) to locate children and ensure that they are swiftly reunited with a parent. Orders securing the seizing of assets may also be required. Ex parte and inter partes hearings are frequently undertaken in the High Court and members of the family team have the advocacy skills and experience required to conduct the same. They are familiar with the legislation and case law surrounding cross-territory disputes pursuant to the 1980 Hague Convention, Brussels II Revised regulations, the UK-Pakistan Judicial Protocol and UNCRC. As a result, members are able to provide quick and practical help and advice, to produce a fair and just outcome for clients and their children.
Members have lectured on child abduction with members of Reunite International, and have been involved in seminar programmes designed to improve professional awareness of issues surrounding Forced Marriage cases.
Members have also advised local authorities in respect of interim and permanent placement abroad, in cases where care proceedings have been issued.
Some members have particular expertise in cases involving both Family and Immigration Law.