International Family Law Barristers

International Family Law

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.

International Family Law Barristers


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Barrister Rachel Langdale

Rachel Langdale QC

Call: 1990 | QC: 2009

Barrister Barbara Connolly

Barbara Connolly QC

Call: 1986 | QC: 2011

Barrister Susan Reed

Susan Reed

Call: 1984

Barrister Brendan Roche

Brendan Roche

Call: 1989

Barrister Maryam Syed

Maryam Syed

Call: 1993

Barrister Hari Kaur

Hari Kaur

Call: 1995

Barrister Anita Guha

Anita Guha

Call: 1997

Barrister Justin Slater

Justin Slater

Call: 1999

Barrister Gina Allwood

Gina Allwood

Call: 2002

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