International adoption & abduction

Chambers has a growing reputation for advising and representing in cases where there is an international element to the litigation. This experience extends within both the financial and child related aspects of family law cases.

International Child Abduction

Members of Chambers are very familiar with advising and representing parties involved in abduction cases, both in relation to convention and non-convention countries.

International Adoption

Members of chambers are regularly asked to advise and represent local authorities and prospective adopters in relation to cases where an international adoption is being planned and have extensive practical experience in such cases.

Three  members of Chambers; Ruth Cabeza, Ayeesha Bhutta and Jason Braier have recently co-authored a book entitled International Adoption (published by Jordans) which examines the detailed legal framework for adoption with an international element and introduces the reader to the complexities of both UK legislation and the Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption.

Other International Family work

Other international areas of practice within Chambers include forced marriage, leave to remove (both permanently and for holidays) and the placement of children abroad who are the subject of care orders.

Reported cases involving members of chambers include:

  • Re A (a child) (adoption: assessment outside jurisdiction) [2009] EWCA Civ 41
  • ECC (The Local Authority) v SM [2011] 1 FLR 234