International Family Law

"One of the best family departments in London. The firm as a whole provides a "Rolls-Royce" service, with particular expertise in cases with an international/multi-jurisdictional element"

Legal 500 UK 2017, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Much of our work involves international considerations, whether our clients or their partners live abroad or hold assets abroad. Issues related to family law often arise such as immigration questions, property situated here or abroad, and succession or tax planning.   We work closely with expert lawyers in our Immigration, Private Client and Real Estate teams to give comprehensive advice to clients who benefit from the international reach of this firm.

The senior lawyers in the group are all recognised leader in their fields.  Jane Keir and Charlotte Bradley are members of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL). All the partners enjoy close links with foreign lawyers with particular expertise in cases involving other European countries, Dubai and the Middle East and the USA.

Our wider Private Client group provides a service that is greater than the sum of its parts. We deal with complex situations where different areas of law may combine to provide problems requiring solutions across different traditional areas of legal practice.

The group works closely together to provide you with a joined-up service that offers clients the right solutions, whether at an urgent early stage, or later on once the main settlement has been achieved. Our lawyers have the necessary experience to think across the potential range of private client issues. The result is that we will cover all the important issues with you, and introduce you to the right experts at the right time.

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"I always think of them as having a Rolls-Royce service but they are particularly good when there's a European element to the case."

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"Very strong litigation practice, with some of the best up-and-coming stars of tomorrow"

Legal 500 UK

"A standout firm"

Legal 500 UK

"Professional yet sympathetic manner and the team always fights hard to defend your interests"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession


If you require further information or advice from our team of specialist family lawyers, please contact a member of our team or call us on +44 (0)20 7814 1200.

"They made a very difficult time much easier to deal with. Their professionalism kept me sane and focused on the outcome I needed"


"It's a team that has a great breadth of experience across the board and particularly in international cases"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

"All have been excellent and have shown great diligence and practicality, along with sensitivity during a very difficult time in my life"


"Rolls-Royce service and particularly good when there's a European element to the case"

Chambers UK, A Client's Guide to the UK Legal Profession

International Family Law Comment

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Brexit and cross-border divorces: Judicial co-operation and the special partnership

Brexit and relocating with children overseas – mind the immigration and family law gaps

Parenthood and surrogacy developments in France

Anglo French prenuptial agreements – the myths of cross channel protection and the global prenup?

Brexit - Divorced but still family

Divorces franco-britanniques – Faire le bon choix sur où divorcer

Anglo French divorces – making the right choice about where to divorce

United Arab Emirates - the latest "tax haven" to sign up to enhanced tax transparency

Present and future laws on prenuptial agreements – will they or won’t they stand up in court?

Brexit report on justice for families, individuals and businesses – the family law challenges ahead

Practical tips on varying spousal maintenance – does life mean life?

No fault divorce – taking the blame out of divorce to reduce conflict and litigation

Dubai leads the world in avoiding disputed Wills

Regulating Relations – parenthood through assisted reproduction in Australia and abroad

Comparing family law in Australia v England and Wales – a world apart in more ways than one

Delay in making a decree absolute — an exception rather than the rule

Parenting and separation – the challenges of parental alienation and what to do about it

Divorce in England and the UAE – the uncertainty of two discretionary divorce jurisdictions

Divorce and summertime blues in the UAE

Options in the English courts for ‘illegitimate’ children living in the UAE

The case of Re Z: the pitfalls of informal surrogacy arrangements and the importance of transparency and trust

Divorce en France ou en Angleterre : à qui la faute ?

Divorce in France or in England – who plays the blame game?

The ultimate European divorce – what a Brexit vote could mean for UK and EU couples and their children

Moving counties or countries with children after separation - where to now?

Moving abroad with children - rocking the legal ‘see-saw’ of habitual residence

EU referendum - implications for international families and family laws if the UK leaves the EU

The challenges with family law agreements for international couples

Getting divorced - what the non-dom changes mean for you

La couverture médiatique des dossiers de divorces : les leçons à tirer de l’Affaire Cooper-Hohn

Il était une fois… Deux villes – les différences en matière de divulgation patrimoniale dans les dossiers de divorces en France et en Angleterre

A tale of two cities – the differences in financial disclosure in divorce cases whether filing in London or Paris

Impact on UK immigration status when relationships break down

Adultery and divorce – they think it’s all over….but it ain’t necessarily so

French marriage contracts versus English prenups – mind the gaps

Divorce in Dubai or England - what are your options?

Custody, expatriate children and the UAE

Grounds for divorce in Dubai…would it stand up over here?

Tax and divorce - if not now, when?

Secret justice in the family and criminal courts: is it necessary?

Hohn divorce - 50:50 principle still up for grabs

Unmarried parents’ financial obligations on separation - spot the difference

Blended families - laying down the law

Media reporting lessons from the Cooper-Hohn divorce

International and UK surrogacy – lessons learnt from the Baby Gammy case and calls for regulation

Facing an allegation of domestic abuse on relationship breakdown

The voice of the child in family courts

Same-sex marriage - conversions and cross-border hazards

Strict financial requirements in family migration rules remain unchanged

International divorce – do you need to divorce in the same country you were married?

Taking children abroad - for holiday and forever

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