International Divorce

"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, The Clients Guide to Law Firms

Much of our work involves clients with strong international connections. This work has been driven by the growth of international mobility. Our office is in the centre of London, often referred to as the ‘Divorce Capital of the World’.

Our partners are recognised leaders in international family law and our clients benefit from their specialist knowledge, language skills and worldwide contacts. Our lawyers have been at the forefront of developments and involved in some of the leading international cases over the last twenty years. The main legal directories recognise our international family law expertise in the area of divorce, finance and children issues.

We are particularly experienced in advising clients on choosing the right jurisdiction quickly to secure advantage, where a choice is available. While international divorce cases are often litigious, and regularly involve substantial assets, we will give you options and suggestions for alternatives to a court process once jurisdiction is secured. Where court solutions are inevitable, we will take robust and decisive action, keeping you informed and involved throughout the process. 

We understand cross border issues and the sensitivities which often arise in this area. We will make sure you are armed with all of the relevant legal information, and that you understand the practical implications of divorce in a particular jurisdiction, to enable you to make an informed choice. 

We work with foreign lawyers and other professionals to obtain the best results for you and your family.

Recent examples of work

  • Acting for a London based French wife in a contested jurisdiction case, involving competing proceedings in France (judicial separation) and England (divorce). Following a jurisdiction hearing in the High Court and the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), the Wife was allowed to proceed with her divorce in England allowing this long running dispute to come to an end and achieving a final settlement for the wife and children.
  • Acting for a Middle Eastern wife starting divorce proceedings in London to avoid the Sharia court of her home jurisdiction.
  • Acting for a London based Italian husband in a contested jurisdiction case where we secured a dismissal of the wife's English petition due to the pre-existing Italian proceedings.  


"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

"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

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International families and the price of child relocation without consent

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

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

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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

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Media reporting lessons from the Cooper-Hohn divorce

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Madrid - London - Edinburgh: short-haul distances but a world apart when relationships break down

Filing for a "Eurostar" divorce - Paris or London?

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