Our family team understands the ever-increasing international nature of families and family life. We recognise that clients with overseas connections may face different or additional legal and practical issues which need to be considered.

Our international practice has also enabled us to build strong links with highly reputable lawyers abroad who can be called upon at any time to assist with international issues pertaining to divorce, pre-nuptial agreements, financial or children matters. 

International legal issues we advise on

We have advised clients located across the world including; other European countries, North and South America, The Middle East, The Far East, India, South Africa and Australasia on the following legal issues:

Marriage and divorce issues

  • the recognition and regulation of foreign marriages and religious marriages, particularly Islamic marriages
  • deciding when and whether to instigate divorce proceedings in this country when the client has connections to another county
  • instigating or defending claims that the client’s divorce should take place in this country

Financial issues

  • how the court in this country will deal with foreign assets on divorce
  • financial provision in this country following an overseas divorce
  • international enforcement of financial orders
  • international/cross border family issues for same sex partners and international cohabitation issues
  • wealth protection, whether by the use of pre/post nuptial agreements or the establishment of trusts

Children issues

  • international relocation with and without children 
  • child abduction/Hague Convention/Wardship/Inherent jurisdiction proceedings. We are a member of the International Children Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU) Panel, and one of a limited number of specialist firms accredited to deal with international child abduction and contact cases
  • recognition of international judgments for parental responsibility
  • recognition under the European Convention of decisions concerning custody of children
  • care proceedings with an international element including cases where children might be placed overseas with relatives
  • inter-country adoption, both in terms of adopting a child from another country or bringing a child into this country who has been adopted abroad

Creating families

  • international surrogacy arrangements – holistic advice from our specialist surrogacy, immigration and private client lawyers
  • fertility treatment and donor conception arrangements  
  • LGBTQ+ families and cross-border considerations

If you would like to speak with a member of the team you can contact our family law solicitors; Holborn office 020 3826 7526; Kingston office 020 3826 7527 or Putney office 020 3826 7520 or complete our enquiry form.

International Academy of Collaborative Professionals

IACP is the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an international community of legal, mental health and financial professionals working in concert to create client-centered processes for resolving conflict. IACP serves members, influences the collaborative community, and benefits the public. We are committed to fostering professional excellence in conflict resolution through Collaborative Practice. We do this by protecting the essentials of Collaborative Practice, expanding Collaborative Practice worldwide, and providing a central resource for education, networking and standards of practice.


The British Institute of International and Comparative Law

The British Institute of International and Comparative Law continues a mission first begun in 1895: to advance the understanding of international and comparative law; to promote the rule of law in international affairs; and to promote their application through research, publications and events.


Law Society Childrens Panel

The Children Panel Accreditation Scheme aims to connect you with practitioners experienced in representing children and other parties under the Children Act 1989.


We offer a range of costs packages including some fixed fees and we will discuss whether these are appropriate for your case when you call us.

Charges are usually based on our hourly rates plus administrative charges and disbursements. We will provide you with an initial estimate of your likely legal costs and will update this as your requirements or the circumstances of the work change.

Reunite UK

Reunite UK are the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction.


Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) is a unique UK-based charity which identifies and protects children who have been separated from family members as a consequence of trafficking, abduction, migration, divorce, conflict and asylum, as well as other vulnerable individuals in often desperate circumstances.