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International family law

Garden Court has a dedicated International Family Team to pool expertise in family cases with an international element. The team is uniquely qualified to deal with these cases due to its wealth of expertise in family, immigration, nationality, European Union free movement, trafficking and discrimination law, coupled with our close integration with other practice teams in Chambers working in related areas.

We have members who are regularly instructed to provide expert reports to guardians, solicitors and local authorities in relation to international aspects of family law, in particular with immigration and nationality issues. We also provide training in this area.

In addition to providing representation and advice, members of the team provide expert advice and act as consultants to a range of children’s charities and non-governmental organisations, including the Children’s Society, ECPAT (UK), UNICEF (UK), the Child Trafficking Information Centre at the NSPCC, and the Fundamental Rights Agency of the EU. We also have strong research ties to leading academic institutions, including the University of Bristol and Queens University Belfast.

Areas of Expertise

  • International child abduction
  • Inter-country including Hague Convention adoptions
  • Brussels II
  • Relocation
  • Forced marriage
  • International surrogacy
  • Trafficking
  • Expert immigration and nationality advice in family proceedings
  • Expert reports relating to family law in certain foreign jurisdictions

We are able to deal with urgent applications of all kinds and are willing to provide urgent advice by phone or email.

Family Clerks

Our International Family Team is supported by its own dedicated team of clerks. Specialising in family and immigration law, they are known for their efficiency and commitment. For more information about the team and to discuss how we can assist you, please email call us on 020 7993 7600.