Children Law

“The member I instructed was both bright and personable with an eye for detail.”

Chambers & Partners 2021

QEB has long-standing expertise in all aspects of children law, particularly in international cases.

QEB barristers have appeared in some of the leading international children cases in recent years, particularly in child abduction, relocation, international enforcement and complex jurisdictional issues. We are experienced in advising and representing clients in complex welfare and medical treatment cases. We have particular strength in cases which involve both financial and children issues.

International children law

QEB barristers have been instructed in some of the key international children’s cases in recent years, in the Supreme Court, Court of Appeal and High Court, including:

  • G v G [2021] UKSC 9 (Supreme Court): the leading case on the interplay between abduction and asylum, involving the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention and the 1951 Refugee Convention.
  • Re B (A Child: Abduction: Article 13(b) [2021] 1 FLR 721 (Court of Appeal) – on the circumstances in which a return order may be set aside.
  • Re H (A Child) [2019] 3 WLR 1143 (Court of Appeal) – whether the 1980 Hague Convention can apply where the alleged wrongful act took place in a country not party to that convention.
  • Re A (A Child) [2016] 4 WLR 111 (Court of Appeal) – proper approach to procedural fairness in an application for a return order under the 1980 Hague Convention.
  • AR v RN (Habitual Residence) [2015] UKSC 35; 2 FLR 503 (Supreme Court): an appeal to the Supreme Court from the Inner House of the Court of Session in Scotland involving a French-Scottish abduction.

Our members advise and represent clients regularly in relation to relocation applications (both international and domestic). We represent clients from all walks of life in such matters, including high net worth families and household names.

Private law children

We have expertise in all aspects of private law children disputes, including those involving child arrangements and disputes over schooling, education and religious issues. Our members are frequently involved in cases involving issues of domestic violence, allegations of parental alienation, and allegations of physical and sexual abuse. We are well-versed with working with leading medical experts in such cases.

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