QEB is the go-to set for international family law.
Our work frequently involves cases with an international element. We have considerable expertise across the full range of international family law issues:
- Divorce jurisdiction disputes and applications for stays of proceedings on forum conveniens principles
- Recognition of overseas marriages and divorces, and declarations of status
- Claims for financial provision after an overseas divorce or dissolution
- International maintenance and enforcement issues
- Reciprocal enforcement of orders (incoming and outgoing)
- International trusts
- Children jurisdiction disputes
- Cases involving the 1996 Hague Convention on the Protection of Children
- International child abduction, involving cases under the 1980 Hague Convention and in relation to non-Hague Convention countries
- International relocation
Advice on English law in foreign proceedings
In addition, our members are regularly instructed to provide advice on English law in foreign proceedings, or to provide expert evidence (written and oral) in proceedings taking place in foreign courts. We have long-running connections with lawyers practising in Europe and worldwide, and a number of our members are fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers.
Foreign languages spoken
A number of our members are fluent in other languages, including French, German, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. For details please use the search filter on the barristers listing page.
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Potanina v Potanin  EWCA Civ 702,  WLR(D) 279
Stewart Leech QC appeared on behalf of the respondent husband (who had a net worth of c.$20 billion) before the Court of Appeal who considered whether leave should be granted to allow the wife to make an application under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.
Closed material procedures in English family law: development in the shadow of national security and some comparisons with other EU Member States  IFL 223.
This article explores issues of disclosure of sensitive material in family proceedings, and the development of closed material procedures and the use of Special Advocates.
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