Rob George

Call: 2013

"A star - calm, brilliant academically and a great negotiator."
Legal 500 UK Bar 2022

“International Family Lawyer of the Year” – LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2021

“Family Case of the Year” – LexisNexis Family Law Awards 2021

Rob is a leading expert on international family law, particularly in relation to relocation disputes, child abduction, jurisdiction, and international and domestic surrogacy cases. He has published numerous books and papers on these subjects, and been involved with many of the leading cases in related areas.

Rob undertakes hearings at all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court, as well as appeals to the High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. He brings a calm and thoughtful manner to his advocacy, developing complex arguments in an intelligible manner, and always going the extra mile with client care.

Alongside his practice at Harcourt Chambers, Rob holds the position of Professor of Law and Policy at University College London, teaching family law and children’s rights, as well as conducting research into the family justice system. Rob’s internationally acknowledged academic expertise in family law issues allows him to bring real depth to his advice and advocacy work.

Rob has been appointed as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Committee on the Children and Families Act 2014. Rob’s academic and practice expertise will be used to assist the Committee, which is reviewing the operation of the Act.

To instruct Rob or for more information…

Call: 020 7353 6961

Practice Areas

Rob is a highly regarded expert on international children law, with most of his practice involving an international element. His knowledge and experience in this area includes Hague and non-Hague child abduction, jurisdictional disputes, and international enforcement of orders. His practice in international children law often takes Rob to the Court of Appeal and to the Supreme Court, and his expertise is recognised by his long-time membership of the International Family Justice Committee.

Rob has a particular specialism in relocation disputes, both international and internal. Having written his doctorate and two further books on relocation disputes, Rob is an undisputed expert in this area. He often represents parents in relocation cases at all levels of the Family Court, and is experienced in bringing and defending appeals. Rob also does frequent advice work on relocation, prior to final hearings and for appeals.

Notable International Family Law cases

Re A and B (Rescission of Order: Change of Circumstances) [2021] EWFC 76

Application before Cobb J on behalf of two children to have an order rescinded under s 31F(6).

Re: M (A Child: Hague Convention) [2020] EWHC 3340 (Fam)
Re NY (A Child) [2019] UKSC 49, [2019] 3 WLR 962, [2020] 1 All ER 923
Re F (Abduction: Sexual Abuse: Summary Return) [2019] EWHC 3791 (Fam)
C v G [2017] EWHC 762 (Fam)
Re N (Adoption: Jurisdiction) [2016] UKSC 15, [2017] AC 167, [2017] 1 All ER 527
Re J (A Child) (1996 Hague Convention) [2015] UKSC 70, [2016] AC 1291, [2016] 4 All ER 1048
BB v CC (Residence Order) [2018] EWFC B78
Re L (Relocation: Second Appeal) [2017] EWCA Civ 2121, [2018] 4 WLR 141, [2018] 2 FLR 608
S v S (Relocation) [2017] EWHC 2345 (Fam), [2018] 1 FLR 825
Re C (Internal Relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305, [2016] Fam 253, [2017] 1 FLR 103

Rob undertakes a full range of private law children cases, including residence, contact, education and medical disputes, and has particular expertise in unusual and complex matters. Rob has experience in surrogacy law and cases about parentage and parental responsibility, as well as more niche and sensitive issues such as disputes about withdrawal of medical treatment and the disposal of a child’s body after death.

Notable Private Law Children cases

Re E (A Child: Burial Arrangements) [2019] EWHC 3639 (Fam)
Re G (Declaration of Parentage: Removal of Person Identified as Mother from Birth Certificate) [2018] EWHC 3360 (Fam)
Re B & C (Change of Name: Parental Responsibility: Evidence) [2017] EWHC 3250 (Fam), [2018] 4 WLR 19, [2018] 1 FLR 1471
Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam), [2017] 4 WLR 1) 

Notable Public Law Children cases

Re T [2021] UKSC 35

Supreme Court appeal about the use of the inherent jurisdiction to authorise secure accommodation for vulnerable children.

A County Council v M [2021] EWFC 35

Order of Judd J authorising a local authority to proceed with an adoption favoured by the parents without first assessing the paternal grandmother as a potential carer.

Rob is qualified to accept instructions directly from members of the public in appropriate cases, and welcomes enquiries about such matters at all stages of proceedings, including appeals.


What the directories say

"A knowledgeable, razor-sharp and talented advocate." "A walking encyclopedia of the law relating to international relocation, and brilliant on technical points of law."
Chambers UK Bar 2021

"A hugely experienced head on young shoulders, and a phenomenal advocate. A real one to watch as a future heavyweight. You can already throw him to the lions against QC's and other senior opponents, safe in the knowledge that he will rise to the challenge with passion and strength."
Legal 500 UK Bar 2021

"Although he's only a few years' call, you can throw him to the lions with a very senior opponent and he'll hold his own. He's ferociously bright, and judges appreciate his intellect, which he has in spades."
Chambers UK Bar

"Able to combine a brilliant academic approach with really hands-on advice for clients." "He's good with clients, and very bright and enthusiastic."
Chambers UK Bar 2020

Related News

Rob George appointed as Special Advisor to the House of Lords Committee on the Children and Families Act 2014

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Edward Bennett and Rob George appear in the Supreme Court In the matter of T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35

On Friday, 30 July 2021 the Supreme Court decision in T (A Child) [2021] UKSC 35 was published. This case concerns the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court to authorise…

Dr Rob George promoted to Professor of Law and Policy at UCL

Chambers is delighted to announce that Dr Rob George has been promoted to Professor of Law and Policy at UCL. The appointment will take effect from 1 October 2021.



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