The 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (commonly referred to as the “1980 Hague Convention”) is designed to protect children from the harmful effects of wrongful removal or retention and establish procedures to ensure the prompt return of abducted children to the states of their habitual residence.

Members of our International Family Law Team regularly appear in the High Court and on appeals in this area of law and have an established reputation as leaders in the field. We have a wealth of experience and are regularly instructed to represent applicants, respondents, parents, children, Cafcass Guardians, family member and local authorities.

We are able to provide advice and assistance in relation to every aspect of practice and procedure, including: whether is it is appropriate to commence proceedings on a without notice basis, applying for and obtaining Tipstaff orders, contents of statements and evidence, defences which may be available, applications for joinder of children to applications, part 25 applications for expert assessments including assessments on a parent’s mental health or expert opinion of foreign law, protective measures, and the impact of other international instruments such as the Brussels II revised regulation and 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention.

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