(International) child abduction

Members of Chambers have a growing international practice and can offer a wide range of advice, assistance and representation in relation to a child’s removal or retention from or to the UK. We are able to cover urgent applications on behalf of parents, whether as applicant or respondent, whether the parent lives in the UK or overseas to ensure the best protection for children.

Members of Chambers advise on:  

Hague Convention

These applications demand a prompt action as the outcome could be dramatic with the possibility of immediate return overseas. A response at the earliest time is therefore required either in order to secure the correct protective and investigative orders or where the parent has fled, whether any defences for return are available.

Non-Convention Countries

If the proceedings involve a child that has come from a non-convention country, the best interests of the child is the court’s primary concern and any issue in relation to the custody of the child is decided in the country of habitual residence.  

These applications are usually made on an emergency basis. Our team are ready to advise either by phone or conference and are ready, where necessary to make without notice applications at very short notice.

If, as a solicitor, you have a potential Child Abduction case, our clerks will facilitate immediate contact with Counsel for rapid, preliminary advice to be given.

Where there is a crossover with other areas of law, members of Chambers are also able to advise on: social housing and immigration.

Chambers are accredited by the Bar Council as course providers and members of chambers provide in house seminars, training and presentations, whether in house at the client’s premises or here in chambers. For further information regarding our lectures please visit our seminars page.

If you need any assistance in any of these areas, please contact our clerking team on 023 80 73 6812  or e-mail clerks@no18chambers.com