Cliona Papazian

Cliona Papazian

Cliona specialises in all aspects of law concerning children - particularly with an international element.   Clients like her “robust”  and “creative” approach  and note her “attention to detail” and commend her “thoroughness”.


Year of Call: 1994


BA MA (National University of Ireland, University College Cork)
LLB (National University of Wales, College of Cardiff)

Qualified Collaborative Lawyer


Cliona regularly appears the High Court as a significant amount of her work is concerned with child abduction (Hague Convention and non Convention); Wardship and where there are issues in respect of the Court’s jurisdiction.  She has extensive experience of the enforcement of foreign contact orders and other aspects of law arising from international conventions. She is often instructed in public law cases where there is an international element and continues to act for Local Authorities, parents  and children in both public and private law cases.  Cliona is a trained mediator and collaborative lawyer.

Professional Memberships

Family Law Bar Association
Inner Temple
Affiliate Member of Resolution
Association of Lawyers for Children


Cliona Papazian has dealt with many difficult international cases on behalf of our firm....we are impressed with her knowledge, dedication and the incredible amount of work she puts into her cases.
Gill Noury, Percy Short & Cuthbert

An excellent knowledge of international children law.  Very high standards of work.   Passionate about her work
Gemma Vines, Atkins Hope Solicitors

Highly recommended as a very competent and assured advocate in dealing with difficult and complex cases in a confident manner.
Danielle White,  Child Care Solicitor, Hertforshire County Council