International

“The most experienced, specialist international children set of chambers in the country, if not the world”, according to Chambers and Partners 2012. 4PB has been recognised, for several years, as the leading international family law set with the greatest number of specialists at every level in this field.

We regularly represent all parties in international proceedings including local authorities, parents, children, CAFCASS and the Official Solicitor. Our legal expertise has been recognised in a very significant number of precedent-setting cases in this area, in which our members continue to attract positive comment from instructing lawyers and the judiciary alike.

Chambers has a particular expertise in the following types of cases involving the international movement of children, involving key treaties like The Hague Convention and Brussels II, as well as in non-Hague Convention cases

Members of chambers also have expertise in urgent cases requiring injunctions, the wardship of children, or involving the inherent jurisdiction of the courts. We have been regularly instructed in short-notice cases where our barristers have sought emergency relief and protective measures, requiring a swift and appropriate response from the courts. We have also been instructed on ‘forced marriage’ cases, as well as those involving vulnerable/trafficked children.

Members of chambers regularly lecture to the profession and the judiciary on the subject of international family law, in particular on child abduction and on the international movement of children, in accordance with both European Union and non-European law.