Case providing guidance on the operation of the 1996 Convention, further to UK’s exit from the EU.

In Re D (Care Proceedings: 1996 Hague Convention: Article 9 Request) [2021] EWHC 1970 (Fam), Henry Setright QC and Chris Barnes acted for the local authority in proceedings before Mrs Justice Knowles concerning an application under the 1996 Hague Convention in respect of a child in Switzerland.


Charles Hale QC and Michael Edwards write for the Times on the impact of non qualifying sharia marriages.

Because traditional Islamic ceremonies are legally considered ‘non-qualifying’, vulnerable spouses are being trapped in marriages – or left destitute, write Charles Hale QC and Michael Edwards. Two years on from Akhter v Khan, the case in which campaigners hoped would lead to a change in the law, Muslim women continue to be treated differently to virtually all other women in society.

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Landmark appeal against the recognition of a Polish order

Henry Setright QC and Harry Langford appeared before Mr Justice Cobb in a landmark appeal against the recognition of a Polish order under the Brussells II Revised Regulation.


Court of Appeal case establishing that placement and private law non-agency adoption proceedings can be heard in parallel.

Piers Pressdee QC and Joanne Porter (instructed by Griffiths Robertson) appeared in the significant Court of Appeal case of R (Care Proceedings: Joinder of Foster Carers) [2021] EWCA Civ 875.



Mani Basi and Lucy Logan Green present part III in a series for the Family Law Journal.

Mani Basi and Lucy Logan Green write for the Family Law Journal in Part III, looking at ‘Local authority input into private law proceedings’. This third instalment focuses on the circumstances in which the local authority may become involved within private law proceedings through a S.37 report and where they may then decide to issue public law proceedings.

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Harry Gates writes for SME Today.

Harry Gates writing for SME Today looks at the practicalities on whether you can still run a company together after getting divorced, by way of reflecting on the divorce of Bill and Melinda Gates.

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