International Family Law

International Family Law

Coram is dedicated to achieving positive outcomes for our clients when it matters most.

Our international family law barristers are skilled at guiding clients through a wide range of disputes, including child abduction matters overseas, international surrogacy or adoption, and forced marriage. We are highly experienced and offer a unique blend of robust advocacy, legal acumen, and sensitive representation. We understand that international child matters are demanding. We work with clients to deliver prompt and comprehensive service. We can make applications on an emergency basis, without notice to the other party, and can advise by phone in emergencies.

For more information on our members or to discuss a particular case, please contact our clerking team.

Our approach

Our International Family Law barristers provide a unique mix of robust advocacy, innovative thinking, and a problem-solving approach.

Our barristers understand that international child matters are demanding. We work with clients to deliver prompt and comprehensive service. We can make applications on an emergency basis, without notice to the other party, and can advise by phone in emergencies.

Our International Family Law team has the capacity to handle hearings at short notice and out of hours, as well as giving telephone and email advice to ensure clients get a swift response to issues as a case develops.

Areas of expertise

Our International Family Law team has extensive experience in handling international law matters, including:

  • Under the Hague Convention 1980
  • Applications involving jurisdictional issues under Brussels II Revised
  • Forum non conveniens applications
  • Matters involving Rule 16.4 guardians.

Our team’s high-profile work deals with individuals involved in child abduction matters overseas or involved in domestic disputes where one party is applying to permanently remove a child from the jurisdiction. We have also advised national offices, such as the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Supreme Court of Kazakhstan, on matters of child law as well as local authorities in cases of contested jurisdiction under Article 15 of Brussels II Revised.

Our family finance team is well versed in cross-jurisdictional finance disputes, where there is a question of allocation of maintenance, division of assets and finances, regulatory jurisdiction, or residual discretionary power. We have experience in appellate work, with cases involving Brussels I Recast, Brussels II Revised, and the Maintenance Regulation.

We were leading counsel on Villiers v Villiers [2018] EWCA Civ 1120, a leading spousal maintenance case involving English and Scottish jurisdiction which received national media coverage. Cross-border conundrums such as this are highly complex, involving the division of high-value assets, interpretation of multiple legislation, and are precedent-setting.

Additional services

Our members speak multiple languages: French, Italian, German, Hindi, Punjabi, Spanish, and Farsi. Coram provides a full and bespoke out of court Dispute Resolution service which utilises the expert skills of our family barristers as mediators, arbitrators and through neutral evaluation (private FDR hearings). The expertise of several of our members is recognised by the most prominent directories, Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500.

Team Members

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Martha Cover

Call 1979
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Gill Honeyman

Call 2011
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Neil Fry

Call 1992
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Alison Easton

Call 1994
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Judith Pepper

Call 1999
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Yasmeen Jamil

Call 1998
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Sarah Branson

Call 2001
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Helen Harper

Call 2002
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Sophie Hill

Call 2003
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Amanda Bewley

Call 2005
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Richard Yorke

Call 2006
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Ramanjit Kang

Call 2007
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Sarah Tyler

Call 2009
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Matthew Shaw

Call 2011
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Jack Harrison

Call 2015
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Julia Queen

Call 2015
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Rachel Cooper

Call 2017
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Sam Watts

Call 2018