International/Removal from the Jurisdiction

The expert team of family barristers at Linenhall Chambers have extensive experience in advising clients in private law disputes concerning the relocation of children within the UK or removal of children overseas.

Our team work both with applicants who wish to move and with respondents opposing a move involving their children, taking instructions via a solicitor or on a direct access basis.

Cases concerning the movement of children are sensitive and emotive and making decisions about where a child should live is one of the most difficult decisions for a Court to make in private law children cases. Often, one parent wishes to start a new life with their children and it is not always clear whether it is right or wrong for children to be relocated or removed if the relationship of the other parent may be affected by the move.

Taking early advice from a barrister in Leave to Remove applications can be critical in achieving the right outcome for you and your children. Our experienced and caring barristers work closely with clients to understand the complexities of the case, take into account the feelings and emotions of older children where appropriate and provide guidance on the best way to proceed.

Our barristers provide guidance and support to clients in preparing a portfolio to make a case for a move or challenge a move, making sure the rationale is clearly outlined to the Judge and ensuring clients are thoroughly prepared in the lead up to and in Court itself.

Our team ensure that clients illustrate that careful consideration has been given to the best interests of the child and how contact and the relationship will be maintained with the other parent.

In cases where a client wishes to challenge a Leave to Remove application, applications can be made by our team for Prohibited Steps Orders.

Our responsive team are aware that there may be instances where there is a concern that a child or children will be relocated or removed imminently and they provide urgent guidance and advice to clients in that position.

Linenhall’s family barristers can advise clients on internal relocation within the UK including Scotland and international relocation or removal anywhere in the world. Our large and well established team are preeminent in private law children work across North and Mid Wales, Cheshire and the wider North West as well as the Midlands but can advise clients across England and Wales. The team includes a number of Welsh speakers able to conduct cases in Welsh.

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Our specialists in International/Removal from the Jurisdiction

James Tillyard KC

Year of Call: 1978

Year of Silk: 2002

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