2007 - News Articles

Legal profession Hall of Fame

December 2007

Senior partner John Cornwell is given a place in the Lawyer magazine's Hall of Fame for having changed the course of family law by founding the Solicitors Family Law Association (now called Resolution).

Hall of Fame

Dawson Cornwell wins House of Lords case

December 2007

Dawson Cornwell wins the ground-breaking House of Lords case of Re M, affecting Hague Convention child abducion cases where children have been in the UK for over a year and object to a return.

Case report

Chambers & Partners 2007-2008

November 2007

Dawson Cornwell is described as a "fantastic outfit" and achieves high rankings across the board in Chambers & Partners 2007-2008 Edition - no. 1 for cross-jurisdictional children work and no. 3 for matrimonial finance and private children cases.

Chambers profile

International Bar Association Conference

October 2007

Anne-Marie Hutchinson and Rhiannon Lewis recently attended the International Bar Association Conference in Singapore which was attended by over 3,500 international lawyers. They were chosen to attend as delegates for the Law Society and the UK Trade and Investment mission. Anne-Marie chaired the main family law session, participating alongside other high profile international family lawyers.

Press release and photographs

Anne-Marie Hutchinson to speak at American Bar Association Fall conference re. International Family Law

October 2007

Dawson Cornwell welcomes the American Bar Association to London for its Fall Conference (3rd to 6th October) at which Anne-Marie Hutchinson is speaking on International Family Law in Children


New Law Developments

October 2007

As from 1st October 2007, the USA is now a reciprocating country for the enforcement of maintenance orders.

Also as of 1st October, the Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) will replace the Enduring Power of Attorney as the power that can operate after a person ceases to have mental capacity. The LPA increases the range of different decisions that people can authorise others to make on their behalf. In addition to property and financial matters, a person can delegate decisions affecting their personal welfare, including healthcare and medical treatment to their attorney. Consult Martin Beard or John Cornwell for further details.

All Dawson Cornwell partners recommended in 2007 edition of Legal 500

October 2007

Dawson Cornwell is delighted to announce that every single one of their family law partners is recommended in the 2007 edition of the Legal 500. The firm is recommended for its “strength and depth of expertise in both money and children work.”

Dawson Cornwell makes ground-breaking law

July 2007

Dawson Cornwell make ground-breaking law winning leave for a child to intervene in a mother’s petition to the House of Lords. (EM (Lebanon) and the Secretary of State for the Home Department.)

Dawson Cornwell private client partner wins award for pro bono contributions

June 2007

Martin Beard has been awarded the 2007 Solicitors Pro Bono Group LawWorks Award for Best Contribution by an Individual. The judges, who included Cherie Booth QC, made the award in recognition of his 30 years service at Centre 70.


Launch of Spanish website

May 2007

Dawson Cornwell reception on 24th May 2007 at The Law Society to launch its Spanish website. Over £400 was raised for Asociación para la Recuperación de Niños Sacados de su País, marking International Missing Children’s Day on 25th May 2007.

Asociación para la Recuperación de Niños Sacados de su País

Dawson Cornwell wins children Court of Appeal case

May 2007

Dawson Cornwell represented the successful appellant in Re: M (a child), a Court of Appeal case in which the Article 13b defence and the welfare considerations in a child’s objections defence were considered (Re M (a child) [2007] EWCA Civ 260).

Anne-Marie Hutchinson at the European Parliament

April 2007

Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE will be speaking at the European Parliament Joint Hearing on the Rights of the Child.


Child Concern Day Seminar

March 2007

On Friday 27 April 2007, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE will be speaking at the Child Concern Day Seminar.

Seminar programme

Forced marriages

February 2007

On Sunday 18th March 2007, Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE will be speaking on the topic of forced marriages at the United Kingdom Association of Women Judges’ annual conference in Birmingham.

Conference programme

Latest edition of Stephen Harker’s family law conveyancing bible

January 2007

New edition of Family Lawyers “bible”, Matrimonial Conveyancing by Stephen Harker, now out.