Carolina Marín Pedreño has been appointed as Commissioner in London by the Law Society of Murcia, Spain on 9th September 2013. Her swearing ceremony which took place on 26th November 2013 before the Executive Members and the President of The Law Society, Don Francisco Escribano.
Olivia Piercy named Young Solicitor of the Year 2013 at the Jordans Family Law Awards.
Shabina Begum spoke on Saturday 26 October 2013 at the Feminism in London conference on the horrifying but very real subject of acid violence following a study she has undertaken and her views that this should be treated as a specific phenomenon and not be lumped in with other assaults and attempted murders.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson spoke at the Law Society's Family Law Section annual conference about faith-based dispute resolution in family cases and the implications of the case of AI v MT in which Dawson Cornwell acted for the father.
Colin Rogerson is part of the international team of surrogacy experts assisting Edward and Karin Wong in their journey to the birth of their triplets via gestational surrogacy.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE was interviewed by Three Counties Radio on the subject of forced marriage.
Carolina Marín Pedreño and Mónica Fourmentel attend the annual conference of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in Buenos Aires, Argentina from 18th to 20th September 2013. Carolina Marín Pedreño leads the Hague symposium talking about principles of The Hague 1980. She gave a second presentation within The Hague Symposium about Hague Convention 1980 proceedings in England and Wales.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE and Shabina Begum took part in a conference on safeguarding children run by the Muslim Institute. The conference was aimed at engaging and opening up discussions amongst the Muslim communities on issues of child safeguarding and in effect surfacing some of the "unspoken" problems, covering issues of child neglect and child sexual exploitation.
Dawson Cornwell is proudly ranked in the Legal 500 2013 Edition.
Lucy Marks spoke at the conference of British Spanish Lawyers' Association in Barcelona. Her talk covered all areas of alternative dispute resolution.
Dawson Cornwell were delighted to be the headline legal partner in this year's Alternative Parenting Show which took place in the Connaught Rooms near Covent Garden on 21 September 2013. As has become the norm this year's show featured many exhibitors and a series of talks and seminars. As in previous years the show's headline sponsor were The London Women’s Clinic and it was organised by Square Peg Media.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE of Dawson Cornwell chaired a panel of experts in two separate discussion entitled "Surrogacy Arrangements For UK Residents – The Law and Process" and "Adoption: The Law, Procedure and Practice".
Dawson Cornwell acted for the successful appellant mother in an important appeal to the United Kingdom Supreme Court on jurisdiction in children's cases.
Dawson Cornwell are thrilled to have been nominated for Family Law Firm of the Year and that solicitor Olivia Piercy has been shortlisted for Young Solicitor of the Year by Jordans Family Law Awards.
Carolina Marín Pedreño is interviewed by Argentine Legal Editorial, IJ Professionals, about child abduction and her recently founded association in Spain, FASIM, for the assistance and prevention of international child abduction.
Carolina Marín Pedreño and Caroline Korah represent a mother in the first Hague 1996 case with the federation of Russia, seeking the return of two children wrongfully retained in Moscow by their father. The case was granted a publicity order.
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Carolina Marín Pedreño is quoted in the US press after the I CARE Foundation released the global Hague Convention-oriented International Travel Child Consent in English, Spanish, French, and Korean to fight international child abduction.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson and Wendy Ramus act for the mother in Supreme Court ruling over whether it has the power to order the return of four British children from Pakistan after their mother was imprisoned there by the children's father.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson and Richard Kwan have recently published an article on the issue of religious arbitration in the English Chronicle arising from the recent High Court case of Re AI and MT  EWHC 100 (Fam).
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE quoted by the Irish Times in a recent article entitled "Happy Ever After" about the growing need for forced marriage legislation in Ireland.
Lucy Marks has recently become a panel member of Jewish Women’s Aid, a charity whose aim is to offer help and assistance to Jewish women and their children who are the victims of domestic abuse. Lucy has written about religious arbitration on divorce in the recent newsletter.
The Family Mediators Association held its Gala Dinner and Conference on 25 and 26 June 3013 respectively. In her speech after the dinner guest of honour Cherie Booth QC paid tribute to the contribution made by John Cornwell to the founding of the association and to family law generally.
Lisa Parkinson delivered the inaugural John Cornwell Memorial Lecture on the morning of the conference at John's request she described him as "..a trail-blazer in the evolution of family law from a litigious approach to a settlement-seeking one, in court and out of court".
Carolina Marín Pedreño was invited to speak on 20th June 2013 on the impact of the European Union on UK law in the field of family judicial cooperation, in an event organised by the Ministry of Justice and the British Institute of International and Comparative Law.
The Supreme Court handed down its judgment this morning, putting an end to a divorce case lasting over five years. The case involves Michael Prest, an oil tycoon said to be worth at least £37.5 million, and his ex-wife, Yasmin Prest.
Lisette Dupré took part in the Manches Cup Lawyers Sailing Regatta racing for the Bar Yacht Club. She helped crew as part of a team of four who had never sailed together before. They took part in three races and won them all.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE spoke about parental child abduction and transnational jurisdiction at the IJC held in Islamabad Pakistan on 19-21 April 2013.
Resolution has paid tribute to its founder John Cornwell by launching a new annual award in his memory to be awarded each year at their conference to the member nominated for making an outstanding contribution in the field of family law. Dawson Cornwell were delighted that the first award was posthumously made to John Cornwell and accepted by his wife Claire Veillard. Watch the film celebrating 30 years of Resolution and the tribute to John Cornwell.
Dawson Cornwell were delighted to be sponsors for the Out in the City and G3 Awards 2013 on Friday 26th April. Our managing partner Stephen Harker presented Clare Balding and Stephen Fry with their awards for Broadcasters of the Year.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE spoke as part of a panel session entitled "Forced Marriages: What should the legal response be?" at the 18th CLC Conference held in Cape Town on 14-18 April 2013.
Dawson Cornwell were delighted to be sponsors for the First Time Buyer Readers Awards 2013 held on Friday 26th April. Our managing partner Stephen Harkerpresented the awards for Best Small Development with Nikki Chapman.
Dawson Cornwell has been shortlisted for the Citywealth Family ⁄ Matrimonial law firm of the year award.
Resolution, the organisation for family lawyers founded by John Cornwell, held its 25th annual conference in Stratford upon Avon on 11-13 April 2013. Lucy Marks, Kate Allenand Stephen Harker from Dawson Cornwell were in attendance. During her speech at the gala dinner on Friday night the Chair of Resolution Liz Edwards announced a new annual award for a solicitor who has demonstrated outstanding work in support of separating families. John Cornwell was named as first recipient and the award was collected in his memory by his wife Claire Veillard who also attended the dinner.
Dawson Cornwell were delighted to have been the sole UK legal sponsor of the Building Families Show which took place at the Hilton London Metropole on Saturday 6th April 2013 at which Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE spoke about the legal framework in the UK for bringing a surrogate child here from overseas and securing a parenting order in the British courts.
Sulema Jahangir has been interviewed about her views on the recent cuts in public funding by the Legal Aid Authority for Islam Channel.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE and Sarah Benhadj both spoke at a seminar entitled "Children’s rights – international aspects. Co-operation of Polish and British institutions" held at the Polish Embassy in London on 21 March 2013.
John Cornwell, our senior partner and one of the founding partners of the firm, died on 22 February 2013 after being ill for some time. All of us at Dawson Cornwell were hugely saddened by this awful news and the office will not be the same without him. His funeral took place at Christ Church Spitalfields on 6 March 2013 and was attended by in excess of 400 people. A number of obituaries have been published.
Thomson Reuters has published its list of superlawyers in Super Lawyers Magazine. Dawson Cornwell are proud that Kate Allen, Rhiannon Lewis and Russell Bywater were all named in the family law section with Carolina Marín Pedreño noted as a rising star in family law. Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE was not only named a super lawyer but made it into the London Top 100 and the London Top 50 Women.
Carolina Marín Pedreño was invited by the Executive Committee of AEAFA to address them at their XX Annual meeting held in Madrid on 8th and 9th March 2013, about Alternative Disputes Resolution in England and Wales.
The summary, edited by Carmen Varela, Abogada from Barcelona, mentions the presentation of Carolina Marín Pedreño.
Read about the plight of women abandoned in India and Pakistan by foreign spouses in an article by Roma Rajpal.
Dawson Cornwell recently acted for a husband in a ground-breaking case where the court endorsed the parties’ mutual desire to have financial and child related issues decided in a religious court. Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE of Dawson Cornwell commented that this was highly signficant and could have implications for other faiths.
On 16 January 2013 Tania Afrin, winner of the third annual Peter Clark Prize, was presented with the £2,000 award at Dawson Cornwell’s offices.
This award was established in honour of Peter Clark, a partner at Dawson Cornwell from 1993 until his death in April 2010. Managing partner Stephen Harker said: "In providing a young aspiring family lawyer with this award and the internship at Dawson Cornwell we hope to help them along the road to qualification and remember Peter Clark our partner whose contribution to the field of family law was immense."
Carolina Marín Pedreño and Lucy Marks have been elected respectively as secretary and committee member of the British Spanish Lawyers’ Association at their Annual General Meeting held on 17th January 2013 at Lincoln’s Inn.