Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE spoke on 10th December at A Hidden Truth: London, a conference about the impact of forced marriage on people with learning difficulties.
Carolina Marín Pedreño was the director of the conference organised by the Spanish Association of Family Lawyers, AEAFA on 8th December 2014 at Europe House. The Seminar was opened by Lady Justice Black and Magistrate Miguel Carmona Ruano addressing the role of the International Liaison Judge. Our partner Lucy Marks presented a comparative study about divorce with Lola Lopez-Muelas from Murcia, and our fee earner James Netto presented a comparative study about relocation applications together with Esther Susín Carrasco from Sabadell. William Longrigg and Mark Harper presented IAML and the coming European Chapter conference in Seville in March 2015.
We are very proud to announce that solicitor advocate Colin Rogerson has been selected as one of the 4 Rising Stars under 40 by the National LGBT Bar Association and Interlaw Diversity Forum, at an awards ceremony hosted by JP Morgan.
The awards were in recognition of LGBT legal professionals under the age of 40 "who are rising stars in the profession and have demonstrated a profound commitment to LGBT equality".
Reunite have announced that the Law Commission have recommended that Section 1 of the Child Abduction Act 1984 be extended to cover cases of wrongful retention of a child abroad.
Stephen Timms MP, Co-Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Child Abduction, said "Our concern around this anomaly in legislation comes in the context of a very marked increase in the number of cases of international parental child abduction in recent years. There should be equality of treatment for what is essentially a serious criminal offence striking at the heart of family life, and in the individual interest of the left-behind parents and abducted children who are victims of retention."
Carolina Marín Pedreño has been invited to speak at the first Congress of Family: Chile-Argentina, organised jointly by UIA and the Euro American Academy of Family Law, taking place in Santiago de Chile. Carolina will be addressing the European perspective on Child Abduction in the conference.
Dawson Cornwell attended the Jordans Family Law Awards following Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE's nomination for International Family Lawyer of the Year and Zoe Fleetwood for Associate Solicitor of the Year. We would like to congratulate all the winners.
Carolina Marín Pedreño acts in Court of Justice of the European Union case.
We are thrilled to announce that Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE has been awarded the prestigious President’s Medal at the IAML Annual Conference in Budapest.
We are extremely proud to announce that Carolina Marín Pedreño has been named Lawyer of the Week in the Times newspaper.
Lucy Marks acts for a husband who was awarded his costs of appeal from a financial remedies order which placed no limit on the wife’s sharing of his bonus payments and where the judge was critical of the wife’s approach to mediation.
Lucy Marks discussed the position of pre-nuptial agreements in England and Wales on Australian ABC News’ current affairs programme "AM".
Carolina Marín Pedreño consulted and quoted in an article by Fernando Saiz regarding the increase of child abduction in Spain. The article was published in the magazine, Escritura Pública, for the Bar Association of Notaries in Spain.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE spoke about forced marriage at the UK Government Girl Summit 2014 on 22nd July in London.
Dawson Cornwell’s Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, Carolina Marín Pedreño and Caroline Korah are extremely pleased to act for Mother, Rachael Neustadt. The parties’ sons were abducted by their father in December 2012. The boys have now returned to England from Russia and have been reunited with their mother and their younger brother. The Russian authorities’ enforcement procedures have now lawfully concluded with the return of the children in the most secure and protective way for the children, and in accordance with court orders and the 1996 Hague Child Protection Convention.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE and Elizabeth McGowan attended the Lawasia conference on Family Law and Children’s rights conference in Sapporo, Japan on 3rd to 5th July 2014. Anne-Marie Hutchinson spoke on the relocation of children and child’s objections in Hague proceedings and Elizabeth McGowan spoke on the international enforcement of spousal and child maintenance.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE discussed the issues surrounding the Government’s decision to make forcing someone to marry a criminal offence on 16 June 2014, the day the new law came into force in England and Wales.
Anne-Marie stressed the importance of supporting victims whose families are being prosecuted for forced marriage, adding that "criminalisation cannot stand alone and there will be many cases where the criminal law will go hand in hand with the civil law."
The recent change in the law does not affect a victim's ability to seek a Forced Marriage Protection Order in the civil courts.
On 16 June 2014, sections 120 and 121 of the Anti-social Behavior, Crime and Policing Act 2014 came into effect in England and Wales. It criminalises the breach of a Forced Marriage Protection Order without reasonable excuse (attracting a fine and/or a sentence of up to 5 years’ imprisonment). It also criminalises (1) the use of violence, threats or any other form of coercion (unless where the victim lacks capacity, in which case any conduct will suffice) to cause someone to marry and (2) deceiving a person with the intention of causing him or her to leave the UK to be forced into marriage (both attracting a maximum sentence of 7 years’ imprisonment).
Shabina Begum completed her triathlon on Sunday 8 June in just over an hour and a half in order to raise money for the National Zakat Foundation. The money will be used to help victims of domestic violence.
Carolina Marín Pedreño's article, "Surrogacy in Spain: reality v legality", written jointly with Jorge A Marfil, Senior Partner at Jorge A Marfil Abogados in Madrid, Spain, has been published in the June 2014 edition of the International Family Law journal. The article analyses a controversial judgment of the Spanish Supreme Court in February 2014 where the Court adopted a prohibitive stance towards the legal recognition of surrogate children in relation to their intended parents.
Lisette Dupré spoke on Men's Hour, Radio 5 Live on Sunday 11 May on how separated fathers can improve their involvement in their children's lives.
Dawson Cornwell are proud to announce that Shabina Begum has been made a Churchill Fellow by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust. She was awarded the Fellowship by Dame Mary Peters at Church House in London on 28 May 2014 in an event attended by Sir Winston Churchill's great-grandson, Randolph Churchill.
Jeremy Abraham, Zoë Fleetwood, Caroline Korah, Juliet Flavell, Catherine Hutchinson and James Netto took part alongside senior members of the judiciary and other legal professionals in the London Legal Walk 2014, a 10km walk through the heart of London.
Over 7,500 walkers took part in the event, which raised over half a million pounds for legal advice charities in London and the South East.
James Netto delivered a presentation on children law at the British Spanish Law Association's Annual Conference in Malaga, Spain. James' talk, delivered to an audience of international lawyers specialising in cross-border work, focused on leave to remove, shared residence and the registration of foreign orders in England and Wales.
Dawson Cornwell represented on a pro bono basis the leading UK charity for child abduction, Reunite, in the UK Supreme Court case of K (A Child) (Northern Ireland)  UKSC 29. The case involved a nine year old boy born in Lithuania. His mother had removed him from his maternal grandparents' care, with whom he had spent the majority of this life.
Lady Hale, representing the majority, laid down a five-stage test that clarifies the meaning of the words "rights of custody" in the 1980 Hague Convention on Child Abduction and European Council Regulation No 2201/2003. The Court held that the grandmother did have rights of custody and that the child should be returned.
Colin Rogerson, Solicitor Advocate, represented a couple in the High Court in Re G and M  EWHC 1561 (Fam) – a case that, yet again, highlights "the critical importance of anyone considering this type of arrangement to secure expert advice" (Mrs Justice Theis DBE).
Colin successfully obtained a parental order for a gay couple who had relocated to England from France in respect of their twins born to a surrogate in the United States. The granting of a parental order made the couple the legal parents of the children under English law.
Dawson Cornwell are delighted to announce that Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE won the Corporate "Straight Ally" of the Year award at the 2014 Out In The City and g3 Magazine Awards. Anne-Marie continues to work with Colin Rogerson, Solicitor Advocate, in complex international surrogacy cases to help couples gain legal recognition as parents in England and Wales following a surrogacy arrangement overseas.
Dawson Cornwell congratulates all nominees and winners of awards at the G3 Out Awards 2014 which took place at the Landmark Hotel on Friday 24 April 2013.
Carolina Marín Pedreño is invited to speak about the appeal process in Hague Convention 1980 cases, in various jurisdiction, at a Conference organised by the Bar Association of Ankara, Turkey with the support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Galatasaray University, on 12th April 2014.
Mónica Fourmentel was invited by The Law Society of Mataró, Spain, to speak about Alternative Dispute Resolutions in England and Wales.
Inaugural Family Law Conference in Murcia
Carolina Marín Pedreño invited to speak at the first Family Law Conference organised by The Law Society of Murcia and the Spanish Association of Family Lawyers, AEAFA on 3rd and 4th April 2014 in Murcia.
Dawson Cornwell held a reception on 27 March 2014 at The Old Court Room at Lincoln's Inn to celebrate the launch of Dawson Cornwell's Japanese website and Japan's ratification of the 1980 Hague Convention on child abduction.
In attendance were members of the Japanese Embassy, the Japanese Judiciary and Japanese lawyers as well as members of the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit, Reunite and other foreign lawyers and embassy representatives.
Dawson Cornwell has been granted permission to appeal to the Court of Justice of the European Union in a case led by partner, Carolina Marín Pedreño. Dawson Cornwell will be seeking the Court's interpretation of Articles 12 and 15 of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 concerning the prorogation and transfer of jurisdiction between Spain and the United Kingdom.
Carolina Marín Pedreño is invited by the Spanish Association of Family Lawyers, AEAFA to participate in their XXI annual conference in Madrid on 7th and 8th March 2014, as Chair of the international panel on Collaborative Practice. The panel is formed by Norma Izzo Milner from USA, Federico Martin Prus from Argentine, Juan José Seoane from Spain, Daniela Horvitz from Chile and Marco Calabrese from Italy.
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE presents a talk at the Sha’arei Mishpat Law School in Hod Hasharon, Israel for the International Society of Family Law’s Israel 2014 Conference on "International Family Law with Emphasis on the Work of the Hague Conference on Private International Law."
Anne-Marie, drawing on her experience dealing with cross-border surrogacy cases, discussed possible solutions to tackle the complex issues arising out of International Surrogacy Arrangements. Other speakers included experts from Spain, Australia, Israel, Finland, Italy, Poland and Russia.
We are proud to announce that Shabina Begum has been shortlisted for the British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration 2014 list. The list pays tribute to notable British Bangladeshi names who have demonstrated excellence in their field.
Lucy Marks' case which deals with the proper approach to calculating maintenance following divorce where a husband’s income comprised salary and bonus has been reported.
On 24th January Japan ratified the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, which will come into force on 1st April 2014. This significant step will see the provision of official channels offering help by the Japanese authorities to foreign parents who have had a child internationally abducted to Japan.