Partner Carolina Marín Pedreño and Solicitor Aysel Akhundova represented the respondent father and instructed Edward Devereux QC (of Harcourt Chambers), Zane Malik QC (of 39 Essex Chambers) and William Tyzack (of Queen Elizabeth Building).
By its decision, the Supreme Court affirmed the importance of progressing and determining applications under the 1980 Hague Convention as expeditiously as possible. It also invited Parliament to pass further legislation to ensure that delays were kept to a minimum in circumstances where a respondent to, or subject child of, an application under the 1980 Hague Convention had made an asylum application.
Carolina Marin Pedreño, partner at Dawson Cornwell, commented, “This is a landmark decision which sets out the approach that must be followed in cases where there has been the wrongful removal or retention of children and where asylum and immigration issues arise. It is a very welcome decision, in which the UK Supreme Court has emphasised the commitment of the UK to the terms of the 1980 Hague Convention.”