Amy Rowe

Partner  Amy.Rowe@dawsoncornwell.com

Amy Rowe - Dawson Cornwell

Described by sources as “truly outstanding” and "a leading expert in international children’s law” whose “legal knowledge is second to none”, a powerhouse and a tough opponent…a truly exceptional international children lawyer”, Amy is an expert in all aspects of domestic and international family law. Ranked in Band 1 by Chambers & Partners and a “Leading Individual” in the Legal 500, Amy is sought after as “one of the standout children lawyers of her generation” with “unparalleled expertise and experience in international children cases."

Amy has extensive experience of the many different aspects of international family law, including child abduction, wardship, jurisdictional disputes, international relocation of children, registration and enforcement of foreign orders, stranded spouses, forced marriage and FGM. Amy is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Child Abduction and Children Law.

Amy also regularly acts for parents and relatives in domestic disputes about child arrangements, including same-sex parenting disputes, and she is known for being impressively adept” at handling child arrangements for high-profile individuals.

Recognised in the directories for her expertise in cross border adoption cases, surrogacy and fertility law, Amy has experience in the law relating to co-parenting arrangements, sperm and egg donation, assisted reproduction and family formation, surrogacy arrangements (both domestic and international), and cross border adoption. Amy was invited to meet with the Law Commission to provide recommendations on the reform of surrogacy law.

Amy has carved out a niche advising and litigating in complex proceedings on behalf of overseas public authorities in relation to cross border disputes and the protection of children and vulnerable adults living in this jurisdiction under orders of foreign courts. Amy is a “Recommended Lawyer” in the Legal 500 for her Court of Protection Work.

Known for obtaining excellent results for her clients, Amy is praised for being dynamic and “creative in finding solutions for difficult problems”. She has a passionate and unwavering dedication to fighting difficult cases and a proven ability to take on and win complex, novel cases, including in the Supreme Court. Amy has acted in many of the leading cases in the appellate courts in the field of international children law.

Amy is a member of the International Family Law Committee, the Family Procedure Rule Committee International Family Working Group, the Resolution International Committee, and the Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA). She is a frequent speaker at conferences and has recently provided training at the Resolution National Conference, the Bloomsbury Law: Children Law Conference, the Immigration Law Practitioners’ Association (ILPA), and to a number of fertility clinics in London.

Recognised in the Legal 500 for her work on Brexit, Amy assisted in the preparation of evidence to the Justice Select Committee on the implications of Brexit for the family justice system, prepared a paper drawing together the recommendations of the lead specialist practitioner groups in England and Wales, and drafted guidance on the implications of Brexit on practice and procedure in Family Law.

Prior to joining Dawson Cornwell in 2021, Amy was a Partner and Head of the Family and Matrimonial team at a leading London firm.

Winner of the Jordan Family Law Awards 2012 ‘Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year’.

Leading Individual (Band 1)
Amy Rowe is highly respected for her handling of international children law. She is impressively adept at cross-border adoption matters and child arrangements for high-profile individuals, fielding additional strength in relocation and abduction matters. Her expertise includes surrogacy and fertility law. "She is truly outstanding in the field of international children work. Her legal knowledge is second to none and her preparation and attention to detail is faultless." "She is exceptionally talented, kind, persistent and knowledgeable." "She is always extremely thorough and gives clear advice."
Chambers UK 2022

Leading Individual
“Amy Rowe – head of the family team. She has exceptional attention to detail and a very sharp, analytical legal brain. She is creative in finding solutions for difficult problems, particularly in international cases”. “Thorough, knowledgeable, and very hardworking. Amy Rowe is one of the standout children lawyers of her generation”. “Amy Rowe – has unparalleled expertise and experience in international children cases. A formidable opponent”. “Amy Rowe is an excellent lawyer and relentlessly pursues the right result for her client”.
Legal 500 2022

Leading Individual (Band 1)
Amy Rowe is highly respected for her handling of international children law. She is impressively adept at Schedule 1 matters and child arrangements for high-profile individuals, fielding additional strength in relocation and abduction matters. "Amy is a truly exceptional international children lawyer who is regularly recommended alongside other leaders in the field." She is “a powerhouse and a tough opponent."
Chambers UK 2021

Leading Individual
“Amy Rowe is incredibly talented and bright and works tirelessly with great knowledge and flair. She is never afraid of a challenge and will take a case all the way to the Supreme Court if there is a point of principle or an issue of the infringement of human rights”. “Amy has been the active managing partner for some time and she leads her team with skill and rigour. It is clear to me that the more junior solicitors have learned from her to focus early on in a case on the details and possible outcomes of every part of the evidence and process. Amy has an unparalleled knowledge of the law”.
“Amy’s approach means that nothing is missed and her clients’ positions are as protected as possible from the very beginning”. Amy is "a leading expert in international children’s law. Her particular niche is acting for overseas public authorities where they need to be involved in English court disputes. She is extremely committed to her clients and invariably she succeeds in achieving her client’s objectives."
Legal 500 2021

Leading Individual (Band 1)
Amy Rowe is highly respected for her handling of international children law. She is impressively adept at Schedule 1 matters and child arrangements for high-profile individuals, fielding additional strength in relocation and abduction matters. One source states: "She more than holds her own against competitors who may be longer in the tooth. What they don’t have is Amy’s dynamism, and focus on keeping on top of all aspects of her cases."
Chambers UK 2020

Leading Individual
“Amy Rowe is incredibly talented and bright and works tirelessly with great knowledge and flair. She is never afraid of a challenge and will take a case all the way to the Supreme Court if there is a point of principle or an issue of the infringement of human rights.” “Amy Rowe is a leading expert in international children’s law. Her particular niche is acting for overseas public authorities where they need to be involved in English court disputes. She is extremely committed to her clients and invariably, she succeeds in achieving her client’s objectives.”
Legal 500 2020

Leading Individual (Band 1)
Amy Rowe is widely considered a leading figure in work involving the international abduction of children, and comes particularly recommended for her specialist knowledge of Anglo-Irish disputes. Sources state: "Amy is an expert in the field of international children work in the true sense of the word," adding: "She will exhaust every possible avenue in finding a missing child or fighting a case in the best possible way."
Chambers UK 2019

Next Generation Lawyer
"The excellent Amy Rowe heads the [family] team at Bindmans LLP, which is one of the leading children firms in London and is noted for its international work. Rowe is thorough, incisive and brilliantly prepared. Her knowledge of international children disputes is outstanding".
Legal 500 2019

Distinguished Individual
Amy Rowe was named as “Distinguished Individual”
The Spear’s 500 2019

Star Associate
Amy "came to family law fully formed and she just keeps getting better." She is "astute and knows the law inside out. She is outstanding." She maintains a stellar reputation in the area of international children law.
Chambers UK 2018

Next Generation Lawyer
Amy Rowe is “excellent” and “thorough, incisive and brilliantly prepared. Her knowledge of international children disputes is outstanding”.
“She is astute and knows the law inside out. She is outstanding. She maintains a stellar reputation in the area of international children law”.
Legal 500 2018

Star Associate
Amy Rowe is "a real specialist in international children cases". She is the "star of the department" and someone who is "smart, knowledgeable and seriously hard-working."
Chambers UK 2017

Next Generation Lawyer
Amy Rowe is “one of the stars of the team. She is exceptionally able, showing a rare combination of creative legal thinking and detailed legal knowledge“.
Legal 500 2017

Star Associate
"Amy Rowe has an authority and maturity of outlook well beyond her years and is entirely unfazed by the most difficult and complicated international law cases".
Chambers UK 2016

Amy Rowe is "assured and well-prepared".
Legal 500 2016

Associate to Watch
Amy Rowe is "ferociously bright".
Chambers UK 2015

Amy has "genuine charm that masks a cool intellect".
Legal 500 2015

Amy Rowe is “exceptionally hardworking”.
Legal 500 2014

Amy Rowe is developing "an excellent reputation" in international child abduction matters.
Legal 500 2013

Amy has been invited to appear on radio and on the BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show as a legal expert on international child abduction.

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  • Amy is an ongoing author of the Resolution Guide to International Family Law.
  • Ordinary Residence: Can the ‘Shah test’ survive after Re A and the Cornwall Council case? Amy Rowe and Jennifer Perrins, Family Law Week 2014.

“She is exceptionally talented, kind, persistent and knowledgeable”

Chambers 2022

“has unparalleled expertise and experience in international children cases. A formidable opponent”

The Legal 500 2022

She is “a powerhouse and a tough opponent”

Chambers 2021

“is incredibly talented and bright and works tirelessly with great knowledge and flair”

The Legal 500 2021