Forum Shah

Senior Associate

Forum Shah - Dawson Cornwell

Described by sources as an "outstanding" associate who provides "a first class service" Forum is ranked as a "key lawyer" by The Legal 500 2021. She has practised family law exclusively since qualifying as a solicitor in 2014. She joined Dawson Cornwell in 2020.  She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Child Abduction and Domestic Abuse. 

Forum specialises in private and public children law, with particular expertise in international child abduction and relocation. She receives instructions directly from the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU). She acts for both Applicants and Respondents in cases concerning the 1980 Hague Convention, as well as the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court/wardship and non Hague Convention countries. 

Forum also acts for parents and other family members in care proceedings (her expertise in international children law means she is often chosen by parents residing abroad who are seeking their child to be placed with them), in living and contact arrangements, applications to relocate abroad and cases involving allegations of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and parental alienation. 

She is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA)  and a member of Resolution and Young Legal Aid Lawyers (YLAL).  She is also a member of The Family Law Panel.  As a skilled advocate she often undertakes her own advocacy. 

Forum has volunteered for various organisations over the years including the One Stop Shop in Tower Hamlets and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau at the Central Family Court. 

Forum speaks fluent Gujarati and basic Hindi. 


  • Shortlisted for the Family Law Awards 2019 Young Solicitor of the Year

Forum Shah was named as a Key Lawyer
Legal 500 2021

"an exceptional associate who has carved out a niche for herself in child abduction law"
Legal 500 2020

"streets ahead of others particularly in relation to child abduction"
Legal 500 2019

"way ahead of her peers with her level of knowledge and expertise"
Legal 500 2018

"an exceptional associate who has carved out a niche for herself in child abduction law"

The Legal 500 2020

"streets ahead of others particularly in relation to child abduction"

The Legal 500 2019

Shortlisted for Young Solicitor of the Year, Family Law Awards 2019 

"way ahead of her peers with her level of knowledge and expertise"

The Legal 500 2018