Cross jurisdictional family legal advice

There has been a steady rise in families moving and marrying abroad and as a result, in the event of a relationship breakdown, complications may arise due to cross jurisdictional legal issues. Those issues may involve cross jurisdictional divorces and financial settlements and the international movement of children.

It is necessary to have extensive knowledge of international law when advising clients who have lived or married and/or have assets abroad. Careful thought and advice will need to be given in relation to which jurisdiction would be best to issue divorce proceedings or proceedings relating to children. Issuing proceedings in the correct jurisdiction is essential in financial proceedings to ensure the client can achieve the best possible financial settlement.

We also advise on the many international issues relevant to children. We have expertise in the international relocation of children for instance if you wish to move or travel abroad with your child or if you wish to prevent a child from being taken abroad. We also advise on international child abduction to include when a child is taken or retained abroad without consent or when a child is brought to this country without consent. We have experience of both Hague Convention and non-Hague Convention cases . It is vital that early advice is sought on these issues.

We are highly experienced in advising clients on foreign elements in family matters. We are a member of Interleges which enables the firm to work with lawyers  across the world on matters that may require international expertise.


Our credentials

What the team is known for: Highly experienced at taking on financial remedy cases. Focuses on settling issues through collaboration or mediation where possible, and through litigation if necessary. Active representing guardians in public law care proceedings. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “They are highly skilled and committed professionals who work incredibly hard and diligently for their clients.” “They provided an excellent service in a very straightforward and non-technical way.” Notable practitioners: Richard Ellis (Band 2) enjoys a strong reputation for his public children expertise, and is also skilled at taking on matrimonial finance cases. He is hailed by one commentator as “phenomenally good and a great advocate.” Sharon MacDonald (Band 3) frequently represents high net worth clients on alternative dispute resolution proceedings, such as mediation and collaborative law, associated with complicated finance matters. One client reports: “She was very thorough – all the paperwork was correct down to the minutest detail. She obtained a wonderful result for me.” Jon Toogood (Eminent Practitioner) handles matrimonial finance issues in the context of divorce cases, and is a skilled arbitrator and collaborative lawyer. One client praises his “excellent technical knowledge, very good commercial awareness and very good bedside manner.” Katherine Lauder is a Recognised Practitioner.” Chambers 2017 South West

“What the team is known for: Well-known team in the Oxford market, with substantial experience in divorce and financial remedy matters involving complex assets. Also advises on public law children cases, including those involving allegations of non-accidental injury. Strengths (Quotes mainly from clients): “A really good outfit, and universally likeable.” Notable practitioners: Mark Phillips (Band 3) is experienced advising in divorce and financial remedy matters, especially those involving complex assets such as pensions and business interests. One source says of him: “He is very intellectually able, and has a pleasant, persuasive way about him.” Head of the Oxfordshire family team Simon Bassett (Band 3) is particularly active in matrimonial finance cases. One source reports: “I’ve been really impressed with his ability to think creatively around the financial cases, and to look for solutions that aren’t obvious.”” Chambers 2017 Oxford and Surrounds

“Royds Withy King is ‘one of Bath’s leading family law firms’ for collaborative law and mediation, and department head Richard Ellis has ‘a fantastic reputation’ in care proceedings. Also recommended are Sharon MacDonald and Jon Toogood, and newly promoted senior associates Katherine Lauder and Rebecca Stevens.” Legal 500 2016 South West

“Royds Withy King’s group is led by Simon Bassett who is ‘a consistent high performer, particularly in matrimonial finance’. The ‘efficient and committed’ Anne Davies specialises in child-related work” Legal 500 2016 South East


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