Our Services

International Family Law


Where divorce or separation has an international dimension, this can add additional complexity, particularly where children are involved. Our large team has the skills and expertise to support you throughout this process. We act quickly on your behalf to ensure the Laws of England and Wales are adopted, where those laws are advantageous to you, without necessarily the need for you to return to the UK. The timing and consideration if the Court is involved, and in which Country, is sometimes key to ensuring the best outcome for you, our client.

We are well connected with other specialist family lawyers around the world, and are part of two large International networks (Ecovis Global & IR Global). This means we can draw on expertise in most Countries when acting for you to ensure that you are given appropriate options or, if further assistance is required, when dealing with cross-border disputes.

We work with a number of dedicated experts who assist when looking at complex cases; these may include forensic accountants, tax experts and pensions advisors. This ensures that all aspects of your personal situation are looked at from an early stage.

Our whole family team have expertise in advising on international cases, whether in relation to divorce, financial matters or children issues. Joanna Farrands and Helen Habershon head the expatriate divorce team and write regularly on international law matters for the local and national press. Candida Purser adds strength to the offering, having lived and worked overseas for many years, running her own International Family Law practice in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

A source comments: "They're very easy to work with. You get a good team feel when you work with them." "They were very understanding and accommodating of my situation."
Chambers UK, 2020

Please contact one of our specialists who will be happy to discuss your matter with you:

Joanna Farrands +44 (0)1483 543223 JoannaFarrands@BarlowRobbins.com

Helen Habershon +44 (0)1483 543225 HelenHabershon@BarlowRobbins.com

Candida Purser +44 (0)1483 543216 CandidaPurser@BarlowRobbins.com