03 August 2017
Acting for Mr MK in the landmark case of K v K (Children)  EWCA CIV 793). The Court of Appeal judgment changed the way international leaves to remove are decided, where parents share the care of the children. Their Lordships agreed that the only principle to come from Payne V Payne was that the welfare of the child is paramount.
Acted for a father for the return of his abducted children to Egypt.
Acted for the mother in M (Children)  EWCA Civ 1059, successful at first instance and in discussing the father’s appeal.
Lisa’s case of K v K was cited. There was no requirement for the mother to prove economic necessity to relocate, as "To do so would be to put exactly the sort of impermissible gloss on the welfare principle that K v K has so carefully dismantled."
England and Wales, 1988
Children and Injunctions, Model Letters For Family Lawyers, third edition, published by Jordans, chapter editor
Resolution Collaborative Law Group, Collaborative Partners
International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, Fellow
Society of English and American Lawyers
Collaborative Family Law
All Issues Mediator
6th World Congress on Family Law and Children’s Rights, Sydney, Australia
International Academy of Family Lawyers USA Chapter meeting, Hague Symposium, Arizona, US, presented a paper
Me in a minute
I am passionate about reaching agreements wherever possible
I am an American abroad and still prefer coffee to tea…but having been in London for over 40 years, I am bilingual in that I can speak American (New York dialect) and English. I love being an international person and being part of the international community, as I have a good understanding of the issues of my clients who are English (and those who are not). I am so pleased to be practising family law at Withers.
Children tug at the heartstrings, and my goal is to make whatever process a parent finds him or herself in as smooth as practically possible, given the particular set of circumstances.
To this end, I have been proud to spearhead a campaign to raise awareness of the plight of those parents who do not see their child or children as a result of Parental Alienation (PA). Those cases of PA are coming to the fore and it is my view that the legal profession as a whole needs to be educated and aware of the damage it does to children - who are the adults of the future - and the relationships they form in later life.
I also act for couples on divorce, to include their often complicated financial matters, frequently with a jurisdictional element. I am passionate about reaching agreements wherever possible, and if it is not, I try to minimise the stress of litigation for my clients.