Practice Areas

Abduction & International Movement

Four Brick Court has an established reputation for cases concerning the international movement of children.

Members have dealt with jurisdiction and international issues arising in care proceedings. This includes cases where children have been trafficked or entered the country as an unaccompanied minor. In such cases the interaction of the courts of England & Wales and the court or social services in the originating country can be a complex and difficult process.

We accept instructions form all parties in such cases including local authorities, parents, and children’s guardians.

Our members are also frequently instructed in cases concerning the Hague Convention and Brussels II involving the abduction of children abroad as well as in urgent cases where the court is invited in invoke the inherent jurisdiction, making the child a ward of court and ordering the child to be returned.