International family law

Particularly well known for its expertise in complex financial cases, those involving children and international cases.

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Family Law Services at Penningtons Manches

With the rise in the mobility of families and international marriages, the consequences of marital and relationship breakdown increasingly have a cross-jurisdictional dimension. Cases involving conflict of law, international movement of children and the application of foreign law are becoming common, particularly in London, one of the most international cities in the world.

We can provide advice on all family cases with an international dimension as well as assisting international clients with a wide variety of questions about how the English legal system might apply to them, taking advantage of our links with leading family lawyers from around the globe where necessary.

The choice of jurisdiction for divorce can have a significant impact on the size and structure of a financial settlement. Rules regarding which assets are eligible for inclusion in the divorce settlement and disclosure requirements or those regarding maintenance vary from country to country. Our team regularly advises on choice of forum, sometimes referred to as “forum shopping”.

Penningtons Manches is at the forefront of thought leadership in the field of international family law and our team members have contributed to a number of seminal publications including International Pre-Nuptial and Post-Nuptial Agreements (2011), Relocation: A Practical Guide (2013) and Family Law: A Global Guide (2015).

Our team includes six Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL), an organisation of the world’s leading family practitioners. In addition, members of our team hold leadership positions in other key international family law organisations, including the Family Committee of the International Bar Association (IBA), the Private Client Commission of the International Association of Young Lawyers (AIJA) and the International Family Law Committee. These positions of leadership provide us with a global reach which is second to none.

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Recent work highlights

International child abduction

Acting for the successful mother in the reported case of AI v MT, an international case involving three jurisdictions where the issues included child abduction and financial proceedings in England and Canada.


Multi-jurisdictional dispute

Advising the wife in an Anglo-Scottish jurisdictional dispute involving substantial inherited and pre-acquired assets, including land and estates in four jurisdictions.


Marital agreements for Russian family

Acting for an international family office in drawing up multi-jurisdictional marital agreements for two generations of a prominent Russian family and providing general trust advice.

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Penningtons Manches LLP is a limited liability partnership registered in England and Wales with registered number OC311575 and is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority. San Francisco is an associated office.

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