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Family, Children & Family Formation Law

Dawson Cornwell – international family law experts

The interests of today’s ultra-high net worth individuals, their families and private offices are global. This brings along with it global legal issues that require the attention and advice of advisors of impeccable integrity, experience and expertise. Nowhere is this more important than in dealing with family and matrimonial issues. We are known for having a strong all-round offering in public and private children law. We also advise on contentious, high-value divorces, with dedicated departments operating for each area.

Our international expertise leads the way on cutting-edge cross-border issues such as surrogacy, family formation and fertility law. Where more than one jurisdiction is involved, it is essential to obtain legal advice as quickly as possible. It is important to know what your rights are and what options are available. Often, speed is crucial in determining the success of a case. We have a worldwide recognised specialism in cross-jurisdictional and international divorce and children cases. We have advised in cases involving countless different countries across the world and have acted in many groundbreaking reported cases. We regularly advise on international forum disputes and financial claims.

We are regarded as second to none in the field of international child abduction, forced marriage and international children disputes. We have specialists who are cross qualified in other jurisdictions or are fluent in other languages including Spanish, German, French, Italian, Polish, Russian, Hindi, Gujarati, Urdu, Punjabi, Bengali, Swedish, Turkish and Azeri. Dawson Cornwell includes the Vice President and Fellows of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and members of the International Bar Association, the Union Internationale des Avocats as well as many other international family law organisations and has well-established connections with other professionals abroad.

Clients and peers alike praise us for the quality of our personal and legal advice. Year after year, prestigious law directories such as Spears, Chambers UK and the Legal 500, as well as the Times, have recognized our group and individual practitioners in the areas of family, matrimonial and children law. We are described by the Legal 500 as a firm with “immense foreign expertise and a first-rate children department which is at the forefront of private children law disputes, difficult public law cases, child abduction and other areas such as forced marriages, surrogacy and parentage arrangements. It also has a significant practice that deals with financial provision for children.”

We are once again ranked by Chambers UK as the only Band 1 Leading Firm for Children: Cross-Border Disputes and as a Leading Firm for Family/Matrimonial Law and Children: Public Law Matters. The firm is described as “a leader in family law, especially in cases with an international element. Their knowledge of the relevant law and client care set them apart.” “They’re brilliant at using the court system to get an outcome that supports the wishes of the children involved,” a respondent notes. One client also states, “I felt that the whole firm was behind me as one person, which reassured me that I was in excellent hands at Dawson Cornwell.”

Known for being “an astute litigator”, Russell Bywater, who is regularly ranked by Chambers HNW, is Head of the Matrimonial Department. Carolina Marina Pedreño is Head of the Children Department: described by sources as “absolutely superb”, Carolina is an award winning “International Lawyer of the Year” and The Times “Lawyer of the Week”. Consistently ranked by Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500, she is highly sought after as “one of the foremost international children lawyers”, acting for high net worth individuals and the publicly funded alike.

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Dawson Cornwell
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Tel: + 44 (0)20 7242 2556
Contact: Carolina Marin Pedreno

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