Specialist Areas

Spire Barristers’ specialist children law barristers have an established reputation in representing clients on all International children law issues.

These issues can relate to the

  • international movement of children:
  • child abduction,
  • a ‘leave to remove’ application to take children permanently to live aboard,
  • surrogacy or adoption,
  • forced marriage aboard,
  • or vulnerable or trafficked children.

Our public law children barristers’ have legal experience in representing clients in jurisdictional disputes, most commonly, Brussels II Revised.

Expertise in International Law

Spire Barristers specialists are able to call upon detailed knowledge of the applicable law and an ability to impart clear advice speedily and decisively in Hague Convention cases for both the ‘left behind’ parent and the abductor.

As well as accepting instructions in matters involving the Hague Convention and Brussels II, clients can feel reassured by our International Law specialists expertise in urgent cases requiring Injunctions, Wardship and the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court. We have been regularly instructed in short-notice cases where our family barristers have sought emergency relief and protective measures, requiring a swift and appropriate response from the courts.

Our Barristers accept instructions from all parties in such cases including local authorities, parents, children’s guardians, CAFCASS and the Official Solicitor.

Please do not hesitate to contact one of our Family Law clerks


We accept client instructions in matters involving the Hague Convention and Brussels II