Janet specialises in domestic and international family law, particularly matters involving children. She has specific expertise in child abduction involving Hague Convention and non Hague Convention countries. Janet is accredited by Resolution as a specialist children lawyer in child abduction matters and is regularly instructed by the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit but is increasingly instructed by respondents within these proceedings.
In cross border jurisdictional disputes, Janet is regularly instructed on international matters to resolve jurisdictional disputes. Whilst many disputes can be resolved through mediation/consent orders, this area of law can be complex and requires clarification from the courts to be resolved.
Janet is regularly instructed by parents who wish to relocate abroad with their child/children, whether temporarily or permanently, and parents who are experiencing difficulties in reaching agreement with child arrangements following separation. She is also instructed in divorce and has particular experience and knowledge in resolving complex matters involving intractable disputes. Janet has extensive advocacy experience and regularly appears in court on behalf of her clients keen to narrow issues and resolve matters.
Whilst specialising in children matters relating to relationship breakdown Janet has extensive experience in dealing with financial disputes on divorce including those involving complex financial structures and disputes involving an international element.
Janet won the International Family Lawyer of the Year award at Family Law Awards 2014.
Janet has previously been ranked in the Legal 500 being described as “first rate” (2013) and “highly recommended” in international children work in particular for “regularly taking cases to the court of appeal, examples include Mercredi v Chaffe, a multi-jurisdictional application for contact case” (2012).
Janet has been involved in a large number of reported cases, including:
- J (A Child) (1996 Hague Convention) (Morocco)  EWCA Civ 329 – Appeal by a mother against an order for the return of her 8 year old child to Morocco. Appeal allowed, the original order set aside and substituted with an order dismissing the father’s application.
- Re A (A child – Wardship – Fact finding – Domestic Violence)  EWHC 1598 (Fam) – Domestic violence fact finding – findings made that the father was physically abusive towards the mother.
- SP v EB and KP  EWHC 3964 (Fam) – Retrial of a father’s application for an order that his daughter aged 14, be returned forthwith to Malta pursuant to Article 12 of the Hague Convention
- TF v PJ  EWHC 1780 (Fam) – setting aside of a Hague Convention final return order
- Re KP (A Child) 2014 EWCA Civ 554 – successful appeal to the court of appeal
- Re F (A Child)  EWCA Civ 275 – appeal to the court of appeal to set aside a return order within Hague proceedings
- Re LC  UKSC1 – instructed by reunite in the intervention of an appeal to the Supreme Court
- Mercredi v Chaffe  EWCA Civ 272 – seeking a return of a child on the basis that they were habitually resident here in England and welfare issues should be decided here
- Re I (A Child) (Contact Application) (reunite and centre for family law intervening) 1 FLR 361 (Supreme Court) – successful appeal to the Supreme Court as to whether the courts in England had jurisdiction to hear a case involving a child living in Pakistan. This case is the leading case on the European Family Law Regulation (Brussels II Revised) and the first family case to come before the Supreme Court.
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