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 is ranked in Chambers and Partners and has previously been ranked in the Legal 500:
Janet Broadley specialises in matters involving the international movement of children, with deep experience in Hague Convention and wardship cases leading to regular appearances in the Court of Appeal. She is “a genuine specialist in international cases,” according to sources, and “goes the extra mile for her clients.” Chambers & Partners 2019
Janet Broadley (also a consultant) is ‘extremely experienced in international children work; she has a real eye for detail and a calm and reassuring manner’. Legal 500, 2018
“She has in-depth knowledge of international law, plus a lot of experience representing children. Her preparation is meticulous and her skills in handling litigation are very well honed,” – Chambers and partners 2018
“has a strong reputation for her private law children work, including child abduction cases. Peers say that “she is bold and imaginative, looking at cases and taking points in a way that others will not.” (Chambers & Partners 2016)
“first rate” (2013)
“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)