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Janet Broadley is an expert mediator and litigator with vast experience in Hague Convention proceedings such as international abduction cases. She garners praise for her expertise in jurisdictional disputes, and regularly represents parents in overseas relocations.
Chambers & Partners 2023
Janet Broadley is a very well-established specialist in international cases, and in particular in Hague Convention child abduction, with experience of very high level work including in the UKSC and the CJEU. Her legal knowledge and tactical skill are overlaid by an open, sensitive approach ideally suits her to the representation of older children, and she is one of the few 'go-to' practitioners who excel at this role'.
The Legal 500 2023
Goodman Ray is probably the best firm for international children cases in the current market. Janet Broadley is an outstanding children lawyer. Her knowledge of the law is exceptional. Her level of dedication to her clients’ cases is second to none. She is hugely tenacious and also a great person to work with. She has enormous experience of representing children and rightly lauded as probably the best solicitor specialising in this highly sensitive area.
The Legal 500 2023
She fights her client's corner very hard and she leaves no stone unturned in pursuing their cases.
Chambers & Partners 2023
She is one of the most thoughtful and compassionate solicitors I've come across; Janet is capable of meeting anyone on their life path and navigating a path out of it." "Janet is extremely good at getting on top of complex cases." "Her experience in international cases stands out; she can anticipate problems and is particularly strong at representing children with their best interests at heart.
Chambers & Partners 2023
As soon as clients are in touch with her they feel very much at ease. They know they're dealing with someone who has a proper eye on detail and a calm, measured approach to work.
Chambers & Partners 2020
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



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.


Reported cases

  • TF v PJ [2014] 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) [2014] EWCA Civ 275 – appeal to the court of appeal to set aside a return order within Hague proceedings
  • Re LC [2014] UKSC1 – instructed by reunite in the intervention of an appeal to the Supreme Court
  • Z v Y [2013] EWHC 3381 (Fam) – return order under Hague Convention
  • Case C 497/10 PPU (Case C/497/10)[2011] 1 FLR 1293 – referral to the CJEU in the case of Mercredi and Chaffe on the question of the definition of habitual residence
  • Mercredi v Chaffe [2011] 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 U (Abduction: Nigeria) [2010] EWHC 1179 (Fam) – instructed by the respondent mother to secure substantial undertakings upon an order for return to a Non-Hague country
  • Re A (Abduction: Interim Directions: Accommodation by Local Authority) [2010] 1 FLR 1 (Court of Appeal)
  • Re W (Abduction: Child’s Objections)[2010] 2 FLR 1165 (Court of Appeal)
  • Re I (A Child) (Contact Application) (reunite and centre for family law intervening)[2010] 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.
  • Re I (A child)(Jurisdiction: Habitual Residence outside European Union)[2009] Fam Law 1134 (Court of Appeal)
  • X v X (CPS Intervening) [2005] EWHC (Fam); [2005] 2 FLR 487 –financial relief proceedings involving confiscated assets.
  • Re M (A child: Residence Order) [2002] All ER (D) 226 (May)) – application to the court of appeal to set aside an order for a change in residence
  • Ciccone v Ritchie (No 2) [2016] EWHC 616 (Fam) Judgments (22/03/2016)
    Application for permission to withdraw proceedings under the 1980 Hague Convention. Application granted.
  • Ciccone v Ritchie (No 1) [2016] EWHC 608 (Fam) Judgments (22/03/2016)
    Mother’s application under the 1980 Hague Convention for the summary return of her 15 year old son to the USA. Review of the principles to be applied when considering whether to make a child a party to proceedings under the Convention.