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Human Rights

Our Human Rights (including International) Team: Children and Families

Our human rights team represents children within care proceedings and those with mental health difficulties. We are dedicated to the principles of fairness and equality underpinning the Human Rights Act 1998.

The team tracks developments within human rights jurisprudence arising from this jurisdiction, as well as the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg, and is well-placed to provide up-to-date opinions.

International 

We are highly experienced in the field of international law relating to children, families and family finance. Our barristers represent a range of clients in international proceedings, including children and parents, local authorities, Cafcass and The Official Solicitor.

42BR Barristers operates a 24/7 helpline and our barristers are available to act quickly where timely court intervention is required, for example by seeking injunctions, or wardship of children, or by invoking the inherent jurisdiction of the court.

Our expertise includes:-

  • The international movement of children under The Hague Convention, Brussels II and non-Hague Convention circumstances
  • Wardship of children
  • Forced marriage cases
  • Vulnerable children
  • Trafficked children

 

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