Hague Convention proceedings

Holly represented a Father in the High Court in contested proceedings under the Hague Convention, in which the Mother was seeking the return of her child to Eastern Europe from the UK. Experience in this type of case is relatively unusual to barristers based in Kent.

Holly’s client sought to oppose the child’s return on the basis that the child was habitually resident in the UK and/or that there would be a grave risk of harm were he to return.

Following two hearings Holly assisted the client in putting in place conditions to safeguard the child’s welfare and allow the client to return to Eastern Europe to care for the child pending proceedings there.