Disputes that involve children require expert handling. Our family lawyers have a wealth of experience in assisting parents in formulating workable and practical solutions to these issues.
"From the beginning I just feel like everything has been really well managed. The firm has a really great atmosphere and is really professional, comfortable and welcoming."
Chambers UK, 2016
"They are an increasingly substantial presence in divorce work and are supported by a great team."
Chambers UK, 2016
Charmaine Hast has a ‘wealth of experience that she delivers to clients in spades’. Hast advised on a prenuptial contract worth £2.5bn.
Legal 500, 2015
Charmaine Hast heads the team at Wedlake Bell LLP, which also includes collaborative specialist Conrad Adam, shari’ah law guru Trisha Siddique and children law practitioner Gemma Vines.
Legal 500, 2014
Wherever possible, our Family Team helps clients to resolve any disputes through negotiation and agreement – including help with collaborative family law and mediation alongside traditional negotiation models.
However, we recognise that this is not always possible. Should court proceedings be necessary we always pursue these with focus and resolve, never losing sight of our clients’ aims and objectives.
Given our experience, we can advise and assist on issues relating to:
- Residence (with which parent the child or children will live);
- Contact (how often and the manner in which the children will see the parent they do not live with);
- Shared care arrangements;
- Leave to remove (issues relating to the country in which the children will reside);
- Child abduction;
- Financial claims on behalf of children brought by unmarried parents;
- Paternity disputes;
- Contact arrangements for grandparents.
Whatever the situation, we always remain focused on pursuing the aims of our client, recognising that all cases are different and require careful consideration to craft individual solutions.
The Family Team have the ability to pursue matters through the Supreme Court:
- Re D (Recognition and Enforcement of Romanian Order)  EWHC 2756 (Fam),  1 FLR 1272
- Re D (A Child) (International Recognition)  EWCA Civ 12
- Re D (A Child) (Recognition of Foreign Order) (Reunite Child Abduction Centre and another intervening) 
- Re AB (Surrogacy: Consent)  EWHC 2643 (Fam)