Since 1 June 2015, parents travelling to South Africa with a child under the age of 18 must, in addition to producing a valid passport and (where required) a valid…Read More
Gemma Vines's Service Teams
Gemma has practiced family law for 8 years. She has experience in a broad range of family matters but focuses mainly on complex private children disputes and children cases with an international element including child abduction, recognition and enforcement of foreign contact and custody orders and the relocation of children across jurisdictions.
Gemma is a recognised as an Accredited Specialist of Resolution in the disciplines of both children law and child abduction. Accredited Specialists of Resolution are recognised as proven experts in their fields. To become a Resolution Accredited Specialist members must submit themselves to demanding assessments to demonstrate the highest levels of knowledge, best practice and practical application of the law.
As a member of Resolution Gemma is committed to dealing with family matters in a non-confrontational manner which, amongst other things, includes avoiding the use of inflammatory language, retaining professional objectivity and respect, taking into account the long term consequences of actions as well as the short term implications, encouraging clients to put the best interests of the children first, emphasising the importance of being open and honest and keeping children and financial issues separate.
- Representation of a father in High Court children proceedings regarding his application for Residence where the mother had falsely led him to believe that both she and the child had multiple and serious health conditions. Securing findings against the mother and obtaining a landmark wasted costs order against the Local Authority.
- Securing within 8 weeks of being instructed by a father, an order for the summary return of his child to the jurisdiction of South Africa, following the child's abduction to the UK by the mother.
- Securing a shared Residence Order on behalf of a father in High Court children proceedings and an order granting him permission to take his son age 5 to visit the paternal family in Egypt (a non-Hague Convention country), where the mother alleged that he would not return the child.
- Obtaining an order granting a mother permission to relocate back to her native country Holland, with her child age 3, following her separation from the father.
Gemma graduated from Royal Holloway University of London in 2001 with a degree in History. She graduated from the College of Law with a Post Graduate Diploma in Law in 2005 and qualified as a solicitor in 2008.
Prior to joining the Family Team Wedlake Bell in September 2013, Gemma worked for a well-known children firm in the South East where among other things, she was responsible for establishing and developing their Child Abduction practice.
- Re S&O Temporary Removal from the Jurisdiction  Fam Law 114
- HB V PB  EWHC 1956 (fam)
- ET v TZ  EWHC 2621 (Fam)
- Re D (Brussels IIR: Opportunity for Child to be Heard)  EWHC 2756 (Fam)
Gemma has also written for several Family Law publications including the Family Law Journal.
Articles & Comment
24 Jun, 2015 | Gemma Vines
22 Jun, 2015 | Gemma Vines
In the recent case of 'R (on the application of IM and MM) v HFEA  EWHC 1706 (Admin)' the High Court has refused to grant permission for the parents of a deceased…Read More
05 May, 2015 | Gemma Vines
Gemma Vines reflects on the price one would put on the anguish and heartache caused to a father who had been misled for 17 years that his "son" was in fact the child…Read More
29 Apr, 2015 | Gemma Vines
Gemma Vines considers practical issues when contemplating mirror orders on an application for leave to remove.Read More
01 Apr, 2015 | Gemma Vines