DAVID HODSON

THE INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAW GROUP LLP

City
London
Category
Family Lawyers
Company Size
UK
Phone number
020 3178 5668
Email address
dh@davidhodson.com

An experienced lawyer, mediator and arbitrator, IFLG’s joint founding partner David Hodson is proud of his firm’s first decade. ‘We were the world’s first practice looking after the interests of international families and their children, combining lawyers, mediators and arbitrators. It has been immensely successful, starting modestly with just four of us and growing to 24,’ he says. Bestowed with an OBE in 2014 for his services to international family law, Hodson has been a part-time deputy district judge in the Central Family Court for the past 25 years (he’s also a qualified solicitor and barrister in Australia). Recent highlights include working on an ‘immensely complicated’ trust case resulting in a successful High Court hearing. ‘The tactics and the approach were so important,’ he says. ‘Often only in hindsight does one see the real benefits of particular approaches adopted and then one learns for the future cases. My experience has taught me that one never stops learning.’ The keen traveller (he highlights a recent work trip to Fiji) notes exasperation among his global clientele: ‘Generally there is a frustration that there is not more international law for international families,’ he says. ‘It is still mostly national laws combined with a few international treaties and conventions. We really need more opportunities for better resolutions for the many international families around the world.’

David Hodson