Partner and head of the family and matrimonial team at Bindmans, which covers the full spectrum of family law issues, Amy Rowe acts in all aspects of domestic and international family law, and is a recognised leader in the field of international disputes involving children. Most of her work comes from referrals, including from previous clients, leading and junior counsel, High Court judges, fellow solicitors, and foreign lawyers.
‘I am a specialist in the field of international family law, including child abduction cases involving both Hague and non-Hague Convention countries, jurisdictional disputes, relocation cases where a parent wants to travel abroad with their child temporarily or permanently, and acting for foreign Governments,’ she explains.
Other areas of expertise include international adoption and fertility law, including the law relating to sperm and egg donation and surrogacy arrangements. She also regularly acts for parents in domestic disputes about children, including difficult contact and residence cases, and advises and litigates for foreign governments in cases involving the protection of children and vulnerable adults living in this jurisdiction under orders of foreign courts.
Most of her work comes from referrals, including from previous clients, leading and junior counsel, High Court judges, fellow solicitors, and foreign lawyers. She is known for achieving excellent outcomes for clients and praised for taking an imaginative and determined approach to difficult cases. She has a proven ability to take on and win complex, novel cases, including in the Supreme Court. Amy’s colleague comments her ‘knowledge on children law is seriously impressive. She is a tenacious litigant when she needs to be, but she is consistently constructive, professional and sensible. She never forgets the child at the heart of the case. She’s always thinking a step ahead and her judgement is spot on. If I had a family law issue I’d want her in my corner’.
Her team at Bindmans LLP offer specialist advice and representation on all manner of family law issues including matrimonial and financial cases. The team attracts work from HNWs and high profile clients with complex cases, including television presenters, actors (including a famous Hollywood actor), international artists, top city bankers, models, the wife of a famous Hollywood director, consultant doctors, senior executives, business owners, media moguls, authors, foreign governments, and leading members of the bar. She states that the team is known for ‘offering a very high quality “Rolls Royce” service at reasonable rates,’ and are often ‘the first port of call for Magic Circle firms when they have a particularly tricky international children case which does not fall within their expertise.’
The past year has been a great success with numerous reported cases, including child abduction cases and jurisdictional disputes involving Turkey, USA, Iran, India, UAE, St Lucia, Russia and numerous European countries, to name just a few. ‘This year I have noticed an increase in cases where one parent wants to move abroad with the parties’ children and I have acted in relocation cases this year involving Switzerland, the Netherlands, Australia, and the UAE,’ she says.
‘I love the intellectual challenge of the job, but mostly I enjoy helping clients successfully navigate through the most challenging times of their lives’.
When asked: what separates the good lawyer from the great in her field? ‘Having the ability to see five steps ahead, being both an accomplished strategist and tactician, whilst ensuing that the client feels protected and supported.’