ANN THOMAS

THE INTERNATIONAL FAMILY LAW GROUP LLP

City
London
Category
Family Lawyers
Company Size
International

Ann Thomas has specialised in international child relocation cases for more than 20 years, and has co-authored a book on the topic. ‘These cases are probably the most difficult to deal with, as the result can have such devastating consequences for one parent and can bring about a life-changing event for a child,’ she says. ‘They require expert handling and careful planning prior to any application being made and, at all times, the welfare of the child must remain paramount.’ Of IFLG, she says: ‘We are providing an exclusive niche service not only for our national clients but for anyone in the world requiring international legal advice.’ Her highlight this year was delivering an International Family Law Conference, which the firm will host again in 2019. ‘Our experience is that international clients want and expect a different service,’ she says. ‘We are adapted to clients paying in different currencies, and we are fully aware of the expectations international clients have of their lawyers, including any cultural sensitivities.’ Thomas says people don’t realise that many issues are better settled outside court. The litigation process is, she says, ‘very slow and extremely expensive’, and the money spent in legal fees could be set aside for a child’s future: ‘I would like to see a child relocation dispute hearing in all child relocation cases.’

Ann Thomas
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