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, Hodson has been a part-time deputy district judge in the Central Family Court for 25 years (he’s also a qualified solicitor and barrister in Australia). Recent highlights include 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.’ Hodson notes exasperation among his global clientele. ‘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.’ On the other hand, he thinks we should be proud of the English system, as divorces are far quicker in England.