David Hodson co-founded The International Family Law Group with Ann Thomas in 2007 and has not looked back since. The Covent Garden firm has grown from a team of just four staff to its current company of 24, including eight partners, six other fee earners, two consultants and support staff. Being recent winners of the Law Society ‘Excellence in International Legal Services’ award confirmed the success and vision for a distinctive service for international families, Hodson tells Spear’s: ‘We continue to go from strength to strength, helping clients resolve complicated international and national family law issues.’
Aimed at HNWs with international finances, Hodson describes the firm as the ‘go to’ for HNWs with international connections, thanks to its experience, expertise, international contacts and refreshingly practical and innovative approaches.
Hodson is also a qualified Australian solicitor, with a CV that includes an OBE and honorary professorships at the University of Leicester and University of Law. He was the creator of family arbitration in England and Wales and authors a leading textbook on international family law. It’s a career to rival anyone’s in the business, but Hodson is not content to merely rest on his laurels when it comes to developing and moving the firm forward.
‘With a great team of highly specialised lawyers, we continue to push the boundaries of legal practice and innovation within the law,’ he says proudly. ‘Many family law firms still follow our lead. Last year, the firm adapted Al platform Settify in the English market for the first time, and took the lead in the family law online project, when it became the first firm to lodge an online divorce.’ Along with the firm’s technical prowess, Hodson is keen to stress his honest and open approach to his practice, which encompasses the classic divorce and separation matters alongside other issues covering finances, children, child abduction, family mediation/dispute resolution and relationship agreements.
‘Although a senior partner, I work with all lawyers for the most cost- efficient solutions,’ he says. ‘I will say if mediation, arbitration or other alternate dispute resolution is more appropriate. Often in international cases, fast action is needed at the outset and we are structured to do this.’ Clients have included royalty, politicians and figures from the media and entertainment industries. ‘Despite wealth or achievement, what motivates us all is similar in the crucial aspect of the work: being interested in people,’ he notes.