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Practice Overview

Eleri practises in both private children and family finance cases, including financial provision for children and associated cohabitation disputes. Eleri is increasingly highly sought after for advising upon the international aspects of both children and divorce/financial work, including questions of jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement. Eleri is known for her particular expertise and specialisation advising upon the operation of the Maintenance Regulation, Brussels IIa and the 1996 Hague Convention.  Eleri's work in the international arena also extends to reciprocal enforcement of maintenance.

Eleri regularly presents seminars and has written a number of articles, particularly on international family law topics. In October 2017 she drafted a paper submitted to the UK government commissioned by Resolution, the FLBA and IAFL addressing Brexit and family law. Eleri continues to participate in a working group of leading international family lawyers and academics considering the effect of Brexit on family law.

  • International family law

    A significant amount of Eleri’s work has an international element, from issues of jurisdiction to questions of recognition and enforcement of orders across borders.  Eleri has an excellent knowledge of the European and other international instruments and is regularly asked to advise in cases where there are complex technical points of international family law and where tactical considerations come to the fore. 

    Eleri has appeared in a number of leading international family law cases considering the issue of jurisdiction, from child abduction to international finance cases:

    AR v RN [2015] UKSC 35

    Re H (Children) (Jurisdiction: Habitual residence) [2014] EWCA Civ 1101

    O v P (Jurisdiction Under Children Act 1989 Sch 1) [2012] 1 FLR 329

    Eleri has participated in, and spoken at, several international family law seminars both in England and abroad and regularly provides training to solicitors on such topics.

  • Family finance & property

    Eleri covers all aspects of family finance, from matrimonial matters following divorce and Schedule 1 cases between unmarried parents with associated cohabitation disputes to Part III cases under the 1984 Act. Eleri’s cases have included questions of recognition of foreign divorces, child support legislation and those in which the capacity of one of the parties is in question. Eleri has experience of disputes involving allegations of sham trusts, issues of insolvency and farming cases.

    Eleri also regularly advises in cases where there are combined considerations of children and finance arrangements, providing holistic advice to clients.

  • Children (private law)

    Eleri’s work in the private law arena covers all aspects of disputed child arrangements, from questions of residence and contact, change of name or schooling to relocation cases, both domestic and international, surrogacy work and child abduction. Eleri has experience of representing parents accused of, or alleging, serious domestic violence in which attention to detail is of paramount importance.

  • Modern families & surrogacy

    Eleri undertakes work in the field of international surrogacy.  Her work in this arena includes the case of Y and Z v W and X [2017] EWFC 60 in which she was led by Deirdre Fottrell QC. The focus was the domicile criterion in a parental order application but the application also involved consideration of other novel points of law concerning the interpretation of the HFEA 2008 and parental responsibility. 

    Eleri’s finance and private child practice includes work with modern families, including advising and representing parties following the breakdown of same sex marriages.

  • What the directories say

    2019: "Explains difficult legal concepts very clearly to her instructing solicitors and clients." Legal 500

    "She is superb – a really bright young barrister who is incredibly thorough, easy to work with and technically brilliant." "A future superstar of the Family Bar." Chambers UK

    2018: "She is an absolute expert on European legislation. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge and a razor-sharp mind. Eleri is a rising star with a bright future ahead."  Chambers UK

    2017: "Exceedingly thorough and her grasp of complex technicalities is excellent."  Legal 500

    2016: "Her encyclopaedic knowledge and fierce intelligence means she is at her best in complex cases"  Legal 500

  • Cases

    AR v RN [2015] UKSC 35
    http://www.bailii.org/uk/cases/UKSC/2015/35.html

    Re H (Children) (Jurisdiction: Habitual residence) [2014] EWCA Civ 1101
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWCA/Civ/2014/1101.html

    O v P (Jurisdiction Under Children Act 1989 Sch 1) [2011] EWHC 2425 (Fam)
    http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Fam/2011/2425.html