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International Forum on Online Courts London, December 2018: an international family lawyer’s perspective

Professor David Hodson OBE MICArb, Partner, The International Family Law Group, provides a family lawyer’s perspective of the matters arising at the inaugural International Forum on Online Courts.

The International Family Law Group LLP is again ranked leader in its field for mediation services.

iFLG has once again been ranked highly for Mediation in this year’s Legal 500.

David Hodson OBE MICArb is a mediator and arbitrator in finance work and is described as ‘very capable of ensuring that clients will arrive at a very clear, detailed and workable settlement’. He is known for his ‘tenacity and his very strong knowledge of the law’.

Commentary on the House of Commons Justice Committee Report on implications of Brexit for the justice system



Mediators drafting consent orders

Mediators should be able to draft consent orders for couples in mediation.  This is the response of iFLG to a consultation by the Family Mediation Council.  It can be found here or by enquiry to the firm.


It’s a ‘Pitty’ about Brangelina: Privacy in an A-List World

News of the breakdown of the marriage of America’s sweethearts - Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie - has sent shockwaves across the world. Since the announcement of their separation there has been a media frenzy.

iFLG response to EU consultation on the future of the EU Mediation Directive

The International Family Law Group LLP has responded to the recent EU consultation on the future of the EU Mediation Directive. This important EU law of 2008 came into force in May 2011 with the intention of strongly encouraging the use of mediation, and also incidentally other ADR, in both cross-border cases and in all national cases. Part 3 of the FPR 2010 is part of its implementation process.

The UK government has taken a full part in the review of the Directive.

David Hodson comments on the requirement for Mediation and Information Assessment Meetings (MIAMs) in International Family Law Cases

One of the key changes in the family justice system on 22 April 2014 in England and Wales is the mandatory requirement to attend a mediation information and assessment meeting (known as a MIAM) before the commencement of the almost all family court proceedings relating to children or financial orders.­ This requirement has been in place since April 2011 but is now much stiffer and is likely to be strongly enforced by the courts.­ There has even been some suggestion that, now or later, applica

Mediation in Dubai It doesn't appear on most itineraries of holiday companies; morning: visit to the Dubai family courts, afternoon: at leisure, evening: trip to the gold souk.