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What do you call a judge and how much to pay for the privilege?

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 10 Jan, 2013 Two developments late last year in Australia have interesting reflections for other countries, and give timely warnings and alerts of potential government actions.

iFLG appoints new partners

by Ann Thomas / 01 Jan, 2013

iFLG is proud to announce that Hannah Budd and Lucy Loizou have been appointed partners of the firm.

Lucy and Hannah, who were both previously associates of iFLG, have both been with the firm for a number of years having both previously practiced in Surrey firms.

Anglo Scottish divorce lost in translation and history

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 27 Sep, 2012 If ever there was an example of significantly different outcomes across national borders, notwithstanding close historic ties, it must surely be England and Scotland.

English family law costs all at sea

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 21 Sep, 2012 The English media have greatly relished this week reporting on a short leave to appeal hearing in a divorce financial case involving two practising lawyers.

The Law Commission speaks to England and Wales - and to the world

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 14 Sep, 2012 On Tuesday, 11 September 2012, the English Law Commission produced a consultation paper likely to lead to fundamental reform of financial outcomes on divorce in England and Wales.

Lessons from Singapore

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 07 Sep, 2012 Although for years, even decades, it has been countries such as Australia which have led the way in developments in family law and practice, that role is now also being increasingly adopted by new, developing jurisdictions.

Napoleon Bonaparte and the Queensland Gold Coast

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 31 Aug, 2012 I had the considerable privilege of being invited this summer by the Queensland Law Society to be the international keynote speaker at their residential annual family law conference in mid-August, which took place on the Gold Coast, south of Brisbane.

Hague Convention mediation guide to good practice

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 20 Jul, 2012 The Hague Conference on Private International Law has just published its long-awaited guide to good practice on mediation in child abduction work.

Mediation in Dubai

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 21 Jun, 2012 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.

Divorce tourism

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 20 Apr, 2012 Last week, The Times (10 April) ran a front-page story headed "'Divorce tourists' take over the courts".  It compiled statistics about the number of family cases involving an international element and other civil litigation involving people from abroad.  Inevitab

David Hodson qualifies as Family Arbitrator in new Family Law Arbitration Scheme

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 22 Feb, 2012

iFLG is pleased to announce that David Hodson has qualified as a family arbitrator after the vigourous training course in the new Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) scheme. Although he qualified as an arbitrator in 2002, this is a specific scheme aimed at family law work.

David Hodson is Family Law Commentator of the Year

by Ann Thomas / 18 Oct, 2011

David Hodson receives the prestigious inaugural Jordans award for Family Law Commentator of the Year, at the awards ceremony held at the Hilton Hotel, Park Lane, London. This was for his outstanding contribution to commentary on family law developments nationally and internationally.

The world’s best Family Court judgment of the year!

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 27 Jul, 2011 Justice Quinn, a judge of the Ontario Superior Court of Justice, has delivered a judgment which many of us with any judicial capacity would have loved to have delivered and in a case which many lawyers have seen too often.

The new Family Procedure Rules 2010 in international cases

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 17 Mar, 2011 On 6 April, 2011, England and Wales has a new procedural set of rules with ancillary practice directions and very different forms.  What is striking about these 2010 Rules, as distinct from the 1991 Rules, is the considerable reference to European Union legislati

Plugging the hole of nondisclosure

by David Hodson OBE MCIArb / 11 Feb, 2011

The Dutch may have found a way of preventing the leaking of assets through non-disclosure. A particular provision in the Dutch Civil Code might have some considerable success in England, which is still reeling from the Imerman decision last summer.