Ann Thomas is a solicitor, civil and family mediator, a trained collaborative lawyer and the Managing Partner at iFLG. She specialises in all aspects of family law but especially in international child relocation. She is recognised as a leading international children lawyer and is Head of the IFLG International Children Team.
Although Ann predominantly handles children cases (both international and domestic) she also handles complex financial issues arising from the breakdown of a relationship including high net asset cases, often involving partnerships, companies and trusts. She regularly advises on prenuptial agreements and cohabitation issues. Many of Ann’s family cases have an international element. She is a Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, the world’s leading organisation of peer elected top family lawyers dealing with international work.
She is an advanced accredited solicitor (The Law Society’s Family Law Panel).
She is a member of the lawyers network of Reunite, the leading UK charity specialising in international parental child abduction and which provides advice, information and support to parents, family members and guardians who have had a child abducted or who fear child abduction.
She is former Chair of the Resolution International Committee and a past member of the London Regional Committee of Resolution (formerly known as SFLA). Ann is former chair of the Family Law Steering group of LawNet and former President and founder of the Eurojuris International Family Lawyers Practice Group whose headquarters are in Brussels. She is a member of The International Bar Association and the Institute of Directors. She is a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.
In December 2011, Ann was one of the first mediators in the country to qualify as a Direct Consultant with Children. She can therefore meet directly with children so they may express their views in respect of the separation process of their parents and issues concerning contact and residence. Ann can bring this into her own mediations or otherwise feed back to the parents and the mediator during the mediation process itself. Prior to qualifying as a solicitor, Ann was a teacher and pastoral Head of children aged between 8 and 18 years. She has enhanced CRB clearance
She has written a number of articles on the recent developments in family law and has also presented seminars on international aspects of family law in this country and in other European countries. Ann also regularly lectures to the legal profession both in this country and abroad. She has been involved in training family Judges in Serbia in the Hague Convention and international family law. Ann wrote the chapters on international child relocation and international child law for 'The International Family Law Practice' by David Hodson (published by Family Law, Lexis Nexis) which is the definitive text book on international family law. She is also co-author (with David Hodson) of 'When Cupid’s Arrow Crosses National Boundaries: A Guide for International Families' (fourth edition). Ann spoke on international relocation at the Australian family lawyers conference in Brisbane in July 2012, in Singapore in August 2012, in Tasmania in October 2012 and in Sydney at the World Congress in March 2013.
Ann is often asked to comment on topical issues in family law by the media and has been in a number of high profile reported cases.
She has been Partner and Head of the Family Department of a Mayfair firm and previously was Head of Department at a large regional firm in Cambridge.
In The Legal 500 rankings Ann was 'highly recommended' for her work in children and relocation cases.
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