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Denise Carter OBE

Consultant and Head of Mediation Services

Denise Carter OBE is a Mediator and Head of Mediation Services at iFLG. Denise was the Director of Reunite International Child Abduction Centre for 17 years, the world’s leading non-governmental organisation looking after the interests of abducted children and lobbying for improved changes in law and practice internationally.

In 2000 she received an OBE for her dedication to the cause of international parental child abduction through her work with the charity.

Denise is a highly experienced and hugely respected Mediator in international child disputes and particularly in the areas of parental child abduction and child relocation, covering both Hague and Non Hague States. She has worked with many of the world’s leading children law specialists including lawyers, judges and other mediators.

Denise has been highly innovative in the development of mediation in high conflict family cases and led the very successful pilot project creating a model for mediation in child abduction cases simultaneously with court proceedings. Denise has successfully mediated a number of high profile cases.

Denise has been accredited by the Legal Aid Agency to mediate in respect of publicly funded child abduction cases. As a private mediator, she is able to mediate and/or co-mediate in England and abroad using IT facilities to enable the mediation to continue even if one parent is abroad.

Denise also worked as an independent expert to the Hague Conference working alongside Professor William Duncan, a former Deputy Secretary General, and other world leading experts. She has prepared reports, undertaken research and made representations to the UK and other government departments, judges and family law experts both nationally and internationally in respect of international child issues.

Denise has been invited to speak by governments and international non-governmental agencies in many countries around the world.  She had particular involvement in building up protocols and inter-country arrangements for the return of abducted children with Pakistan, Egypt and other Middle East countries.

In December 2011, Denise qualified to undertake direct consultations with children enabling her to meet directly with children so they may express their views regarding the separation process of their parents and issues concerning contact and residence.  Denise can bring this into her own mediations or otherwise provide feedback to the parents and the mediator during the mediation process itself.

Denise is often the first port of call for comment on international children cases by both national and international radio and television.

Denise heads the iFLG Mediation Services team which offers family dispute resolution services in mediation, early neutral evaluation, arbitration, collaborative law and out of court settlements.

Denise was named ADR Practitioner of the Year in 2013 at the Jordans Family Law Awards.

In October 2015 Denise was mentioned as ‘The “doyenne' of international mediators’ and has the ability to broker deals in highly confrontational situations’ in the Legal 500. In this year's directory she was decribed as ‘very well-known’ particularly for cases of child abduction mediation’.

Legal 500 UK Guide 2020 describes Denise as follows, 'Carter is also a highly respected mediator in international children disputes, and particularly in the area of parental child abduction and child relocation, covering both Hague and non-Hague states'.
'There is no better team for mediation involving international families. The mediators are hugely experienced not only in law and mediatio but cultural issues that can impact on resolution of a dispute'. 'Denise Carter OBE for chldren mediation'.

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