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Denise Carter OBE

Consultant and Mediator

Denise Carter OBE is a Consultant and Mediator at The International Family Law Group LLP.

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 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.

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 specalists' including lawyers, judges and other mediators. Denise is often the first port of call for comment on international children cases by both national and international radio and television.

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. 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.

In December 2011, Denise qualified to undertake direct consultations with children enabling her to meet 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 was named 'ADR Practitioner of the Year' in 2013 at the Jordans Family Law Awards.

'The 'doyenne' of international mediators with an ability to broker deals in highly confrontational situations'.
Legal 500 UK 2018

'Very well-known, particularly for cases of child abduction'.
Legal 500 UK 2019

'Carter is also a highly respected mediator in international children disputes and particularly in the arena of parental child abduction and child relocation, covering both Hague and non-Hague states'.

'Denise Carter OBE for children mediation'.

'There is no better team for mediation involving international families. The mediators are hugely experienced not only in law and mediation where cultural issues that can impact on resolution of a dispute'.
Legal 500 UK 2020 

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