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Helen Blackburn


Helen Blackburn is a Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP.

She specialises in family law concerning children and has a particular expertise in child abduction law and other children cases with an international dimension or involving the cross-border movement of children. She has extensive experience of cases involving arrangements for children, custody/residence, contact/access (domestic and international), adoption (domestic and inter country), the reciprocal enforcement of foreign orders, international relocation/leave to remove applications and jurisdiction disputes.

Helen is accredited by Resolution as a Specialist Family lawyer with a particular specialism in Child Abduction and Private Children Law.

Helen has written for various legal journals and publications and is a frequent lecturer on family law.  She has been interviewed by the BBC regarding child abduction issues. 

She is the author of three chapters: Child Abduction, International Adoption and Legal Aid in 'The International Family Law Practice' 2016 published by Family Law LexisNexis (fifth edition). She is the author of the chapter entitled 'The Global Child' in Resolution’s publication 'The Modern Family'.

Helen is a former Chair of CALA (Child Abduction Lawyers Association) from Autumn 2015-Spring 2018.

'One of the most effective English lawyers on international child abduction’.
The Legal 500 UK 2017

‘Leading Individual.’

‘Top of the field in international child cases.’

‘Caring and tenacious and knows every important detail of her cases.’

‘Ranked lawyer for Children: Cross-Border Disputes, for her notable experience in cross-border abduction cases.’

‘Very knowledgeable, highly reliable and completely authoritative.’
Chambers UK 2019

‘Helen Blackburn is a leading figure in international family law. Her dedication and attention to detail make her a real pleasure to be instructed by. She always goes above and beyond to get the best outcome for her clients.’

‘Helen is a stellar lawyer. Smart and compassionate.’
The Legal 500 UK 2020

‘Helen is held as an expert in Hague Convention work.'

‘She frequently represents clients in international abduction cases and broader Children’s Act proceedings that span jurisdictions.’

‘She’s very experienced and is one of the calmest solicitors under pressure I’ve ever come across.’
Chambers UK 2020

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Specialist Appointments/Qualifications

  • The Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA)
  • Resolution (Accredited as a specialist family lawyer)
  • Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre
  • The Law Society