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David Hodson OBE

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The International Family Law Group LLP


David Hodson OBE is a partner in and co-founder of iFLG. He is a highly sought after family law resolution specialsit. He specialises in international and national complex family law cases, especially with issues of finance and forum. He is an English and Australian solicitor and mediator, a family law arbitrator and sits as a DDJ at the PRFD. David won the Jordans Legal Commentator of the Year Award in 2011 and was nominated International Family Lawyer of the Year 2013. In the Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2014, he was appointed OBE for his services to International Family Law.


English solicitor (1978 and specialist accredited 1996), mediator (1997), arbitrator (2002), deputy district judge at the Principal Registry of the Family Division, High Court, London (1995), Australian (NSW) solicitor and mediator (2003) and IFLA arbitrator (2012). Joint founder (1995), one of the world’s first metropolitan practice to combine family lawyers, mediators and counsellors with an emphasis on a conciliatory and holistic approach. Previously partner at two leading City firms. Author of the definitive international family law text ‘The International Family Law Practice’ (Jordans), now in its 4th edition, as well as ‘Practical Aspects of International Family Law’ (Jordans 2009), ‘Divorce Reform: a Guide for Lawyers and Mediators’, ‘The Business of Family Law’, and co-author of ‘Cupids Arrow: A Guide for International Families’. David has written and spoken extensively on family law including many conferences abroad.


Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Law Society; Law Council of Australia (Family Law Section); Chartered Institute of Arbitrators; FJC International Committee; past chair Solicitors Family Law Association’s financial provision reform committee, training committee and good practice committee; past vice-chair of the UK College of Family Mediators; member, Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship; chair, Centre for Social Justice, Family Law Review; advisory committee, Law Commission, marital agreements.

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David Hodson OBE - The International Family Law Group LLP

Within: Family

The International Family Law Group LLP is a specialist firm that looks after international and national families with particular expertise in divorce and finance cases as well as advising on forum issues and on children’s matters. The firm is particularly skilled at advising on which jurisdiction is the most beneficial forum for a divorce and also is adept at advising on the enforcement of orders made abroad or the recognition of foreign marriages and divorces. In addition the team advises clients on cases where there is no international dimension and clients include high-net-worth individuals, professionals, media, entertainment and sports personalities. Ann Thomas is the firm’s managing partner and David Hodson OBE also garners considerable praise. Stuart Clark, Emma Nash and Michael Allum were all promoted to the partnership.

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Family: mediation

Within: Family: mediation

The mediation team at The International Family Law Group LLP comprises David Hodson OBE and Denise Carter OBE. Hodson is an experienced family and civil mediator. 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.

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