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Freemans Solicitors, Nina Hansen, London, ENGLAND

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Nina Hansen

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Freemans Solicitors

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Head of Family department


Nina joined Freemans in 2002 and set up their Family department. She specialises in children's law and has a strong reputation for acting for parents in difficult or complex residence and contact disputes, often with an international element or where abuse allegations have been made. Her vast experience and knowledge both of domestic children's law and international law mean that she is known for guiding her client through the vagaries of the interlocking legal systems.

Nina specialises in cases with complex factual or legal issues (or both); including child abduction (Hague and non-Hague); adoption and cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, intractable contact disputes, radicalisation; factitious illness and non-accidental injury often involving Social Services and care proceedings.

She is particularly well known for her work in representing children and young people and is considered by many members of the bar and fellow solicitors to be the first port of call in such cases where children and young people wish their voices to be heard and to instruct lawyers directly. She is one of a small number of highly skilled and specialised practitioners who are routinely instructed by children who are either the subject of, or who have siblings who are the subject of, child abduction or relocation proceedings. Her work in this area has been the subject of many reported cases and judicial guidance in this rapidly developing area of international family law. She has a reputation for ensuring the voice of the child is clear and independent. Nina’s has conducted cases at every level of Court including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Nina regularly conducts her own advocacy.

Nina was shortlisted for Jordan’s Publishing “partner of the year” (2016) as was the Department. She also lectures on the law and has written articles and submissions on the changing face of family law. Before joining Freemans she was a partner in another Legal 500 practice. She is a long standing children panel member (1992), as well as a resolution accredited specialist in International child abduction and adoption (2002).

Below are some of her more recently reported cases:

London Borough of Tower Hamlets v B [2016] EWHC 1707 (Fam)

Re B (a child) [2016] UKSC 4 on appeal from [2015] EWCA Civ 886

AR v RN (Habitual Residence) [2015] UKSC 35

Re S and T (Intercountry Adoption: USA) [2015] EWHC 1753 (Fam)

Re Q (Implacable Contact Dispute) [2015] EWCA Civ 991

Re M (Republic of Ireland) (Child's Objections) (Joinder of Children as Parties to Appeal) [2015] EWCA Civ 26

IS (A Minor) v DBS & Another [2015] EWHC 219 (Fam)
[C-436/13 – E; EvB] Reference for a preliminary ruling: Court of Appeal (England & Wales) (Civil division) - United Kingdom.
PB v SE [2013] EWHC 647 (Fam) Cobb J – (Jurisdiction);

Re KL (A Child) Supreme Court Case Habitual residence and inherent jurisdiction [2013] UKSC 75;


Trained Alexander Johnsons; qualified 1987; Hornby & Levy 1987-91; partner 1989; Fisher Meredith 1991-98; partner 1992; appointed member children panel 1992; head of children department 1996; Farrell Matthews and Weir 1998-2002; partner 1999; Resolution accredited specialist in family law (specialities – international movement of children and adoption) 2002; partner and set up and headed family department Freemans




International Academy of Family lawyers
Resolution’s International committee (and delegate for Black LJ’s International Liaison committee)
Law Society’s Children Panel (since 1992)
ICACU panel member
Association of Lawyers for children (ALC)
Child abduction lawyers association (CALA)


Whitehaven Grammar school; London School of Economics (1980 BSC (Hons) Gov. Politics and Philosophy); College of Law (1984 CPE; 1985 LPC)

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Nina Hansen - Freemans Solicitors

Within: Family

Freemans Solicitors has a strong reputation for handling international child abduction and other cross-border matters such as enforcement under the Brussels 11 Revised Regulation. Team head Nina Hansen  has ‘reached the top of her upward trajectory in the field of international children’s cases; she is equally at ease representing HNW individuals as well as damaged children’. Laura Coyle  is ‘child focused, pragmatic and forensically analytical all combined with a dose of common sense’. Newly promoted partner Hilka Hollmann  is highly recommended for international adoption – ‘what she doesn’t know about this subject isn’t worth knowing’. Mark Kosmin  is ‘excellent on detail and keeping to deadlines; he is not the kind of solicitor to miss something important’.

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