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Hilka Hollmann

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Freemans Solicitors

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Familky Department - Children


Associate Solicitor


Hilka is smart and tenacious and known for her expertise in adoption and international child care law. She is a great tactician, resourceful in finding solutions and not afraid to push the boundaries of existing law which is reflected in the reported cases she has been involved in.
Hilka’s areas of practice include adoptions, particularly complex adoptions with an international element, international relocation and abduction cases, care cases with an international element, and acting for children in care and private law proceedings. Hilka is also increasingly instructed in surrogacy cases.

  • Hilka is a Resolution accredited adoption and abduction specialist and on the Law Society Children Panel.
  • Finalist Legal Aid Family Lawyer of the Year 2014, 
  • Jordan Family Law Associate of the Year 2015
Significant reported cases:
  • Z & Z, Re [2013] EWHC 747 (Fam) (Adoption)
    Hilka acted for the applicant who sought the recognition of a foreign adoption order to one parent as a gateway to the subsequent step-parent adoption by the other parent.
  • Re X (A Child) [2013] EWHC 689 (Fam) (Adoption), Re N (Abduction: Appeal) [2012] EWCA Civ 1086, Re B-A (Children: Care Proceedings: Joinder of Grandmother) [2012] 2 FLR 382
    A case that involved a complex international step-parent adoption where none of the parties were habitually resident in the UK and which led to the Court defining the meaning of section 42(3) of the Adoption and Children Act 2002, namely the length of time and format of a child to have had their home with an applicant before an adoption application can be issued.
  • Re A (A Child) [2014] EWHC 604 (Fam) (Care proceedings with an international element)
    Hilka was instructed in care proceedings by a father who lived abroad. Through her intervention, the child was returned to his father and home country under the Hague Convention, after nine months in foster care here. The Court also provided useful guidance to ensure that parents who live abroad are promptly involved in care proceedings which had not happened in this case. The case received press coverage.
  • Re M’P-P [2015] EWCA Civ 58 (adoption vs family care) 
    A case which dealt with the importance of maintaining the status quo for a young child when making decisions over their care arrangements in care proceedings.
Trained at Goodman Ray Solicitors LLP (2006-2007), qualified 2007, Assistant Solicitor at Goodman Ray (2007-2015), Acting Head of Adoption and International Child Care Department 2008/9 and 2012/13, joined Freemans in January 2016.


German, conversational French, some Russian


  • Law Society Children Panel,
  • Association of Lawyers for Children, CoramBAAF,
  • Resolution,
  • Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA) 

London: Private client


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Hilka Hollmann - 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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