International Family Law: Jurisdiction in Wardship Proceedings

Hilary Lennox successfully defended the rights of a mother before the Family Division of the High Court on 21st February 2014.  Having considered an application to determine whether Ireland or England & Wales was the appropriate forum for the case, Mr Justice Hayden ruled that inherent jurisdiction remained with the Irish Courts, and dismissed an application for wardship of the three children.  Interim care orders in favour of an English local authority, obtained in the London courts, were therefore quashed.  As a result, Hilary's client and her three children can now remain in Ireland.

Read coverage of this case in The Irish Times, here.

Hilary, who joined Chambers earlier this year, continues to practise at the Irish Bar.