We are delighted this month to bring you news that MSB have been appointed to the International Child Abduction and Contact Panel by the Official Solicitors Office.
News comes following an intensive application process evidencing considerable experience and expertise in this area. MSB now join around just 40 other firms in the UK - predominantly London-based - and are the only firm in the North West including Merseyside, Greater Manchester, Lancashire, North Wales and Cheshire.
MSB have grown their expertise in the field of international child abduction significantly in recent years. Family partner Emma Carey and solicitor Emma Palmer are both Resolution-accredited specialists in this area, solicitor Eve McGowan is on the Law Society’s advanced specialist panel for child abduction, solicitor Kirsty Leather has completed a masters of law in International Law and solicitor Wendy Eves has developed an excellent reputation as a specialist, cross-border mediator.
Emma Carey and our family team have spent a number of years taking steps to develop not only their experience, but their resources too - developing networks in London and across the country in order to carry out international child abduction work effectively.
MSB will be amongst just over 40 firms nationally who will work directly with the International Child Abduction Unit in the UK. Cases are allocated on a rota basis and are only in the Royal Courts of Justice in London.
The Legal Aid Agency in the UK will also be informed of MSBs appointment to the panel, which provides a green light in terms of MSB obtaining legal aid for international child abduction clients.
Emma Carey says: “It really is a very difficult process to even be considered for appointment to the International Child Abduction and Contact Panel and I couldn’t be more proud of the efforts of the team at MSB.
“I am lucky to be supported by a fantastic team who share my passion and their combined experience and commitment has been pivotal to us securing a place on the panel.”
Please read more about our appointment in Liverpool Echo news http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/news/business/top-panel-seeks-liverpool-law-11724247