Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE QC (Hon)

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Dawson Cornwell

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Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, QC (Hon) is a Partner at Dawson Cornwell. She is described as “one of the leading matrimonial lawyers of our time,” and “the queen bee of cross border children law”. Anne-Marie is Head of the Children Department and leads an expert and recognised team, acting for high net worth individuals and the publically funded alike.

Anne-Marie specialises in all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. She has expertise in international divorce forum and jurisdictional disputes on divorce, with particular expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction (Hague and non–Hague); the EU Regulation on jurisdiction in family matters, relocations and children’s law private and public.

She acts for the victims of forced marriages, abandoned spouses, honour based violence and female genital mutilation. She has assisted in the protection of more than 150 forced marriage victims and many threatened and actual victims of female genital mutilation.  She has acted in the leading forced marriage and stranded spouse cases.

Anne-Marie is highly sought after by high net worth couples as the specialist in surrogacy arrangements, surrogacy with an international element and co-parenting agreements. She advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements under The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.

She is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer with specialisms in forced marriage and honour based violence, child abduction and children law. She is a Queens Counsel honoris causa (2016) and a Doctor of Laws honoris causa, University of Leeds (2016).

Anne-Marie is a fellow and past Parliamentarian of the International Academy of Family Lawyers and chair of the Board of Trustees of Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre. She is a member of the National Commission on Forced Marriage at the House of Lords and an appointed panel member of the Government Review on Sharia Law in England and Wales. She is a member of the Cambridge Family Law Centre Advisory Board and LawAsia.

She is a Founding Fellow of the International Surrogacy Forum, a Fellow of the Academy of  Adoption & Assisted Reproduction Attorneys, co-chair of the International Academy of Family Lawyers’ Surrogacy and ARTS Committee and a Founding Member of the UK LGBT Family Law Institute.

She is a regular speaker and has made numerous television and press appearances and lectures frequently both within the United Kingdom and abroad.

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Areas of work
Children (care proceedings and adoption) Children (divorce and separation)

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