Thomas Dance

Tom is a family law specialist. His practice encompasses all areas of family law, with particular emphasis on family finance matters and private law children disputes. Tom also has experience of appearing in matters involving international child abduction.

Finance: Tom’s practice covers the full breadth of matrimonial finance, including applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act 1989, applications under Part III of the MFPA 1984 (Financial Relief After Overseas Divorce) and any related enforcement proceedings.

Additionally, Tom regularly advises and appears in cohabitation disputes, whether claims under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, or those founded on some other equitable remedy such as proprietary estoppel.

Private law children: Tom has extensive experience in all areas of private law disputes concerning children and his expertise covers cases involving international/internal relocation, allegations of serious domestic violence, parental alienation and issues of mental capacity.

Child Abduction: Tom regularly appears in the High Court in cases involving international child abduction. As a member of 1 KBW’s Duty Counsel Scheme he is available to represent parties at short notice in this area.

Public law children: Tom has acted for Local Authorities, parents and extended family members at all stages in public law proceedings.

Education and Awards

  • Radley College, Oxford.
  • Christ Church, University of Oxford: BA (Hons) in Jurisprudence.
  • John V Lovitt Prize for Jurisprudence.
  • University College London: Master of Laws – LLM specialising in Jurisprudence (Distinction).
  • Middle Temple: Lord Justice Sachs Exhibition.
  • BPP: Bar Professional Training Course.


When he is not working Tom likes to play tennis and imagine he is treading the soft turf of Wimbledon, strum his guitar and sing in London haunts, or cling to his lost dream of becoming a Michelin-starred chef.