Jennifer Perrins specialises in private law children work, divorce and finance. She has particular experience and interest in cases involving jurisdictional and international issues.

Jennifer is an experienced practitioner in the field of international child abduction. She regularly appears in cases concerning the 1980 Hague Convention  and  other  related matters, such as Wardship / inherent jurisdiction applications, and issues under the Brussels  II Revised Regulation.

Jennifer has appeared as junior counsel in four of the leading Supreme Court authorities concerning international child abduction.

Reported cases

  • Re NY (A Child) (Reunite International and others Intervening) [2019] UKSC 49, [2020] AC 665
  • Re W (Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam), [2019] 2 FLR 1081
  • Re S (A Child)(Abduction: Hague Convention or BIIa) [2018] 4 WLR 108, [2018] 2 FLR 1405
  • In re W & Another [2018] 3 WLR 1819, [2018] 2 FLR 748
  • Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 891, [2017] 3 FCR 369
  • In Re B (A Child)(Reunite International Child Abduction Centre and Others Intervening) [2016] UKSC 4, [2016] AC 606
  • Re S (Habitual Residence and Child Objections: Brazil) [2015] EWCA Civ 2, [2015] 2 FLR 1338
  • Re H (Abduction: Jurisdiction) [2014] EWCA Civ 1101, [2015] 1 FLR 1132
  • In Re L (A Child)(Custody: Habitual Residence)(Reunite International Child Abduction Centre Intervening) [2013] UKSC 75, [2014] AC 1017
  • Re C (Abduction: Setting Aside Return Order: Remission) [2013] 1 FLR 403
  • In Re E (Children)(Abduction: Custody Appeal) [2011] UKSC 27, [2012] 1 AC 144

Jennifer deals with all aspects of divorce and matrimonial finance, including Schedule 1 and TLATA applications. She has particular experience of cases involving international issues, such as jurisdiction disputes, recognition of foreign divorces, and cross-border enforcement (both within and outside the EU).

Reported cases

  • Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738, [2019] 4 WLR 86
  • Mensah v Mensah (Recognition of Foreign Divorce), ​[2018] EWHC 484 (Fam)
  • Musa v Karim [2012] EWCA Civ 1332, [2013] Fam Law 16

Jennifer is instructed in all types of  private law children case. She is experienced in   relocation disputes and other international matters, such as cross-border enforcement, and the Brussels II Revised Regulation.

She also regularly deals with cases involving issues such as domestic abuse, intractable contact problems, and expert evidence.

Reported cases

  • Lachaux v Lachaux [2019] EWCA Civ 738, [2019] 4 WLR 86
  • Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 891, [2017] 3 FCR 369

Reputation & Awards

'Excellent and approachable, she has a clear understanding of the law and is practical, pragmatic and strong in both her oral and written presentation.' 

Chambers & Partners 2020

‘Jenny’s knowledge of both domestic and international children law is fantastic. She is so switched-on and astute it is scary. She has a remarkable sense of strategy, especially in complex international children cases.’ – Legal 500, 2022

“A great cross-examiner who doesn’t give up but also never pursues duff points. She just gets on with things, never resorting to histrionics.” – Chambers & Partners, 2021

‘An excellent advocate.’ – Legal 500, 2021

‘Excellent and approachable, she has a clear understanding of the law and is practical, pragmatic and strong in both her oral and written presentation.’  – Chambers & Partners 2020

‘Jennifer is thorough, hard-working and someone who secures the client’s trust. She’s diligent in how she prepares and very hands-on.’ – Chambers & Partners 2020

‘Is always very able on her feet and in answering any tricky questions the judge may pose. ’ – Legal 500 2020

‘She’s a solicitor’s dream; she’s really well prepared, approachable and excellent in court.” “She’s a trusted advocate who has the ear of the judge – she’s good in court without being too aggressive.’ – Chambers & Partners 2019

‘Jennifer is very calm even when tensions are running high.’​ – Legal 500 2019

‘An accomplished family law barrister…expertise includes international child abduction, enforcement and jurisdiction matters…also handles money matters such as Schedule 1 applications and TLATA. Always very well prepared and very efficient in her advocacy…really strong knowledge of complex child abduction matters and experience beyond her call’ – Chambers & Partners 2018

‘Very thorough and approachable’ – Legal 500 2018

‘She is bright, efficient and very capable. She has expertise in child abduction and cases with an international element’ – Legal 500 2014 & 2015

Awards and Scholarships

Hardwicke Entrance Award – Lincolns Inn
Shortlisted for Family Law Awards 2018 – International Family Lawyer of the Year


University of Manchester – LLB Law
Manchester Metropolitan University – BVC

Professional Memberships

Committee Member of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association (Secretary 2017-2019; Policy Officer 2019 to present)
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Member of the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn


  • Jackson’s Matrimonial Finance & Taxation (contributor to 10th Edition).
  • 1KBW on International Child Abduction (co-author together with other members of the 1KBW child abduction team).
  • Practical Law Company (co-author of child abduction practice notes).
  • Jennifer regularly writes articles for publications such as Family Law Week and Lexis Nexis. Some examples of her published articles appear below:

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