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 three of the recent Supreme Court cases concerning international child abduction.

Reported cases

  •  Re S (A Child)(Abduction: Hague Convention) [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

  • Mensah v Mensah (Recognition of Foreign Divorce), ​[2018] EWHC 484 (Fam)
  • Lachaux v Lachaux [2017] EWHC 385 (Fam), [2017] 4 WLR 57
  • 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

  • Re M (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 891, [2017] 3 FCR 369
  • Lachaux v Lachaux [2017] EWHC 385 (Fam), [2017] 4 WLR 57

Reputation & Awards

‘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.’

Chambers & Partners 2018

‘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


University of Manchester – LLB Law
Manchester Metropolitan University – BVC

Professional Memberships

Committee Secretary of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association
Member of the Family Law Bar Association
Member of the Honourable Society of Lincolns Inn


Jennifer regularly lectures and writes on topics in the field of family law. She is a contributor to the child abduction sections of the Practical Law Company website, and she writes articles for publications such as Family Law Week and Lexis Nexis. Some examples of her publications appear below:

The importance of judicial impartiality: An analysis of Harb v Prince Abdul Aziz bin Fahd bin Abdul Aziz (for Lexis Nexis with Richard Harrison QC)

Maintenance requirements and the sharing principle: AAZ v BBZ and Others (for Lexis Nexis with Richard Harrison QC)

Civil Restraint Orders: Veluppillai v Chief Land Registrar and Others (for Lexis Nexis with Richard Harrison QC)

In the Matter of B (A Child): Habitual Residence and the Child-Centric Approach to Jurisdiction
Family Law Week Link –

The Supreme Court’s Judgment in In the Matter of S (A Child) – An Analysis
Family Law Week Link –

S v C: Re E Revisited
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