Richard Harrison QC, Madeleine Reardon, Jennifer Perrins & Katy Chokowry appear in landmark Supreme Court case concerning the habitual residence of children

The Supreme Court has allowed an appeal by the non-biological mother of a child who had been taken to live in Pakistan by the appellant’s ex-partner, who was the child’s biological mother. The Supreme Court allowed the appeal by a 3:2 majority, holding that the child’s habitual residence had not been lost as a result of the unilateral removal.

Richard Harrison QC, Madeleine Reardon & Jennifer Perrins all acted for reunite international child abduction centre; Katy Chokowry appeared as part of a team on behalf of the International Centre for Family Law Policy & Practice. The case has far-reaching implications for the law of habitual residence – the full judgment can be read here: In the Matter of B (A Child) [2016] UKSC 4