Members of 29 Bedford Row have appeared in many of the leading cases concerning the impact of EU Regulations on English family law.
The Brussels II Regulation (in its original and revised forms) has been in force since 2001: every divorce petition in England and Wales is subject to its jurisdictional rules. The Maintenance Regulation came into force in 2011: every claim for maintenance is subject to its jurisdictional rules. These and other EU Regulations are increasingly affecting every aspect of English family law. Divorces, financial claims of all kinds, private and public law children work, child abduction and other areas are all affected by EU law even in cases where no other country is involved.
EU law derives largely from the civil law traditions of continental European countries rather than from English common law traditions. Although family law is now very much affected, EU law has developed largely in the context of commercial and public law. Great care is needed in applying in family law cases legal principles which have developed in other areas of law.
29 Bedford Row is a pioneer in recognising the importance of EU law to English family lawyers and using EU law to the advantage of clients.