Anne-Marie is a partner in Dawson Cornwell Law Firm and is accredited by Resolution as a family lawyer with particular specialisms in child abduction and child law. She was awarded the inaugural UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer award in 1999 and an OBE for her services to international child abduction and adoption in the 2002 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List. In 2004 she was selected as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year for her work with the victims of forced marriage and in 2010, she received the International Bar Association’s Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award.
Anne-Marie specialises in all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. In particular she has expertise in international divorce forum and jurisdictional disputes on divorce, with particular expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction and the EU Regulation on jurisdiction in family matters. She acts for the victims of forced marriages, abandoned spouses and honour-based violence.
Anne-Marie is also a specialist in surrogacy. She advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements and the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008.
Anne-Marie is Chair of the Family Law Committee of the International Bar Association and Chair of the Board of Trustees of Reunite: International Child Abduction Centre. She is a member of the International Issues Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales and Governor at Large of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She is also a member of numerous associations and committees including the International Society of Family Law, the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies Working Group on the Cross Border Movement for Children, the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children, the Home Office Working Group on Forced Marriages, the Commonwealth Working Group on AIDS and the Law Society International Issues Committee.
She is a regular speaker and lecturer both within the United Kingdom and abroad and has made numerous television appearances. She is the UK correspondent for International Family Law and joint author of the text book International Parental Child Abduction. She also sits on the Editorial Board of the Child and Family Law Quarterly.
Anne-Marie is consistently named as one of the leading family lawyers in London in both Chambers and The Legal 500.