About David

David at a glance

  • English solicitor (1978 and accredited 1996),
  • Mediator (1997 and accredited 1999),
  • Family arbitrator and Member Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (MCIArb) (2002),
  • Deputy District Judge sitting at the Central Family Court, London (1995)
  • Australian (NSW) solicitor and barrister (2003) and mediator
  •  Visiting Professor, University of Law (2015)
  •  Honourary Professor, Leicester University (2017)

I am a highly experienced family law dispute resolution specialist, especially involving an international element or complex assets or issues.  I am joint founder (2007) and a partner at iFLG.

Achievements

I was appointed OBE in Queens Birthday Honours List, June 2014, for services “to international family law“.

I believe I am one of the world’s leading family lawyers and I am (apparently) regarded as one of the most innovative family lawyers of my generation:

  • I was the originator and a creator of family arbitration in England and Wales, now emulated in other countries
  • I was instrumental in the 1990s in the creation of the English Family Law Accreditation Scheme
  • I was co-founder in 1995 of the world’s first multi-disciplinary metropolitan family law practice, combining lawyers, mediators and counsellors, and now much copied around the world
  • I was co-founder in 2007 of the world’s first law firm dedicated to international families and their children, with many law firms worldwide subsequently setting up specialist international units
  • I am author of the leading textbook on international family law, now in 5th edition (2017)
  •  I was co-creator in 2017 of the world’s first arbitration scheme for family law disputes
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Divorce reform: my proposals and response to the MOJ consultation
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Divorce reform: my proposals and response to the MOJ consultation

The UK government launched a consultation on divorce reform for England and Wales.  Here is my response.  These are my summary headline comments and proposals: Headline summary   The principle of no-fault divorce was adopted by Parliament in 1996 and nothing has materially changed; there is no need here for a second referendum!   Alongside the campaigning for no-fault divorce,…

Tax Guide for families on marriage, separation and divorce 2018/19
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Tax Guide for families on marriage, separation and divorce 2018/19

This is the tax guide which I prepare each financial year for the most relevant taxes which present to families, on commencement and also on separation and divorce.  Specific advice should always be taken https://www.davidhodson.com/wp-content/uploads/files/taxguide2018.doc

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