Author page: David Hodson

In this area of my website I set out items of news, commentary, blogs and articles. The most recent are set out below with a longer list in the right-hand column and many more which can be found using the search facility. Please do get in touch with me about any of these articles and the issues raised.

What does it mean to forgive?: Jacob Meets Esau

Genesis 33.1-15 This sermon looks at forgiveness, by Esau to Jacob, looking at the South Africa experience under Nelson Mandela and what the bible teaches about forgiveness and its challenges for all of us Forgiveness0823     

Creation is groaning for redemption: Christian ecology

Romans 8.18-30 When Paul says the whole creation is groaning he surely could not have appreciated how hundreds of millions of people on our planet are anxious about the state of creation and how they agree creation seems to be vividly and tragically groaning. This passage has never been more so vital and relevant than now in late 2021. Ecology1021


Luke 4.1-13 We are the most globally inter connected people in the history of our planet.  Statisticians have shown that for the vast majority of our world, connected to the Internet in any way, we are only six steps, intermediary people, away from being able to connect to everyone anywhere. Yet are we also the most lonely and isolated generation?…

A book explaining family law on leaving the EU

  Family law leaves the EU: guide: A summary guide for practitioners”  is a new textbook published today, 20 October 2020, by LEXIS-NEXIS written by one of the world’s leading family lawyers, David Hodson. EUBookMedia1

Consequences on English family law of the UK leaving the EU

  The UK left the EU on 31 January 2020, but the law stayed the same until 11 PM on 31 December 2020.  From that time onwards, EU laws no longer applied in England and Wales in respect of new proceedings.  But the consequence of transitional arrangements is that EU laws will continue to apply for many years, perhaps decades,…

The CJEU casts doubt on England’s new post-Brexit divorce jurisdiction law

    An article written with Rebecca Bailey Harris, barrister, of 1 Hare Court and already published in International Family Law Journal of Lexis Nexis A recent decision of the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) has addressed the definition of habitual residence for the purposes of divorce jurisdiction under Art 3 of BIIA.  It has confirmed the…

Issuing English family court proceedings in real time: NP v TP

With filing of family court proceedings in England and Wales being increasingly a digital experience, and when the time of filing can be crucial, in the midst of Brexit the government published a series of changes crucially switching the time from the artificiality of when the court office next opened its doors to real-time, digital time.  Relatively little attention has…

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