Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE

WLA Chapter Leader

Anne-Marie specializes in all aspects of domestic and international family law and the international movement of children. She has expertise in international divorce forum and jurisdictional disputes on divorce, with particular expertise in international custody disputes, child abduction (Hague and non–Hague); the EU Regulation on jurisdiction in family matters, relocation and children’s law private and public. She acts for the victims of forced marriages, abandoned spouses and Honor Based Violence, and has assisted in the protection of 150 plus Forced Marriage victims.

Anne-Marie is also a specialist in surrogacy arrangements and surrogacy with an international element and co-parenting agreements. Anne-Marie advises in respect of complex domestic and international adoption applications and legal issues arising from the creation and implementation of surrogacy arrangements under The Human Fertilization and Embryology Act 2008.

Anne-Marie is accredited by Resolution as a specialist family lawyer with specialisms in forced marriage and honor based violence, child abduction and children law.

  • She was awarded the inaugural UNICEF Child Rights Lawyer award in 1999.
  • Received an OBE for her services to international child abduction and adoption in the 2002 Queen’s New Year’s Honours List.
  • She was selected as Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year for her work with the victims of forced marriage in 2004 .
  • Received the International Bar Assocation’s Outstanding International Woman Lawyer Award In 2010.
  • Received a True Honour Award from IKWRO In 2011.
  • She was awarded an ’Albert’ by the Albert Kennedy Trust in recognition of her work on an international level in defending the human rights of young lesbian, gay, bi–sexual and trans people In 2011 .
  • In 2012 she was named International Family Lawyer of the Year in the Jordans Family Law Awards.