Forum Shah

Lawyer
at Dawson Cornwell
+44 (0)20 7242 2556
London
United Kingdom

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Described by sources as an “outstanding” associate who provides “a first class service” Forum is ranked as a “Rising Star” by The Legal 500 2022. She has practiced family law exclusively since qualifying as a solicitor in 2014 and joined Dawson Cornwell in 2020.  She is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in Child Abduction and Domestic Abuse.

Forum specializes in private and public children law, with particular expertise in international child abduction and relocation. She receives instructions directly from the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit (ICACU). She acts for both Applicants and Respondents in cases concerning the 1980 Hague Convention, as well as the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court/wardship and non Hague Convention countries.

Forum also acts for parents and other family members in care proceedings (her expertise in international children law means she is often chosen by parents residing abroad who are seeking their child to be placed with them), in living and contact arrangements, applications to relocate abroad and cases involving allegations of drug and alcohol abuse, domestic abuse and parental alienation.

Forum speaks fluent English and Gujarati and basic Hindi.
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Forum is an elected member of the Executive Committee of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association (CALA) and she is on the committee of the Association of Lawyers for Children.  She is a member of Resolution, the Young Legal Aid Lawyers and The Family Law Panel.  As a skilled advocate she often undertakes her own advocacy.

Forum has volunteered for various organizations over the years including the One Stop Shop in Tower Hamlets and the Citizens’ Advice Bureau at the Central Family Court.

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