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Book review | A Practical Guide to International Family Law

David Hodson Jordan Publishing, 2008, £77 ISBN: 978-1846610943

9 March 2012

Lord Justice Thorpe observed “cases with an international dimension… require wisdom and experience that can only be gained from specialist practice in this comparatively limited field”. Chicken and egg: how can a lawyer gain expertise without working in somebody else’s specialist practice? This book is a good start.

Although published in May 2008, it is generally an excellent reference. The pre-nuptial agreement section will need to be updated in the next edition.

The author’s style is ‘punchy’, but one wonders whether listing inappropriate reactions including ‘taking a sickie’ is an attempt too far at a joke.

The book emphasises that the practitioner will have to deal with “new” precedents and yet no electronic precedents are supplied, which must be a major shortcoming with any modern legal text book, ...

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