It is the International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) annual meeting this week in Marrakech, Morocco.
The IAFL is ‘a worldwide association of lawyers who are recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries’. It is dedicated to connecting colleagues, cultivating knowledge and creating solutions.
Advocate Barbara Corbett (pictured) is the only lawyer fellow of the IAFL in Jersey attending the annual IAFL conference this week. Also attending the event is judicial fellow, family judge Samantha McFadzean. It is anticipated that over 180 people will be attending from 66 countries.
Advocate Corbett commented: “I have been a fellow of the IAFL since 2008. It is really important to attend events like this in order to exchange ideas and meet family lawyers from around the world, which assists in the service we can provide to our clients. Due to the international nature of the work we do and the issues we face here in Jersey, in particular in relation to relocation and international child abduction, having connections and working relationships with lawyers abroad is vital.
Advocate Le Quesne attended the IAFL Introduction to European Family Law Conference in Ibiza earlier this year. This was attended by delegates from 33 different jurisdictions and there were 28 speakers from 22 jurisdictions. Corbett Le Quesne’s international family law conferences also bring together family lawyers from around the world. In June 2023 they will be hosting a trust conference designed to bring local trust companies and family offices together with this group of international family lawyers.
Also this week Advocate Nicholas Le Quesne, Kate Donohue (who recently passed her advocates exams) and office manager, Lizzie Keogh, will be attending the Family Law Awards in London. In 2020 Corbett Le Quesne was awarded ‘Family Law Firm of the Year – South’ but due to Covid the team could not collect their award as the ceremony was held online.