Alexandra Tribe discusses her ‘legal life’ in the Law Society Gazette, published on Monday 25th July 2016:
‘The highlight of my career so far has been our case of Baldwin v Baldwin  EWHC 4857 (Fam), in which we acted for an Ethiopian woman married to a British expatriate living in Dubai. The case tested the workings of the Council Regulation (EC) 4/2009 of 18 December 2008 (the Maintenance Regulation). Ours was the first case to successfully rely on articles 4, 5 and 7 of the regulation, ensuring our client’s financial claims were not restricted. The case has paved the way for other international family lawyers advising expatriates relying on ‘sole domicile’ for divorce jurisdiction.
Most of my family are lawyers and have been an inspiration in my career. My father, having owned his successful practice for 30 years, is my mentor. I rely on him for his wise counsel, cool head and no-nonsense approach.
My legal training taught me the law, but my subsequent life experiences turned me into a lawyer. I moved to Dubai with my husband in 2007. We wanted to experience life abroad but it had to be somewhere that I could practise English family law. Luckily, there were enough British expatriates in Dubai to make this possible. I worked with several of the leading advocates in the UAE, expanding my knowledge of sharia law and practice, while conducting divorces and associated litigation for British expats in the region through the English courts.
My hardest challenge was to make the jump from working in an employed position to setting up my firm Expatriate Law. I was delighted when my father agreed to join as senior consultant. We specialise solely in family law for British expats worldwide, particularly in the UAE. The majority of our cases are divorce and financial remedy proceedings through the English courts. Working for expats in the Middle East invariably involves the crossover between sharia and English family laws. This makes the work diverse and challenging.’