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A Word from Alexandra Tribe

Alexandra Tribe, Managing Partner at Expatriate Law

Reflecting on another tumultuous year in a pandemic, I have been able to see some positives that have come from a year in and out of lockdown. The move towards largely online hearings, and bundles in PDF have made our working lives more productive, not to mention the hundreds of thousands of trees now saved from becoming paper bundles!

I am comforted and thrilled to have a tremendous team at Expatriate Law that continually go above and beyond to not only provide an outstanding service to our clients, but seek out opportunities to share their expertise and broaden their knowledge. As the year draws to a close, taking a moment to pause and look back brings me such joy and a sense of pride.

From all of us at Expatriate Law, we wish you a happy Festive Season with loved ones and look forward to reconnecting with you in 2022.

My best wishes,


Hello, Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi office launch - Website graphic

Expatriate Law are thrilled to announce the formation of a new branch office in Abu Dhabi, headed by Byron James, Partner and Head of UAE at Expatriate Law. The branch will be developed by Byron to provide international family law advice to English expats and families with links to England who are living in the UAE and across the Middle East. Having already been involved in a number of reported cases this year involving the Middle East, Expatriate Law will continue to operate at the cutting edge of expatriate family law in the region.

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Awards & Recognitions

We are proud of all our achievements, but it’s made even sweeter when our work is recognised by prestigious industry bodies.

Chambers High Net Worth 2021 - Alexandra Tribe Ranked in Chambers HNW 2021

Expatriate Law has been recognised again by Chambers & Partners High Net Worth guide as being the “the go-to people for cases involving Dubai and the UAE”. Alexandra Tribe again ranked individually, this year in Band 1 for UAE and Band 5 for the UK, being particularly commended for her “impressive Middle Eastern family law practice… [and is] well regarded for her expertise in high net-worth family law matters in the UAE and is adept at advising on Shari’a.”


Law Society Awards - Excellence in International Services 2021 - highly commended Recognition at The Law Society Awards 2021

Expatriate Law was highly commended at the Law Society Awards

for Excellence in International Legal Services’. It was an honour for the team to be recognised for their expertise and commitment to international family law by the prestigious society.

International Academy of Family Lawyers (IAFL) logo We are delighted that Byron James was admitted to the IAFL: International Academy of Family Lawyers as a fellow.

The IAFL is a worldwide association of leading lawyers recognised by their peers as the most experienced and skilled family law specialists in their respective countries.

Byron is the only English qualified fellow based in the Middle East.

Notable and Reported Cases

Expatriate Law have had a number of cases reported in the past 18 months, which are listed on our new Notable and Reported Cases page.

  1. F v M [2020] EWHC 2676 (Fam) (20 July 2020) (concerning relocation of children from the UAE to England)
  2. KMM v NAM (Jurisdiction) [2021] EWHC 2300 (Fam) (13 August 2021) (concerning divorce jurisdiction)
  3. XM v XF [2021] EWHC 1279 (Fam) (13 May 2021)  (child arrangement orders made by the English court concerning children residing in Dubai)
  4. S (Children), Re (Inherent Jurisdiction: Setting Aside Return Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 1223 (13 August 2021)
  5. GC v AS [2021] EWHC 14 (Fam) (11 January 2021)
    A Court of Appeal decision concerning British children residing in Libya, allowing an appeal against a decision made by Mostyn J. The mother can now proceed with her application for the return of the children to England under the parens patriae jurisdiction. The mother’s previous solicitors had failed to raise parens patriae as the jurisdiction basis in their original application.

Press & Publications

Expatriate Law frequently contribute articles to leading publications.

Events and Speaking Engagements

We have great pleasure in participating in discussions around international family law with eminent figures in the field. 2021 was no exception despite challenges of the pandemic and proved to be another busy year for our lawyers. View our round-up of event highlights.


Naomi Grimwood

Image of Naomi Grimwood, Associate Solicitor at Expatriate Law

Naomi joined Expatriate Law in early 2021 and we are delighted to have her on board. Naomi qualified in 2004 and worked as a finance lawyer for over 12 years, gaining extensive experience in both English and US private practice law firms in the City before joining an international financial institution as in-house counsel. Read full bio.

Jack Mitchell

Jack Mitchell

Jack graduated from the University of Exeter in 2016 with a first in Politics, and went on to study the Graduate Diploma in Law at BPP Law School where he achieved a commendation. Jack was a paralegal for us before undertaking his LPC. After achieving a Distinction, he has returned to us for his training contract. Read full bio.

Oscar Smith

Image of Oscar Smith, Senior Associate at Expatriate Law

Oscar is a Resolution-accredited specialist in complex high-net worth financial remedies and in cohabitation cases. He brings with him a wealth of experience on advising clients that have an international element. Since joining us in May, he’s had a busy year with a number of complex cases, and recently participated in a child maintenance talk with notable panellists. Read full bio.

Ashleigh Herbert

Ashleigh Herbert - Paralegal at Expatriate Law

Ashleigh graduated from the University of Reading in 2019 with a first-class degree in Law. She was then called to the Bar in February 2021, after achieving a ‘Very Competent’ in her Bar Professional Training Course. Read full bio.

Alexander Knight

Image of Alexander Knight, Senior Associate Barrister, Expatriate Law

We are thrilled to announce that barrister Alexander Knight of leading London Chambers, 36 Family, has joined the firm’s Singapore team.  Alexander will advise expatriates based in Singapore on the family laws of England and Wales, and conduct their divorce and other family law matters through the English courts. Read full bio.

Dariya Skerratt

Dariya Skerratt, Paralegal, Expatriate Law

Dariya graduated from the University of Exeter in 2020 with an upper second class degree in Law. She is currently studying her Legal Practice Course on a part-time basis at BPP University whilst working at Expatriate Law as a paralegal. Dariya is fluent in Russian, and has a proficient knowledge of French. Read full bio.


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