Nina Hansen


Nina Hansen is head of the family department. Her focus is on complex children’s law matters often with an International element. Sources praise her “tactical and visionary support”. Her vast experience and knowledge both of domestic children’s law and international law mean that she is known for guiding her client through the vagaries of the interlocking legal systems.

Nina specialises in representing parents and children in cases with complex factual or legal issues (or both); including child abduction, adoption and cases involving allegations of sexual abuse, intractable contact disputes, radicalisation, factitious illness and non-accidental injury or death often involving Social Services and care proceedings. Nina’s has conducted cases at every level of Court including the Supreme Court and the European Court of Justice. Nina regularly conducts her own advocacy.

Her years of experience in representing children, coupled with her knowledge and expertise in international family law mean she is one of a small number of highly skilled and specialised practitioners who are routinely instructed by children who are either the subject of, or who have siblings who are the subject of, child abduction proceedings. Her work in this area has been the subject of many reported cases and judicial guidance on the approach to be adopted in this rapidly developing area of international family law. She is considered by many members of the bar and fellow solicitors to be the first port of call in cases where children and young people wish their voices to be heard and to instruct lawyers directly. She has a reputation for ensuring the voice of the child is clear and independent.

She is top ranked in Chambers and Partners for her work in both Cross-Border Disputes and in Public Law cases. Nina is ranked as a leader in her field in Legal 500 and in 2019 Nina has been shortlisted for Family Law ‘Partner of the Year’ at the prestigious Lexis Nexus Family Law Awards.

Nina is a member of the International Academy of Family Lawyers; the UK Central Authority’s International Child Abduction Unit Solicitors panel and has been on the Law Society’s Children Panel for over twenty years. She sits on Resolution’s International Committee. She also lectures on the law relating to children and has written articles and submissions on the changing face of family law.

What they say about Nina

Head of department Nina Hansen "brings a calm and astute perspective to cases, and moves between care proceedings, private children cases and international children's cases with consummate ease". (Legal500, 2017 Edition)
Family practice head Nina Hansen is renowned for her expertise across the gamut of children work, from complex cross-border residence disputes to public law cases involving abuse allegations. One source labels her "one of the top childcare solicitors in the country," adding: "She is fearless in the pursuit of her clients' interests, has very good analytical skills and is a fierce negotiator." (Chambers and Partners)
Research noting her "tactical and visionary support." She is described as "always emotionally astute and smart, supporting the child, calming people down and supporting the client no matter what time of the night or day" with one client commenting that "her approach is wonderful; if only all lawyers were like her." (Chambers and Partners)

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