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New association established for child abduction lawyers

CALA welcomes specialist practitioners as members

On 11 September 2014 a group of international child abduction practitioners from across the country came together at Woburn House in London for the inauguration of The Child Abduction Lawyers Association, "CALA". 

The last 10 years have seen a growth in the number of practitioners in this specialist field. An informal network of international child abduction practitioners has existed for quite some time, but it now seems necessary for a more formal association to be established through which practitioners can network, exchange ideas and information, come together for events and training and present as a collective voice to the public and government agencies. CALA will fulfil that need. 

CALA welcomes family lawyers from all specialisms nationwide.  To acquire full membership:

Associate membership is open to all family law practitioners who have a special interest in the field of international child abduction.

General Co-Ordinator, Karan Chadha (Freemans Solicitors) says:

"CALA is very much at its embryonic stage.  The enthusiasm for the association has been overwhelming and I think we are all wondering why we didn't do this sooner.  I hope CALA will enhance the existing child abduction practitioner community and I am excited to see what we can achieve together."

The other officers of CALA are:

The next meeting will be held on 11 March 2015. For more information about CALA membership and forthcoming events email Karan Chadha at .