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Marianna Michaelides


Marianna is an associate in our Family and Matrimonial team. She is a children solicitor specialising in all areas of international children and domestic private children law. She is a Resolution specialist accredited lawyer in both private children law and child abduction.

Marianna is also on the International Child Abduction and Contact Unit’s (ICACU) panel of solicitors, and accepts referrals from them directly. ICACU is a governmental body that acts as the central authority for England and Wales when a child abduction matter is referred from another 1980 Hague Convention state.

She is committed to and passionate about family law, in particular in relation to the welfare of children. Marianna is sensitive and empathetic to clients’ issues, and provides clear and confident advice.

Marianna has developed a particular speciality in international parental child abduction, and she has represented many clients in matters involving abductions to Hague and non-Hague countries. She represents and advises clients in making such applications and in defending them. Marianna is experienced in using the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court, especially in Wardship cases where the court’s hands might be tied in making other appropriate orders concerning children. Marianna’s cases are often in the High Court, and she has been involved in a number of cases in the Court of Appeal.

She represents parties within a wide range of highly acrimonious disputes including complex parental alienation cases, and regularly makes and responds to applications for Child Arrangement Orders, Prohibited Steps Orders, and Specific Issue Orders.

Marianna has much experience representing parents either applying to relocate their children to another part of the country or who want to relocate abroad.

She also advises on general jurisdictional disputes affecting children, surrogacy and inter-country adoption issues, as well as registering and enforcing orders.

Marianna was shortlisted for the Family Law Young Solicitor of the Year Award at the 2021 Family Law Awards. 

She is ranked as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Chambers and Partners for Children: Cross Border, and is also listed as a recommended lawyer in Legal 500.

Education and career
  • Marianna graduated with a BA Hons in English Literature from the University of Southampton   
  • She achieved the Graduate Diploma in Law,  the Legal Practice Course, and LLB at the College of Law, Bloomsbury
  • She trained and qualified at Goodman Ray Solicitors
  • Following this, Marianna worked as an international children solicitor at the International Family Law Group LLP
  • Marianna joined Bindmans in December 2019
  • In March 2022, Marianna became a Resolution specialist accredited lawyer in Child Abduction and Private Law Children

Marianna’s reported cases include:

  • S v A [2022] EWHC 2300 (Fam) (07 September 2022)
  • Bailey v Bailey (Committal) (Rev1) [2022] EWFC 5 (04 February 2022)
  • Re H (Children: Relocation) [2019] EWHC 2881 (Fam)
  • Re W (Children) (Abduction: Implementation of Return Order) [2019] EWHC 357 (Fam)
  • Re W [2018] EWCA Civ 664
  • DM v KM [2016] EWHC 1282 (Fam)
  • Re M (Children) [2016] EWCA Civ 942
  • R v C and S (Through his Child’s Guardian) [2013] EWHC 1295 (Fam)

What clients say

I would like to thank you for your help in resolving this matter. I found the advice and support to be extremely helpful during what has been a very stressful period. Your speed of response and clear and helpful information, guidance and advice has been very much welcomed

Chambers and Partners 2023
  • Marianna is recognised as an ‘Associate to Watch’ in Children: Cross-Border Disputes
  • “Marianna Michaelides has considerable experience and expertise further strengthening the team”
  • “Marianna Michaelides is excellent, showing experience and wisdom beyond her years. She manages her cases exceptionally well, and has particular skill with international child law cases”
Chambers and Partners 2022
  • Marianna Michaelides is listed as ‘Associate to Watch’ in Children: Cross-Border DisputesFeedback notes her as having “good knowledge of international treaties that shows in her structuring of client cases”
  • “She is always very well prepared and pays very good attention to detail”
  • Marianna is described as “a rising star in the field of children law”
Chambers and Partners 2021
  • Marianna Michaelides is listed as ‘Associate to Watch’ in the Children: Cross-Border Disputes of the 2021 guide. Feedback describes her as “one of the most empathetic lawyers I’ve dealt with – she always understands the client’s needs. She’s hard-working, very capable and intellectually able”

Articles published on Lexis Nexis Family Law (website):

  • The Advent of BII Recast – 16 August 2019
  • The Powers of the High Court in implementing a Child Abduction Summary Return: Re W [2019] – 10 April 2019
  • Analysis: An Introduction to Child Arrangements Orders – 8 January 2019
  • Is it time for the 1980 Hague Convention to be revised? – 7 November 2018
  • The importance of the child’s voice when enforcing orders under the 1996 Hague Convention – 27 August 2018
  • International Child Abduction proceedings: key points to note from the latest President’s guidance – 21 March 2018
  • Child Abduction Returns Trumped by Asylum Claims – 25 September 2017 (also published in International Family Law Journal 2017 issue 4)
  • Pakistan Accedes the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction – 5 January 2017  
  • Co-updated ‘Chapter 12 – Appointing Guardians of Children’ of the Probate Practitioner’s Handbook 2018
Public speaking
  • The Cypriot High Commission in April 2019
  • The US Embassy in November 2018
  • The University of Law Bloomsbury in January 2017 and January 2018