Safina is a solicitor in our Family and Matrimonial team, specialising in all areas of Children law.
Safina specialises in international work, particularly child abduction cases. She represents parents in cases concerning the 1980 Hague Convention, those involving non-Hague Convention countries, and applications made pursuant to the Inherent Jurisdiction of the High Court (Wardship cases). Safina assists parents both in making such applications, and in defending them. Safina also has experience of cases involving stranded spouses, and cases where there are issues of forced marriage and female genital mutilation (FGM).
Safina acts for foreign public bodies in complex cross-border public law proceedings to seek the recognition and enforcement of foreign courts.
Safina also has particular experience in public law children work, and has worked on a variety of complex cases, including those with an international element.
In addition, Safina advises parents in variety of private law children cases, involving disputes between parents in relation to lives with and spends time with orders (child arrangements), and cases where there are allegations of domestic abuse.
Safina has previous experience with our Public Law and Human Rights team. She worked on a varied caseload of court of protection and mental health work, encompassing health and welfare, and property and financial affairs, which complement her family law practice.
Education and career
- Safina studied the LLB at Queen Mary University of Law from 2013 – 2016, where she qualified with a 2:1
- She then studied an LLM in Law at Queen Mary University of Law from 2016 – 2017 and achieved a distinction
- She completed the LPC part-time while completing her training contract, and achieved a distinction in 2021
Safina’s notable cases include:
- Re L (A Child) (Wrongful Removal: Alleged Sexual Abuse)
- Re SV  EWCOP 52 (08 December 2022)
- W v Z  EWHC 469 (Fam)
- SA v AA  EWHC 2016 (Fam)
- Young Legal Aid Lawyers
- Child Abduction Lawyers Association