Natasha Slabas specialises in family law, including work in relation to financial settlements following divorce and issues in relation to the arrangements for children.

Natasha has a myriad of experience in cases where there are international issues in relation to children and financial matters. Some examples of international financial cases on which she has worked include jurisdiction races, disputes concerning choice of forum for enforcement of a foreign financial order and applications made to the English court for a financial settlement following an overseas divorce.

Natasha has experience of handling leave to remove cases where international elements of law are relevant. Her cases concerning leave to remove to another jurisdiction have necessitated the requirement for international legal advice which has led to her having familiarity with Russian, Swiss and Ukrainian aspects of family law.

Natasha has written legal articles for LexisNexis, including, “The Pitfalls of Surrogacy Arrangements” and “Surrogacy – what’s next for the UK?”, regarding the difficulties of surrogacy arrangements, particularly highlighted by her case D (a Child: Habitual Residence: Consent and Acquiescence) [2015] EWHC 1562 (Fam).

Natasha is a former volunteer at Rights of Women. She enjoys spending time with her family, travelling and cooking. Natasha has a keen interest in the arts, including music and language and enjoys playing the guitar. She is currently learning to play the piano, together with learning to speak Spanish.


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NOTABLE CASES

Mr Justice MacDonald: In this matter I am concerned with an application under the Child Abduction and Custody Act 1985 for an order pursuant to Art 12 of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction (hereafter the 1980 Convention) directing the summary return of L, born in July 2010 and now aged 8 years old, to the jurisdiction of the State of Israel. The application is brought by L’s father, MB (hereafter ‘the father’), and is opposed by her mother, TB (hereafter ‘the mother’).

Read more>> MB v TB (Art 13 Alleged Risk of Oppressive Litigation) [2019] EWHC 1019 (Fam)

Mr Justice Mostyn: On 14 and 15 January 2019 I heard the application by the applicant (father) dated 26 September 2018 that the provisions of section 12 of the Administration of Justice Act 1960 and, inferentially, section 97(2) of the Children Act 1989, be relaxed to permit certain information about this case to be released into the public domain.

Read more>> RJ v Tigipko [2019] EWHC 448 (Fam)

On 27 April Mostyn J, sitting in the Family Division, made an order in proceedings between the parents of two children now aged 5 and 2 after a hearing lasting four days that had taken place earlier in the month. Giving a reserved judgment, he firstly refused an application by the children’s mother to relocate with them to her native country, the Ukraine, but secondly, allowed the mother to return temporarily to Ukraine with the children, she having been living there with them effectively since December 2017.

Read more>> Re J (Children: Permission to Remove from Jurisdiction) [2018] EWCA Civ 1372

In Re G (Leave to Remove) [2008] 1 FLR 1587 at para 19 Lord Justice Thorpe stated: “These cases are particularly traumatic for the parties, since each of them conceives so much as being at stake. They are very, very difficult cases for the trial judges. Often the balance is very fine between grant and refusal.

Read more>> S & V (Children: Leave to Remove) [2018] EWFC 26

Application made by husband in divorce proceedings for an order that his wifes solicitor be debarred from acting for her in the proceedings. This case concerns an application made by the husband, Mr S, for an order that his wifes solicitor be debarred from acting for her in ongoing proceedings. The wife, Mrs S, was represented by Raymond Tooth of Sears Tooth solicitors.  

Read more>> S -v- S (Application to Prevent Solicitor Acting) [2017] EWHC 2660 (Fam)

Application by father to remove his two sons to live with him in Switzerland. Application was granted but, due to the highly exceptional nature of these proceedings, a costs order was also made against the father.

Read more>> S v S (Relocation) [2017] EWHC 2345 (Fam)