Leading Adoption Lawyers London
Osbornes Law team of adoption lawyers in London is headed by Naomi Angell. We specialise in this highly complex and specialist area of law, including international, intercountry, domestic and step-parent adoption cases. Read on to find out about our experience and how our lawyers can help you.
Naomi Angell Consultant
“She is the queen of inter-country adoption. She is experienced in the field over a long period of time. She has wonderful client skills and is committed to getting proper outcomes.”
Our specialist adoption lawyers offer advice and representation on every stage of the adoption process to all of those who may be involved in an adoption case – prospective adopters, children, children’s guardians, birth parents and other relatives. They offer the same specialist, experienced and sympathetic service to clients who are paying privately or who are eligible for legal aid.
Advice from internationally recognised adoption lawyers
Head of adoption, Naomi Angell, is the leading adoption lawyer in England and has over 45 years of experience in helping people expand their family through domestic and intercountry adoption. She is recognised in Chambers UK as a ‘Senior Statesperson’ for her expertise in adoption and children law. Naomi was awarded the outstanding achievement award at the Family Law Awards, not only for her case work but for leading on major policy changes in adoption law throughout her career. She was also awarded the lifetime achievement award at the Law Society Awards 2020.
Naomi has been chair of a national adoption panel and lectures, writes and is regularly involved with media work concerning adoption (see Naomi’s personal profile for more detail on her experience in policy and casework and on the positions she holds in the adoption field).
Bridget Thompson is also a very experienced children’s lawyer with a broad knowledge of adoption law. She also specialises in all areas of Family Law but has a special interest in children related matters and in adoption.
Post adoption issues
We provide adoption advice and representation on the full range of cases that can arise after an adoption order is made whether in a domestic or inter-country case including:
- Advising and assisting all those involved with adoption on searching and re-establishing contact with a birth parent, birth family members or the adopted child.
- Advice and representation on post adoption contact cases.
- Problems involving post adoption support from a local authority social services department, health authority or education department.
Naomi Angell has considerable strength in adoption, surrogacy and fertility issues
Naomi Angell is a renowned practitioner in the market with a wealth of experience in family cases involving immigration issues. She has a depth of knowledge in surrogacy issues and is respected for her experience handling adoption matters.
"She is responsive and very knowledgeable – she knows everything on the family law side of adoption and is also very generous with her time."
"Naomi is second to none in her knowledge of adoption and her work in surrogacy is also a strength."
"She has an encyclopaedic knowledge and an in-depth understanding of this work. She's extremely empathetic and can put herself in the client's shoes. She's also very strategic and is good at pre-empting litigation."
"Their family department is very strong, from adoption to child abduction and matrimonial finance, this is a very strong team."
"Naomi Angell is a stand out individual who is well regarded as to the go-to lawyer in her field. What Naomi doesn’t know about adoption is not worth knowing."
"She is the queen of inter-country adoption. She is experienced in the field over a long period of time. She has wonderful client skills and is committed to getting proper outcomes."
"She is an adoption superstar. She has an encyclopaedic knowledge of immigration law, and knows what's on the horizon due to her involvement in policy."
Naomi Angell – the doyenne of adoption and surrogacy family law, dedicated to her clients and hardworking.
The team has considerable strength in adoption, surrogacy and fertility matters through Naomi Angell.
Bridget and Amy-Jo were very supportive during what were very stressful proceedings. They were collaborative and I felt listened to and part of a team rather than just a client. We ended up being successful at the hearing."
"She's extremely knowledgeable and highly professional."
"She is the guru when it comes to international adoption and she's an expert in her field."
Naomi Angell has a vast wealth of knowledge and experience.
"Naomi Angell is a highly esteemed practitioner who is highlighted as "a leader in the field" and "extremely knowledgeable" by interviewees. She is particularly recognised for her experience in complex adoption disputes."
Bridget Thompson is a public law specialist noted for her extensive practice in matters involving alternative families and adoption. An interviewee observes: "She's a fighter, she's clever, and she understands all aspects of a case."
"Naomi Angell is a leading name in international adoption."
"Recognised for its expertise in both domestic and international adoption, as well as assisted conception."
"Naomi Angell is a leading figure in domestic and inter-country adoptions, and also has expert knowledge of related fertility and surrogacy issues."
"Naomi Angell is phenomenal. She's done it for so long and knows so much that she's a fount of knowledge. If Naomi doesn't know something, it isn't worth knowing."
Naomi Angell is the doyenne of inter-country adoption and the font of all knowledge in this area.
Highly respected for her [Naomi Angell] focused on cross-border children work, including surrogacy matters.
Naomi Angell advises on international adoptions and complex surrogacy matters. She is commended for her broad, in-depth experience."
Naomi Angell is an expert in adoption issues.
Naomi Angell leads the market in cross-border children law matters. Sources confirm that she is "at the cutting edge of changing law and policy" when it comes to international adoption
Naomi Angell is described as hugely experienced, calm and a good listener.
News & Insights from our Family Law SolicitorsVIEW ALL
Family law award nomination for Osbornes Law
The family team at Osbornes have been shortlisted as finalists at the Family Law Awards 2023. Our family department are one...Read more
Does Britney’s Spears Prenup Protect Her Assets?
News has emerged of Britney’s marriage breakdown earlier this month when Sam Asghari filed for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences....Read more
High income parents – how much child maintenance should...
When separating or divorcing parents cannot agree the amount of child maintenance to be paid, (in high income cases where...Read more
Family Dynamics: A Factor In Child Arrangements Cases
In proceedings involving children, the parents should consider the impact their behaviour towards each other may have on how the...Read more
Why It Is Important to Involve First Class...
Prenups have historically have a bad reputation, but they are starting to lose the negative stigma and are now common...Read more
Children Proceedings Highlights Judicial Conduct
Jonathan Jonas, a senior children lawyer at Osbornes Law was involved in the interesting case of K and L (Children:...Read more
Declaration of Trust for Property
If you are buying a property jointly, you may want to consider making a declaration of trust to record your...Read more
Osbornes Law Welcomes New Head of International Children
Osbornes Law is delighted to announce the arrival of Lauren Hall to the firm. Lauren Hall joins the family department...Read more
Parenting Talk With Noël Janis-Norton
Osbornes Law are delighted to be hosting internationally known parenting expert, Noël Janis-Norton, who will be delivering the talk:...Read more
Cohabitation agreement solicitors
Unmarried couples who live together do not have the same legal protection as married couples and civil partners when they...Read more
What is legal parenthood and how is it...
This issue was in the news recently, when a married Oklahoma same-sex couple were in court over a dispute about...Read more
Severance of a Joint Tenancy
Severing a Joint Tenancy Normally, when couples buy a property together they do so as joint tenants. This means they...Read more
Tenants in Common vs Joint Tenants
Tenants in Common vs Joint Tenants: Which is best for buying a property together? When buying a property with someone...Read more
Judge ignores pre-nuptial agreement but factors in non-matrimonial...
Case Law One of the reasons I am still passionate about family law, after 20 years in the field, is that...Read more
Family law award nomination for Osbornes Law
The family team at Osborne have been shortlisted as finalists at the Family Law Awards 2022. The department are one of...Read more
What if my partner predeceases me before we...
A review of a recent case concerning consent during fertility treatment. When going through fertility treatment as a couple, it...Read more
Declaration of parentage after mistake at register office
Recently in the news has been the outcome of the case of Osborne & Anor v Cambridgeshire County Council  EWHC 1982 (...Read more
New strategy to make fertility treatment more accessible
In July 2022, the Department of Health for England released its strategy aimed at improving Women’s Health. While women represent 51%...Read more
Proposed Changes to Gamete Donor Anonymity Laws in...
The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority (HFEA) has proposed changes to the law surrounding gamete donor anonymity in the UK....Read more
What are trusts of land? Property ownership is not always a straightforward legal issue, particularly where the parties are cohabitees...Read more
Mediation or Arbitration: What’s best for me?
Few divorcing couples want to end up in court, which is why mediation and arbitration are faster and more effective...Read more
Do I need permission to take a child...
Can a mother take a child out of the country without father’s permission? For a parent to take their...Read more
Legal considerations in the surrogacy process
What Are My Surrogacy Options at Home and Abroad? When you’re considering surrogacy as an intended parent, you may...Read more
Birth parent fails to overturn adoption order
Most adoption applications go through smoothly and it is only in the minority of cases that birth parents seek to...Read more
Most Visited Family Law Pages
Family Law Expertise
- Arrangements for Children
- Civil Partnerships
- Collaborative Family Law
- Confiscation Proceedings
- Fertility Law
- Financial Settlement
Our Family Lawyers View the whole team
Claire Andrews Partner
Mark Freedman Partner
Lauren Hall Partner
Maria Kitsiou Partner
Lisa Pepper Partner
Martin Ross Partner
Yael Selig Partner
Andrew Watson Partner
Joanne Wescott Partner
Naomi Angell Consultant
Diana Bastow Senior Associate
Sacha Ben-Shabat Paralegal
Sophie Brand Solicitor
Amy-Jo Fletcher Solicitor
Lauren Gaines Associate
Sara Gatt-Floridia Paralegal
Alicja Glabicka Paralegal
Hannah Goldstein Solicitor
Isabelle James Solicitor
Jonathan Jonas Senior Associate
Chloe Khor Paralegal
David Leadercramer Consultant
Emma Lees Trainee Solicitor
Nikki Lyttleton Legal Assistant