John Mayer
 

John Mayer, Advocate of the Scottish Bar

The Hague Convention Against International Child Abduction and the European Custody Convention are two of the world's most fundamental laws. Before doing even one Euro's worth of business with any country in the EU a country must not only sign and ratify these Treaies, but satisfy the EU Commission and further inspectors that proper working mechanisms are in place in their country which give full and efficient effect to the Treaties. John has handled many dozens of such cases in the Court of Session (Scotland's Supreme Court) under the Hague Convention Against International Child Abduction and the European Custody Convention. These sometimes go as far as Proof, but more often resolve themselves in settlement once a party realises that being in Scotland is no hiding place from the Treaties' deeply effective provisions. John is proud to have assisted Sheriff George Jamieson in writing Parental Responsibilities and Rights, part of which covers the subject. John has handled cases from Ireland, South Africa, America, Russia, Iran and France. He was instrumental in bringing South Africa into the family of nations to which the Hague Convention ought to apply. South Africa is now a Full Member. Such cases are usually fraught with the extra tension of involving foreign laws and court rulings. John often has to familiarise himself with the Family Laws of countries such as Turkey and Saudi Arabia, where no birth or marriage certificates exist as we know these in the West. To instruct John in a Family Law case, just click on 'Instruct John' on the menu.