Alex Aspinwall

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Alex is instructed to act on behalf of parents in a whole range of private law disputes. He has experience conducting extended fact-finding hearings (recently representing the party making serious allegations of abuse in an 8-day listing) and in cases involving otherwise intractable disputes. Alex is currently involved in several cases with live issues relating to parental alienation and is able to advise or represent clients at all stages of proceedings.

Alex regularly appears in financial remedy proceedings and can represent clients at all stages of proceedings. He is currently involved in several cases involving: complex issues of beneficial/legal ownership, liquidating capital from business structures and reviewable dispositions under s37 MCA 1973. He regularly appears in both FDRs and Final Hearings.

Alex has been instructed in cases under the Hague Convention 1980 and Brussels II Revised (‘legacy’ and enforcement cases). He was recently involved in proceedings concerning enforcement of a foreign return order under article 11 of Brussels IIa and appeared for the respondent mother in reported proceedings under article 13(b) of the Hague Convention 1980 in the High Court. Alex welcomes instructions in all areas of international family proceedings.

Reported cases
24th November 2023 | [2023] EWHC 2996 (Fam)


Alex Aspinwall appeared on behalf of the respondent mother in proceedings brought pursuant to article 12 of the Hague Convention 1980 for summary return of a child to Slovakia. The mother opposed the application and relied on the defence set out in article 13(b) of the Convention.

Alex succeeded in establishing the grave risk of harm (limb one of the test) but the court found that sufficient protective measures existed in Slovakia to mitigate any risk to the mother and child.

Please see here for the judgment.

10th May 2023 | [2023] EWFC 124

The Father v The mother (Re A-M & Anor)

Alex Aspinwall (for the father) and Robin Powell (for the mother) appeared in a fact-finding hearing concerning allegations of abuse made by the respondent mother. The mother raised 39 separate allegations to advance a case of controlling and coercive behaviour dating from the parties first meeting until separation. The court determined that it would only hear evidence in relation to 14 of those allegations. The father, in turn, alleged a pattern of controlling and coercive behaviour directed against him. He submitted that the children’s removal from the jurisdiction was part of a wider plan to freeze him out of their lives.

Evidence was given over the course of 4 days and counsel made submissions on (a) the proper approach to considering evidence of controlling and coercive behaviour in light of the decision in Re H-N & Ors [2021] EWCA Civ 448, (b) the approach to Lucas directions following A, B and C [2021] EWCA Civ 451 and (c) the credibility of each party and weight to be given various pieces of evidence presented to the court.

Please see here for the judgment. The court’s findings are set out at [124]. 10 findings were made against the father.



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'Alexander Aspinwall is an exceptional barrister, possessing very impressive technical and intellectual ability. He is assertive and tenaciously fights the client’s corner and provides high quality representation and advocacy. He is brilliant with clients and his client care is second to none. He goes over and above and complex issues are always dealt with in such a way that he is able to cut through all of the detail and assist clients through extremely challenging situations. We regularly instruct Alexander Aspinwall in complex international cases involving jurisdictional issues, cases involving serious physical abuse and complex children cases.'

Scholarships & Awards

2021: Inner Temple Major Scholarship Award
2021: Inner Temple Duke of Edinburgh Award
2021: BPP Academic Excellence Scholarship


Durham University- First Class Honours
Durham University- MJur Research Masters focusing on the discretionary operation of section 8 Child Arrangements Orders. Full thesis available at
BBP Manchester- BTPC (Very Competent)

Professional Memberships

Inner Temple

Data Protection

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