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Enforcement of Judgements

If I have obtained a Court Order in one country, can I enforce it in another?

The simple answer is that it depends upon the type of court order, the country where you obtained it and when you obtained it.

This is an area of the law where there are sometimes several different ways of obtaining substantially the same result and where some of those ways can be much cheaper and/or faster than others.

You will, therefore, need to see a lawyer as quickly as possible in order to obtain advice about what can be done in your circumstances and about which of the various options available might work best for you. In fact, this advice is best taken even before you strart your court case as there are, often, various ways of starting a case and some might be much easier to enforce internationally than others.

Our local member in the country where you want to enforce your judgment would be pleased to discuss this with you by way of a face-to-face meeting, a video call or a telephone conference call.

At or following that meeting they will also be able to give you a detailed estimate of your prospects of success and of the likely cost and timescale involved in taking any necessary action.

Enforcing foreign judgements requires a detailed knowledge of local law and local customs as well as the same level of knowledge about the law in your own country. We cannot stress enough that it is the interaction - and sometimes conflict - between the two systems that creates most of the potential problems and many of the best potential opportunities for saving you time, trouble and money.

Next steps

Please look at the Legal Guides, videos, MP3 seminars and other materials set out to the right of this page.

If you would like us to help you, please complete our Client Pack and send it back to us. We will contact you to clarify your requirements and then introduce you to the person most appropriate to deal with your case.

If you do not find the information that you need, please send us an email explaining your problem and we will contact you.

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