Anne-Marie Hutchinson, head of the children department with London firm Dawson Cornwell, passed away on 2 October after an illness, her firm Dawson Cornwell announced.
Described as "one of the leading matrimonial lawyers of our time," "the queen bee of cross border children law" and "a force of nature", Anne-Marie was Head of the Children Department. She was admitted in 1985, joined Dawson Cornwell in January 1998, and lead an expert and recognised team. She received the OBE for services to international child abduction and adoption in 2002.
Tributes have since been flooding in for her.
In a statement, her firm said: ‘This is a terrible loss and sadness to us all and will be to many others. Anne-Marie has always been a prominent character in the life of the firm and was of course known throughout the world for her ground breaking work in the field of child abduction and family law generally.
‘She touched all of our lives and we will miss her whilst also recognising how privileged we have been to know her in our professional and private lives. There are many happy memories of her some of which involved a glass or two of wine, a cigarette and a laugh. She was an extraordinary and unique woman and there will be no one else like her.
‘The firm mourns her loss but we will continue to carry on her work as she would have wished. Anne-Marie took great pride in her team of lawyers many of whom she has personally mentored for years and they will continue to promote her legacy of protecting children around the world.’
Our sincere condolences are with those who knew and loved her.