Idnan Deen

Idnan was incredible, professional & extremely efficient. I spoke to Idnan on Friday and by Monday we were already in court and within a week I had my court order to bring my kids back from Australia. Idnan's knowledge and understanding of the law were so extensive and thorough with complete regard for every detail.


Director & Solicitor

Areas of Practice

    Child Arrangements Orders;
    Specific Issue Orders;
    Prohibited Steps Orders;
    Special Guardianship Orders;
    Care orders and Supervision orders and emergency orders;
    Adoption within the UK and overseas;
    Parental responsibility agreements; paternity disputes and surrogacy agreements;
    Non-Molestation and other Domestic Violence Protection Orders;
    Child Abduction & Wardship matters; and
    Financial Relief matters, including Pre-nuptial agreements, Cohabitation agreements and financial relief following an overseas divorce.

Memberships & Accreditations

    Accredited Member of the Law Society Children's Panel (Representation of Children and Adults)
    Accredited Member of the Law Society Family Panel (Private Law Children and Child Abduction Modules)



Idnan is a Director in the Family and Childcare department. Before joining Appleman Legal, he was appointed as a Director of a Legal 500 Firm in 2015 where he led a team of Family Lawyers. He specialises in all Family and Childcare matters.

Idnan has been instructed in a number of complex cases involving allegations of cruelty to children and serious allegations of harm to children.

Public Law - Children

Idnan is an accredited member of the Children's Law Panel, which allows him to represent children and adults in highly complex matters involving Local Authority Care and Supervision Proceedings. Idnan appears in the High Court and the Family Courts; acting for publicly funded as well as private clients and undertakes his own advocacy.

International Abductions Cases

Idnan’s other main area of expertise is working in matters with an international element. Idnan is experienced in child abduction cases under the Hague Convention and has acted for parents abroad as well as those defending abduction claims here in England & Wales. Idnan is listed on the Reunite website, an organisation which helps families on child abduction with advice, information and support. Idnan is also a member of the Law Society Family Law Advanced Panel and has undertaken the Child Abduction module identifying him as a specialist in this area. Idnan has represented clients in both the High Court and Court of Appeal in relation to Child Abduction matters.

Divorce & Financial Matters

Idnan has continued to specialise in divorces, judicial separation and nullity proceedings; complex financial matters (ancillary relief) relating to the breakdown of a marriage/relationship, non-molestation injunctions and occupation orders; cases involving international jurisdiction in both financial and child abduction matters; prenuptial, cohabitation and separation agreements; cohabitation disputes involving property; and civil partnership disputes. Idnan has experience in dealing with foreign marriages and advising on all aspects of financial settlements, including dealing with assets in foreign jurisdictions.
Idnan has represented clients in all levels of court in finance matters, including the County Court, High Court, Court of Appeal and the Supreme Court. Idnan has undertaken pro bono work, including at a notable Women's Aid affiliated service and his local Family Court.

Notable Cases

  • Supreme Court

    Gohil v Gohil [2015] UKSC 61 - Lead Solicitor - established the principles in relation to material non-disclosure and the basis upon which an agreed financial consent order can be set aside and the case re-opened if one party has not provided full disclosure at the time of the original trial.

  • Court of Appeal

    ● Gohil v Gohil [2012] EWCA Civ, [2013] Fam 276 (Financial Disclosure) - Lead Solicitor - Established the principle that material obtained through Mutual Legal Assistance from foreign jurisdictions for the purposes of criminal proceedings cannot be utilised or submitted as evidence in family proceedings.● Gohil v Gohil [2014] EWCA Civ 274 (Finances; Set Aside Consent Order) - Lead Solicitor - established the principles in relation to material non-disclosure and the basis upon which an agreed financial consent order can be set aside and the case re-opened if one party has not provided full disclosure at the time of the original trial.● Re: M (A Child) [2014] EWHC 1519 (Abduction: Child's Objections) - Lead Solicitor - Appeal against refusal of an application made by a mother pursuant to the Hague Convention 1980 and Brussels IIR for the summary return of her son to Hungary. Determined that the child's objections must be clear and valid and ambiguous evidence from CAFCASS would not be sufficient

  • High Court

    M v M [2010] EWHC 3350 (Fam) (Abduction; Article 13 (b)) - Lead Solicitor - Established that a party cannot rely on an intolerable situation created by themselves or their criminal behaviour to defeat a Hague Convention for the return of a child to their habitual residence.