Derek Parsons RWK Goodman

Derek Parsons

Senior Associate

International | Children Disputes | Family | Separation & Divorce

About Derek

Specialising in International family law, including child abduction.

Derek joined the Family team in our London office in 2022, and has over 30 years of experience. Prior to joining RWK Goodman, Derek ran one of the few successful international law practices outside of London.

Derek qualified as a Solicitor in 1988 and is an accredited member of the Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel specialising in International Child Abduction and Children Law.

He is on the Government’s International Child Abduction and Custody Unit’s list of recognised specialists and is registered on the Reunite Directory of Solicitors. Derek is a member of the Child Abduction Lawyers Association, CALA.

He is a member of Resolution and is trained and qualified in Collaborative Law.

Derek also has a strong practice dealing with financial matters after divorce or dissolution of Civil Partnerships. He is experienced in dealing with families with modest assets as well as those with considerably more. In the past he has represented a Minister of State, a former Chief of the Defence Staff as well as partners of multi-millionaires.

As a keen musician and filmmaker, Derek has a good understanding of those working in the creative industries.

Derek specialises in:

  • Finances in separation
  • International family law
  • Collaborative law



  • Accredited member of Law Society’s Family Law Advanced Panel
  • Recognised Specialist in child abduction law with International Child Abduction Unit and Reunite Charity
  • Qualified Collaborative Lawyer
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