About

Sonia Heyeur, Partner

heyeurA member of the Quebec Bar since 1984, Me Sonia Heyeur has developed a broad expertise in the prevention and resolution of child abduction and, over the past 20 years, in the field of international family law. For several years, she also worked in immigration law, and she acted as Immigration Judge (arbitre) from 1990 to 1992.

Me Heyeur is particularly invested in causes involving child abduction (parental kidnapping), the application of the Hague Convention, international family law and domestic family law.

Me Heyeur has spoken at several conferences for organizations including the Quebec Bar, the International Society on Family Law, the Société québécoise de droit international, the Organization for the Protection of Children's Rights and the Canadian Bar Association, always on the subjects of international child abduction and international family law.

Me Heyeur also collaborated to several publications, such as:

  • La loi sur les aspects civils de l'enlèvement international et interprovincial d'enfants et son application, Développements récents en droit familial, Montréal, Les Éditions Yvon Blais, 1995;
  • Le droit international privé de la famille, Développements récents en droit familial, Montréal, Les Éditions Yvon Blais, 2000;
  • International Kidnapping, section on the abduction of children in Quebec, Brill Publishers, 2007;
  • La médiation dans le cadre d'un enlèvement et non-retour tel que défini par la Convention sur les aspects civils de l'enlèvement international d'enfants de La Haye, Revue scientifique de l'AIFI, 2007;
  • Droit international privé de JuriClasseur, published by LexisNexis, 2012 (she collaborated on section 18 about divorce, legal separation and the obligation to provide support).

Professional associations

Me Heyeur is a member of the Association des avocates et avocats en droit de la famille du Québec (AAADFQ), the Reunite organization in the UK, the AIFI (Association internationale francophone des intervenants auprès des familles séparées) and the IAFL (International Academy of Family Lawyers).

Shannon Jessop, Partner

jessopA 2009 Université de Montréal graduate and member of the Quebec Bar since 2011, Me Jessop did her internship with Me Heyeur in 2010. Me Jessop is passionate about both domestic family law and international family law; she joined Me Heyeur's team in 2011 in a lawyer capacity.

In order to expand the practice and allow Heyeur Jessop to offer a new array of services, Me Jessop took part in family mediation training in 2014, as well as distance learning in international mediation.

She is fluent in French and English, and can communicate in Spanish and in Italian at an intermediate level. She also has some basic knowledge of German. Me Jessop has lived in Cracow, Poland, in 2004, and worked in Madrid, Spain, in 2005.

Christine Normandin, Lawyer

christine normandinBefore she entered the field of law, Me Normandin was trained in the field of health. In 2006, she completed her bachelor’s degree in biomedical sciences from the Université de Montréal, which brought her to participate in fundamental research at the Manipal Academy of Higher Education, in India.

In 2007, finding that she would prefer to be part of a human environment involving social contact on a day-to- day basis, she opted to redirect her studies toward law at UQAM, where she graduated in 2010.

Me Normandin passed the Bar in 2015, after which she started her own private practice in civil litigation and family law. As a dedicated volunteer within various organizations, she took part in pro bono causes for the Young Bar of Montreal. Impressed with the warm approach displayed at Heyeur Jessop, she joined forces with the firm in 2018.

To reach us

HEYEUR JESSOP s.e.n.c.r.l.
442, Saint-Gabriel Street, suite 001
Montreal (Quebec)
H2Y 2Z9
Canada

Telephone : 514-284-5618
Metro : Place d'Armes Station