Families and COVID-19: Basic advice

Weekly Family Law Update | March 24, 2020

COVID-19, or the Coronavirus, is impacting the lives of all of us. For anyone with family law issues, however, it brings particular problems. Here, therefore, is some basic advice that we hope will be helpful, together with some links to further information. Please note that this advice is subject to change, as the situation develops […]

Court of Appeal to live-stream and Cafcass cases: The last week in family law Court of Appeal to live-stream family cases

Weekly Family Law Update | March 19, 2020

Family hearings at the Court of Appeal are to be live-streamed, under a joint initiative by the judiciary and government to boost transparency in the justice system. A statutory instrument laid in Parliament on the 12th of March paved the way for the project, following the success of a pilot to live-stream civil cases launched […]

Important Notice – COVID-19

General | March 15, 2020

The safety of our clients and staff is our highest priority and whilst there have been no suspected or confirmed cases here we will be implementing the following safety measures immediately, until the Covid-19 pandemic is resolved: We will continue to take on new work, and advise our clients as normal, but all appointments will […]

Domestic abuse and a compensation award: The last week in family law Tougher sentence for domestic abuser

Weekly Family Law Update | March 4, 2020

The Solicitor General has succeeded in an appeal against a lenient sentence given to a man convicted of controlling and coercive behaviour towards his former partner. In what is believed to be the first case of its kind, the Solicitor General took advantage of the expanded unduly lenient sentence scheme, which allows victims or members […]

Cafcass figures, parental alienation and domestic abuse prosecutions: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | January 29, 2020

The latest figures for public law (including care) applications and private law demand, for December 2019, have been published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (‘Cafcass’), the organisation that looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. In that month the service received a total of 955 new care […]

Biased advice, Family Court and Cafcass statistics: The last week in family law

Weekly Family Law Update | December 18, 2019

Vulnerable people representing themselves in court are being given biased and misinformed advice by online legal advisors, new research has found. A study carried out by Dr Tatiana Tkacukova, Senior Lecturer in English Language at Birmingham City University and Professor Hilary Sommerlad, Leeds Law School, assessed the quality of advice handed out by advisors on […]