View from the President's Chambers 1

The process of reform

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I am suspicious of Jeremy Kyle…

Amy sanders considers the possibility of lie detector tests being used in family proceedings.

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Stare decisis does not apply where statute overrides

Two recent decisions of the Court of Appeal have allowed appeals in family law cases on grounds that the principle of stare decisis did not apply because decisions of the court below were wrong.

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Child Support: Here Comes the New Gross Income Scheme

Jody Atkinson TEP, barrister at St John’s Chambers, Bristol considers the new Child Support Gross Income Scheme.

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Lord McNally’s Local Family Justice Board speech

Reform of the family justice system. Originally given at The Grange Holborn Hotel, London.

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The LASPO Changes - In Practical Terms

On 1 April 2013, the reforms from the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 ("LASPO") took effect and changed the scope of Legal Aid as we knew it.

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Three points from the funding jungle

"What follows is not said to bolster any lawyer's union or to bleat about hard times: it is to warn how slender is the thread of the rule of law." Says David Burrows.

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Samantha Bangham’s Week in Cases 19 April 2013

Samantha Bangham looks at the week's case highlights.

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Children: Public Law Update (April 2013)

John Tughan, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, examines two important recent judgments: the Supreme Court's decision in J (Children) and the Court of Appeal's in M (A Child).

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Private Trusts and the Court of Protection

Claire Van Overdijk looks at recent cases in this area.

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The UK Care System - Does it conflict with the Government’s drive for a faster Adoption process?

Kirsty Richards is concerned that the current pressures from the Government to find suitable adopters quickly conflicts with the care process, in some cases.

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Legal services orders (per LASPOA 2012)

With effect from 1 April 2013, Legal Aid and Sentencing of Offenders Act 2012 s 49(2) introduced a new Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 s 22ZA, whilst s 49(1) symbolically made unlawful orders for maintenance pending suit orders to make any provision for legal services.

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JG v LSC

The High Court has handed down judgment on a claim for judicial review following a refusal by the Legal Services Commission to fund the full cost of an expert report in Children Act proceedings relating to a 10-year-old girl, JG.

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Court of Protection Update (April 2013)

Sally Bradley and Michael Edwards, barristers at 4 Paper Buildings, look at recent decisions on capacity in the Court of Protection.

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Samantha Bangham’s Week in Cases 12 April 2013

Samantha Bangham looks at the week's case highlights.

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Pre- and post-nuptial agreements – what you need to know

Anna Heenan, solicitor at Mills & Reeve, provides a quick guide to the courts' treatment of pre and post nuptial agreements following the Supreme Court decision in Radmacher.

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“Bring it back” – Courts and care plans that are not working

Andrew Pack, care lawyer with Brighton & Hove City Council, examines the routes available to a local authority to return a case to court if the care plan goes awry.

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Finance and Divorce April 2013 update

Anna Heenan, solicitor and David Salter, Joint Head of Family Law at Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the March financial remedies and divorce news and cases.

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International Children Law Update: April 2013

Jacqueline Renton, Barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.

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Samantha Bangham’s Week in Cases 5 April 2013

Samantha Bangham looks at the week's case highlights.

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Working together - hearing and safe-guarding children

"Working Together - now Working Together to Safeguard Children - has a long history, both as a document and as an imperative for protection of children." Says David Burrows.

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Fancy having a Judge in your living room?

"Thanks to the English High Court, state policing of personal relationships in Britain is on the rise." Says Barbara Hewson.

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