Reform of Financial Remedy Legislation: Not the end of the world as we know it (yet) – Nicholas Starks

On 14th May 2024 the Law Commission published its 58th Annual Report, detailing its forthcoming “scoping review” in relation to the potential rewriting of financial remedy legislation on divorce. T... Continue Reading

Re J (Transgender: Puberty Blocker and Hormone Replacement Therapy) [2024] EWHC 922 (Fam)

Elizabeth Isaacs KC, Head of St Ives Chambers, acted for the subject child (J) through his Children’s Guardian in this important case, heard by Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, sit... Continue Reading

Matthew Fiddy – The Importance of Lay Evidence in Fact-Finding Hearings-a consideration of Re W (A Child) (Inflicted Injury) (Delay) [2024] EWCA Civ 418

The decision by the Court of Appeal in Re W serves as a reminder of the importance in fact-finding hearings of the evidence of lay parties being considered alongside that given by medical experts. To view ... Continue Reading

Nicholas Starks and Rebecca Cross: Hadkinson Orders: the Need to Show Restraint

This article addresses ‘Hadkinson’ orders (Hadkinson v Hadkinson [1952] All ER 567), in light of several recent cases handed down over a short period of time, highlighting the potential limitations as ... Continue Reading

Transparency in the Family Courts: The Reporting Pilot Rollout

Ahead of the expansion of the Transparency Reporting Pilot, Feargus Campbell considers the existing statutory framework in the hope of demystifying this brave new world. To read the article click here. ... Continue Reading

Practical pointers for preparing witness statements

Tom Harrill and Alyssa Callaway provide helpful pointers for preparing witness statements.   To read the article click here.   ... Continue Reading

LESSONS FROM LIEVEN J: A realistic approach to obtaining evidence from children.

Timothy Bowe KC and Holly Hilbourne-Gollop recently represented the children in the case of Birmingham City Council v M & Ors [2023] EWHC 3312 (Fam). Holly Hilbourne-Gollop considers the guidance provi... Continue Reading

INTERIM REMOVAL: Re J & Ors (Children: Interim Removal) [2023] EWCA Civ 1266

Malvika Jaganmohan considers the recent case of Re J, a useful case for family practitioners to have in their toolkit when facing applications for interim removal of children. To view the article, please c... Continue Reading

Is ADR an aspiration in light of Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council [2023] EWCA Civ 1416?

Karamjit Singh considers the practicalities of ADR in housing disrepair cases, in light of the recent case of Churchill v Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. To view the article, please click here. &nb... Continue Reading

FRESH CARROT, BIGGER STICK: Forthcoming rule changes and the ‘encouragement’ of NCDR’ – Nicholas Allen KC and Andrew Day.

Nicholas Allen KC and Andrew Day consider the forthcoming rule changes that will arise from the Family Procedure (Amendment No.2) Rules 2023, due to come into force on 8 April 2024 and 29 April 2024, provi... Continue Reading