A 'Thank You' from the President's chambers

A 'Thank You' from the President's chambers

The President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued an end of term letter which he would like to be read by every judge, magistrate, HMCTS staff member, civil servant, CAFCASS officer, social work and lawyer involved in the family justice system and the Court of Protection in England and Wales.

The text of the letter is: 

I hope that this short message will be read by every judge, magistrate, HMCTS staff member, civil servant, CAFCASS officer, social work and lawyer involved in the Family Justice system and Court of Protection in England and Wales.

I am writing simply to offer you my profound thanks and appreciation for all that each one of you has done to keep our heavily burdened system up, running and delivering results for the benefit of children and their families during the past 12 months. I know that for many this has not been at all easy at times, and that stress from the unremitting volume of work is not to be under-estimated. Knowing that this is so, redoubles my appreciation for all that you do.

This is not the place to say more, but as many now look forward to a Summer break, I thought that it was timely to say ‘Thank You’.

I hope that, if you do have time off, you will enjoy a really good break!

Geraldine Morris is a solicitor and head of LexisPSL Family.

 

 

 

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About the author:

Geraldine is Head of LexisPSL Family. She was admitted as a solicitor in 1992 and was in practice for 15 years, most recently as a partner and head of the family team at Hart Brown, a large Surrey firm.

Geraldine writes for Butterworths Family Law Service and is a past editor of the Resolution Review. She has been published in the New Law Journal, the Law Society Gazette and the District Judges’ Bulletin as well as in the national press including the Times and the Telegraph.

When in practice she was a member of the Law Society Family and Children Panels, and an accredited Resolution Specialist with a focus on advanced financial provision and pensions. A past Resolution regional secretary and press officer, Geraldine also contributed chapters to the Resolution publications, International Aspects of Family Law (3rd Edition 2009) and The Modern Family (2012).