Financial Remedy Court pilots

Financial Remedy Court pilots

In January 2018, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, issued his 18th View from the President’s Chambers, dealing with the launch of the Financial Remedy Court (FRC) pilots and the proposed structure and geography of the FRC. The pilots are to commence in London, the West Midlands (Black Country) and South-East Wales.

Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service (HMCTS) has indicated that at this stage the West Midlands pilot will be rolled out, and that thereafter there will be a review of that pilot prior to the roll out of further pilots. Guidance has been issued in relation to the West Midlands pilot, which states that:

  • entry points will remain as they are, with all applications continuing to be submitted at regional divorce centres
  • financial remedy applications made by consent at issue will continue to be dealt with at the divorce centre, or in line with any alternative provisions already in place—if a financial remedy application is contested or a hearing is required, the application will be transferred to the FRC (rather than the local court) while the divorce proceedings continue at the regional divorce centre
  • hearings will largely be focused within dedicated financial remedy hearing centres (for the West Midlands, in Birmingham, Coventry, Telford and Wolverhampton) by spe

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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).