Rely on the most comprehensive, up-to-date legal content designed and curated by lawyers for lawyers
Work faster and smarter to improve your drafting productivity without increasing risk
Accelerate the creation and use of high quality and trusted legal documents and forms
Streamline how you manage your legal business with proven tools and processes
Manage risk and compliance in your organisation to reduce your risk profile
Stay up to date and informed with insights from our trusted experts, news and information sources
Access the best content in the industry, effortlessly — confident that your news is trustworthy and up to date.
Find up-to-date guidance on points of law and then easily pull up sources to support your advice with Lexis PSL
With over 30 practice areas, we have all bases covered. Find out how we can help
Our trusted tax intelligence solutions, highly-regarded exam training and education materials help guide and tutor Tax professionals
Regulatory, business information and analytics solutions that help professionals make better decisions
A leading provider of software platforms for professional services firms
In-depth analysis, commentary and practical information to help you protect your business
LexisNexis Blogs shed light on topics affecting the legal profession and the issues you're facing
Legal professionals trust us to help navigate change. Find out how we help ensure they exceed expectations
Lex Chat is a LexisNexis current affairs podcast sharing insights on topics for the legal profession
Discuss the latest legal developments, ask questions, and share best practice with other LexisPSL subscribers
I was very honoured when I was asked to take over as Consulting Editor of the Butterworths Family Law Service approximately a year ago. I was delighted to be able to accept and have very much enjoyed working with the Editorial Board – those who do the very hard work of keeping this important work thoroughly up to date.
There has, of course, been considerable sadness during the year. First, we lost our Founding General Editor, Professor Peter Bromley, who died aged 90 after some months of illness. Peter was unique in that he almost single-handedly created the academic study of Family Law, through his text book, the first Edition of which was published by Butterworths in 1957. He conceived and developed the Butterworths Family Law Service as a looseleaf publication, identifying the needs of the profession for a comprehensive, authoritative, accessible and up-to-date text for every day reference by its subscribers. Although he recruited a team of first rate authors to complete the project, he reviewed, commented on and corrected the whole text personally. He had an encyclopaedic knowledge of the subject. He chaired the Editorial Board from 1983 to 1996, securing its place as the standard work of its kind. He was of course Head of the Law School at Manchester University and generations of family lawyers have been inspired by his work as a teacher and writer.
Second, we lost my predecessor as Consulting Editor, Sir Christopher Sumner, who died aged 73 in August. He was Consulting Editor from 2007 to 2012. He brought to the post great wisdom and experience following a distinguished career at the Bar and on the Bench. He was steeped in family law. I remember appearing in front of his father, His Honour Judge Donald Sumner QC in my early years at the Bar. I then appeared regularly in front of Christopher, first in Wandsworth when he too was a Circuit Judge and then in the Royal Courts of Justice when he was quite rightly promoted to the High Court Bench. He was mortified that, on my first appearance before him, he misread my name on the Adv
Access this article and thousands of others like it free by subscribing to our blog.
Read full article
Already a subscriber? Login
0330 161 1234