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Sequestration is a process for dealing with a contempt of court that would be otherwise punishable by a committal under which the assets of the...
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Produced in partnership with David Salter, deputy High Court judge and Recorder 9th Nov
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Online divorceWhere a divorce is proceeding via the online service note that while rules relating to divorce proceedings are generally to be found in...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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Applications for judicial separation are relatively rare in practice. It may arise where the client has strong religious and or cultural reasons for...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note sets out the basic principles to be applied when drafting a financial consent order including the preparation and structure of the...
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9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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A void marriage is one that will be treated by the court as never having taken place. The grounds on which a marriage will be void are set out in...
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9th Nov
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The Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) sets out the grounds on which a marriage is void or voidable and the bars preventing the grant of a decree...
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9th Nov
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Instructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is to provide...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 9th Nov
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Coronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all proceedings in the Family Court in...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners when considering an...
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9th Nov
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The distinction between an amended petition, a supplemental petition and a further petitionWhere it is necessary in some way to amend a petition...
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9th Nov
Precedents
In the Family Court sitting at [location][Case No]Between1[insert name] ApplicantAnd2[ insert name] RespondentStatement of issues for the First...
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9th Nov
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A decree of nullity granted after 31 July 1971 in respect of a voidable marriage operates to annul the marriage with effect from decree absolute and...
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9th Nov
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This Practice Note sets out the general principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to make a lump sum order within financial...
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9th Nov
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The procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, Pt...
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9th Nov

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Family work is demanding in many ways that have nothing to do with the complexity of the black letter law. By their nature the family client is upset,...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 25th Nov
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Instructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is to provide...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 25th Nov
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The availability of legal aid (formerly public funding) in relation to family proceedings was significantly reduced with effect from 1 April 2013,...
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19th Oct
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This Practice Note looks at the different types of social media and highlights the most common platforms within each type.Social media is widely used...
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19th Oct
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This practice note describes briefly different types of social media services and websites and explains the key risks associated with social media for...
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15th Oct
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A matter will be privately funded where:•the client has agreed to pay their costs from their own resources, and•their obligation to pay is not...
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5th Oct
Q&As
Section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007) defines ‘reserved legal activities’ which, inter alia, include ‘the exercise of a right of...
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28th Sep
Q&As
Where a solicitor has placed themselves on the court record in accordance with Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR 2010), SI 2010/2955, 26.2, and...
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28th Sep
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This Q&A considers whether a Sears Tooth agreement can be entered into in a case brought under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 28th Sep
Q&As
Section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007) defines ‘reserved legal activities’ which, inter alia, include ‘the exercise of a right of...
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28th Sep
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Sections 49–54 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPOA 2012) introduced changes to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973...
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28th Sep
Precedents
[Case number]In the Family CourtSitting at [place][In the matter of [state the statute(s), European Regulation(s) or Protocol under which application...
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26th Sep
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The purpose of networking and business development is not to generate sales, leads or push a promotion. Meeting individual people and getting to know...
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26th Sep
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Time is one of the great commodities of the family lawyer. As a profession, the emphasis has only recently begun to shift from selling time, through...
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26th Sep
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Every family lawyer should think in a business-like manner. The partners need to make the firm profitable, the head of department needs to make the...
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26th Sep
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With legal aid no longer available for many areas of family law, tough economic times and increased competition, more family lawyers are considering...
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26th Sep
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The Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955, 1.1 sets out the overriding objective, including that dealing with a case justly includes ensuring...
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26th Sep
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Contractual relationshipThe solicitor and client contract for services is a key element in the business relationship. Handled well, it can boost...
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25th Sep
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Learning the art of advocacy is part of the training for solicitors, but many do not put it in to practice. Formal courses are delivered during the...
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25th Sep
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Public funding in care proceedings is provided for parties by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) who are an executive agency of the Ministry of Justice...
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25th Sep

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