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Capitalised maintenance—Duxbury calculationsThe basis of Duxbury calculationsA Duxbury calculation is an actuarial calculation designed to identify...
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19th May
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Forced marriage protection ordersWhen sections 120–121 of the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 (ABCPA 2014) came into effect on 16...
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19th May
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Can a Sears Tooth agreement be entered into in relation to proceedings under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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Permission to apply for a section 8 orderCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division,...
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19th May
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Declarations of parentage—procedureThe procedure for an application for a declaration of parentage is governed by the Family Procedure Rules 2010 (FPR...
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19th May
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Client care—family lawClient care is about providing a proper standard of service to clients. This Practice Note sets out the Solicitors Regulation...
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19th May
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Pensions and judicial separationOn proceedings for judicial separation the court has the power to redistribute the benefits derived from pension...
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Produced in partnership with Rebecca Dziobon of Penningtons Manches Cooper 19th May
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Defended divorce proceedingsCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the President of the Family Division, regarding all...
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19th May
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Dear [insert organisation][insert case name] [insert case reference number]We enclose our client’s application for decree nisi to be made absolute.The...
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19th May
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Void and voidable marriagesThe Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 (MCA 1973) sets out the grounds on which a marriage is void or voidable and the bars...
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19th May
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Where an application has been made to extend the term of a non-molestation order, and a hearing listed, can the extension be agreed by consent? If so,...
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Produced in partnership with Chris Bryden of 4 King’s Bench Walk 19th May
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General principles—lump sum ordersThis Practice Note sets out the general principles to be applied by the court when considering whether to make a...
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19th May
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Standard orders—general principles11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marked the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following...
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19th May
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To: Newcastle Pension Centre, Futures GroupThe Pension Service 9Mail Handling Site AWolverhamptonWV98 1LUUKDate: [insert date]Dear Pension ServiceOur...
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19th May
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Drafting the terms of a financial consent orderThis Practice Note sets out the basic principles to be applied when drafting a financial consent order...
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19th May
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Application to vary, extend or discharge a non-molestation or occupation orderCoronavirus (COVID-19): Guidance has been issued, including by the...
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19th May

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An introduction to social mediaIP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered...
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25th Jul
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Managing difficult clients—family lawFamily work is demanding in many ways that have nothing to do with the complexity of the black letter law. By...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 8th Jun
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Can a Sears Tooth agreement be entered into in relation to proceedings under the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996 (TOLATA...
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Produced in partnership with Katherine Illsley of 4 King’s Bench Walk 5th Jun
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Do paralegals have a right of audience in the Family Court? If so, what is the authority for this?Section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007)...
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5th Jun
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What is the procedure to be removed from the court record where a client refuses to provide a notice of change or acting?Where a solicitor has placed...
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5th Jun
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Does a trainee solicitor have rights of audience in family proceedings?Section 12 of the Legal Services Act 2007 (LSA 2007) defines ‘reserved legal...
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5th Jun
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Public funding in care proceedingsPublic funding in care proceedings is provided for parties by the Legal Aid Agency (LAA) who are an executive agency...
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Produced in partnership with Claire Cousin of Dodds Solicitors LLP 5th Jun
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Funding—charging for family law servicesContractual relationshipThe solicitor and client contract for services is a key element in the business...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Private funding—family proceedingsA matter will be privately funded where:•the client has agreed to pay their costs from their own resources,...
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5th Jun
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Networking and business development for family lawyersThe purpose of networking and business development is not to generate sales, leads or push a...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Using social media to promote your business—law firmsThis Practice Note looks at the different types of social media and highlights the most common...
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5th Jun
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Unbundled services or Pay As You GoWith legal aid no longer available for many areas of family law, tough economic times and increased competition,...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Funding—legal services orders and costs allowancesSections 49–54 of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPOA 2012)...
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5th Jun
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Developing an advocacy practiceLearning the art of advocacy is part of the training for solicitors, but many do not put it in to practice. Formal...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Small steps to better marginsEvery family lawyer should think in a business-like manner. The partners need to make the firm profitable, the head of...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Time management for family lawyersTime is one of the great commodities of the family lawyer. As a profession, the emphasis has only recently begun to...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Sears Tooth agreementsThe Family Procedure Rules 2010, SI 2010/2955, 1.1 sets out the overriding objective, including that dealing with a case justly...
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5th Jun
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Working with counselInstructing counsel to advocate on a client’s behalf should be a matter of careful thought and preparation. The role of counsel is...
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Produced in partnership with Ursula Rice of Family First Solicitors Ltd 5th Jun
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Eligibility for family legal aidThe availability of legal aid (formerly public funding) in relation to family proceedings was significantly reduced...
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5th Jun
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Witness statement by solicitor in support of application for order that firm ceases to act[Case number]In the Family CourtSitting at [place][In the...
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5th Jun

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