Dr Julie Doughty

Dr Julie Doughty Lecturer
Cardiff Law School

Julie Doughty is a lecturer in law at Cardiff University School of Law and Politics. She has also worked as a solicitor in private practice, for local government and for Cafcass.

Since joining Cardiff University in 2003, she has worked as a researcher on a number of empirical research studies on care proceedings; expert witnesses; and children's views on media access to courts. Her PhD topic was the functions of family courts. She is deputy director of the Law School's Centre for Health and Social Care Law. Current research projects include personal welfare disputes in the Court of  Protection, led by Professor Phil Fennell and the Wales Adoption Study, led by Dr Katherine Shelton (School of Psychology).

In 2015, Julie established the Children's Social Care Law in  Wales website for social workers, foster carers and advisers in Wales. She is a member of the AFA Cymru Legal Group and is the Chair of Family Mediation Cardiff. She is a trustee and founder member of The Transparency Project, which aims to make the family justice system clearer.

In April 2016, Julie began work on a study of published family court  judgments, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

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Capacity and transparency: the Court of Protection and the media 27 APR 2016

Capacity and transparency: the Court of Protection and the media

Sir James Munby is well known as a promoter of transparency in the family courts, but perhaps...

Changes to the Children Act 1989 in Wales 05 APR 2016

Changes to the Children Act 1989 in Wales

The Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act is fully implemented on 6 April, and makes major...

Myths and misunderstanding in adoption law and policy [2015] CFLQ 331 02 DEC 2015

Myths and misunderstanding in adoption law and policy [2015] CFLQ 331

Keywords: Contested adoption – policy – Re B – Re B-S – Court of Appeal Adoption without the...

How can research on adoption help lawyers? 01 DEC 2015

How can research on adoption help lawyers?

This article is based on a  presentation given at the FLBA Annual Conference on 21 November 2015...

Care proceedings – is there a better way? [2014] CFLQ 113 12 JUN 2014

Care proceedings – is there a better way? [2014] CFLQ 113

Keywords: Care proceedings – alternative dispute resolution – family group conferences –...

Judicial independence and the restructuring of family courts and their support services [2012] CFLQ 333 21 SEP 2012

Judicial independence and the restructuring of family courts and their support services [2012] CFLQ 333

Following the Family Justice Review and the government’s response to it, this article...

From court missionaries to conflict resolution: a century of family court welfare [2008] CFLQ 131 16 SEP 2011

From court missionaries to conflict resolution: a century of family court welfare [2008] CFLQ 131

Family courts have utilised social work services to assist in making decisions in private law...