Matthias Mueller

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Settlement conferencing in child protection proceedings as practiced in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada 01 DEC 2016

Settlement conferencing in child protection proceedings as practiced in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

On 1 December 2016 the Family Justice Council held its 10th Annual Debate, ‘Settlement...

Commons library publishes guide on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 30 NOV 2016

Commons library publishes guide on UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

The Commons Library has published a briefing paper giving an overview of the 1989 UN Convention...

The Greatest Show on Earth: the Family Law Awards 2016 24 NOV 2016

The Greatest Show on Earth: the Family Law Awards 2016

Family lawyers in England and Wales celebrated their many successes and outstanding achievements...

Private law cases received by Cafcass in October 2016 increase by 9% 15 NOV 2016

Private law cases received by Cafcass in October 2016 increase by 9%

In October 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,505 new private law cases.  This figure represents...

New care applications received by Cafcass in October 2016 rise 5% 15 NOV 2016

New care applications received by Cafcass in October 2016 rise 5%

In October 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,141 care applications.  This figure represents...

New guidance issued on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable persons in Court of Protection proceedings 11 NOV 2016

New guidance issued on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable persons in Court of Protection proceedings

Mr Justice Charles has issued guidance on facilitating participation of ‘P’ and vulnerable...

Cohabitation remains fastest growing relationship in UK 04 NOV 2016

Cohabitation remains fastest growing relationship in UK

Figures released today (4 November 2016) show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be...

Concerns raised about the contribution of police to safeguarding children 19 OCT 2016

Concerns raised about the contribution of police to safeguarding children

Ofsted’s Chief Inspector, Sir Michael Wilshaw has written to Her Majesty's Chief Inspector of...

Justice Committee launches inquiry into the implications of Brexit 14 OCT 2016

Justice Committee launches inquiry into the implications of Brexit

The Justice Committee has launched an inquiry into the implications of Brexit for the justice...

New care applications highest ever for month of September 13 OCT 2016

New care applications highest ever for month of September

In September 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,216 care applications.  This figure represents...

Private law cases received by Cafcass in September highest since implementation of CAP 13 OCT 2016

Private law cases received by Cafcass in September highest since implementation of CAP

New private law cases received during September marks the highest monthly demand since March...

Nicholas Francis QC appointed to the High Court Bench 03 OCT 2016

Nicholas Francis QC appointed to the High Court Bench

Nicholas Francis QC has been appointed as a Justice of the High Court with effect from 6 October...

Commons Library publishes briefing paper on no fault divorce 30 SEP 2016

Commons Library publishes briefing paper on no fault divorce

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper considering the current basis for...

Latest legal aid and court statistics published 29 SEP 2016

Latest legal aid and court statistics published

The Ministry of Justice have today (29 September 2016) published their latest legal aid and...

Mr Justice Moylan appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal 13 SEP 2016

Mr Justice Moylan appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal

Mr Justice Moylan has been appointed as one of six new Court of Appeal judges.  The appointment...

Towards a Family Justice Observatory: national call for evidence 30 AUG 2016

Towards a Family Justice Observatory: national call for evidence

The research team behind 'Towards a Family Justice observatory', a project aiming to improve the...

Draft guidance published on anonymisation of children judgments 19 AUG 2016

Draft guidance published on anonymisation of children judgments

A project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and supported by the Association of Lawyers for...

New care applications received by Cafcass in July continue to rise 10 AUG 2016

New care applications received by Cafcass in July continue to rise

New care applications received by Cafcass represent the highest ever number for any one month ...

Private law cases received by Cafcass in July 2016 remain steady 10 AUG 2016

Private law cases received by Cafcass in July 2016 remain steady

In July 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,468 new private law cases.  This has remained at a...

Judicial diversity statistics 2016 and details of High Court support programme published 03 AUG 2016

Judicial diversity statistics 2016 and details of High Court support programme published

The 2016 judicial diversity statistics were published on 28 July 2016 showing the figures for...

Nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are cohabiting couples 13 JUL 2016

Nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are cohabiting couples

Newly released ONS statistics show that nearly 10 per cent of adults in England and Wales are...

Six per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in June 2016 12 JUL 2016

Six per cent increase in private law cases received by Cafcass in June 2016

In June 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,599 new private law cases. This is a 6% increase on...

New care applications received by Cafcass in June represents highest ever number for any one month 12 JUL 2016

New care applications received by Cafcass in June represents highest ever number for any one month

Latest figures released by Cafcass reveal that new care applications received in June 2016...

Average time for disposal of care or supervision applications made in last quarter stands at 28 weeks 01 JUL 2016

Average time for disposal of care or supervision applications made in last quarter stands at 28 weeks

The Ministry of Justice has published court statistics showing the average time for the disposal...

MIAMs down 14% compared to same period in 2015 30 JUN 2016

MIAMs down 14% compared to same period in 2015

The latest legal aid statistics published today (30 June 2016) show that the number of mediation...

Top 10 reasons for returning divorce petitions 01 JUN 2016

Top 10 reasons for returning divorce petitions

The most common reasons for divorce petitions being returned by divorce centres have been...

Problems with Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can only be resolved by reform of the law, says report 25 MAY 2016

Problems with Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards can only be resolved by reform of the law, says report

The Law Commission has published an interim report proposing that the problems with the...

President issues guidance on international family law 13 MAY 2016

President issues guidance on international family law

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued guidance on family cases with an...

Four per cent in private law cases received by Cafcass in March 2016 12 APR 2016

Four per cent in private law cases received by Cafcass in March 2016

Figures released by Cafcass show that, in March 2016, the number of private law cases received...

New care applications at an all-time high for the month of March 12 APR 2016

New care applications at an all-time high for the month of March

Latest figures released by Cafcass reveal that new care applications received in March 2016 are...

 Proportion of cases with unrepresented parties continue to rise 31 MAR 2016

Proportion of cases with unrepresented parties continue to rise

The latest Family Court statistics published today (31 March 2016) show that the proportion of...

Number of MIAMs continue to fall 31 MAR 2016

Number of MIAMs continue to fall

The latest legal aid statistics published today (31 March 2016) show that the number of MIAMs are...

Family Law Panel awarded specialist support and investment 11 MAR 2016

Family Law Panel awarded specialist support and investment

The Family Law Panel, a nationwide consortium of experts dedicated to supporting families in...

New research on autistic people’s access to justice in the family courts 04 MAR 2016

New research on autistic people’s access to justice in the family courts

Dr Rob George, barrister at Harcourt Chambers and a Lecturer at University College London, along...

Research into draft guidance for judges in anonymisation practices 28 FEB 2016

Research into draft guidance for judges in anonymisation practices

Dr Julia Brophy, Principal Investigator, Family Justice and Policy and Research Officer, has...

New research on family court judgments involving children and young people 23 FEB 2016

New research on family court judgments involving children and young people

Dr Julie Doughty of the School of Law and Politics, Cardiff University, has been awarded a grant...

Updated private law orders released 15 FEB 2016

Updated private law orders released

Following on from the draft private law orders published in late January, new versions have been...

MOJ confirms closure of 86 courts 11 FEB 2016

MOJ confirms closure of 86 courts

The government has today (11 February 2016) announced their intention to close 86 courts across...

IFLA launches Children Arbitration Scheme 08 FEB 2016

IFLA launches Children Arbitration Scheme

In 2014 Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, handed down judgment in the case of...

President publishes consultation on proposed amendments to Bundle PD - PD27A 19 JAN 2016

President publishes consultation on proposed amendments to Bundle PD - PD27A

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has today (19 January 2016) published a...

Six new family law QCs appointed 11 JAN 2016

Six new family law QCs appointed

The Lord Chancellor has approved the appointment of six new family law Queen's Counsel today. ...

Mediation starts in the last quarter up by 19% 17 DEC 2015

Mediation starts in the last quarter up by 19%

The Ministry of Justice has published the latest legal aid statistics for July to September 2015....

Claire Fenton-Glynn awared the 2015 Inner Temple New Author's Prize 11 DEC 2015

Claire Fenton-Glynn awared the 2015 Inner Temple New Author's Prize

Claire Fenton-Glynn has been awarded the 2015 Inner Temple New Author's Prize for her...

House of Lords publishes briefing note on the future of legal aid 09 DEC 2015

House of Lords publishes briefing note on the future of legal aid

The House of Lords Library has published a briefing note on the future of legal aid in advance...

Divorce rate falls in latest ONS figures 23 NOV 2015

Divorce rate falls in latest ONS figures

The number of people divorcing in England and Wales decreased by 2.9 per cent in 2013, according...

Cohabitation continues to be fastest growing relationship in UK 05 NOV 2015

Cohabitation continues to be fastest growing relationship in UK

Figures released today (5 November 2015) show that the cohabiting couple family continues to be...

IFLA launches new website 27 OCT 2015

IFLA launches new website

The Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA) has launched a new website to help raise the...

House of Commons publishes briefing paper on transparency in the family court 28 SEP 2015

House of Commons publishes briefing paper on transparency in the family court

The House of Commons Library has published a briefing paper looking at the issue of...

Family court statistics published for second quarter of 2015 24 SEP 2015

Family court statistics published for second quarter of 2015

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has published its most recent statistical bulletin presenting...

August private law cases received by Cafcass increase by 18 per cent 10 SEP 2015

August private law cases received by Cafcass increase by 18 per cent

Figures released by Cafcass show that the number of new private law cases received in August 2015...

Law Commissioner appointed for property, family and trust law 07 SEP 2015

Law Commissioner appointed for property, family and trust law

The Lord Chancellor today announced the appointment of Professor Nicholas Hopkins as Law...

New research study: Finding fault? Divorce law in practice in England and Wales 01 SEP 2015

New research study: Finding fault? Divorce law in practice in England and Wales

A new research exploring how the current law on the ground for divorce and civil partnership...

2015 statistics on Judicial Diversity published 30 JUL 2015

2015 statistics on Judicial Diversity published

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary have published the 2015 statistics on judicial diversity.  ...

Divorce centres: further update 29 JUL 2015

Divorce centres: further update

Following on from the latest update, which focused on views expressed on social media about the...

Mr Justice Cobb appointed as Family Division Liaison Judge for the North Eastern Circuit 29 JUL 2015

Mr Justice Cobb appointed as Family Division Liaison Judge for the North Eastern Circuit

The President of the Family Division, in consultation with the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Mr...

Voice of the Child Conference 2015 21 JUL 2015

Voice of the Child Conference 2015

The Family Justice Young People's Board (FJYPB) are holding their third annual ‘Voice of the...

ONS figures reveal that older people are fuelling a long-term rise in divorce rates 08 JUL 2015

ONS figures reveal that older people are fuelling a long-term rise in divorce rates

New figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) have revealed that older people are...

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: triennial review 06 JUL 2015

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority: triennial review

The Department of Health is seeking views on the role and performance of the Human Fertilisation...

Lord Justice Ryder to be Senior President of Tribunals 06 JUL 2015

Lord Justice Ryder to be Senior President of Tribunals

The Rt Hon Sir Jeremy Sullivan, Senior President of Tribunals, is to retire on 17 September...

Latest family court statistics published 29 JUN 2015

Latest family court statistics published

The Ministry of Justice (MOJ) has published its most recent statistical bulletin presenting...

Mr Justice Cobb joins Family Law editorial board 29 JUN 2015

Mr Justice Cobb joins Family Law editorial board

Jordan Publishing is pleased to announce that The Hon Mr Justice Cobb has joined the editorial...

Alistair MacDonald QC appointed a Justice of the High Court 22 MAY 2015

Alistair MacDonald QC appointed a Justice of the High Court

Alistair MacDonald QC has been appointed as a High Court Judge, assigned to the Family Division,...

New report claims Ofsted inspections harm children's services 29 APR 2015

New report claims Ofsted inspections harm children's services

A new report published today, which explores the challenges faced by children’s services, calls...

LAA releases guidance on legal aid for victims of domestic violence and abuse 31 MAR 2015

LAA releases guidance on legal aid for victims of domestic violence and abuse

The Legal Aid Agency has released guidance to help victims of domestic violence or child abuse...

Both parties represented in only 22 per cent of all private family law cases 27 MAR 2015

Both parties represented in only 22 per cent of all private family law cases

The Ministry of Justice has published court statistics for the fourth quarter of 2014 (October to...

MOJ published response to Voice of the Child: Dispute Resolution Advisory Group final report 26 MAR 2015

MOJ published response to Voice of the Child: Dispute Resolution Advisory Group final report

The Voice of the Child: Dispute Resolution Advisory Group final report was submitted to the...

Supreme Court allows appeal in S (A Child) [2015] UKSC 20 25 MAR 2015

Supreme Court allows appeal in S (A Child) [2015] UKSC 20

The Supreme Court has today unanimously allowed the appeal In the matter of S (A Child) [2015]...

Civil Procedure Rules Committee seeks four new members 23 MAR 2015

Civil Procedure Rules Committee seeks four new members

The Civil Procedure Rules Committee is recruiting four new members. Appointments will last 3...

LAA publishes preview copies of new civil claim forms 18 MAR 2015

LAA publishes preview copies of new civil claim forms

The Legal Aid Agency has published preview copies of updated civil claim forms which come into...

Justice Committee report finds legal aid reforms harm access to justice 12 MAR 2015

Justice Committee report finds legal aid reforms harm access to justice

The Commons Justice Select Committee has criticised the changes to civil legal aid in a report...

Supreme Court allows appeal in Vince v Wyatt [2015] UKSC 14 11 MAR 2015

Supreme Court allows appeal in Vince v Wyatt [2015] UKSC 14

The Supreme Court has today unanimously allowed the appeal in Vince v Wyatt [2015] UKSC 14 . It...

Resolution granted funding extension to support families impacted by loss of legal aid 10 MAR 2015

Resolution granted funding extension to support families impacted by loss of legal aid

Resolution’s pioneering Family Matters pilot service, which helps low income separating families...

More to benefit from specialist family drug and alcohol courts 18 FEB 2015

More to benefit from specialist family drug and alcohol courts

The Department of Education (DfE) has announced that an estimated £2.5 million of funding is...

DNA tests to cut courtroom battles 17 FEB 2015

DNA tests to cut courtroom battles

DNA tests in family courts will be provided across England from later this year, Justice...

Three new members of the Family Justice Council announced 10 FEB 2015

Three new members of the Family Justice Council announced

The MOJ have announced that Elizabeth Isaacs QC, Helen Morris and Sara McIlroy have been...

Legal aid reforms not based on evidence, claims report 04 FEB 2015

Legal aid reforms not based on evidence, claims report

A report published today claims that even though the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) is on track to...

MOJ publishes further research on MIAMs 29 JAN 2015

MOJ publishes further research on MIAMs

The Ministry of Justice has today published Mediation Information and Assessment Meetings...

Cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK, according to ONS data 28 JAN 2015

Cohabiting couple families are the fastest growing family type in the UK, according to ONS data

According to data released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS), cohabiting couple...

Supreme Court hears appeal of Re S [2014] EWCA Civ 135 28 JAN 2015

Supreme Court hears appeal of Re S [2014] EWCA Civ 135

The Supreme Court hears the appeal today of Re S (Appeal from Care and Placement Orders) [2014]...

Government plans to increase divorce fees scrapped 19 JAN 2015

Government plans to increase divorce fees scrapped

The government made an announcement on Friday, 16 January in response to the consultation on...

The cost of a child in 2014 12 AUG 2014

The cost of a child in 2014

A report co-published by the Child Poverty Action Group and the Joseph Rowntree...

Three vacancies at the Family Justice Council 11 AUG 2014

Three vacancies at the Family Justice Council

The Family Justice Council (FJC) has announced three vacancies for the following posts: ...

President sets out how the Court of Protection should handle deprivation of liberty applications 07 AUG 2014

President sets out how the Court of Protection should handle deprivation of liberty applications

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has today handed down the long-awaited...

President challenges government over legal aid 07 AUG 2014

President challenges government over legal aid

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has ruled that the Court would be entitled,...

Blueprint for future of child and family social work unveiled 01 AUG 2014

Blueprint for future of child and family social work unveiled

Chief Social Worker for Children unveils the knowledge and skills statement, a new blueprint for...

Annual Judicial Diversity statistics published 31 JUL 2014

Annual Judicial Diversity statistics published

The latest judicial diversity statistics as at 31 July 2014 have been published.  Figures...

Appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal announced 31 JUL 2014

Appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal announced

The Queen has approved the appointment of four Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal. The Queen...

Practice Direction 27A - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles fully in force as of today 31 JUL 2014

Practice Direction 27A - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles fully in force as of today

Practice Direction 27A - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles is fully in force as of today. ...

Mr Prest given a 4-week suspended sentence for not paying any lump sum or maintenance 30 JUL 2014

Mr Prest given a 4-week suspended sentence for not paying any lump sum or maintenance

Mr Prest has been handed a suspended jail sentence for not complying with his court order after...

President of the Family Division supports voice of the child 30 JUL 2014

President of the Family Division supports voice of the child

Children should have the chance to tell judges what they think and feel in family court...

Children’s rights, views and interests not on the agenda of Parliament or the President, claims report 30 JUL 2014

Children’s rights, views and interests not on the agenda of Parliament or the President, claims report

A study exploring the degree to which children and young people have a right to have their...

Building Better Courts: Lessons from London's Family Drug and Alcohol Court 24 JUL 2014

Building Better Courts: Lessons from London's Family Drug and Alcohol Court

Building Better Courts: Lessons from London's Family Drug and Alcohol Court, published...

Law Commission commences mental capacity and detention project 23 JUL 2014

Law Commission commences mental capacity and detention project

The Law Commission is undertaking a project on mental capacity and detention with a view to...

Research indicates that legal aid contributes to significant public savings 22 JUL 2014

Research indicates that legal aid contributes to significant public savings

The Low Commission which earlier this year published its report on a future strategy for social...

Girl Summit 2014 21 JUL 2014

Girl Summit 2014

On 22 July 2014 the UK will host the first Girl Summit, aimed at mobilising domestic and...

Cafcass publishes annual report and accounts 2013-14 14 JUL 2014

Cafcass publishes annual report and accounts 2013-14

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have published their annual...

Bar Council reveals preliminary findings of its impact of LASPO survey 12 JUL 2014

Bar Council reveals preliminary findings of its impact of LASPO survey

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today presented its...

New private law cases received by Cafcass in June drop by 37%, year on year 10 JUL 2014

New private law cases received by Cafcass in June drop by 37%, year on year

In June 2014, Cafcass received a total of 2,651 new private law cases. This is a 37% decrease on...

2% increase in care applications received by Cafcass in June 10 JUL 2014

2% increase in care applications received by Cafcass in June

In June 2014, Cafcass received a total of 866 applications. This figure represents a 2%...

‘Nowhere to turn’- Citizens Advice speaks out on impact of legal aid cuts 08 JUL 2014

‘Nowhere to turn’- Citizens Advice speaks out on impact of legal aid cuts

Nine out of ten Citizens Advice Bureaux (92%) are finding it difficult to refer people to the...

Alarming gaps in knowledge about child sexual abuse, according to report 07 JUL 2014

Alarming gaps in knowledge about child sexual abuse, according to report

A report into child sexual abuse in the family environment published today reveals alarming gaps...

Forced Marriage Awareness Week 07 JUL 2014

Forced Marriage Awareness Week

The Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) is raising awareness of Forced Marriage amongst victims and...

Fee waived for couples converting civil partnerships into marriage 07 JUL 2014

Fee waived for couples converting civil partnerships into marriage

Culture Secretary and Minister for Equalities, Sajid Javid MP, has confirmed that same-sex...

Vulnerable need pre-trial counselling, say experts 07 JUL 2014

Vulnerable need pre-trial counselling, say experts

Counsellors need more support to ensure they feel able to give victims of sexual abuse...

Report finds that speeding up care proceedings does not impair justice 07 JUL 2014

Report finds that speeding up care proceedings does not impair justice

An updated evaluation of the Tri-borough care proceedings pilot has found that the pattern of...

Lords Constitution Committee to hold inquiry on the office of Lord Chancellor 04 JUL 2014

Lords Constitution Committee to hold inquiry on the office of Lord Chancellor

The House of Lords Constitution Committee has launched a new inquiry into the office of Lord...

Immediate action needed to tackle FGM in the UK, says Home Affairs Committee 03 JUL 2014

Immediate action needed to tackle FGM in the UK, says Home Affairs Committee

The Home Affairs Committee of the House of Commons has today published its report, Female...

Childrens' residence tests breach their rights, according to Human Rights Committee 03 JUL 2014

Childrens' residence tests breach their rights, according to Human Rights Committee

In their new Report, Legal aid: children and the residence test, the Joint Committee on Human...

Report of the Family Mediation Task Force 02 JUL 2014

Report of the Family Mediation Task Force

The Family Mediation Task Force, chaired by David Norgrove, has published its first set of...

DPP announces highest ever conviction rate for domestic violence at Women's Aid conference 02 JUL 2014

DPP announces highest ever conviction rate for domestic violence at Women's Aid conference

Alison Saunders, Director of Public Prosecutions, is expected to announce that the conviction...

New child maintenance system now in force 01 JUL 2014

New child maintenance system now in force

The new child maintenance system came into force yesterday, 30 June 2014. It is hoped that it...

Foster & Partners acquired by Simpson Millar 01 JUL 2014

Foster & Partners acquired by Simpson Millar

Simpson Millar LLP has acquired Foster & Partners, one of Bristol's leading family law...

Supreme Court hands down judgment in R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38 25 JUN 2014

Supreme Court hands down judgment in R (Nicklinson) v Ministry of Justice [2014] UKSC 38

The Supreme Court, by a majority of seven to two dismisses the appeal brought by Mr...

Official statistics show rise in couples living together outside marriage 24 JUN 2014

Official statistics show rise in couples living together outside marriage

Cohabitation figures ‘show need for law reform’ The Office for National Statistics...

Legal aid funding in family cases drops 60% year on year, according to report 24 JUN 2014

Legal aid funding in family cases drops 60% year on year, according to report

The Ministry of Justice has published its annual report presenting the key statistics on...

Royal Commission needed over 'abhorrent'  child protection failures, says new report 24 JUN 2014

Royal Commission needed over 'abhorrent' child protection failures, says new report

Vulnerable children and young people with mental health problems not getting enough support,...

Number of cases started in family courts in England and Wales in first quarter of 2014 shows 6% drop year on year, according to report 20 JUN 2014

Number of cases started in family courts in England and Wales in first quarter of 2014 shows 6% drop year on year, according to report

The Ministry of Justice has published the latest statistics on type and volume of cases that...

Youth courts failing children, finds parliamentarians inquiry 19 JUN 2014

Youth courts failing children, finds parliamentarians inquiry

A report published today by a cross party group of MPs and peers, calls for urgent reforms to...

Permission to appeal granted in four out of eight family applications in Supreme Court in the past year 19 JUN 2014

Permission to appeal granted in four out of eight family applications in Supreme Court in the past year

The Supreme Court Annual Report 2013-2014 reveals that permission to appeal was granted in...

The Hershman/Levy Memorial Lecture 18 JUN 2014

The Hershman/Levy Memorial Lecture

Lord Justice McFarlane will deliver the 10th and final Hershman/Levy Memorial Lecture,...

More families in need supported by children’s centres 12 JUN 2014

More families in need supported by children’s centres

Children’s centres are reaching over 90% of families most in need, research has revealed...

13% decrease in care applications received by Cafcass in May 11 JUN 2014

13% decrease in care applications received by Cafcass in May

In May 2014, Cafcass received a total of 857 applications. This figure represents a 13%...

New private law cases received by Cafcass in May drop by 55%, year on year 11 JUN 2014

New private law cases received by Cafcass in May drop by 55%, year on year

In May 2014, Cafcass received a total of 2,239 new private law cases. This is a 55% decrease...

The Government publishes response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005 10 JUN 2014

The Government publishes response to the House of Lords Select Committee Report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005

The Government has published its response to the House of Lords Select Committee...

Law Society backs legal challenge by Rights of Women to restore access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence 10 JUN 2014

Law Society backs legal challenge by Rights of Women to restore access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence

The Law Society is supporting a challenge brought by the Public Law Project on behalf of...

Guidance on staying put released 05 JUN 2014

Guidance on staying put released

Guidance informing local authorities in England of their duty following the passing into law...

New inspection of children's services has the right ambition for children and young people 03 JUN 2014

New inspection of children's services has the right ambition for children and young people

The new inspections of children’s services have the capacity to drive forward positive...

David Norgrove reappointed as Family Justice Board Chair 23 MAY 2014

David Norgrove reappointed as Family Justice Board Chair

David Norgrove, who chaired the wide-ranging Family Justice review in 2011, will be in...

First High Court judge to be formally addressed as Ms Justice 23 MAY 2014

First High Court judge to be formally addressed as Ms Justice

Alison Russell QC, a High Court judge, has become the first to be formally addressed as Ms...

Law Society intervention in Court of Appeal case supports children in family courts   23 MAY 2014

Law Society intervention in Court of Appeal case supports children in family courts

The Court of Appeal has decided that the Legal Aid Agency - formally the Legal Service...

SRA Board announces new approach to ensure solicitors remain competent 21 MAY 2014

SRA Board announces new approach to ensure solicitors remain competent

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) Board has announced a new approach to ensure...

Disabled people being deprived of their liberty 'vastly greater' than previously assumed 08 MAY 2014

Disabled people being deprived of their liberty 'vastly greater' than previously assumed

The most senior family judge in England and Wales has warned of the consequences of a...

2014 family law award nominations deadline extended 02 MAY 2014

2014 family law award nominations deadline extended

The deadline for nominations for the Family Law Awards 2014 has been extend to Monday, 12...

Study praises Family Drug and Alcohol Court pilot 01 MAY 2014

Study praises Family Drug and Alcohol Court pilot

A new approach to care proceedings that tackles the substance misuse of parents has been...

The President's Family Justice Reforms press conference 30 APR 2014

The President's Family Justice Reforms press conference

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, held a press conference on 29 April...

Legally aided mediation available for 1980 Hague Convention child abduction proceedings 28 APR 2014

Legally aided mediation available for 1980 Hague Convention child abduction proceedings

In order to encourage mediation, as from 22 April 2014 legal aid for family mediation will be...

ONS publishes results of consultation on marriage and divorce statistics 25 APR 2014

ONS publishes results of consultation on marriage and divorce statistics

The Office for National Statistics (ONS) has published the findings from a consultation on user...

Children living with a step-parent or a lone parent are as happy as those living with two biological parents, research finds 24 APR 2014

Children living with a step-parent or a lone parent are as happy as those living with two biological parents, research finds

Children living with a step-parent or a lone parent are as happy as those living with two...

MOJ publishes report on research exploring the implementation and early impacts of the revised Public Law Outline 24 APR 2014

MOJ publishes report on research exploring the implementation and early impacts of the revised Public Law Outline

The Ministry of Justice has published a report on research exploring the implementation...

Legal aid exceptional case funding statistics published 24 APR 2014

Legal aid exceptional case funding statistics published

The MOJ have released their second report outlining exceptional case funding in legal aid,...

'Once in a lifetime' reform of the family justice system comes into effect 22 APR 2014

'Once in a lifetime' reform of the family justice system comes into effect

Family justice reforms, which Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has termed,...

Consumer Panel calls for culture shift to recognise contribution of fee-charging McKenzie Friends 17 APR 2014

Consumer Panel calls for culture shift to recognise contribution of fee-charging McKenzie Friends

The Legal Services Consumer Panel is today publishing the first-ever detailed study into the...

Family Justice Council to publish guidelines clarifying 'financial needs' 17 APR 2014

Family Justice Council to publish guidelines clarifying 'financial needs'

Separating couples will be given clear new guidelines setting out what they should expect when...

Family Proceedings: The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions) (SI 2014/1042) 17 APR 2014

Family Proceedings: The Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions) (SI 2014/1042)

1. This Order may be cited as the Children and Families Act 2014 (Transitional Provisions)...

Practice Direction 27A – Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court) 16 APR 2014

Practice Direction 27A – Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be Applied in the High Court and Family Court)

The President of the Family Division has issued this practice direction to achieve...

Public Law Outline and public law proceedings materials 15 APR 2014

Public Law Outline and public law proceedings materials

The Children and Families Act 2014 makes changes to Part 12 of the Family Procedure Rules...

Child Arrangements Programme and private law proceedings materials 15 APR 2014

Child Arrangements Programme and private law proceedings materials

The final version of the CAP and its accompanying Flowchart have now been published and are...

New private law cases received by Cafcass in March drop by 7%, year on year 10 APR 2014

New private law cases received by Cafcass in March drop by 7%, year on year

In March 2014, Cafcass received a total of 3,676 new private law cases. This is a 7% decrease on...

3% decrease in care applications received by Cafcass in March 10 APR 2014

3% decrease in care applications received by Cafcass in March

In March 2014, Cafcass received a total of 910 applications. This figure represents a 3%...

Single Family Court - family justice system reforms 08 APR 2014

Single Family Court - family justice system reforms

For all the information regarding the forthcoming reforms, visit our new, fully...

New adoption agencies to attract over 300 adopters 04 APR 2014

New adoption agencies to attract over 300 adopters

Three new voluntary adoption agencies will open their doors for business today, as part of a...

Jo Edwards becomes new Chair of Resolution 04 APR 2014

Jo Edwards becomes new Chair of Resolution

Inaugural speech decries cuts to legal aid as having 'devastating effect' on public and...

Fewer, more diverse clients are presenting at MIAMs, research finds 03 APR 2014

Fewer, more diverse clients are presenting at MIAMs, research finds

MOJ research published today indicates that fewer clients are presenting at MIAMs and those...

Children's Rights Director for England publishes final report 03 APR 2014

Children's Rights Director for England publishes final report

Dr Roger Morgan, Children's Rights Director for England, has this week published his final...

Court fees not a key factor when deciding to take case to court, study finds 03 APR 2014

Court fees not a key factor when deciding to take case to court, study finds

MOJ research has revealed that participants bringing civil and family cases to court...

Fees for domestic violence injunctions to be scrapped 02 APR 2014

Fees for domestic violence injunctions to be scrapped

The £75 fee for domestic violence injunctions will cease from 22 April, as part of an overhaul...

The 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention comes into force in Japan 02 APR 2014

The 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention comes into force in Japan

On 24 January Japan ratified the Hague Convention on Child Abduction, which has come into force...

Cafcass becomes part of the Ministry of Justice 01 APR 2014

Cafcass becomes part of the Ministry of Justice

The welfare of children will be brought closer to the family court system as key safeguarding...

Nuffield research reveals that IRO roles are not being fully realised 01 APR 2014

Nuffield research reveals that IRO roles are not being fully realised

Independent Reviewing Officers (IROs) are prevented from realising high quality planning for...

Action for Children wins campaign to outlaw emotional abuse of children 31 MAR 2014

Action for Children wins campaign to outlaw emotional abuse of children

Following a 3-year campaign by Action for Children, emotional neglect of children is likely to...

Chris Grayling: reform of the courts and tribunals 28 MAR 2014

Chris Grayling: reform of the courts and tribunals

Despite some recent improvements, much of the estate and technology relied upon by HM Courts...

MOJ reveals top ten divorce courts - couples urged to pursue mediation 28 MAR 2014

MOJ reveals top ten divorce courts - couples urged to pursue mediation

Courts in Birmingham, Weston-Super-Mare and Coventry head the list, followed by Romford,...

HFEA releases third report on fertility trends 28 MAR 2014

HFEA releases third report on fertility trends

New figures on fertility treatment released today by the Human Fertilisation and Embryology...

Welfare cap risks pushing 345,000 more children into poverty, says leading charity 27 MAR 2014

Welfare cap risks pushing 345,000 more children into poverty, says leading charity

New research commissioned by Save the Children following last week's Budget shows that the...

Plan for parents to help put child safety first 27 MAR 2014

Plan for parents to help put child safety first

Cafcass, the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service, has developed a new and...

ONS publishes report on living arrangements and marital status in England and Wales 27 MAR 2014

ONS publishes report on living arrangements and marital status in England and Wales

The Office for National Statistics have today published their report, How Have Living...

Police response to domestic abuse is not good enough, says HMIC inspection 27 MAR 2014

Police response to domestic abuse is not good enough, says HMIC inspection

The overall police response to victims of domestic abuse is not good enough and police forces...

Neglected children must be better protected 26 MAR 2014

Neglected children must be better protected

More must be done to identify and respond effectively to neglect at the earliest stages so...

Most children in the UK have witnessed neglect, Action for Children reveals 26 MAR 2014

Most children in the UK have witnessed neglect, Action for Children reveals

Nearly three quarters (73%) of UK children know another child who is suffering from neglect,...

Chambers announce future merger 25 MAR 2014

Chambers announce future merger

13 KBW have announced that from 12 May 2014 the majority of their civil and family members will...

Appointment of the new Chair of the Legal Services Board 24 MAR 2014

Appointment of the new Chair of the Legal Services Board

The Lord Chancellor in consultation with the Lord Chief Justice announced the appointment of Sir...

Coram outlines changes to the law affecting adoption 20 MAR 2014

Coram outlines changes to the law affecting adoption

The new Children and Families Act has now been passed bringing changes which include increased...

Supreme Court hands down judgment in Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19 19 MAR 2014

Supreme Court hands down judgment in Cheshire West [2014] UKSC 19

The Supreme Court, unanimously in the appeal of P, and by a majority of 4:3 in the appeal of...

Full transcript service launches on familylaw.co.uk 16 MAR 2014

Full transcript service launches on familylaw.co.uk

Jordan Publishing is pleased to announce that full transcripts of judgments are now available...

MOJ publishes exceptional case funding statistics 14 MAR 2014

MOJ publishes exceptional case funding statistics

The MOJ has published its first report on exceptional case funding. This statistical...

Children and Families Act receives royal assent: family lawyers explain new laws 13 MAR 2014

Children and Families Act receives royal assent: family lawyers explain new laws

The Children and Families Act was given Royal Assent today after a just over a year of...

Major changes in family courts 13 MAR 2014

Major changes in family courts

The Children and Families Act has been given royal assent today, meaning reforms which will put...

The Mental Capacity Act is failing 13 MAR 2014

The Mental Capacity Act is failing

Vulnerable adults are being failed by the Act designed to protect and empower them. Social...

Children and Families Act 2014 gains royal assent 13 MAR 2014

Children and Families Act 2014 gains royal assent

The new Children and Families Act - given royal assent today - will mean changes to the law to...

'When can we get married?' - Same sex couple demands civil partnership conversion timescales 13 MAR 2014

'When can we get married?' - Same sex couple demands civil partnership conversion timescales

A couple taking legal advice regarding the implementation of same-sex marriage is calling on...

Court bundles consultation paper 13 MAR 2014

Court bundles consultation paper

The Government has today published a consultation paper, Court bundles: proposed changes to the...

Improving educational outcomes for looked after children in England 13 MAR 2014

Improving educational outcomes for looked after children in England

A new study funded by the Nuffield Foundation will identify ways to improve educational outcomes...

Children in care should choose their residential care workers 13 MAR 2014

Children in care should choose their residential care workers

Children must be given a greater role in selecting their residential care workers, according to...

Planning same sex weddings – what you need to know 12 MAR 2014

Planning same sex weddings – what you need to know

Be sure to read our essential updates designed to help family lawyers get up to speed with the...

Cafcass publishes February 2014 private law and care demand statistics 12 MAR 2014

Cafcass publishes February 2014 private law and care demand statistics

Cafcass have published their care demand and private law demand statistics for February 2014. ...

Government must play its part for children’s centres 11 MAR 2014

Government must play its part for children’s centres

The Government's response to the Education Select Committee's report on children's centres is...

Clare’s Law rolled out nationally on International Women’s Day 08 MAR 2014

Clare’s Law rolled out nationally on International Women’s Day

Clare's Law - the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme - is designed to provide victims with...

Family Justice Research Bulletin 07 MAR 2014

Family Justice Research Bulletin

A number of recommendations in the Family Justice Review related to the need to better...

Violence against Women: every day and everywhere 05 MAR 2014

Violence against Women: every day and everywhere

A new report by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) presents results from the...

Care Bill - Learning and development programme 04 MAR 2014

Care Bill - Learning and development programme

In advance of the Care Bill coming into effect in April 2015, Skills for Care, in partnership...

Minister to hold mediation ‘webchat’ 04 MAR 2014

Minister to hold mediation ‘webchat’

Virtual roundtable on future of family mediation Justice minister Simon Hughes is inviting...

One in three LGBT people believe they can’t foster or adopt 03 MAR 2014

One in three LGBT people believe they can’t foster or adopt

Sexuality and gender identity are seen as barriers to becoming parents by one in three (36%)...

New rules for social workers following adoption reform 03 MAR 2014

New rules for social workers following adoption reform

New guidance published today will help social workers navigate the reformed adoption system when...

News in Brief: The wait is over 28 FEB 2014

News in Brief: The wait is over

What started off as another quiet week has certainly ended with a bang. The big story of...

Transforming legal aid: Government response 27 FEB 2014

Transforming legal aid: Government response

The Government has today confirmed its final package of reforms to the legal aid system...

Law Commission's Report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements 27 FEB 2014

Law Commission's Report on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements

The eagerly anticipated Law Commission report, Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements, has...

Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: December 2013 26 FEB 2014

Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: December 2013

The Department for Work and Pensions have published a statistical report providing figures on...

Consultation on court orders 26 FEB 2014

Consultation on court orders

The Department for Education are consulting on changes to the statutory guidance on the Children...

Family law chambers to dissolve following legal aid cuts 25 FEB 2014

Family law chambers to dissolve following legal aid cuts

Renaissance Chambers has announced that it is beginning the process of dissolution, blaming the...

News in brief: All Along the Watchtower 21 FEB 2014

News in brief: All Along the Watchtower

As the winds of change charge through the family justice system (see last week’s View from the...

Five new family law QCs appointed 19 FEB 2014

Five new family law QCs appointed

The Lord Chancellor has approved the appointment of five new family law Queen's Counsel today....

Publicly funded mediation continues to struggle 17 FEB 2014

Publicly funded mediation continues to struggle

According to the latest Freedom of Information request from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ),...

Supreme Court produces guide for litigants in person 12 FEB 2014

Supreme Court produces guide for litigants in person

A new guide has been published to help explain the process of appeal in the Supreme Court.  ...

Children’s minister announces £30m for government's innovation programme 12 FEB 2014

Children’s minister announces £30m for government's innovation programme

Edward Timpson has today announced that the government will be setting aside £30 million for its...

Cafcass publishes January 2014 statistics 12 FEB 2014

Cafcass publishes January 2014 statistics

Cafcass have published their care demand and private law demand statistics for January 2014. ...

FCO launches guidance for surrogacy arrangements abroad 11 FEB 2014

FCO launches guidance for surrogacy arrangements abroad

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) is today encouraging prospective parents to seek...

Staying Put one step closer to law in England 11 FEB 2014

Staying Put one step closer to law in England

The Fostering Network has reported that the Government's 'Staying Put' amendment, which will...

PracticePlus shortlisted for award 10 FEB 2014

PracticePlus shortlisted for award

Jordan Publishing have been shortlisted for the Independent Publishers' Guild Ingram Content ...

Family Justice Council: Interdisciplinary Conference 10 FEB 2014

Family Justice Council: Interdisciplinary Conference

The FJC Interdisciplinary Conference, or 'Dartington Lite' as the President referred to it in...

Report reveals that number of divorces in England and Wales increased in 2012 06 FEB 2014

Report reveals that number of divorces in England and Wales increased in 2012

The Office for National Statistics has published its statistical bulletin for divorces in...

'Shared parenting' legislation amendment places child welfare before presumption of equal access 05 FEB 2014

'Shared parenting' legislation amendment places child welfare before presumption of equal access

A consortium of children's charities has successfully campaigned for an amendment to the...

Permission to appeal denied in Hope v Krejci 04 FEB 2014

Permission to appeal denied in Hope v Krejci

On 22 January 2014 the Court of Appeal dismissed an application by Damsonetti Holdings Limited...

Separated parents to face new charges under proposed changes to the child maintenance system 04 FEB 2014

Separated parents to face new charges under proposed changes to the child maintenance system

Comprehensive changes to the child maintenance system that will see charges introduced for both...

Law Commission Report due 03 FEB 2014

Law Commission Report due

The Law Commission's report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements, is due to be...

Get ready for the Family Law Awards 2014 31 JAN 2014

Get ready for the Family Law Awards 2014

Jordan Publishing will be accepting nomination submissions for the Family Law Awards 2014...

Japan signs and ratifies the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention 27 JAN 2014

Japan signs and ratifies the 1980 Hague Child Abduction Convention

On Friday 24 January 2014, Japan became the 91st Contracting State to the Hague Convention of 25...

The Supreme Court rules that signature error does not invalidate wills 23 JAN 2014

The Supreme Court rules that signature error does not invalidate wills

The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled that a couple's intended heir should not be disinherited...

Is mediation fit for purpose? Family Justice Council - 7th Annual Debate 25 OCT 2013

Is mediation fit for purpose? Family Justice Council - 7th Annual Debate

The Family Justice Council is holding its 7th Annual Debate and panel discussion at Lion Court...

Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference: Friday 8 November 2013 03 OCT 2013

Annual Bond Solon Expert Witness Conference: Friday 8 November 2013

What does the future hold for expert witnesses, in the light of the Jackson reforms controlling...

Jordan Publishing nominated for prestigious award 28 MAR 2013

Jordan Publishing nominated for prestigious award

Jordan Publishing is pleased to announce that it has been shortlisted for Independent...

Manches promotes family lawyer to partnership 07 JAN 2013

Manches promotes family lawyer to partnership

Manches has announced the promotion of senior associate Rebecca Carlyon to the partnership with...

Hanson Renouf announce free family law sessions 04 JAN 2013

Hanson Renouf announce free family law sessions

Following the demand of previous years, the family law department at Hanson Renouf is running...

Lord Justice Munby appointed as President of the Family Division 21 DEC 2012

Lord Justice Munby appointed as President of the Family Division

The Right Honourable Lord Justice Munby has been appointed as President of the Family Division...

Stephen Cobb QC appointed a High Court Judge 21 DEC 2012

Stephen Cobb QC appointed a High Court Judge

The Ministry of Justice have announced that Stephen Cobb QC, Joint Head of Chambers at 1 Garden...

Law Society Response to Family Justice Review Draft Legislation 24 OCT 2012

Law Society Response to Family Justice Review Draft Legislation

The Law Society has published an official submission in response to the Family Justice Review...

Special Issue in Honour of William Duncan 19 APR 2012

Special Issue in Honour of William Duncan

This special issue of International Family Law is dedicated to William Duncan and is a tribute...

Falling out of love - the leading reason for divorce in the UK 01 SEP 2011

Falling out of love - the leading reason for divorce in the UK

According to an annual survey on divorce, "growing apart/falling out of love" is the most...

Financial Armageddon 09 SEP 2010

Financial Armageddon

Robert McCulloch-Graham, head of Barnet's children's services, speaking of the department's...

President's interim guidance to assist Cafcass extended 09 SEP 2010

President's interim guidance to assist Cafcass extended

According to the Cafcass chief executive, Anthony Douglas, the temporary measures that enabled...

Family Legal Aid contract extension 07 SEP 2010

Family Legal Aid contract extension

Since The Law Society applied for judicial review of the Legal Services Commission's (LSC)...

Defending Legal Aid 06 SEP 2010

Defending Legal Aid

The Law Society succeeded in their application for an expedited hearing to dispute the Legal...