Philippa Dolan

Philippa Dolan

Philippa recently joined Collyer Bristow. She's an experienced family practitioner, mediator and collaborative lawyer and a fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. She writes on a range of legal issues.

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Fear and loathing at the Family Mediation Council 09 FEB 2016

Fear and loathing at the Family Mediation Council

The deadline's passed. Most of us didn't get there. By 'most of us', I'm identifying with the...

If mediation's the answer to everything, what's the question? 26 NOV 2015

If mediation's the answer to everything, what's the question?

This article was written in support of Resolution's fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week,...

Minister for Inequality 07 SEP 2015

Minister for Inequality

Am I the only family lawyer who has a problem with Caroline Dinenage's ministerial portfolio that...

‘One of the Great Pillars of the Post War Welfare State’ 05 MAY 2015

‘One of the Great Pillars of the Post War Welfare State’

Lord Beecham could have been talking about the NHS but in fact he was talking about legal aid,...

Fathers are not just for Christmas 16 APR 2015

Fathers are not just for Christmas

Recently I attended a debate devoted to the highly emotive issue of relocation. I voiced the...

Mr Nightingale gets the chance to sing 12 FEB 2015

Mr Nightingale gets the chance to sing

A recent story in the media about women’s prison exemplifies the ongoing debate amongst family...

Strictly collaborative 24 NOV 2014

Strictly collaborative

This article was written in support of Resolution's third Family Dispute Resolution Week, running...

Little Dorritt and the Human Rights Act 19 NOV 2014

Little Dorritt and the Human Rights Act

There’s contempt of court, and then there’s contempt for those who don’t pay maintenance for...

Judicially approved voyeurism 20 AUG 2014

Judicially approved voyeurism

Once upon a time, we were able to say to our clients - with a degree of confidence - that their...

Crime and Punishment 01 AUG 2014

Crime and Punishment

So now Michael Prest has been given a prison sentence - albeit suspended - for failing to pay...

Pre-nup, post-nup and no-nup 02 JUL 2014

Pre-nup, post-nup and no-nup

There's been a sea-change, of course, since Radmacher. Gone are the days when we'd start our...

Collaborating with the enemy 02 JUN 2014

Collaborating with the enemy

I know that we family lawyers care deeply about our clients. So why didn't we fight hard...

Moving the deckchairs around the Family Court 29 APR 2014

Moving the deckchairs around the Family Court

The Law Society, whose strap line is ‘Supporting solicitors', emailed me about the changes...