that time of year - memories of sun, sea and sand are fading and it’s back to
the office we all go. Welcome back (if,
indeed, you did manage to get away)! So, what’s been happening in family law
over the summer? Below is a quick summary of the main developments.
On 17 August 2014 the President released
a 13th View, called ‘The process of reform: an update’. It is available
The Children and Vulnerable Witnesses Working Group
Pretty quiet on the legislation front
from a family law point of view.
On 31 July 2014 all of Practice Direction
27A - Family Proceedings: Court Bundles
came into force. Parts of paras 4.1, 5.1
and 5.3 were not previously in force – these are the ones about the content and
format of bundles (ie limiting the bundle to just one lever arch file unless
the court directs otherwise).
Part 3 of the Children and Families Act
2014 came into force on 1 September – this is the part that deals with Special
There have been some other minor
statutory instruments – see the Legislation and Guidance part of our website
For all the cases that came out over the
summer, see the judgments part of our website
here. Some of the key cases are listed below:
So there we go,
summer is over and we’re back at the coal face of family law feeling
refreshed(!). Looking ahead there will
be plenty of family law developments to keep us busy, especially with the Family Procedure
Rule Committee meeting in October to discuss changes to the rules stemming from
the reports released this summer. Also in October is the
which, as well as featuring a host of distinguished
speakers also features the best pudding one of our team has ever tasted - who
needs the beach when you’ve got family law and puddings? The website image has been kindly reproduced from Eric Savageunder the Creative Commons Licence.