Resolution launches FGM toolkit for family lawyers 26 April 2016 At its annual conference in Gateshead, family law organisation Resolution has published a new screening toolkit on Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in response to new laws designed to protect victims of FGM, so that members are better equipped to identify and support vulnerable girls and women.
The role of Shariah Councils in England Siddique Patel - @tweetmsiddique 29 April 2016 There has been plenty in the media about Shariah Councils and what they supposedly do or don't do. As is always the case, there is a need to separate fact from fiction, and so this article (in a question and answer format) is designed to clarify and distinguish between the two. It is based on my previous experience as a pro bono legal advisor to a Shariah Council in the north of England.
Capacity and transparency: the Court of Protection and the media Julie Doughty - @julie_doughty 27 April 2016 Sir James Munby is well known as a promoter of transparency in the family courts, but perhaps lesser so as being equally enthusiastic with regard to the Court of Protection (CoP). The transparency agenda has recently been dramatically advanced in the CoP, by a pilot scheme in which the presumption of a closed court is reversed. The announcement and implementation of this pilot coincided with unusually high press coverage of one CoP case - 'the woman who lost her sparkle'. Obituary: Bridget Lindley OBE Cathy Ashley - @CathyAshley 26 April 2016 Bridget Lindley, Family Right Group's Principal Legal Adviser and Deputy Chief Executive, died unexpectedly on 2 March 2016 at home in Cambridge. Her loss is a devastating blow to us all.