New research on autistic people’s access to justice in the family courts 04 March 2016 Dr Rob George, barrister at Harcourt Chambers and a Lecturer at University College London, along with Dr Anna Remington, a psychologist at the UCL Institute of Education, is undertaking a new research project investigating the experiences of people with autism within the family justice system.
Court of Protection draft Case Management Pilot published 03 March 2016 A pilot Practice Direction has been published in draft, in advance of a case management pilot commencing in the Court of Protection (CoP) in June 2016 to allow practitioners to prepare for a significant change in case management practice.
Imputing intention and the family home Mark Pawlowski 07 March 2016 This article seeks to address the question whether it is possible to impute to the parties a common intention to share beneficial ownership in the family home at the acquisition or change of intention stage of establishing a constructive trust in single and joint ownership cases.
Access to the law: time for a big bang? David Chidgey 04 March 2016 Access to justice has always been on the agenda. Access to the law is different. Don’t citizens of a country have the right to know what the law is? If the law is complex (and it is) shouldn’t citizens have access free of charge to a clear description of the main rules and cases? A review of financial remedy cases (October 2015 to February 2016) Christopher Sharp QC 04 March 2016 The article continues Christopher’s regular reviews of the more important recent financial remedy cases, this one covering the period from October 2015 to the end of February 2016.
Clerklife: Moving on up Not a Barrister - @notabarrister 04 March 2016 I'd been a clerk now for a little over a year. Most of it I could do standing on my heard; and that was the problem. I was bored. When I'm bored my mind wanders, and that's when I make mistakes.
ADOPTION: Re JL  EWHC 440 (Fam) Hearing Date: 03 March 2016 Mr Justice Baker Family Division In two joined cases where babies were relinquished for adoption at birth in the UK the judge held that BIIR did not apply and plans for adoption were authorised to proceed. COSTS: Nottingham City Council v LW and Others  EWHC 11 (Fam) Hearing Date: 19 February 2016 Mr Justice Keehan Family Division The costs of an abortive hearing were to be met by the local authority due to the failure to issue proceedings timeously and fairly.
PUBLICITY AND REPORTING: Re W (Children)  EWCA Civ 113 Hearing Date: 25 February 2016 Lord Justice McFarlane, Lady Justice Macur and Lady Justice King Court of Appeal, Civil Division The appeal from a reporting order was allowed to the extent that medical evidence would be removed from the 2014 judgment and there would be a tighter requirement on the issue of daily reporting of the rehearing.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: NR v AB  EWHC 277 (Fam) Hearing Date: 22 February 2016 Mrs Justice Roberts Family Division The wife was awarded £2m and she would be permitted to remain in the former matrimonial home rent-free for the rest of her life.