Practitioners cannot help but be aware of the issues in the
family law arena post-LASPO, and there have been a recent spate of cases where
the lack of funding available in the family courts has been brought into focus.
In the 2014 case Q v Q; Re B; Re C (Private Law: Public
Funding) EWFC 31, the President of the Family
Division, Sir James Munby gave a warning that, in certain cases, where funding
could not be made available from any other source, the Ministry of Justice
could (and, where necessary, would) be ordered to meet the legal costs of a
litigant in person in much the same manner as where an interpreter was
More recently, the case of Re K and H (Children: Unrepresented Father: Cross-Examination of Child)  EWFC 1 was handed down by the High Court on 7 January.
In that case, the High Court followed through on the warning given by
the President and ordered the Ministry of Justice to meet the legal costs of a
litigant in person in the cross-examination of a vulnerable witness. This is the first time we have seen the courts
take this step to address the LASPO fallout.
The likelihood is that the decision will be appealed, and the outcome of
any such appeal will be eagerly anticipated.
But what does all of this mean for practitioners? The family law landscape is changing rapidly
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Recent case-law updates and their
A review of the Children and Families
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The Single Family Court and
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Financial remedy applications –
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