Welcome back - it’s time to shrug off the last of those
hazy, lazy summer days. Dig out your trusty pencil case, sharpen your pencils: it’s back to school we go!
So, what’s been happening over the summer? The answer is, not much - everyone has been
on holiday. It’s a nice short update for
you this month.
Back to reality
On 27 August 2015
Research in Practice released reports on the impact of the April 2014 family law reforms on
the family justice system. The Department of Education commissionedResearch in Practiceto review the impact of the reforms
through investigation with a range of professionals including lawyers, social
workers and case managers.
The reports and an at-a-glance summary
of their contents can be found
Back to consulting (about
Another month, another consultation paper. In our
we told you about the consultation
on the closure of 91 courts and tribunals
. This month it is the turn of the
Family Procedure Rules Committee. Earlier this year the Vulnerable Witnesses
& Children Working Group produced its final report (a summary of
here) and then passed the baton on to the rules
committee to implement its recommendations. The committee has now done its job
and produced a revised set of Family Procedure Rules (Part 3A) upon which they
are seeking comments. The deadline for
comments is 5pm on 25 September 2015.
The consultation paper and draft rules can be found
For an interesting analysis see David Burrows’
Back to cases
August is never really a particularly exciting or dynamic
month case-wise, and this year is no exception. A selection of interesting
cases are briefly summarised below. We’re still waiting for the judgment in
– you haven’t missed it.
The Court of Appeal rejects an attempt by
a wife to vary her undertaking in a consent order (in respect of a mortgage) –
Birch v Birch  EWCA Civ 833. This
by Hazel Wright highlights some useful practice
points to be taken from the judgment.
With the Family Law Awards 2015 just around the corner,
voting for the community award nominees has been open through the month of
August and the public vote closes at midnight on Sunday, 6 September 2015. If
you haven’t already done so, have a look at the three categories and pledge
your vote for your favourite shortlisted nominee here.
Back to life
We’ve begun a fascinating series of articles about a day in
the life of a variety of professionals in the family law field. It’s always interesting to hear tales from
those at the coalface of our family justice system and to learn what motivates
them. You can find out the best and worst parts of their day, their ideas for
family law reform and discover who was once asked to write a parenting plan for
You can find the articles here and join
the conversation using the hashtag #familylawdayinlifeof.