As usual for this time of year, January has been a fairly quiet month for family law news, following the Christmas and New Year break. However, there have been some interesting developments.
Further restrictions of court document length
On 19 January the President issued a memorandum consulting on proposed amendments to the Bundles Practice Direction - PD 27A. The memorandum contains proposals to restrict the length of core documents such as position statements, case summaries and skeleton arguments. If you want to make your views on this issue known, responses are due by 1 March and should be sent by email to Andrew Shaw.
In a similar vein, Mostyn J published revised guidance on the efficient conduct of financial remedy proceedings further restricting the length of documents used in financial remedy applications in the High Court. The revised guidance takes effect from 1 February.
No fault divorce
The government is expected to debate the 'no fault divorce' bill for the second time on 29 January. The Private Member's Bill was introduced by Richard Bacon MP in October 2015, and is expected to progress to a second reading debate on 11 March.
Family Law Update
The first two dates in the Family Law Update schedule took place in January: the first in Newcastle, and the second in Cambridge. Both events were well received, providing comprehensive insight into some of the important issues in family law.
The Update at each location provides detailed commentary on a variety of aspects of practice and procedure, including bundles, confidentiality and publicity and Family Procedure Rules changes, together with particular areas such as judgment summons, setting aside and recusal.
Breaking News! - Jordan Publishing joins LexisNexis UK
It's been all change at Jordan Publishing this month as we embark on an exciting new venture, having been acquired by LexisNexis UK.
We packed up and said farewell to our old St Thomas Street office on Friday 22 January, and first thing on Monday morning we moved into our brand new home at Castlemead in Cabot Circus, Bristol. We're now fully set up in our lovely offices and are excited to be working with LexisNexis UK.
The Jordan Publishing and Family Law brands and websites have transferred with us, so it's business as usual as we continue to provide you with up-to-date legal news and commentary on all the important family law developments, as well as an array of publications to meet all your family law requirements.
Could this be the end of marriage?- the High Court considered whether the European refusal to extend civil partnerships to heterosexual couples breaches the European Convention on Human Rights, Arts 8 and 14.