"Indispensable. It is the single book that every family practitioner and every family judge must have" Sir James Munby
2017 sees the 25th edition of The Family Court Practice
), it continues to cover the entire range of family business and contains all the essential materials you need to practise in the Family Court.
The 25th edition is fully updated to include the latest case-law, full coverage of new and amended legislation, Practice Directions and guidance. It also contains fully and expertly annotated statutes and rules together with scores of unique step-by-step procedural guides, which direct you effortlessly to the relevant rules and annotation. Due in May, pre-orders for the 25th edition can be made in March. Find out more here >>
The 2016 edition
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Table of Statutes
Table of Statutory Instruments
Table of Cases
Table of Practice Directions
Table of CPR, FPR and Supreme Court Practice Directions
Part I: Procedural Guides
Detailed guidance covering the following areas:
- Applications for Relief Other Than Divorce
- Application for Matrimonial and Civil Partnership Proceedings and Related Orders
- Enforcement of Orders
- Judicial Reviews and Appeals
Part II: Statutes
Pertinent provisions of all relevant statutes, reproduced in amended form and annotated by the expert team of contributors.
Part III: Procedure Rules
The full text of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and practice directions, plus relevant provisions and practice directions from the Civil Procedure Rules 1998 and the Supreme Court Rules 2009. All provisions are reproduced as amended, along with detailed explanation and guidance.
Part IV: Statutory Instruments
Pertinent provisions of all relevant SIs appear in amended form, with commentary from the expert team of contributors.
Part V: Practice Guidance
Relevant practice guidance for family law practitioners.
Part VI: European Material
Coverage of significant European Regulations and Conventions, all fully annotated.
Summary of Fees
"May I voice, I am sure on behalf of all of us, my appreciation and thanks for the enormous effort that everyone involved with The Red Book put into the preparation of the 2014 edition. Sir James Munby,
The Red Book is indispensable. It is the single book that every family practitioner and every family judge must have. Where would we be without it?
The sheer scale of the reforms that came into effect on 22 April 2014 – how many pages of the 2013 Red Book were left unscathed? – imposed immense challenges on the publishers, the editors and everyone else involved in the process of producing the 2014 edition. It was vital that the new edition should contain the ‘new’ law, not the old, and that it should be available as soon as possible after 22 April 2014, but the final pieces of the statutory jigsaw were still being put in place in March and the resulting delays meant that the usual publishing schedule had to be pushed back. The editors and contributors worked heroically to finalise the text as soon as possible, Jordan Publishing willingly agreed to re-arrange the publishing schedule, and the production team achieved great feats. The 2014 Red Bookwas available, completely up-to-date, first on-line and very shortly after in print, remarkably soon after 22 April 2014. An astonishing feat! Thank you!"
President of the Family Division
Taken from Family Law journal, September, View from the President's Chambers (13).
Familiarly known as ‘The Red Book,’ The Family Court Practice, with its annual updates, has remained reassuringly authoritative and reliable since it was first published in 1993 – a time frame in which civil procedure for family work has undergone considerable change. Scarcely a family lawyer or family court judge is ever without it - and it has now entered the realm of the tried and true, having established itself as the definitive reference on family proceedings at every level of court … and it is the book you always see in court.Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
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"The reference work of choice for all practitioners dealing with cases in the single Family Court"Head of Chambers Alex Verdan QC
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"The 2012 edition of The Family Court Practice continues to build on the substantial work undertaken by this publication in 2011, to get up to speed with the fundamental changes brought about by the introduction of the Family Procedure Rules 2010.Mark Harper
The commentary to the new rules has been developed further and is impressively comprehensive. The procedural guides are fully up to date with references to the new Forms, as well as the new Practice Directions and Rules and this section of the book continues to be a useful launch pad for the most common applications. Where there is any deficiency in clarity, this can be traced back to the rules themselves.
Going forward we continue to have high expectations that the 'Red Book' will keep the profession fully briefed on the latest clarifications to the Rules and more generally on the developments within Family law. The Autumn Supplement published in November is a valuable addition to the annual update."
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"It is not surprising that this book has, over the years, emerged as the standard work of reference in family law and has therefore become an essential acquisition for the family law practitioner"Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor, Richmond Green Chambers
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"Every year since 1993, 'The Family Court Practice' - the much valued 'Red Book' - has provided what has become the definitive work of reference in family law ... The 2011 edition reflects some quite enormous changes that have taken place since last year's edition. The most important change, with which all family practitioners are familiarizing themselves, is the coming into force in April 2011 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, which extend to some 273 pages of text ... The fact that this work is published yearly keeps it topical and up to date ... such attributes include its ease of use, compactness, clarity of presentation and the reliabilty of the text ... "Where do I find it in the Red Book?" is, according to Wilson, a commonplace query on the part of the judges and woebetide the practitioner who hasn't brought a copy along.So if you haven't bought this year's particularly important edition, better do it now."Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor
, Richmond Green Chambers (2013 edition)
"invaluable ... I cannot now imagine being without it"New Law Journal
"the clear market leader ... no serious family lawyer will practise without it ... brilliant! Buy it!"Solicitors Journal
When first published in 1993, The Family Court Practice was new and innovative, designed to meet the need for a definitive work of reference covering the entire range of family proceedings at every level of court. It was hoped then that it might stand alongside The Supreme Court Practice and The County Court Practice as the comprehensive and authoritative guide for practitioners.
Over the ensuing years the hope has become reality and as civil procedure has changed so The Family Court Practice has been updated annually to reflect developments in law and procedure. The work is now universally accepted as a standard book of reference for judges and practitioners throughout the jurisdiction. Congratulations are due to the team of contributors who have achieved so much in just a few years.
The Hon Mrs Justice Bracewell
It is a high honour for me to become the new Editor-in-Chief of The Family Court Practice but my pleasure is mixed with sadness that the position should have become vacant. For Mrs Justice Bracewell was the book’s Editor-in-Chief for the first 14 years of its life and was far more than a distinguished figurehead. If she did not help to conceive the book, she was certainly its midwife at its birth in 1993; and she nursed it assiduously through its formative years. To my knowledge, she was very proud to be associated with its phenomenal success but typically she disclaimed any of the credit for it.
When in 1967 I began to practise family law, there was in effect only one text-book. And, being a creature of habit, I stuck almost exclusively to it for several years after 1993. It remains an admirable book which not infrequently I still use. But, like (I believe) almost all other family judges, I came to resolve that, in particular because of its ease of use, its compactness, its clarity of presentation, its reliability of text, and, above all, the accessibility of up-to-date material which only its annual format can readily provide, I would generally consult The Family Court Practice.
It has been clever of Jordan Publishing to insinuate The Family Court Practice so close to the hearts of the family judiciary. For advocates have been quick to realise that, faced with the judge’s question “Where do I find it in the Red Book?”, it runs counter to their need to have an answer to everything for them to admit that they have not brought a copy. Thus has the book’s bandwagon rolled on.
For the last few months, since becoming associated with the book, I have begun to realise the degree of effort, initially on the part in particular of the General Editor, which results in the book’s immediacy. All significant developments, whether in case-law or otherwise, are communicated to the team within hours of publication, often with apologetic directions to the relevant contributor to include reference to it within the imminent fresh edition. You, the subscribers, are the beneficiaries of this astonishing level of committed efficiency.
Rt Hon Lord Justice Wilson
Editor-in-ChiefThe Rt Hon Lord Wilson of Culworth
General EditorHis Honour Judge Anthony Cleary
Consulting EditorThe Rt Hon Lady Justice Black
ContributorsDistrict Judge Michael Anson, Preston Combined Court Centre and Nominated Judge of the Court of Protection
David Burrows, Solicitor Advocate
Andrew Commins MA, LLM, Barrister, St John’s Chambers
District Judge Neil Hickman, Milton Keynes County Court
Robert Hill, Recorder, Deputy District Judge and Regional Costs Judge, North Eastern Circuit
Elizabeth Isaacs QC
The Hon Mr Justice Keehan
The Hon Mr Justice MacDonald
The Rt Hon Lord Justice McFarlane
Her Honour Nasreen Pearce
David Salter, MA, LLM, Solicitor
Maggie Silver BA, Solicitor, Family Legal Team Manager, East London Family Court
The Family Court Practice Autumn Supplement (and Welsh Materials)
The Autumn Supplement updates the 2016 edition of The Family Court Practice with changes to legislation, practice directions and guidance, and offers revised commentary together with the latest case reports.
Alongside updated Procedural Guides, it includes commentary on the new FPR 2010, r 9.9A, which outlines the new procedure for an application to set aside a financial remedy order where no error of the court is alleged.
The case reports cover all of the major developments of recent months, including the conclusion to the Wyatt v Vince case, the concept of ‘needs’ in Juffali v Juffali  EWHC 1684 (Fam), habitual residence in Re B (A Minor: Habitual Residence)  EWHC 2174 (Fam) and the successful appeal of prospective adopters against a refusal to grant the man adoption order (Re W  EWCA Civ 793).
With the divergence of Welsh and English law in relation to children in need and looked-after children, the Autumn Supplement includes a new Part VII, which sets out essential Welsh legislation, all complemented by expert commentary to guide you through the differences in law and procedure. This is a vital resource for practitioners covering children cases with a Welsh element and the materials will also appear in The Family Court Practice Online, along with the relevant Codes of Practice.
All you need to do is order your copy of The Family Court Practice (main work) and the Autumn Supplement will be sent to you, to keep you reliably updated on the latest developments.
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What is included in the 2016 Edition
- A new Procedural Guide on Setting Aside a Financial Relief Order
- The latest amendments to the FPR and the CPR (including: Part 39 – Attachment of Earnings; and Part 40 – Charging Order, Stop Order, Stop Notice,plus PD40A)
- Recent guidance on:
- Tagging or Electronic Monitoring in Family Cases;
- Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court;
- Committal for Contempt of Court;
- Arbitration in the Family Court, plus expert commentary on arbitration, including DB v DLJ  EWHC 324 (Fam);
- The Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings
- Updated commentary on:
- the Supreme Court’s decisions in Sharland and Gohil, including substantial updates to Procedural Guide E6: Applications to Re-open or Set Aside Final Court Orders;
- cases of alleged radicalisation, including Re X (Children) (No 3)  EWHC 3651;
- add-backs, including MAP v MFP  EWHC 627 (Fam);
- pensions valuation and pensions sharing, including WS v WS  EWHC 3941 (Fam);
- children giving evidence, including Re R (Children)  EWCA Civ 167;
- parental responsibility and same-sex families, including JB v KS and E (Contact: Parental Responsibility)  2 FLR 1180;
- removal of a child from the jurisdiction, including Re J (A child)  UKSC 70;
- provision of accommodation for children and the use of CA 1989, s 20, including Re N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction)  EWCA Civ 1112;
- child arrangements and supervision of contact, including Re S (A Child): (Child Arrangements Order: Effect of Long-Term Supervised Contact on Welfare)  EWCA Civ 689;
- burden and standard of proof, including Re A (A Child)  EWFC 11;
- parents with disabilities, including Re D (A Child) (No 3)  EWFC 1;
- occupation rights under FLA 1996 and interim orders for sale, including BR v VT  EWHC 2727 (Fam);
- the Maintenance Regulation, including Ramadani v Ramadani  EWCA Civ 1138
And much more ... See what is included in the Autumn Supplement >>
What will be included in the 2017 Edition
A new Procedural Guide on appeals in the Family Court from a judge of circuit judgelevel in private law cases to a judge of the High Court
The latest updates to the CPR (including to Pt 52)
The latest amendments to the FPR, including:
r 9.9A (Application to set aside a financial remedy order) and PD9A;
PD30A (Appeals); and
the new FPR PD36D (Pilot Scheme: Procedure for Using an Online System to Generate Applications in Certain Proceedings for a Matrimonial Order)
Recent guidance on:
Duration of Ex Parte (Without Notice) Orders in the Family Court;
Transfer of proceedings under Article 15 of Brussels IIa and Articles 8 and/or 9 of the 1996 Hague Convention;
Electronic Filing at the Central Family Court: Pilot Scheme;
Allocation of Work to Section 9 Judges;
Appointmentof the Official Solicitor to the Senior Courts in Family Proceedings andProceedings under the Inherent Jurisdiction in Relation to Adults; plus
Radicalisationcases in the Family Courts
Liaison between Courts in England and Wales and British Embassies and High Commissions Abroad;
Expanded commentary on:
Judges meeting with children
FPR Part 15: Representation of Protected Parties
Duration of a without notice order
FPR Pt21 (Miscellaneous Rules about Disclosure and Inspection of Documents)
FPR PD27A (Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be applied in the High Court and Family Court))
CPR r21.10 (Compromise etc by or on behalf of child or protected party)
CPR Pt 71 (Orders to Obtain Information from Judgment Debtors)
Return orders, including Court’s power to set aside vary, rescind, suspend or revoke
Welfare of the child
Funding issues for child arrangements orders
Care and supervision orders
Evidence given by, or with respect to, children
Privacy for children involved in certain proceedings
Deprivation of liberty
- The distinction between matrimonial and non-matrimonial property
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