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Practical Guide to Family Proceedings, A

An essential reference for the busy family lawyer

As part of the acquisition process of Jordan Publishing by LexisNexis, Practical Guide to Family Law Proceedings has been divested to a third party publisher, Bloomsbury Publishing plc.  The point of contact for all enquiries for this title is now Emma Smith at Bloomsbury, whose contact details are as follows:

Email: emma.smith@bloomsbury.com
Telephone: 01444 416119

For more information about the acquisition by LexisNexis please click here.


Established as a straightforward, easy-to-follow handbook of procedure this book is equally useful as an aide-memoire for the hard-pressed specialist or as an introduction for the less experienced. The book enables a busy practitioner to avoid the most common pitfalls encountered across the spectrum of family proceedings, thereby speeding up litigation and avoiding unnecessary work and wasted costs orders. Previous editions of the book have been widely used in the Principal Registry of the Family Division, other district registries and county courts.

A Practical Guide to Family Proceedings offers step-by-step guidance on the effective conduct of all the most common types of family law application. It is an essential reference for the busy family lawyer.
Part I - Proceedings for:
  • Divorce
  • Judicial Separation
  • Nullity
  • Civil Partnership
  • Gender - Recognition
  • Presumption of Death and Dissolution
  • Declaration of Marital Status
  • Declaration of Parentage
  • Legitimacy and Legitimation
Part II - Financial Applications

Part III - Children

Part IV - Injunctions and Enforcement

Part V - The Court Record

  • Family Procedure Rules 2010
  • Supplementary Practice Directions

"For the busy family lawyer, whether experienced or inexperienced, this book is a boon....As mentioned by the President of the Family Division, Sir Nicholas Wall in the Forewor, this new fifth edition of the work 'is established as part of the essential material available to the Royal Courts of Justice , the Principal Registry of the Family Division and all divorce county courts.'....this compact volume of over 1,000 pages has become known as a practical and easy to use 'how-to' guide to the varied subject matter of this complex and sensitive area of law.... if you're a family law practitioner, you really do need this latest edition to enusre that you are up to date with the most recent developments!"
Click here for the full review
Phillip Taylor MBE and Elizabeth Taylor of Richmond Green Chambers

Reviews of previous editions
“will help practitioners avoid the vast majority of the most common pitfalls ... Buy it. Use it
New Law Journal

“not only very useful as an aide memoire for the family specialist but also an invaluable source of broad based guidance for the general practitioner”
HHJ Patrick O’Brien

“...procedure in family law is of the utmost importance. This excellent book supports that principle with its easy and clear approach. I commend it to both the practitioner and layman alike”
Herbert Bennett F.Inst.L.Ex
  Charles Russell LLP

“I am a post graduate law student soon to get under way with the LPC at the College of Law. During my final year at university I took family law as one of my options and was considerably assisted in understanding the subject by having a copy of Blomfield and Brooks readily to hand”
Rachel Smith LLB, Northamptonshire
Preface to the Previous Edition

This edition has seen further changes to the contributors. As a result of illness, District Judge Taylor has been required to step aside and, following my retirement from the full-time Bench, came the realisation that I would have to adopt a very much lower profile. With the constant changes in family law and practice and, in particular, those brought about by the introduction of the far-reaching provisions of the Family Procedure Rules 2010, it seemed to me that the resultant significant re-writing of large parts of the book demanded the close attention of colleagues who were more directly involved.

 Helen Brooks, my original co-author, and Clive Buckley have continued with their invaluable work on the book, and have been joined by District Judge Richard Robinson of the Principal Registry of the Family Division who has made a major contribution. Yet again, we have received the vital support and assistance of District Judge Graham Maple.

 It is my hope that as a result of the enormous amount of hard work which has gone into the creation of this fifth edition, together with the close involvement which Clive Buckley has had with the development of the new rules, this now significantly re-written book will prove to be of particular assistance to all those involved in family law.
 The authors are delighted that Sir Nicholas Wall, President of the Family Division, has provided the Foreword to this edition. His kind words of support are greatly appreciated.

 As always, the authors invite anyone who spots an error or who otherwise wishes to make any general observations about this edition or with regards to the next edition to please contact us.

 Finally, it is with a tinge of sadness that I now step aside; however, I leave the future of the book in the most capable hands of the current authors. It has been a great privilege and pleasure to have worked so closely with Helen Brooks, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of family law, which is greater than any other person I have known. In particular, her grasp and practical application of the various Rules I have, at times, found truly extraordinary. Without that knowledge and expertise it would not have been possible to create this book.

 In closing, it is my hope that the many thousands of people who have purchased and, I trust, used it during the past twelve years will continue to derive benefit for many years to come.

District Judge Robert Blomfield TD
  March 2012
Foreword to the previous edition

This invaluable practical guide is now in its fifth edition. It is established as part of the essential material available to the Royal Courts of Justice, the Principal Registry of the Family Division and all divorce county courts. This new edition is particularly important and welcome as its publication enables the authors to provide guidance upon the changes resulting from the introduction (in April 2011) of the Family Procedure Rules.
 The new Rules provide a single procedural code for family hearings conducted by all judges and magistrates and their legal advisers. The authors are to be congratulated for their clear and comprehensive exposition of the new position and I am pleased to commend it to practitioners on both sides of the bench.

Sir Nicholas Wall
  President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice

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