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Family Law provides legal news, updates and case reports covering every area of family law and practice.

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Family Law is the leading practitioner journal, ensuring all family law professionals keep up with the latest developments and their impact on practice. Each issue contains the latest news of legislative change, authoritative case reports, invaluable articles and news items written and compiled by experts for the practising family law professional.

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“widely read legal periodical amongst the district bench according to recent Bulletin survey"
Law Bulletin, Volume 21 Number 2 (Summer 2010)

"the principal (monthly) periodical dealing with contemporary issues"
Sir Mark Potter P (September 2008)

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Family Justice Council Interdisciplinary Conference: Family Justice Redefined

  • Foreword by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division 
  • Introduction by the Rapporteurs 
  • Articles

Plenary Session 1 - Family justice redefined? Family justice after reform

1. Family justice redefined? Family justice after reform by The Rt Hon Lord Justice Ryder

2. Justice redefined – or justice diluted? by Professor Nicola Lacey 

Session 1 - Changing concepts of justice within public family law: views on theory and practice

1. Straining the quality of justice by Dr Laura Hoyano 

2. Are we clear where we are going? by Her Honour Judge Katharine Marshall

3. Role of local authority by Uma Mehta

4. Recent developments in adoption by Alex Verdan QC

Session 2 - Changing concepts of justice and private family law: views on theory and practice

2. Justice by ADR by Professor Alison Diduck

3. Out-of-court family dispute resolution: The lessons of experience by Professor Anne Barlow

Session 3 - Marginalised voices in the changing public and private family law landscape

2. The impact of the LASPO changes by Christina Blacklaws 

3. Marginalised voices by Maud Davis 

4. Taking a longer view of contact by Jane Fortin

Plenary Session 2 - Access to justice: the impact of reduction and removal of public funding; impact on families of the pre-proceedings process

1. Access to justice after legal aid by Professor Rosemary Hunter

2. Private law reform by The Hon Mr Justice Cobb 

Session 4 - The role of key players in public law reform: views on theory and reality

1. Care Proceedings in 26 weeks by Dr Jonathan Dickens

2. Importance of early family engagement by Bridget Linley OBE & Court User

Session 5 - LiPs, domestic abuse and safety - analysing the LASPO effect

1. Exploring the LASPO Gap by Professor Rosemary Hunter

2. The support needs and impact of litigants in person by Professor Liz Trinder

3. Fair case management by District Judge Chris Lethem

Session 6 - Research and expert evidence - what role is played in service of children's best interests in court proceedings?

1. Initial research findings: The typical levels of parental invovlement where post-separation parenting is resolved by court order by Dr Mbaeh Harding and Dr Annika Newnham 

2. What role is played in service of children's best interests in court proceedings? by Joan Hunt 

3. Access to justice: the limitations on expert evidence by The Hon Mrs Justice Russell

  • Conclusions 

March 2014 Contents



Case Reports



  • View from the President’s chambers: the beginning of the future - Sir James Munby
  • The Law Commission’s report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements - Professor Elizabeth Cooke
  • Assembling the jigsaw puzzle: understanding financial settlement on divorce - Emma Hitchings, Joanna Miles and Hilary Woodward
  • Case management and the family court: Part 1: case management defined - David Burrows
  • Pensions on divorce: the lifetime allowance and sharing pensions tax effectively - Philip Way and Anna Heenan
  • Article 8 of the European Convention and the welfare principle: a thesis of conflict resolution - Peter G Harris
  • Adoption in 2014 - Lucy Sprinz
  • Fostering for adoption: Part 2: policy and potential difficulties - Daniela Nickols


In Practice


  • The Financial Remedies Unit at the Central Family Court - His Honour Judge Martin O’Dwyer and District Judge Edward Hess
  • Getting away with it? - Sharland Ros Bever and Hayley Trim
  • Cohabitation Rights - Bill Alexandra Bevir
  • LASPO and medical evidence of abuse - Laurence Singer
  • Dispute Resolution: The voice of the child: are mediators listening?
  • Resolution News


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Book Review


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The editors welcome the submission of material for consideration for publication. Material submitted should be original contributions and should not be under consideration for publication in any other journal. The absolute maximum submission length is 3,000 words; one of 2,000 is words is more likely to be accepted. The address for submissions is:

Elizabeth Walsh
Family Law
21 St Thomas Street
Bristol BS1 6JS, UK

Alternatively, material may be submitted by email to the following address:


Contributions can only be accepted provided that all copyright clearances have been obtained by the author.

Submission Format

The preferred method for submitting materials is by email to If posting your submission, material should be supplied electronically, together with a print out. The electronic version and the print out should be exact copies. The document should be saved in Microsoft Word for Windows. Documents prepared on a Macintosh should be converted for PC compatibility.

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Author's name and affiliation should appear after the submission title. Full address(es) for receipt of proofs should be given separately.

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Proofs are sent to the first named author only. It is that author's responsibility to liaise with any
co-author(s) with regard to proof corrections. Upon publication each author will be sent a copy of that issue and a letter detailing payment. Payment will be made to the first named author, in full, shortly after receipt of that letter. Again, it is that author's responsibility to split the cheque between any co-author(s).

House Style

A guidance leaflet on house style is available upon request to the publisher, and authors are advised to obtain a copy before submitting material.


Authors should be as accurate as possible when citing references of any kind, and should provide the fullest possible details. Bibliographies and footnotes should be avoided in preference to bracketed references in the text.


Substantive guidance may be obtained by contacting the general editor:

Elizabeth Walsh
International Family Law
21 St Thomas Street
Bristol BS1 6JS, UK



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