Category Archives: family law

Dutch solution for litigants in person?

Date: 1st December 2014 Categories:

Finding cheap and affective alternatives to legal aid funded services is in the minds of many policy makers at the moment. It is clear that the government has a problem, as the courts are increasingly clogged up with litigants in …

Munby throws down gauntlet to government

Date: 11th November 2014 Categories:

  On Thursday this week (13th November), Sir James Munby, the president of the Family Division, will be deciding which part of the state should pick-up the bill for representing parents in a case concerning adoption proceedings for their child …

Government student advice centre plans slammed

Date: 24th April 2014 Categories:

Earlier this week reforms of the family justice system, labelled by the government as “the largest in a generation” , came into effect. Much of the media coverage of the changes focused on the government’s plan to establish a network of …

Mediation works

Date: 28th June 2012 Categories:

A growing trend is for lawyers to train as mediators. Mediation is seen as a useful additional service to provide for clients. Usually, it is offered in tandem with a lawyers’ existing specialism such as family or commercial law. Most …

The value of justice

Date: 7th December 2011 Categories:

District Judge Nicholas Crichton takes exception to the recently announced £41m increase in the cost of the opening and closing ceremonies for the Olympics. It is difficult not to agree with him, however much you might be looking forward to …

LSC: no appeal on family contracts

Date: 28th October 2010 Categories:

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) has confirmed yesterday that it will not be appealing against the judgment made on the Law Society’s judicial review of the family law tender process. The LSC had 14 days from 14 October 2010, when …

Civil contracts – what now?

Date: 1st October 2010 Categories:

Yesterday the Legal Services Commission (LSC) lost the judicial review which the Law Society had brought against it over the result of the family tender. It is important to note that the court only quashed the family contracts, ie, family, …

Uncertainty over civil legal aid contracts

Date: 7th September 2010 Categories:

Last Friday (3 September), the High Court decided that the start of the new family legal aid contracts should be delayed for a month in order for the Law Society’s judicial review application to be heard. The delay will give …

Law Society takes action on family contracts

Date: 20th August 2010 Categories:

The Law Society has today (20 August) announced that it has commenced judicial review proceedings against the Legal Services Commission (LSC) over its handling of the tender process for the family law contracts.   Both practitioners and the LSC were …

‘Carnage’ as family solicitors lose legal aid contracts

Date: 28th July 2010 Categories:

LAG has just been advised by the Legal Services Commission (LSC) that 1,300 out of 2,400 firms have been awarded contracts in family law. The new contracts are due to commence in October and firms were invited to tender for them …

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