Bishop 'hid funds in divorce case'

A bishop who used to be a banker has been criticised by a judge who concluded that he had hundreds of thousands of pounds in offshore accounts.

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New guidance on expert witnesses from Legal Aid Agency

The Legal Aid Agency have updated their guidance on the remuneration of expert witnesses , following changes in September last year.

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Consent order can be challenged by application to set aside or appeal

The President has declared that para 14.1 of PD30A, which provides that a consent order can be challenged only by an appeal, was made ultra vires.

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Family lawyer struck off for misleading client

An associate solicitor formerly with London firm Kingsley Napley has been struck off after four findings of dishonesty.

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Family lawyers slam failing new legal aid digital system

Jo Edwards, chair of family justice organisation Resolution, criticised the Legal Aid Agency’s controversial £35 million Client Cost and Management System as “nothing short of a national scandal” at the Resolution National Conference in Brighton today.

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Resolution launches national support network for junior family practitioners

Family law organisation Resolution today unveils its national YRes network for family solicitors, legal executives, paralegals, barristers and other professionals at the start of their career.

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BAAF responds to main parties’ election pledges for looked after children

Chief executive of the British Association for Adoption and Fostering, Caroline Selkirk, has responded to the key general election manifesto pledges for looked after children from the Labour, Conservative and Liberal Democrat parties.

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HMCTS publishes Q & A document for divorce processing changes

HM Courts and Tribunal Service has confirmed its plans for the handling of divorce work within the Family Court.

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Lack of representation ‘particularly unfair’ in emotive cases

A judge has stressed the importance of having lawyers in family court proceedings to prevent emotional self-represented litigants behaving in ways they might regret.

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Care applications in March 2015

In March 2015, Cafcass received a total of 1,066 care applications.  This figure represents a 16% increase compared to those received in March 2014.

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Cafcass private law demand

In March 2015, Cafcass received a total of 3,249 new private law cases.  This is a 10% decrease on March 2014 levels.

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Court considers impact of Wyatt v Vince on the limits of strike out

Strike out application dismissed in Inheritance Act case.

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Bury St Edmunds divorce centre will commence operations from June 2015

Phased implementation leading to full operation in October 2015.

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Divorcee who won £10million settlement but says ex-husband cheated her out of millions more wins right to appeal her case at Supreme Court

A divorcee who claims her ex-husband cheated her out of a multi-million-pound fortune has won the right to reopen their divorce battle in the Supreme Court.

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Law Commission starts work on review of law of marriage

Initial report expected by end of 2015.

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Gingerbread welcomes Labour commitment to review Child Maintenance Service

Labour to bring forward review of CMS.

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Lawyers see 'uptick' in divorce claims by ex-spouses

A landmark case has lead to a rise in divorcees wanting to renegotiate old settlements.

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Top female judge calls for no-blame divorces so one person does not need to be at fault in order for one to be granted

Divorce laws in England and Wales should remove the need for allegations of adultery and blame, Britain’s most senior female judge has said.

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New Practice Directions for Court of Protection come into force

New Practice Directions, and amendments to the Practice Directions, supplementing the Court of Protection Rules 2007 have come into force this week (6 April).

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