Domestic Abuse in the Family Courts: A Changing Landscape?

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in 4 joined cases considering the approach of the Family Court to the issue of domestic abuse. In a case that attracted substantial comment in the media, and which was live tweeted [...]

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Kate Harrington – Use a Picture – It’s worth a thousand words

Coronavirus regulations: out with impenetrable legalese & in with pictures, graphs & diagrams, say Charles Auld & Kate Harrington in the New Law Journal Click here for the article. Use a Picture - It's worth a thousand words [...]

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A Practical Guide to Non-Party Costs Orders – Author Charles Shwenn

Chambers would like to congratulate Charles Shwenn on the publication of his book by Law Brief Publishing: A Practical Guide to Non-Party Costs Orders. This is a valuable tool for practitioners as well as companies, insurers and commercial litigation funders. [...]

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Court of Appeal Finds That The Stay On Possession Proceedings Due To Covid-19 Is Lawful

On 11 May 2020, the Court of Appeal gave judgment in the appeal of Arkin v Marshall [2020] EWCA Civ 620, which was concerned with whether or not the stay on possession proceedings due to last until 25 June 2020 is [...]

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Private FDR – Frequently Asked Questions – Covid 19 and beyond

Given the understandable delays in the Court system brought on by the Covid-19 crisis we have seen an unprecedented number of enquiries about our Private FDR service.  Even more so following the encouragement of the judiciary both locally Financial Remedy [...]

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Have you had your court hearing about your children adjourned or cancelled because of Covid-19? Do you need a decision now about your child?

There is an alternative which is quicker and more economical than the court, and is legally binding. It is called the Children’s Arbitration Scheme. Specially qualified children specialists are able to make legally binding decisions under this scheme which have [...]

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Eviction, Unlawful Eviction & Covid-19

Recent media reports and social media excerpts suggest there has been an increase in attempts by landlords during the current Covid-19 (Coronavirus) crisis to evict their tenants including one national report of a landlord attempting to evict a paramedic by [...]

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Consecrated ground: whose vault is it?

An interesting article for New Law Journal jointly written by Kate Harrington with Charles Auld New Law Journal - Consecrated ground: whose vault is it? [...]

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Parental consent and the deprivation of liberty of 16 and 17 year old children

On 26 September the Supreme Court gave judgement In the matter of D (A Child) [2019] UKSC 42. The case considers the scope of parental responsibility to consent to the living arrangements for children which would otherwise amount to a [...]

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Recent Amendments to Practice Direction 28A and the Costs Consequences of Open Offers to Settle in Financial Remedy Proceedings.

Recent amendments to Family Procedure Rules 2010 Practice Direction 28A (PD28A) have helped clarify the Court’s approach to costs in financial remedy proceedings where one party has failed to engage reasonably in negotiations. The relevant parts of Rule 28.3 have [...]

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Lord Chancellor Announces New Discount Rate for Personal Injury Claims

On 15 July 2019 the Lord Chancellor announced a new discount rate of -0.25 for personal injury claims. After many years of the discount rate remaining at 2.5, in 2017 the rate was changed to -0.75. This resulted in some [...]

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Consent Orders: Triumph or Disaster? Working towards best practice in reaching consent orders

Carol Mashembo has written an article for the Family Law week website in conjunction with Dr David Pitcher, CAFCASS titled ‘Consent Orders: Triumph or Disaster? The article follows a hugely successful multi-disciplinary seminar which gathered professionals involved in all aspects [...]

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