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Top tips for remote family hearings – November 2020

Setting up for the hearing Picture this, you get the call or email to find out you have a remote hearing in front of your favourite judge next week. What should you do? Firstly, it is important to check who is responsible for setting up the hearing and which platform will be used. Members of […]

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October 2020 – Divorcing A Parent

Divorcing A Parent A spoilt teenager may selfishly cry “I wish you weren’t my mum / dad anymore!” for dramatic effect, but in other families this can be the genuine plea of an abused child. Their desire to cut ties and to restrict the abusive parent’s involvement in their lives is usually understandable but is […]

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Judicial Guidance on PDF Court Bundles – 20th May 2020

On 20 May 2020, general guidance was published on PDF Bundles: https://www.judiciary.uk/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/GENERAL-GUIDANCE-ON-PDF-BUNDLES-f-1.pdf The following points are of note: The guidance does not apply to tribunals. The guidance is general and is subject to directions of the court or the requirements of a judge in a particular case. Bundles must, where the nature of the document […]

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Remote hearings and the vulnerable client

It’s all very well to do Zoom, but it’s better to be in the room. One misses the tells, The ticks and the smells, There’s a danger injustice will loom!   A member of my Chambers, Jessica Habel, came up with that wonderful little limerick which sums up the nature of this post. The current […]

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THE PAG REPORT  WHAT THE PRACTITIONER NEEDS TO KNOW!

THE PAG REPORT  WHAT THE PRACTITIONER NEEDS TO KNOW! Part 7.  OFFSETTING Apples & Pears The PAG report confirms: Most negligence claims concern pension offsetting; The CE is not usually a good way to look at offsetting – especially when there are DB pensions – lawyers should not attempt to ‘estimate’ (guess) the appropriate offsetting […]

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Achieving Best Evidence in Family Cases involving allegations of sexual abuse

Achieving Best Evidence in Family Cases involving allegations of sexual abuse – The Importance of Prior Planning Can you recall the 4 phases of an ABE interview? Well, if you can you’re already ahead of a number of professionals involved in conducting them. A judgment was released earlier this week in the recent case EF, […]

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EVALUATING THE TEST FOR INTERIM SEPARATION

EVALUATING THE TEST FOR INTERIM SEPARATION POST C (A Child) (Interim Separation), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1998 December 6th 2019 Removal of a child from their birth parents has been described by Sir James Mumby as being a ‘draconian measure’ but one that is undoubtedly necessary in certain cases to protect the child from suffering, […]

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Striking the Right Balance – Contact for Infants in Care

Striking the Right Balance – Contact for Infants in Care Removing a child from the care of their birth parents is a drastic measure that can be very traumatic, perhaps even more so when the child is a new-born baby. This was acknowledged by Munby J (as he then was) in Re K [2008] EWHC […]

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