PSL Essential Update – View from the President’s Chambers and Review of Practice Direction 12J FPR 2010

The President of the Family Division has produced his 16th View from the President’s Chambers entitled ‘Children and vulnerable witnesses – where are we?’,  released in conjunction with a report from The Honourable Mr Justice Cobb reviewing and proposing a draft revised Practice Direction 12J FPR 2010 – Child Arrangement and Contact Orders: Domestic Violence and Harm.

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16th View from the President's Chambers: Children and vulnerable witnesses: where are we?

The related issues of how the family justice system accommodates the needs of children attending court to give evidence or to visit the judge, and the needs of vulnerable witnesses and parties, are amongst the most pressing we need to address. It is time for an update.

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The Law Commission Report: Enforcement of Family Financial Orders – Enforcement or Variation?

Joseph Rainer, barrister, Queen Elizabeth Building, analyses the implications of the Law Commission’s report Enforcement of Family Financial Orders.

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Further Practice Guidance from the President on Non-Molestation Orders

Following discussions with the Association of District Judges, the editors of the Red Book and others, the President of the Family Division has revised his Guidance, which was originally issued in 2014.

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Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017

Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.

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Child Contact Interventions: An Underused Resource

Gabrielle Jan Posner, barrister of Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, argues for the greater use of child contact interventions in appropriate circumstances.

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Non-matrimonial property and sharing: Scatliffe v Scatliffe [2016] UKPC 36

The Board dismissed a husband’s appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) but used the ‘ill-starred appeal’ to give guidance to the local courts on the treatment of non-matrimonial property in applications for ancillary relief.

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Family: sharing foreign pensions on divorce

How will a significant change from established practice affect the court’s power to rule on foreign pensions?

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Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law: Is the Human Rights Project Undemocratic and Elitist?

David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the arguments in a debate of vital importance to family lawyers.

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Family proceedings: common law and vulnerable witnesses

Evidence of vulnerable witnesses in family proceedings: progress so far?

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Trustees have no greater claims that those of the bankrupt: Robert v Woodall [2016] EWHC 2987 (Ch)

The High Court has stopped fashion victim Trinny Woodall from being pursued beyond the grave by her bankrupt ex-husband.

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Foreign Adoptions: how and in what circumstances should they be afforded recognition?

Michael Jones of Deans Court Chambers examines recent important decisions concerning the recognition of adoption orders made abroad.

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