Family


Unbundled family law service to expand as SRA eyes pilot

13 October 2021

A pilot version of an unbundled family law service for litigants in person has enabled them to save 70% on legal fees and is to be expanded; meanwhile, the SRA is to run its own unbundling pilot.


Judge dismisses 28 “identical” divorce petitions from online provider

13 October 2021

The High Court has dismissed 28 divorce petitions drafted by online service iDivorces because they contained “absolutely identical” particulars. The company said the judge was “very understanding”.


Leading solicitors’ mobile phones hacked, Court of Appeal rules

7 October 2021

The mobile phone of top solicitor Baroness Shackleton was hacked on the authority of the ruler of Dubai and she was alerted to it by Cherie Blair QC, an extraordinary Court of Appeal ruling has revealed.


MoJ: “Strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees

1 September 2021

There is “strong justification” for increasing 129 court fees by inflation, backdated to 2016, the Ministry of Justice has said.


Start-ups boosted by £1.2m investment and top judge hire

17 August 2021

PocketLaw, a start-up aiming to provide a one-stop shop for the legal needs of SMEs, has secured further funding of £1.2m, while an online divorce service has named a top judge as an advisor.


Family lawyers need to replace billing targets with new business model

5 August 2021

Family lawyers should scrap billing targets and develop a new business model, a senior practitioner has said, while criticising the failure to continue pushing collaborative law.


Solicitor fined for signing divorce client up to unlawful DBA

19 July 2021

A solicitor who entered into a damages-based agreement with a family law client and pursued her for costs under it has been fined £10,000 by the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal.


Barrister suspended over Royal baby tweets returns to work

7 July 2021

The barrister suspended from the innovative family law business she founded after being accused of making racist comments about the latest Royal baby has returned to work.


Judge criticises solicitor for “woeful” conduct of her own divorce

30 June 2021

A Family Court judge has been highly critical of the “woeful conduct” of a solicitor in her own divorce dispute, describing her evidence as “elusive and evasive”.


Divorce firm looks to shake up field with fixed fee for whole process

25 June 2021

A freelance solicitor has teamed up with a former KPMG partner to launch a divorce business that guarantees its fixed-fee quote for the whole process, including ancillary relief.


Life management business takes holistic approach to divorce and bereavement

15 June 2021

A “boutique life management service” is aiming to reduce the stress of divorce and bereavement by providing a holistic service including legal and financial advice.


Family lawyers suffering from job insecurity and stress, survey finds

21 May 2021

Only half of family law professionals feel secure in their jobs right now, while a quarter are actively considering leaving the profession due to wellbeing concerns, major research has found.


Immigration and civil litigation hit hardest by Covid-19

5 May 2021

Immigration and civil litigation were the two areas of legal practice hit hardest by the pandemic last year, with private client and family law “insulated” from the impact, new research has found.


Lawtech start-up outlines big ambitions for family law disputes

1 April 2021

A lawtech start-up aiming to improve communication between family lawyers and their clients has explained how its product could in time help identify cases involving coercive control.


Groundbreaking family barrister wins £50,000 innovation award

24 March 2021

A barrister who co-founded a groundbreaking business that allows separating couples to obtain advice from a single legal expert at any point in the process, has won a £50,000 Women in Innovation award.

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