Leading law firm obtained order for client’s divorce “in error”

12 April 2024

One of the country’s highest-profile family law firms obtained a final order of divorce for a client in error without her instructions or authority, it has emerged.

Solicitors launch self-help divorce tool

4 April 2024

A new self-help divorce and separation tool, created by two solicitors formerly at City firm Withers, is aiming to help clients with no or limited budgets for legal advice.

Family judge tells divorcing couples to use ADR before going to court

19 March 2024

A Family Court judge has told divorcing couples that the court expects them to make “a serious effort” to resolve their differences before issuing proceedings.

Students come to aid of unrepresented divorcing couples at court

13 March 2024

Students in Teesside are to provide free help and guidance to unrepresented people attending first hearing dispute resolution appointments at Middlesbrough Family Court. Teesside University’s law clinic has been given permission to attend the court on Tuesdays, the day these… Read More

Profession disappointed with slim Budget pickings

7 March 2024

The legal profession yesterday expressed disappointment at the lack of attention given to the justice system in the Budget, which will see the Ministry of Justice’s expenditure fall next year.

Value of legal services market “to hit £50bn” this year

21 February 2024

The legal services market will continue to grow in 2024, hitting a turnover of £50bn with a “resilient” corporate law sector boosted by “stronger economic conditions” later in the year.

PI partner turned family lawyer challenges “aggressive” divorce bills

14 February 2024

A former personal injury specialist turned family lawyer has condemned “aggressive billing” in his new practice area and called for reforms to reduce costs.

CA warns against misuse of judgment clarification procedure

12 February 2024

The delivery of a judgment “is not a transactional process”, the Court of Appeal has warned, saying the clarification procedure was being misused in family cases.

Woman fails in contempt bid over application to debar her solicitors

9 February 2024

A woman has failed in her bid to bring contempt proceedings against her ex-husband and his business associate, who she claimed conspired in an attempt to stop her instructing certain solicitors.

Government announces early legal advice pilot for separating couples

26 January 2024

The government is to launch a pilot of early legal advice for separating couples to judge what impact it could have to speed up a resolution.

Online divorce service set for major growth after Octopus acquisition

6 December 2023

Octopus Group has expanded its presence in the legal market by acquiring a majority stake in amicable, the online divorce service that markets itself as an alternative to solicitors.

Family lawyer who took advantage of abuse victims is struck off

17 November 2023

A family law solicitor who lied to and took advantage of vulnerable clients, including victims of domestic violence, has been struck off and ordered to pay almost £75,000 in costs.

Make sure junior counsel get time on their feet, judges told

10 November 2023

The heads of the judiciary have told judges and instructing solicitors to give junior counsel who are being led every chance to address the court as well.

Unbundling “empowers client” and optimises solicitors’ billing

20 October 2023

Clients using unbundled legal services feel empowered by having control of their own case, while it is the best way for solicitors to bill every minute of their time, a pioneering family lawyer says.

Online probate process “taking longer than paper”

18 October 2023

Private client lawyers believe the new online probate process is taking longer than the old paper-based system, with family solicitors and civil litigators also unhappy with digital processes.

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