Family


Treat family separations “as transactions, not litigation”

14 April 2022

Family separation cases should “operate in a transactional way, as with conveyancing, rather than under the banner of litigation”, the chair of the Family Solutions Group has argued.


Litigation funder can be joined to financial remedy proceedings

14 April 2022

A litigation funder owed up to £1m by the wife in a “bitterly contested” divorce can be joined as a party to the financial remedy proceedings, the High Court has ruled.


More deals on the way as family law giant makes first acquisition

13 April 2022

The chairman of Stowe Family Law has said further acquisitions are likely following its first purchase of a law firm, Chapman Pieri in north London, earlier this month.


Family lawyers “should be asking clients about the menopause”

7 April 2022

Family lawyers should be asking their clients whether the menopause is having an impact on them, the founder of the Family Law Menopause Project has said.


Judge terminates appointment of guardian who criticised solicitor

23 March 2022

A circuit judge has terminated the appointment of the guardian of a young child in care proceedings after he criticised the father’s solicitor in a letter to the law firm’s head of department.


Call to understand impact of menopause on family clients and lawyers

28 February 2022

Family law specialists need a better understanding of the impact of the menopause on clients – and female lawyers too – according to the solicitor launching a project to highlight the issue.


National firm backs trend to offer single lawyer divorce service

17 February 2022

National law firm Simpson Millar has launched a single lawyer divorce service for couples committed to an “amicable solution”, following a prediction by Resolution last year that this was the future.


Family law firm embraces employee ownership and plots big expansion

8 February 2022

The founder of the latest firm to move to employee ownership said his decision was inspired by the co-operative movement as it aims to become the largest family law practice in the country.


Family law start-up refused injunction in £22m contract battle

2 February 2022

The High Court has refused to grant an injunction to a lawtech start-up so that it can gain immediate access to the software, source code and other documents necessary to complete its divorce service.


Judge married to Tory grandee refuses to recuse herself in ex-MP case

24 January 2022

A High Court judge married to a senior Conservative politician refused to recuse herself from dealing with a contact dispute that involved a disgraced ex-Tory MP, it has emerged.


Firm comes off record in face of harassment by angry ex-husband

21 January 2022

The High Court has allowed a Kent law firm to come off the record for a woman whose divorced husband has waged a campaign of harassment against it and her for many years.


Funder refused permission to use privileged material in ‘fraud’ claim

4 January 2022

The High Court has refused a litigation funder’s bid to use privileged material to overturn a divorce settlement which it says deliberately provides no assets for the wife to pay the £1m she owes it.


The power of words: project aims to change the language of family law

9 December 2021

A project seeks to make family law easier to understand and less hostile – between both parties and lawyers – has been launched by a London solicitor.


Raab eyes “drastic action” to keep family disputes out of court

1 December 2021

Justice secretary Dominic Raab is “in the market for something quite drastic and bold” to reduce the number of private law family cases in the courts, he said yesterday in a wide-ranging discussion.


Acting for both sides “may become the norm” in divorce work

23 November 2021

A future where lawyers act for both sides of divorces as a matter of course and others exit regulation to offer a new kind of service has been sketched out by Resolution.

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