Family


McFarlane tells family judges to curb out-of-hours hearings

8 January 2021

The president of the Family Division has told judges and lawyers to stop the increasing practice of holding virtual hearings outside of normal court hours, citing wellbeing concerns.


Family lawyers “must be forced to follow good practice”

17 November 2020

Family lawyers should be forced to follow good practice to protect children from “acrimonious legal representation”, and should embrace multi-disciplinary practice, a major report has concluded.


Exclusive: New ‘corporate’ chambers looks to shake up Bar

2 November 2020

A family law barrister, together with the former chief executive of the Lawn Tennis Association, are looking to shake up the Bar by adopting a corporate structure for their new chambers.


Four in ten parents “do not understand remote hearings”

28 October 2020

Four in ten parents who have been involved in a remote family hearing say they did not understand it, a major study has discovered. The president of the Family Division said this was “worrying”.


Family lawyers embrace mixed teams to offer non-court alternatives

21 October 2020

An increasing number of family law specialist teams are joining with other disciplines and professionals to offer clients a wider range of services that do not involve the court process, it has emerged.


Remote hearings “can bring horror into your home”, says judge

19 October 2020

A particularly unwelcome issue for judges hearing cases remotely is that some of the most disturbing elements of serious family cases are being heard at home, a High Court judge has reported.


Family lawyers “losing connection” with colleagues since lockdown

23 September 2020

Family law specialist are feeling more isolated and less connected to their peers and colleagues within the legal community since the UK went into lockdown, a survey of Resolution members has found.


Legal executive banned for forging client’s signature

6 August 2020

A highly experienced chartered legal executive who forged her client’s signature after forgetting to ask the client to sign a consent order has been banned from working for law firms.


Australia uses AI to help separating couples split assets

3 August 2020

The Australian government has launched a A$3m (£1.6m) online platform which uses artificial intelligence to help separating couples divide up their property.


High Court judge’s private comments caught on Zoom

27 July 2020

A High Court judge caught making critical comments of a mother in a care case because her laptop had not been disconnected from Zoom should have recused herself, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Client waived privilege by contesting what her instructions were

13 July 2020

A client arguing that her former solicitors did not follow her instructions in drawing up a divorce petition waived privilege in doing so, a High Court judge has ruled.


Appeal judges reject divorcee’s negligence claim

8 July 2020

The Court of Appeal has upheld a ruling that a negligence claim brought by a woman against her law firm over its work on her divorce was out of time.


Investors back lawyer-free online divorce service

7 July 2020

An online service that helps divorcing couples draft their own documents and not use lawyers has received a new round of funding to increase the number of people it can help.


Exclusive: Unbundled family law service gaining traction

12 June 2020

A ground-breaking remote service offering fixed-fee unbundled family law advice to litigants in person has been boosted by the sudden familiarity people have with talking to others online.


Absence of shielding QC “does not make in-person hearing unfair”

10 June 2020

A QC’s inability to attend court in person because she is shielding, unlike the other counsel in a case, will not make the hearing unfair, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

← Page 1 Page 2 of 3 Page 3 →

Blog


How could instant messaging transform your law firm?

The vast majority of law firms have no instant messaging capability. In what other sector is that the case? Most stick to traditional communications channels. In 2021 there’s no good reason for that.


From cost saving to revenue making – post-pandemic commercial success

Commercial success is the driving force for ambitious law firms and it should come as no surprise that many have a renewed determination to re-evaluate their businesses in the wake of Covid-19.


Success in-house – what people don’t tell you about how to get there

TV dramas have made many people think that the legal profession consists of heroes (or villains) in high-flying firms or public prosecution. In reality, nearly a quarter of solicitors work in-house.