Family


Niche cohabitation law firm aims to fill “gap in market”

4 August 2023

A law firm has been launched in Bristol specialising solely in advising cohabiting couples on their relationships and on contentious probate, claiming to be the first of its kind.


Judge wrong to let 14-year-old boy instruct solicitor

27 July 2023

A family court judge was wrong to order that a 14-year-old boy be allowed to instruct his own solicitor in care proceedings, the Court of Appeal has ruled.


Not-for-profit family law ABS bids to expand successful model

20 July 2023

A family law alternative business structure with charitable status is considering setting up a chambers as it expands its efforts to fill the justice gap for women ineligible for legal aid.


Law firm must pay £13k for head of family’s constructive dismissal

14 July 2023

A law firm that tried to change its head of family’s bonus scheme without notice and failed to promote her as agreed must pay her almost £13,000 for breach of contract and constructive dismissal.


“Women will suffer” warning as CA hears divorce costs funding case

12 July 2023

The future of litigation funding in divorce cases – which new figures from law firms show mainly benefits women – is in the balance as the Court of Appeal hears a crucial appeal.


Law firm takes civil action against “abusive” opposing party

12 June 2023

A law firm has had to take civil action against the father on the opposite side of a child contact dispute because of the abuse he has directed at it and the solicitor running the case.


Unbundled family law service “reaches new market” of litigants in person

19 May 2023

An unbundled family law service aimed at people who cannot afford to instruct a solicitor has “reached a new market” and delivered very positive results, researchers have found.


Barristers facing “unrealistic” expectations in private family law

3 May 2023

Barristers working on private family law cases are facing “unrealistic” expectations to broker agreements between warring parents, two lawyer academics have argued.


Firm ordered to pay ex-client £400k for negligent divorce advice

24 April 2023

A law firm that narrowed the scope of its retainer after a divorcing woman negotiated her own financial settlement was nonetheless negligent in failing to give her advice on the deal.


Courts not “insurers of solicitors” in divorce cases where costs overrun

6 April 2023

It is not the role of courts to act as “insurers of solicitors” who “overshoot, let alone dramatically overshoot” legal services payment orders, a Family Court judge has said.


Completion of court modernisation programme pushed back again

24 March 2023

Completion of the court modernisation programme has been pushed back again, this time to March 2024, it has emerged – in a blog, rather than a Ministry of Justice annoucement.


Compulsory family mediation “will reduce demand for law firms”

24 March 2023

Plans to make mediation mandatory before a separating couple can go to court is likely to reduce demand for legal services providers, the Ministry of Justice said yesterday.


Judge excoriates “shameless” family case with costs of £5.5m

20 March 2023

A family court judge has described a case where the two parties racked up costs of £5.5m as “one of the most shameless pieces of litigation” he has ever seen.


Solicitor ghosted client and SRA after receiving divorce settlement

14 February 2023

A solicitor who failed to pass on to a client the £132,000 due to her from her divorce settlement – money the profession has now had to stump up – has been struck off.


Consumers “don’t care whether legal businesses are regulated”

18 November 2022

Consumers of divorce and separation services “don’t care whether a business is regulated”, the co-founder of pioneering service amicable said this week.

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The path to partnership: Bridging the gender gap in law firms

The inaugural LSLA roundtable discussed the significant gender gap at partner level in law firms and what more can be done to increase the rate of progress.


Why private client solicitors should work with financial planners – and tell their clients

Ever since the SRA introduced the transparency rules in 2018, we have encouraged solicitors to not just embrace the regulations and the thinking behind them, but to go far beyond.


A paean to pupils and pupillage

To outsiders, it may seem that it’s our horsehair wigs and Victorian starched collars that are the most unusual thing about the barristers’ profession. I would actually suggest it’s our training.