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Lay member of family rules committee quit after lack of progress


Family Procedure Rule Committee has been without a lay member for more than a year.


Legal aid cuts fuel surge in self-referrals to child contact centres


Figures show sharp decline in the number of solicitors referring separating parents over the past decade.

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‘Inherently unfair’ probate fee hike scrapped


The Law Society ‘relieved’ by the MoJ’s announcement, having campaigned against the fee increase. 


‘One lawyer is enough’: family judge issues court guidance


HHJ Robin Tolson QC says court is a stressful environment, particularly for those not used to it.

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Orders in family proceedings: appeals


Mother’s appeal against findings of fact made against her in care proceedings, made on basis of fresh evidence suggesting her account of events had been plausible, was dismissed.

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Orders in family proceedings: disclosure to police


Court ruled appellant parents failed to establish central ground of appeal against care proceedings order based on ‘right to silence’.

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Paul rogerson

Death and taxes

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Media coverage of MoJ’s decision to scrap changes to probate fees was predictably jubilant.


Letters roundup - 21 October 2019

21 October 2019

Local law societies and legal expenses insurance: your letters to the editor.

Scott Halliday

Laws relating to trans community demand reform

2019-10-17T10:39:00+01:00By Scott Halliday, Bridget Garrood

Children of parents with a trans history should have the right for their birth certificates to match their parents' legally recognised gender.

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