The authors – Birmingham barristers at family set St Ives Chambers – have provided a detailed yet easy-to-use guide on private law. It is aimed at those with little understanding of the ways and means of bringing, or defending, an action brought under the Children Act. Its readership will thus be newly qualified or trainee solicitors, paralegals and litigants in person.

Authors: Jason M Hadden, Rhiannon Davies

£12.99, Robinson

The book deals with issues such as drafting statements and the court process; domestic violence; fact-finding hearings; international aspects of a children dispute; change of name and schooling; and appeals. Particularly helpful were the comprehensive tips on how to succeed in the family court.

Linda Jacob is a solicitor with IPC