Red Book Plus describes itself as a reference guide for all Family Court practitioners and judges, providing a portable source of essential materials.
I was not sure what to expect when it landed on my desk. It seemed the wrong shape to be any sort of companion to the Red Book proper, The Family Law Practice, which my firm buys every year. Rather, this new book was A4, paperback and more easy to carry.
Red Book Plus covers divorce, civil partnership dissolution, financial applications and children matters. It has four parts. The first offers a step-by-step procedural guide with its own practice notes – much more detailed than the procedural guides in the Red Book. They are accompanied by flowcharts which are extremely clear and helpful.
£49, Jordan Publishing
Key legislation occupies the second part. Oddly, however, there is no extract of the Trusts of Land and Appointment of Trustees Act 1996, yet such applications are covered in part one. Leading cases, categorised by topic, appear in the third part, with the law stated as at 1 October 2014.
The fourth and final part contains tables, including useful tax and benefits information.
Red Book Plus makes use of parts of Jordans PracticePlus online service, including its practice notes and flowcharts, and may provide something of a taster for it. Practice Plus and The Family Law Practice aside, Red Book Plus is very much a standalone publication. It is easy to access, comprehensive and convenient.
Tony Roe is a family law arbitrator and principal of Tony Roe Divorce & Family Law Solicitors, Theale, Reading