Legal aid cuts prevent access to justice

March 12, 2015 0 comments

Drastic cuts to the provision of legal aid have made access to justice much harder, MPs have declared. The cuts, introduced in April 2013, had led to “distressing consequences” and poorer outcomes for individuals involved in litigation, says the Commons Justice Select Committee in a new report. Children, in particular, have been placed at a…

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MG & JG v JF: A specious distinction

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March 12, 2015 0 comments

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As I have indicated here previously, I have the utmost regard for Mr Justice Mostyn. However, with all due respect to him, I cannot reconcile myself with his decision in MG & JG v JF. Without going into the details, MG & JG v JF was a private law children dispute which, for the sake…

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Divorce, finances and the Supreme Court

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March 12, 2015 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law

This week, a decision by the UK Supreme Court made headlines nationwide. The BBC, ITV and Sky News all featured the case on their programming, as did local radio stations throughout the country. It was also picked up by both online and print publications. It’s not every day that a divorce ruling causes such a…

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Government ‘reluctant’ to help children in care, MPs claim

March 12, 2015 1 comment

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The Department for Education shows an “alarming reluctance” to become actively involved in promoting the welfare of children in care, MPs have claimed. In a newly published report, the Commons Public Accounts Committee insists that the Department for Education’s (DoE) legislative responsibilities in relation to children in care and local authorities mean it is “clearly…

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