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The paradigm shift in family law by Julian Hawkhead

July 24, 2014 0 comments

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Family lawyers are not known for coming up with sexy phrases but the “paradigm shift” has to be one of the best (certainly better than that trips off the tongue phrase “relationship generated disadvantage”). It evokes memories of that late 80s US TV show Quantum Leap where the hero jumped through time experiencing different eras…

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Children giving evidence by John Bolch

July 24, 2014 0 comments

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You know how it is, another set of guidelines on some topic of family law is published, you give them a cursory glance, and file them away. Hopefully, you do commit to memory the fact of their existence, so that you will recall them when you are confronted with that topic months or years later….

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Children’s service privatisation plans “dead in the water”

July 24, 2014 0 comments

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Recently announced government plans to privatise children’s services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the post of Education Secretary an MP has claimed. Occasionally controversial former minister Tim Loughton said the plans faced now faced a very uncertain future. The Conservative MP for East Worthing and Shoreham in Sussex…

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Government rejects posthumous pardons for homosexuality convictions

July 23, 2014 0 comments

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The government has rejected calls for men who were prosecuted for homosexuality before its decriminalisation to be posthumously pardoned. Liberal Democrat peer Lord John Sharkey proposed an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently being debated in Parliament. Under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, the so-called ‘Labouchère amendment’, homosexuality…

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Legal aid ‘pays for itself’

July 23, 2014 0 comments

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Legal aid saves significant sums of public money, effectively paying for itself, new research from the Low Commission suggests. The Low Commission (not to be confused with the Law Commission) is an organisation affiliated with charity the Legal Action Group, working to devise a strategy on “social welfare law”. Economist Dr Graham Cookson and Dr…

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Expediting the decree absolute by John Bolch

July 23, 2014 3 comments

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I vaguely recollect an occasion many, many, years ago when I was at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and I witnessed something slightly unusual. I can’t now recall why I was at the court, but I think I was waiting for the case I was involved in to come on. Whilst waiting, I…

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Social media prenups: a good idea?

July 23, 2014 0 comments

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Social media has become a huge presence in modern life. Millions of people around the world access various social sites on a daily basis. It has made sharing information with the world as easy as pressing a button or tapping a screen. There is, however, a darker side to social media use which is becoming…

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