John Bolch

John Bolch often wonders how he ever became a family lawyer. He no longer practises, but has instead earned a reputation as one of the UK's best-known family law bloggers.

Is the Transparency Guidance experiment over?

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June 27, 2017 1 comment

family law

The number of published judgments is returning to pre-guidance levels As many readers will be aware, in January 2014 the President of the Family Division Sir James Munby published Practice Guidance regarding the publication of judgments in the family courts. The intended effect of the guidance, which is commonly known simply as the ‘Transparency Guidance’,…

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Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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Medical treatment, divorce statistics and more

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June 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice, has criticised the thinking behind attempts to make courts financially self-sufficient. In a speech at the Palace of Westminster he insisted that courts are not ‘a provider of consumer services’. He said that “the characterisation of the courts as being service providers akin to…

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A timely message from Lord Thomas

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June 19, 2017 9 comments

family law

Like, I suspect, most lawyers, I was very pleased to read what the Lord Chief Justice Lord Thomas had to say last week about the relationship between the courts and the State. For those who missed it, Lord Thomas, giving the Michael Ryle Memorial Lecture in the Palace of Westminster, pointed out (amongst many other…

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