What role for the law? The government’s response to the Family Justice Review

February 8, 2012 12 comments

The Government Response to the Family Justice Review, which was led by accountant David Norgrove and an almost exclusively child-focused committee, was published this week. Most of the report’s recommendations were, as expected, accepted – in particular those relating to streamlining the judicial process and making cost savings. In these economically straitened times it is…

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Back to basics: how I think we can help our stretched courts

February 6, 2012 6 comments

I recently posted on the dire situation facing the judiciary, noting the comments made by District Judge Nicholas Crichton about our courts being stacked out with Litigants in Person (LiP) and the detrimental effect it is having on the entire family justice system. I hadn’t understood quite how alarming the situation is until I appeared…

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Was 2011 the year of the man?

December 30, 2011 25 comments

On February 10th 2011 debates concerning the future of marriage took place in the House of Lords, and in the great debating chambers of both Oxford and Cambridge universities. Across the board marriage unhesitatingly received the thumbs up, but for varied reasons. In the House of Lords they ranged from deeply religious viewpoints expressed in…

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A losing battle (From Solicitors Journal)

December 14, 2011 3 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 13/11/2011. Direct access is pitting solicitors and barristers against each other when instead we should be working together, says Marilyn Stowe When I decided to become a solicitor and not a barrister, my decision was based on a number of reasons – but not least that I…

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Family law arbitration: a new dawn for ADR?

November 30, 2011 8 comments

Lord Wilson delivered a frank, easy to understand speech last night in London. It was noteworthy because he is the first senior figure in family law to publicly announce the imminent arrival of a new form of financial dispute resolution in family law: arbitration. Arbitration is well-known and well-used to resolve commercial disputes, but so far…

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Going it alone (From Solicitors Journal)

November 22, 2011 0 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 15/11/2011. From a converted cobbler’s shop in Leeds to opening a third office in central London, Marilyn Stowe’s practice has come a long way in 30 years – but it hasn’t always been an easy ride, she explains as she celebrates her firm’s anniversary Ours certainly isn’t…

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The real reason why the Family Justice Review has failed

November 3, 2011 14 comments

The long-awaited Family Justice Review, published today, presented a golden opportunity to review and recommend changes to existing law. Instead the Review panel, chaired by former senior civil servant David Norgrove and populated by bureaucrats and children experts, has failed families in crisis.  Hopes that the Family Justice Review would propose groundbreaking reforms, expanding family…

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