We need new laws to ensure transparency in the family courts (From Solicitors Journal)

April 27, 2012 18 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 17/04/2012. The family courts process is more transparent but legislation is needed to achieve true openness in public law cases, says Marilyn Stowe. Exactly what should be made public from Family Division courts has been contested ground for many years now; it is an unfortunate irony that efforts to try to…

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An evening at All Souls College, Oxford – and why I agree with Baroness Deech about legal aid

April 24, 2012 4 comments

On Friday evening, an audience gathered at All Souls College, Oxford to honour Dr Stephen Cretney’s 50 years in the law. Our number included academics, judges, lawyers, jurists, fellows and friends. It was a magnificent setting, inside and out. We gathered in the Old Library: a treasure trove. Grinling Gibbons, the great wood carver, made considerable contributions to All Souls…

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Should the government legalise gay marriage?

February 27, 2012 10 comments

Given the recent controversy surrounding the legalisation of same-sex marriage and its status as a cornerstone policy of our current government, I am delighted to publish a guest post on the topic. I am most grateful to the author DT, a qualified solicitor, for some interesting insights. The writer has requested anonymity, having been the recipient…

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Introducing family law arbitration…

February 22, 2012 15 comments

  You may have noticed a recent post I wrote concerning the prospect of arbitration in family law disputes and the potential benefits it may bring. I’m now delighted to announce that a family law arbitration scheme has launched in England under the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators. From today, qualified arbitrators can now decide…

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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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