Seven new family law QCs appointed

December 23, 2017 3 comments

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The government has announced the appointment of seven new family law QCs. QCs, or Queen’s Counsels, are senior lawyers with different legal specialities. Most are practising barristers. They can apply for this prestigious title after acquiring significant expertise and a solid reputation. Appointment – by a nine-member selection panel – confers the right to wear…

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Supreme Court to hear defended divorce dispute

August 8, 2017 1 comment

family law

A woman in her 60s has been granted permission to appeal her bitter divorce dispute at the Supreme Court. Last year Tini Owens was refused a divorce from Hugh, her husband of no less than 35 years. Unusually he decided to defend her application, and even more unusually the Judge ruled in his favour, claiming…

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Barristers seen as expensive, research suggests

July 12, 2017 2 comments

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Family law clients see barristers as an expensive luxury new research suggests. The Bar Standards Bar commissioned market research firm IRN to poll 1,200 current or former family law firm clients on their views of and experiences with barristers. Amongst other topics, they were quizzed on whether or not they had used the ‘direct access’…

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Former Supreme Court Justice dies during surgery

June 30, 2017 0 comments

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A former Justice of the Supreme Court died this week during surgery. Lord Toulson served as a Justice for three years, from April 2013 until his retirement in September 2016. Since then he had worked part time on the Court’s Supplementary Panel. This provides additional justices for rulings when needed. Supreme Court President Lord Neuberger…

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Bar Council calls for regular working hours

June 6, 2017 2 comments

family law

Courts should operate within regular working hours, the principal organisation representing barristers in England and Wales has claimed. In a newly published ‘protocol’, the Bar Council says that growing number of courts have begun listing cases early or late in the working day “without reference to the majority of court users, particularly in the criminal…

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Bring back legal aid says Bar Council

May 14, 2017 4 comments

family law

The Bar Council has called on whichever government wins power next month to fully restore legal aid. In a newly published Manifesto for Justice it claims that justice has been transforming into a two tier system since the drastic cuts introduced by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishiment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012, which came…

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Woman denied divorce aims for Supreme Court

April 24, 2017 0 comments

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A woman in her 60s who was denied a divorce last month plans to try and take her case to the Supreme Court. Tini Owens was married to her husband Hugh for more than 30 years but the relationship eventually broke down and she moved out of the couple’s home. She filed for divorce but…

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Vulnerable people ‘must have expert representation’

March 27, 2017 2 comments

Court of Protection

People whose cases come before the Court of Protection must have expert legal representation the Law Society has said. The Court of Protection is a branch of the High Court which makes rulings on behalf of vulnerable people unable to make decisions about their own best interests or welfare due to disability or illnesses such as dementia….

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Wife appeals ‘extraordinary’ divorce refusal

February 14, 2017 0 comments

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A 65 year-old woman has appealed a Judge’s refusal to grant her a divorce. The refusal followed a hearing at a family court in Oxford. She had petitioned to divorce her 78 year-old husband after 39 years together, saying he had indulged in unreasonable behaviour and the relationship had irretrievably broken down. But he resisted,…

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Sixteen family lawyers appointed QCs

January 14, 2017 0 comments

family law

Sixteen family lawyers were included amongst the latest batch of barristers to be appointed Queen’s Counsel. This is an honorific title bestowed on senior lawyers, who thereby become entitled to use the initials QC. The process is informally known ‘taking silk’, after their gowns of office, and QCs themselves as ‘silks’. The appointment of 16…

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