Online Dispute Resolution highlighted in report

February 16, 2015 0 comments

family law

A new report by advisory body the Civil Justice Council (CJC) calls for “low value civil claims” of less than £25,000. It recommends moving to a new internet-based service to be called HM Online Court (HMOC) to address issues with the current court system, which is seen as too slow, too costly and too complex,…

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Financial remedies group publishes final report

January 27, 2015 0 comments

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The Financial Remedies Working Group established by the President of the Family Division has published its final report. The group was formed last June by Sir James Munby, to help unrepresented litigants in person navigate their way through financial cases and also improve general good practice in family cases involving money, referred to as ‘financial…

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Marilyn on arbitration

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October 21, 2014 2 comments

Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law, blog, video

It really is a shame how few people know about arbitration. When it comes to family disputes, it combines the best parts about the courtroom with the best parts of mediation. In addition to being a mediator, I am an arbitrator. I would not be an arbitrator if I wasn’t convinced of its effectiveness. I…

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Legal Aid Ontario funds consensual dispute resolution trials

July 11, 2014 0 comments

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Advocates Daily a news site for lawyers in Toronto, Canada, reports on the emergence of two local initiatives to promote consensual dispute resolution. Litigants in person, members of the public who represent themselves rather than appoint a lawyer, are being encouraged to negotiate, rather than litigate their separation agreements. Ten hours of a family lawyer’s…

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Reporting financial remedy proceedings in a divorce

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July 9, 2014 0 comments

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As Marilyn Stowe explained here last month, the upcoming divorce between hedge fund manager Chris Hohn and his estranged wife Jamie may lead to Britain’s biggest ever financial settlement. Naturally, the case has generated considerable interest in the media. It was interesting, therefore, to read that Mrs Justice Roberts has permitted the media to publish…

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Family Justice Council publishes best practice guidance

January 7, 2013 0 comments

The Money and Property Committee of the Family Justice Council has published new best practice guidance for financial dispute resolution (FDR) appointments. The guidance, which features a foreword by the renowned Lord Justice Thorpe, was designed to: “….provide helpful practical advice on a number of issues raised in relation to the preparation, conduct and aftermath…

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