A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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A personal review of the year, part 1

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December 20, 2017 3 comments

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In a (probably futile) attempt to make the traditional annual review of the year a little bit different, this year I am concentrating not so much on the big family law news stories, but rather the stories that I found of particular interest. Hopefully, this might make the review a little more interesting to the…

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Magistrates rue family law legal aid cuts

December 18, 2017 1 comment

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More than two thirds of the parties involved in family court cases are now unrepresented, magistrates report. In an analysis of recent family disputes heard in members’ courts by the Magistrates Association, 68 per cent of the participants were identified as unrepresented litigants in person: an increase of no less than 27 per cent in…

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Inequality of arms in a post-legal aid world

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December 13, 2017 7 comments

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I nearly deleted the email. Greeted with it in my inbox early last Saturday morning, my still sleepy brain couldn’t initially make sense of it. It seemed to be just another spam email from some stranger, of the type that I receive all the time, and I automatically hovered over the ‘trash’ button. But then…

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Could robot lawyers help you divorce?

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November 2, 2017 2 comments

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As artificial intelligence (AI) improves by leaps and bounds, more and more jobs traditionally done by humans appear to be at risk. The number of self-service checkouts in supermarkets and fast food restaurants is on the rise, deliveries are being done by drone and manufacturing is becoming increasingly robot-friendly. It doesn’t stop there. If a…

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More than a third of cases now unrepresented

October 1, 2017 2 comments

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No less than 36 per cent of all family court cases now feature unrepresented litigants on both sides, new figures from the Ministry of Justice reveal. A total of 13,029 new private law cases – i.e. disputes between individuals – were launched between April and June, three per cent more than in the same period…

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The devastating effect of non-disclosure

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September 26, 2017 6 comments

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I have written here often about the duty of the parties to comply with the requirements of the court, and of the possible consequences if they do not. I have done so primarily to provide some basic advice to parties to family litigation, particularly those who do not have the benefit of legal assistance. Sadly,…

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