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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Cafcass figures, McKenzie friends, and more

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September 22, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for August 2017, and the news was again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,241 care applications, which is a 1.5 per cent decrease compared with those received in August 2016, giving further…

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Judiciary to reconsider fee-charging McKenzie Friends

September 15, 2017 1 comment

McKenzie Friends

The Judiciary is to reconsider a ban on the charging of fees by McKenzie Friends after a consultation on the plans attracted critical feedback. The plan dates back to February last year, when the Office of the Lord Chief Justice launched a consultation into the role the informal advisors known as McKenzie Friends should play…

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MIAMs, courts and more

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July 7, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law My first story is actually from last week, but I omitted to mention it in my weekly review post last Friday, and I wanted to make a quick comment about it. It is the important story of a paid McKenzie friend who was denied permission to appeal against an order…

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McKenzie Friend denied appeal

June 29, 2017 4 comments

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A fee-charging McKenzie Friend has been told he cannot appeal against his exclusion from a family court dispute. McKenzie Friends are informal courtroom advisors favoured by some litigants unable to afford legal representation. Many, as in this case, work on a paid basis. The McKenzie Friend in question had been chosen by a mother in…

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Sorting out the McKenzie friend problem isn’t rocket science

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June 14, 2017 9 comments

McKenzie friends

The issue of McKenzie friends, particularly of the fee-charging variety, continues to cause much wringing of hands amongst the legal profession. But isn’t the answer to the problem really quite simple? The latest manifestation of paw-squeezing comes from the Bar Council, which has just published research into fee-charging McKenzie friends            and their work in private…

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The narrative of victimhood

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April 27, 2017 18 comments

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“The victim stance is a powerful one. The victim is always morally right, neither responsible nor accountable and forever entitled to sympathy.”  – Dr Ofer Zur, “The Psychology of Victimhood” As I said here just the other day, many of those who feel hard done by by the family justice system like to think it’s…

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