A tribute, a short marriage and more

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March 3, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has paid tribute to his predecessor Sir Nicholas Wall, who died earlier this month, having reportedly taken his own life after being diagnosed with dementia. In a lengthy tribute Sir James said: “Sir Nicholas Wall was indisputably one of the outstanding family…

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Sir James Munby pays tribute to his predecessor

February 28, 2017 0 comments

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Family Division President Sir James Munby has paid tribute to his predecessor in the role, Sir Nicholas Wall, who died earlier this month following a diagnosis of dementia. Echoing comments by the Family Law Bar Association, the President described Sir Nicholas as combining “great intellectual rigour with humanity and compassion”. He stressed Sir Nicholas’ long…

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Former Family Division President passes away (updated)

February 22, 2017 1 comment

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The Former President of the Family Division has died at the age of 71. Sir Nicholas Wall had retired from the role for health reasons in December 2012, less than three years after his appointment. He was succeeded by Sir James Munby. Sir Nicholas originally became a barrister at Gray’s Inn back in 1969, and…

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My review of the year (part one) by John Bolch

December 2, 2013 2 comments

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As is customary at this time of year, I thought I would do a short series of posts reviewing some of the most important developments in family law over the last twelve months. It’s certainly been a busy time… The year began with one of its recurring themes: mediation. Using the January ‘divorce bulge’ as…

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Senior family judge pledges greater transparency in family law

April 18, 2013 9 comments

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The family law system is undergoing the “most radical reforms in a lifetime”, according to a senior judge. In a recently published statement, Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, said ongoing reforms to family justice in the UK were “nothing short of revolutionary”. He  stressed his determination to focus on transparency within the…

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News: President of the Family Division set to retire

October 2, 2012 7 comments

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Sir Nicholas Wall has announced plans to retire as President of the Family Division from December 1 due to ill health. The Family Division is part of the High Court of Justice in England and Wales. The President is the most senior family law judge in the two countries. Sir Nicholas Peter Rathbone Wall PC,…

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