Despite criticisms of proposed fee hikes and real concerns about court service levels and user dissatisfaction, the MOJ has confirmed court fee rises will be implemented at the end of the month, effectively on the 30th of September 2021.
The fees that will mainly affect Brighton & Hove Law clients are set to rise as follows:
This was an informal and thought-provoking workshop, run by Jo O’Sullivan, Remyhs Baker, Oscar Davies, Bridget Garrood and Stephen Lue. They took turns to provide a candid account of their individual experiences both in work and personal contexts. It was an opportunity to participate in an open discussion that was heartfelt and affirmed the strength of the LGBT + community generally as well as within the sphere of family law for both our clients and our colleagues. The opening question “Are we there yet?” sparked discussion of a wide range of topics where there had been a positive change in recent times, but where ongoing work was hoped for, including:
The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the UK to pay damages to a social worker who became aware of criticisms of her conduct only when a family court judge delivered an oral judgment at the end of a hearing.
The social worker went to the Court of Appeal, which found that the process by which the judge arrived at his criticisms was ‘manifestly unfair’ and set aside the adverse findings. However, in SW v United Kingdom, published yesterday, the Strasbourg court said the social worker suffered prejudice personally and professionally which the Court of Appeal’s judgment did not remedy.
Going to court should be a last resort to resolve most family disputes. The pandemic has exacerbated the significant delays in the adjudication of many family cases. The courts have made clear that all parties, legal advisers and the judiciary should continue to have express regard to all forms of non-court dispute resolution.
Below we have some common questions answered about using hybrid mediation for family disputes:
This week is Family Mediation Week – a week focussing on spreading the word about the benefits of family mediation, aiming to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively.
The week has been organised by the Family Mediation Council and is also being promoted by Resolution. There will be a series of articles and videos released throughout the week, on the Family Mediation Week website.
Family law professionals in Brighton & Hove are showing their support for Good Divorce Week 2020 by offering free advice sessions to families later this month.
Good Divorce Week is an annual campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their children first. Organised by Resolution, a community of more than 6,500 family justice professionals, this year the campaign focuses around the benefits of early legal advice, as the organisation prepares to re-launch its public-facing Code of Practice.
The decision, according to campaigners, means the Legal Aid Agency can adopt a less restrictive approach over granting help to survivors of domestic abuse where they have “trapped capital” in homes which cannot be sold or borrowed against.
“George Floyd’s death has caused outrage around the world and exposed injustices and inequalities.
“As well as expressing sadness and sympathy it is vital we use this difficult time to reflect on the actions we must all take to tackle discrimination, as individuals, firms, businesses and communities.
For more than 30 years Resolution members including those at Brighton & Hove Law have campaigned for the introduction of no-fault divorce that would enable couples to separate without having to blame one another for the breakdown of the marriage.
The efforts of Resolution members are paying off as the biggest shake-up of divorce laws in fifty years looks set to take place as the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill progresses through Parliament. We will keep you posted.
We are always looking for talented family law specialists to join our team – if you would like to have an informal chat please telephone Julie Ridley on 01273 205 805 or send your CV to email@example.com.
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