The Progress of Reform – or lack of it. The PAC’s Transforming Courts and Tribunals inquiry report

At the beginning of June the Transparency Project submitted written evidence to the House of Commons Public Accounts Committee‘s Transforming courts and tribunals inquiry.

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Mills V Mills

The Supreme Court has now given judgment on the case of Mills v Mills 18 July 2018.

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Hit on the head by an old chestnut

The hoary chestnut, the ‘meal ticket for life’, has fallen from the media and hit us squarely on the head again. This time, the impetus is a Supreme Court case called Mills v Mills.

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Extension of the proceedings for 6 months

I have to say that when I first read Re P (A child) 2018  I thought it was of limited interest and value and incredibly fact-specific, but I am aware that this is not how it is being viewed by some, and therefore felt it might warrant a blog post.

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Supreme Court emphasises councils’ duties to inform parents fully about s. 20

Williams v LB Hackney is a widely awaited judgment from the Supreme Court because the issues centred on the lawful use of s 20 Children Act 1989 – known as ‘voluntary accommodation’.

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Marital agreements—sharing, needs and foreign property regimes

Jennifer Perrins, barrister at 1KBW, considers the case of Versteegh v Versteegh on the importance of legal advice in relation to a pre-marital agreement, whether a party has ‘a full appreciation of the implications’ and the appropriateness of making a ‘Wells order’.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Are ‘Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid?’

Twitter commentators asked questions last week of a BBC headline: Thousands misusing abuse orders to get legal aid, says parenting charity.

Full post: The Transparency Project

This is your pilot speaking…brace for impact

There is a new pilot scheme running, which allows parents in certain court areas (including my own) to submit their applications for a Child Arrangements Order (form C100) in an online format.

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Parents refusing to participate

O (A Child : Fact Finding Hearing – Parents Refusing to Participate) [2018] EWFC 48 (29 June 2018).

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Case Comment: R (Steinfeld & Anor) v Secretary of State for International Development [2018] UKSC 32

Judgment in the case of R (Steinfeld & Anor) v Secretary of State for International  Development [2018] UKSC 32.

Full post: UKSC blog

Rapidly crumbling – Bruzas v Saxton

This is an ancillary relief case, but one that (when it is finally decided) could have massive implications for lawyers in all fields. Bruzas v Saxton 2018.

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The new ‘normal’

Families Need Fathers have issued a press release, welcoming ideas put forward by Sir Andrew McFarlane, the incoming President of the Family Division, in a keynote address at their conference on the theme of restoring confidence in family justice, held on 23 June.

Full post: The Transparency Project