“Financial advisers – better at financial advice than law – who’da thunk it?”

This week, the Telegraph featured an article with the headline I’m getting divorced. Do I need a financial adviser?

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The Public and the ‘Future Court’

A Future Court and Tribunal Service Built for Users was the title of Tuesday’s HMCTS annual public event to inform court users and their representatives about progress of the court modernisation programme, 12 months since the last such update.

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‘Are you here because of the significant failure?’

As it happens I wasn’t, and the lawyer who asked me this had assumed wrongly. I was attending court just to see what was on that day, and to use the legal blogging pilot to try to report a typical day in the life of a circuit judge.

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Ordinary heartbreak

This post is about a hearing I attended recently as a legal blogger. This hearing was a case management hearing in a care case.

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“And all the pieces matter…”

S (A Child: Adequacy of Reasoning), Re [2019] EWCA Civ 1845 (31 October 2019).

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Practice directions and President’s guidance

Creating ‘law’ by practice direction and guidance.

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President’s guidance as to reporting on family courts

Sir Andrew McFarlane stated that guidance to courts would need to be issued to address the uncertainty that existed if a journalist or legal blogger entitled to attend court asked for leave to publish information from the hearing.

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Guidance to ‘reporters’ on varying reporting restrictions orders

President’s guidance on procedure.

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No case to answer in care proceedings

Re AA and 25 others 2019.

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Don’t turn around

C (A Child) (Judicial Conduct) [2019] EWFC B53 (16 October 2019).

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Judicial Conduct – what about the context?

The case C (A Child) (Judicial Conduct), an appeal against a decision made in care proceedings. The appeal was allowed because of the judge's shockingly inappropriate conduct.

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Control in the courtroom

Observers and newbies are often surprised when they first see a domestic abuse fact finding hearing at just how murky, and how messy these allegations and counter allegations are to unpick.

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