David Burrows

David Burrows Solicitor Advocate

David Burrows is a solicitor advocate, trainer and writer; a founder contributor to Family Court Practice; consultant with Heaney Watson, solicitors; the author of Evidence in Family Proceedings (Family Law, 2016). He is a New Law Journal columnist and regular contributor to Family Law and other publications.

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Articles by Author

Family law 2018: on divorce reform 22 OCT 2018

Family law 2018: on divorce reform

David Burrows assesses the government’s

Who must disclose what and when? 09 OCT 2018

Who must disclose what and when?

Family procedural law is not as clear as it

Meal ticket for life? 12 SEP 2018

Meal ticket for life?

The recent ‘meal ticket for life’ Supreme

Appeals and clarification of a judge’s reasons: Re P (A Child) 13 APR 2018

Appeals and clarification of a judge’s reasons: Re P (A Child)

Clarification of a court judgmentThe recent

Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse: a  Government consultation paper 08 MAR 2018

Transforming the Response to Domestic Abuse: a Government consultation paper

Working towards an end to domestic abuseA

Is the Home Office taking over domestic abuse? 01 MAR 2018

Is the Home Office taking over domestic abuse?

Is Parliamentary and other Government

Supreme Court: no indulgence for litigants in person 22 FEB 2018

Supreme Court: no indulgence for litigants in person

Attempt at service by emailMr Barton is a

Non-molestation: a definition for 2018? 08 FEB 2018

Non-molestation: a definition for 2018?

What is ‘non-molestation’? How do family

Thoughts on child rights and Brussels IIA after EU withdrawal 26 JAN 2018

Thoughts on child rights and Brussels IIA after EU withdrawal

Latvian children, care proceedings and Art

Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 2 12 DEC 2017

Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 2

Particular  measures for children and

Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 1 08 DEC 2017

Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 1

Intimidated witnesses in family

Mediation and the judge’s letter to ‘Sam’: judges need to ‘use their imaginations’ 26 OCT 2017

Mediation and the judge’s letter to ‘Sam’: judges need to ‘use their imaginations’

In a recent article Jane Robey makes a

Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 3) 02 OCT 2017

Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 3)

Privilege and professional

Lessons from Gard: time for independent assessors? 25 SEP 2017

Lessons from Gard: time for independent assessors?

This article originally appeared in New Law

Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 2) 20 SEP 2017

Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 2)

Children’s evidence and ABE

Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 1) 13 SEP 2017

Evidence of sexual abuse in children proceedings (Pt 1)

Rules of evidence in care proceedingsEvidence

Do police need court permission to interview a ward of court? 07 SEP 2017

Do police need court permission to interview a ward of court?

This article was originally published in New

Tick-box Legal Aid Agency response to funding authority request: not reason enough 25 AUG 2017

Tick-box Legal Aid Agency response to funding authority request: not reason enough

In Re J (A Child: Care Proceedings:

Charlie Gard and legal aid in family proceedings 04 AUG 2017

Charlie Gard and legal aid in family proceedings

Much will be written about the very sad

No inherent jurisdiction for local authority to fund wardship proceedings: HB v A Local Authority [2017] EWHC 524 (Fam) 24 MAR 2017

No inherent jurisdiction for local authority to fund wardship proceedings: HB v A Local Authority [2017] EWHC 524 (Fam)

HB v A Local Authority and  Another

Rules of evidence and procedure after Norman 19 MAR 2017

Rules of evidence and procedure after Norman

Though Mrs Norman will not thank anyone for

Prisons and Courts Bill: Cross-examination of complainant witnesses 24 FEB 2017

Prisons and Courts Bill: Cross-examination of complainant witnesses

Reforms  for evidence of domestic violence

Third party disclosure: public interest immunity and closed material procedures 03 FEB 2017

Third party disclosure: public interest immunity and closed material procedures

Re C and the necessity for non-party

Prest, Iqbal and the judgment summons procedure 26 JAN 2017

Prest, Iqbal and the judgment summons procedure

Procedure and proof in judgment summons and

Family proceedings: common law and vulnerable witnesses 03 JAN 2017

Family proceedings: common law and vulnerable witnesses

Evidence of vulnerable witnesses in family

Re X: withdrawal of care order application 03 NOV 2016

Re X: withdrawal of care order application

Permission to appeal out of time against a

Closed material procedures in children proceedings 17 OCT 2016

Closed material procedures in children proceedings

Closed material procedures and family

Disclosure and confidentiality: a tale of two cases 10 OCT 2016

Disclosure and confidentiality: a tale of two cases

Release of documents to non-partiesIn the

A child's opportunity to be heard after Re D 25 JUL 2016

A child's opportunity to be heard after Re D

Child's opportunity to be heard: a

Disclosure and a protocol: co-operation and care proceedings 27 MAY 2016

Disclosure and a protocol: co-operation and care proceedings

Police evidence and care proceedingsThe story

LASPO 2012: residence test outside the powers of Lord Chancellor 20 APR 2016

LASPO 2012: residence test outside the powers of Lord Chancellor

The Supreme Court – a seven-justice court

Panama papers: advice privilege and Sharland set aside 08 APR 2016

Panama papers: advice privilege and Sharland set aside

Advice privilege and the Panama papersThe

Publicity and Poppi Worthington 09 MAR 2016

Publicity and Poppi Worthington

Rehearing of fact-finding hearingRe W

Disallowed costs and case management 09 MAR 2016

Disallowed costs and case management

‘Negligent’ child care lawyersThe case of Re

Time-limit on application for domestic violence legal aid invalid 19 FEB 2016

Time-limit on application for domestic violence legal aid invalid

Legal aid appeal allowedThe question for the

Evidence of child witness 17 FEB 2016

Evidence of child witness

Challenging the evidence of an unwilling

Legal aid: narrowing of residence test is lawful, says Court of Appeal 01 DEC 2015

Legal aid: narrowing of residence test is lawful, says Court of Appeal

In Public Law Project v The Lord

Setting aside a family breakdown finance order 19 OCT 2015

Setting aside a family breakdown finance order

Sharland, Gohil - Lord Neuberger sums it up

Vulnerable individuals and children in family proceedings 12 OCT 2015

Vulnerable individuals and children in family proceedings

Response to consultationNominally at least,

Open Justice Principle 30 SEP 2015

Open Justice Principle

Questions for the family courtsWhat have the

A day in the life of ... David Burrows (Solicitor Advocate) 21 AUG 2015

A day in the life of ... David Burrows (Solicitor Advocate)

What is your position and what you do on a

Care proceedings bundles: a duty to pay? 20 AUG 2015

Care proceedings bundles: a duty to pay?

Payment of expenses in civil litigation

Draft rules for vulnerable persons in family proceedings 07 AUG 2015

Draft rules for vulnerable persons in family proceedings

Consultation of draft amendment rulesFamily

Exceptional Case Funding: Lord Chancellor must still do better 17 JUL 2015

Exceptional Case Funding: Lord Chancellor must still do better

Review of ECF Guidance and response to

Lifetime reporting restriction for survivor of child sex exploitation 09 JUL 2015

Lifetime reporting restriction for survivor of child sex exploitation

Reporting restrictions and child sex

Lord Chancellor’s Guidance on Exceptional Case Funding 15 JUN 2015

Lord Chancellor’s Guidance on Exceptional Case Funding

Guidance after Gudanaviciene In

Another look at Imerman documents 04 JUN 2015

Another look at Imerman documents

Court of Appeal look again at

Human Rights, European Convention: Diminishing the body of family law 27 MAY 2015

Human Rights, European Convention: Diminishing the body of family law

Convention law: a safety net The

Set aside and appeals: a ‘procedural quagmire’ 06 MAY 2015

Set aside and appeals: a ‘procedural quagmire’

Family proceedings: material changes of

Where does without prejudice immunity begin? Part 2: mediation and case management (£) 01 APR 2015

Where does without prejudice immunity begin? Part 2: mediation and case management (£)

The previous article in this two-part series

Of vulnerable witnesses and children 24 MAR 2015

Of vulnerable witnesses and children

Hearing from children and evidence of

Where does without prejudice immunity begin? Part 1: production/disclosure (£) 24 MAR 2015

Where does without prejudice immunity begin? Part 1: production/disclosure (£)

This article, the first of two, asks the

Unreasonable refusal to engage in mediation 04 MAR 2015

Unreasonable refusal to engage in mediation

Can a successful party’s costs entitlement

Online dispute resolution: a future in family law? 18 FEB 2015

Online dispute resolution: a future in family law?

Online Dispute Resolution in low value

Case management of children proceedings 04 FEB 2015

Case management of children proceedings

Judicial caution on final case management

Domestic violence: restrictions on grant of legal aid 26 JAN 2015

Domestic violence: restrictions on grant of legal aid

Limitations on grant of domestic violence

Something to be done: after J v J 19 JAN 2015

Something to be done: after J v J

Excessive cost of ancillary relief

Family Court funding: 2015 09 JAN 2015

Family Court funding: 2015

Sources of state funding in the family

Gudanaviciene: legal aid guidance not compatible with a right to a fair trial 17 DEC 2014

Gudanaviciene: legal aid guidance not compatible with a right to a fair trial

See also David Burrows' article, Lord

State funding for family proceedings: Part 3: Sources of family proceedings funding (£) 17 DEC 2014

State funding for family proceedings: Part 3: Sources of family proceedings funding (£)

This article concludes a three-part series on

State funding for family proceedings: Part 2: Exceptional case determination (£) 06 NOV 2014

State funding for family proceedings: Part 2: Exceptional case determination (£)

Grants of legal aid for civil proceedings

Fairness and a public body’s duty to consult 04 NOV 2014

Fairness and a public body’s duty to consult

Consultation: a first outing in Supreme

Child sex abuse inquiry 24 OCT 2014

Child sex abuse inquiry

An inquiry into child sexual

Precedent and citation of authority in family proceedings 26 SEP 2014

Precedent and citation of authority in family proceedings

Limits on citation of cases Rules

State funding for family proceedings after Q v Q (Private Law: Public Funding): Part 1 (£) 26 SEP 2014

State funding for family proceedings after Q v Q (Private Law: Public Funding): Part 1 (£)

In Q v Q; Re B; Re C (Private Law:

Wardship and the right to publish 12 SEP 2014

Wardship and the right to publish

Publicity and a ward of

State funding family cases after Q v Q; Re B; Re C [2014] EWFC 31 11 AUG 2014

State funding family cases after Q v Q; Re B; Re C [2014] EWFC 31

Funding familyproceedingsIn Q v Q; Re B; Re C

Reporting restrictions in financial remedy proceedings: a review after case management in Cooper-Hohn v Hohn 06 AUG 2014

Reporting restrictions in financial remedy proceedings: a review after case management in Cooper-Hohn v Hohn

The careful judgement of Roberts J

Administrative law and the family courts 30 JUL 2014

Administrative law and the family courts

Public bodies and applications in the

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Children proceedings – evidence from ‘protected’ witnesses 23 JUL 2014

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Children proceedings – evidence from ‘protected’ witnesses

The status of the evidence of children and of

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: The view from the President’s window; run up to the family court 14 FEB 2014

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: The view from the President’s window; run up to the family court

Family proceedings: 'the beginning of

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: President's Guidance on Publication of Judgments 30 JAN 2014

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: President's Guidance on Publication of Judgments

From 3 February 2104 the Guidance of

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Issue Estoppel – Cost of a Preliminary Issue Application 06 JAN 2014

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Issue Estoppel – Cost of a Preliminary Issue Application

In P & O Nedlloyd BV v Arab Metals Co &

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: The Legal Aid Agency and Denial of the Right to a Fair Trial 03 JAN 2014

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: The Legal Aid Agency and Denial of the Right to a Fair Trial

The case of Gitana Kineriene ('GK':

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: The Legal Aid Agency and Denial of the Right to a Fair Trial 03 JAN 2014

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: The Legal Aid Agency and Denial of the Right to a Fair Trial

The case of Gitana Kineriene (‘GK': Kinderis

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Relief from Sanctions after Mitchell and Durrant 19 DEC 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Relief from Sanctions after Mitchell and Durrant

The issue of relief from sanctions goes

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Financial Agreements: a ‘Concluded Agreement’ Test? 02 DEC 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Financial Agreements: a ‘Concluded Agreement’ Test?

Autonomy after Radmacher  In Radmacher

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Appeal against Refusal of a Consent Order 02 DEC 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Appeal against Refusal of a Consent Order

Can a consent order applicant (or indeed

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Thoughts on Case Management and Control of Evidence after Young and on the Threshold of the New Family Court 25 NOV 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Thoughts on Case Management and Control of Evidence after Young and on the Threshold of the New Family Court

Young v Young [2013] EWHC 3637 (Fam),

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Funding Family Proceedings – The Solicitor’s Charge and Sears Tooth 18 OCT 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Funding Family Proceedings – The Solicitor’s Charge and Sears Tooth

The purpose of this note is to ask

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Contact, European Convention 1950, Art 8 and assessment of parents’ evidence 27 SEP 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Contact, European Convention 1950, Art 8 and assessment of parents’ evidence

In two very different contact disputes the

Evidence, Practice and Procedure – Costs, a ‘clean sheet’, and a starting-point for costs orders 12 SEP 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure – Costs, a ‘clean sheet’, and a starting-point for costs orders

In Solomon v Solomon [2013] EWCA Civ 1095

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Clarity in committal orders – legal aid for defence of committal 02 SEP 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Clarity in committal orders – legal aid for defence of committal

In October 2012 Hedley J found that Mrs

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Judicial review, declarations and the accommodated child 29 AUG 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Judicial review, declarations and the accommodated child

The inability of the courts to provide a

EVIDENCE, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE: Stare decisis does not apply where statute overrides 03 MAY 2013

EVIDENCE, PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE: Stare decisis does not apply where statute overrides

The cases of Re JG (a child by her

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Three points from the funding jungle 19 APR 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Three points from the funding jungle

What follows is not said to bolster any

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Working together - hearing and safe-guarding children 04 APR 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Working together - hearing and safe-guarding children

Working Together - now Working Together

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Stare decisis does not apply where statute overrides 14 JAN 2013

Evidence, Practice and Procedure: Stare decisis does not apply where statute overrides

Two recent decisions of the Court of

Evidence, practice and procedure: Inquisitorial (non-adversarial) v Adversarial 09 JAN 2013

Evidence, practice and procedure: Inquisitorial (non-adversarial) v Adversarial

Spare a thought for the front-line circuit

Evidence, practice and procedure: Timetabling - a new case management priority 03 JAN 2013

Evidence, practice and procedure: Timetabling - a new case management priority

Family Procedure (Amendment) (No 5) Rules

Evidence, practice and procedure: Without notice applications and wasted costs 18 DEC 2012

Evidence, practice and procedure: Without notice applications and wasted costs

In B v A [2012] EWHC 3127 Charles J sets

Evidence, practice and procedure: X’s appeal rejected - disclosure still stands 13 DEC 2012

Evidence, practice and procedure: X’s appeal rejected - disclosure still stands

In Re A (A Child) [2012] UKSC 60, [2013] 1