The winners of the Family Law Awards 2020 were announced at 4pm during a much-anticipated virtual awards ceremony. Over the past ten years, the Family Law Awards has recognised the leading players in...
We have Hayley Trim's excellent breakdown and David Hodson's critical assessment of the report. We also decided to make an exclusive extract of Professor Elizabeth Cook's, Law Commissioner for England and Wales, article available on our website. It is available to read here.
The news that yet another set of chambers has voted for dissolution as a result of legal aid cuts is deeply troubling. The hope is that Renaissance Chambers can follow in the footsteps of Tooks Chambers, who also dissolved on the back of legal aid cuts, and were ‘resurrected' as Mansfield Chambers. Time will tell.
Speaking of legal aid, it is probably worth mentioning that the Ministry of Justice has finalised its proposals to cut criminal legal aid. Suffice it to say that many media outlets have labelled the plans a ‘total disaster'.
In other news the Department for Education are consulting on changes to the statutory guidance on the Children Act 1989. Consultation responses can be completed here.
As always, we have summaries of all the most important cases available on our website. SA v PA (Pre-Marital Agreement: Compensation)  EWHC 392 (Fam),  2 FLR (forthcoming) is a particularly timely decision relating to a Dutch pre-marital agreement, given the recent Law Commission report. Re J and K  EWHC 330 (Fam),  2 FLR (forthcoming - another popular Pauffley J decision) has been described as a feel-good case: it encourages collaboration over a cuppa, praises the potential role of McKenzie friends and even makes mention of the judge's dog - what's not to like?
So, now that the Law Commission report is finally here, we can go back to waiting. Waiting for FJC guidance. Waiting to see if these recommendations manage to ease the burden that has been placed on the court system and provide a much needed boost for alternative dispute resolution. Waiting for the PLO and CAP, and for the Children and Families Bill to receive royal assent. Maybe the wait has only just begun?
Matthias Mueller is the Journals Manager and Online Editor for Jordan Publishing.