Family Law Awards 2020
Shortlist announced - time to place your vote!
Court of Protection Practice 2020
'Court of Protection Practice goes from strength to strength, having...
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance Tenth Edition
Jackson's Matrimonial Finance is an authoritative specialist text...
Latest articles
Practical aspects to assessing competence in children
Rebecca Stevens, Partner, Royds Withy KingThis is an article regarding the practical aspects to assessing competence in children. The article explores a range of practicalities, such as meeting a...
Scrumping the crop of recent pension decisions
Rhys Taylor, 36 Family and 30 Park PlaceJonathan Galbraith, Mathieson Consulting2020 has thus far proved to be a memorable year for all the wrong reasons, but nonetheless it remains an interesting one...
Conduct in financial remedies – when is it now a relevant consideration?
Rachel Gillman, 1 GC/Family LawThis article provides an overview of all aspects of financial misconduct following the recent decision of Mostyn J in OG v AG [2020] EWFC 52, wherein all aspects of...
The treatment of RSUs/Stock Options in light of XW v XH
Peter Mitchell QC, 29 Bedford RowStock Options and Restricted Stock Units (RSUs) are frequently encountered by the Family Court when dividing property on divorce or dissolution of a Civil Partnership....
Hundreds of thousands of companies worldwide fall victims to hackers every year. Is your firm one of them?
SPONSORED CONTENT Image source: Information is beautifulYou and other lawyers and legal assistants in your firm likely have accounts on the hacked websites listed in the image above. If a hacker...
View all articles

The pointlessness of the questionnaire

Mar 1, 2019, 14:43 PM
Slug :
Meta Title :
Meta Keywords :
Canonical URL :
Trending Article : Yes
Prioritise In Trending Articles : Yes
Date : Mar 1, 2019, 13:15 PM
Article ID :
As family lawyers, we live in an increasingly rule-bound world. Bundles must comply with PD 27A; witness statements with PD 22A. Preliminary documents must be “…as short and succinct as possible” (PD 27A § 4.4), and now must not exceed the page limits at PD 27A § 5.2A. The court’s general power to further the overriding objective (r. 4.1(o)) can be used to manage areas which once were left to the lawyers: e.g. limiting the length of Section 25 statements.

The exception to this codification is the questionnaire.

This article comments on the increasing length and pointlessness of many questionnnaires, some of which more closely resemble an audit. It reflects on the difficulty of properly dealing with a long questionnaire at a First Appointment, and suggests several areas in which questionnaires might be more tightly and succinctly drafted. It concludes by suggesting how the rules might be amended.”

The full version of this article will appear in the February  issue of Family Law

Find out more or request a free 1-week trial of Family Law journal. Please quote: 100482.

Categories :
  • Articles
  • News
Tags :
Provider :
Product Bucket : Family Law (General)
Load more comments
Comment by from