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A Day in the Life of a Cafcass Lawyer 2011

Date:1 APR 2011

Mike Hinchliffe

Principal Lawyer Cafcass

The Cafcass High Court team has taken over the 1980 Hague Abduction Convention cases previously handled by the team at the Principal Registry High Holborn. This was part of a wider London restructuring of Cafcass teams. Nowadays whenever a High Court judge requires a report from a family court adviser (FCA) in a Hague Convention case often where a child objects to a return order the request is directed to the Cafcass High Court Team at the Cafcass national office. Sometimes these cases will result in a r 9.5 FPR 1991 appointment as guardian ad litem (r 16.4 children's guardian under the Family Procedure Rules 2010 from 6 April 2011). One of the Cafcass Legal lawyers will then be allocated as the child's lawyer.

There are currently six lawyers in the Cafcass legal team including the Director of Legal Services Charlotte McCafferty. A close working relationship is maintained between the lawyers and the practitioners in the High Court team very much like the professional relationship between...

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