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Excessive costs and J v J: a practitioner response (£)
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The recent judgment of Mr
Justice Mostyn in the North West of England case J v J  EWHC 3654 (Fam)
raises some important issues for the
family legal profession. There are many matters dealt within the judgment which
are reminders and, in this instance, stern reminders of those areas where
practice lags behind recent or not so recent procedural rule changes. There are
others opined upon by His Lordship which practitioners, including this author,
might find hard to accept as valid or an acceptable appraisal of the current
approach of practitioners to the court process and their legal costs
relationship with their clients. There are other views expressed by
Mostyn J which, with respect, some will regard as simply wrong.
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