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Litigants in person, funding and the Family Law Update

Date:12 JAN 2015
Practitioners cannot help but be aware of the issues in the family law arena post-LASPO, and there have been a recent spate of cases where the lack of funding available in the family courts has been brought into focus.

In the 2014 case Q v Q; Re B; Re C (Private Law: Public Funding) [2014] EWFC 31, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby gave a warning that, in certain cases, where funding could not be made available from any other source, the Ministry of Justice could (and, where necessary, would) be ordered to meet the legal costs of a litigant in person in much the same manner as where an interpreter was required.

More recently, the case of Re K and H (Children: Unrepresented Father: Cross-Examination of Child) [2015] EWFC 1 was handed down by the High Court on 7 January. In that case, the High Court followed through on the warning given by the President and ordered the Ministry of Justice to meet the legal costs of a litigant in person in the cross-examination of a vulnerable witness. This is the first time we have seen the courts take this step to address the LASPO fallout. The likelihood is that the decision will be appealed, and the outcome of any such appeal will be eagerly anticipated.

But what does all of this mean for practitioners? The family law landscape is changing rapidly and recent developments in the law mean that practitioners will want to ensure they remain up to date - a feat made simpler with the Family Law Update 2015. With three expert speakers in each location, including a judge, a finance specialist and a children specialist, practitioners can ensure they are equipped for their day-to-day practice and stay up to date with the latest development so that they can advise their clients with confidence.

The superb speakers deal with key practice areas, including the latest on financial remedies, public and private children law, all things procedural, plus a range of need-to-know hot topics including:

  • Litigants in Person, Legal Aid, MIAMs & non-court Dispute Resolution
  • The future of financial remedies – by Baroness Deech and Moylan J;
  • Latest developments in periodical payments; 
  • Recent case-law updates and their implications;
  • A review of the Children and Families Act 2014 since its inception in March;
  • A detailed report on the Financial Remedies Working Group;
  • The Single Family Court and Regionalised Divorce Centres – how they are working;
  • Financial remedy applications – striking out.
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