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Presenting financial remedy ‘needs’ cases after the Family Justice Council Report

Date:7 OCT 2015
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Barrister, arbitrator and mediator

Rhys Taylor reflects upon the conduct and presentation of the ‘needs’ case referred to in the Family Justice Council/Roberts J Report

So it turns out that needs are as an elusive a concept as fairness. It all depends. Check out the postcode. The higher the standard of living the more refined the notion of need becomes. Cases with a pot of up to £5M are routinely described by the courts as ‘needs cases’.

The needs case is what occupies the family lawyer for most of the time despite what the law reports might have you otherwise believe. There are certain common building blocks to a needs case often seemingly overlooked in that charge to a final hearing. Sometimes it appears that the imperative to actually persuade the judge got lost in the (admittedly now PD27A-reduced) paperwork. What often gets overlooked?

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