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The Children and Families Act 2014 and the impact on recently refreshing authorities

Date:22 MAY 2014

Family Law special issue

Kirsty Richards

Five months on from my last opinion piece there have been massive changes to the family courts law and legal aid relating to public law proceedings.

Many of those changes were brought into effect on 22 April 2014 such as the new Central Family Court (at First Avenue House) further reduction to fees for public law practitioners and the introduction of the Children and Families Act 2014 (the 2014 Act). There is much scope for discussion but I only intend to focus here on the impact of the changes to the 2014 Act on the welcomed decisions in the cases of Re B (Care Proceedings: Appeal) [2013] UKSC 33 here.