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The green light has now been given to lawyers and others to act for both parties in drafting consensual family court documents. In a judgment on 20 January 2020, Mr Justice Mostyn has given a...
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January: a time of failed resolutions, precious little daylight, and money hangovers from the festive period. It’s no wonder so many people look to book their summer getaway in the early part of...
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20 January 2020

New QCs announced
The appointments of 114 new Queen’s Counsel have been announced.These appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, MP, following...
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A court fee refund scheme has been opened for applicants who wish to contest court services charges issued between April 2014 and March 2018. This comes as a result of a 2018 review in which it was...
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A number of family law practitioners have been recognised by the judges of the LexisNexis Legal Awards and included in the shortlist for a variety of awards, including the Award for Legal Services...
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16 January 2020

The intestacy rules
Clients often assume that their estate will pass to their spouse or civil partner automatically and so there is no need for them to put in place a Will. This assumption is not, in fact, accurate in...
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Television cameras will be allowed to broadcast from Crown Courts in England and Wales for the first time, following draft legislation due to be laid by the government on 16 January.The Crown Court...
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Lady Hale, the first female justice, has retired.Hailed as the Beyoncé of the legal profession,  Lady Hale was one of only six women out of one hundred studying law when she attended...
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The Children Act 1989 (CA 1989) received Royal Assent on 16 November 1989 (in force from October 1991). Its thirtieth anniversary is upon us. It was a statute which required all courts, social workers...
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(Court of Appeal, Sir Terence Etherton MR, King LJ and Lavender J, 12 December 2019)Public law children – Care proceedings – Designated local authorityThe Court of Appeal dismissed the...
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