Patrick Curran jailed for life for murdering Joan Roddam – BBC News

‘A man with a fetish for older women has been jailed for life for the murder of a pensioner in her Cornwall home. Patrick Curran was 27 when he strangled 74-year-old widow Joan Roddam at her home in Delabole, in November 2003.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2015

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from December 2014.’

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Family Law Week, 23rd January 2015

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High court upholds legal aid rules in domestic violence cases – The Guardian

‘Government regulations on access to legal aid for victims of domestic violence have been upheld by the high court.’

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The Guardian, 23rd January 2015

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On-call solicitor plan adopted with ‘cavalier disregard for fairness’ – The Guardian

Posted January 20th, 2015 in criminal justice, law firms, legal representation, news, solicitors by sally

‘A theoretical business model adopted by the justice secretary to employ on-call solicitors was selected with “cavalier disregard” for fairness and real-world experience, the high court has heard.’

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The Guardian, 19th January 2015

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‘Justice under threat’ as defendants face court alone due to legal aid cuts – The Independent

Posted January 20th, 2015 in criminal justice, legal aid, legal representation, litigants in person, news by sally

‘The principle of fair justice is being undermined by the growing number of criminal defendants forced to represent themselves in court, magistrates from across the country warn in a survey to be released today [19 January].’

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The Independent, 19th January 2015

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MI6 forced to show how it may snoop on privileged lawyer-client exchanges – The Guardian

‘MI6 has been forced to reveal documents detailing how it may access legally privileged communications between solicitors and their clients, even if the lawyers are suing the government.’

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The Guardian, 13th January 2015

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Neither compassionate nor humane – Legal Aid Handbook

‘The first two reported cases of the year in the Family Court are both concerned with the difficulties litigants – not to mention practitioners, and the courts – are now faced with when trying to navigate the legal aid system. The first – about which we posted here – concerned an unrepresented father who couldn’t get legal aid despite needing to cross-examine a child who had accused him of abuse, leading to the court to order that he be funded outside the legal aid scheme.’

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Legal Aid Handbook, 11th January 2015

Source: www.legalaidhandbook.com

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Asking for relief – NearlyLegal

‘This is a housing case, but the procedural issue in this decision is only tangentially related to that. Nonetheless, it is a matter worth noting.’

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NearlyLegal, 10th January 2015

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Parents’ legal aid wait to fight enforced adoption of son inhumane, says judge – The Guardian

Posted January 8th, 2015 in adoption, delay, learning difficulties, legal aid, legal representation, news by sally

‘A couple left in “agony” to fight against the enforced adoption of their three-year-old son could be forgiven for thinking they are trapped in a system which is “neither compassionate nor even humane,” the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has said.’

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The Guardian, 7th January 2015

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Law Society questions value of cab-rank rule – Legal Futures

Posted January 7th, 2015 in barristers, contracts, fees, Law Society, legal representation, news, solicitors by tracey

‘The Law Society has responded to a Bar Standards Board (BSB) call for evidence on the cab-rank rule by questioning its “operational value”.’

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Legal Futures, 7th January 2015

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The Separate Representation of Children in Child Abduction Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted January 7th, 2015 in appeals, child abduction, children, delay, legal representation, news, Supreme Court by tracey

‘Esther Lieu, barrister of 3PB Chambers, explores how the role of children has developed Hague Convention child abduction proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 6th January 2015

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How to make family hearings fair – UK Human Rights Blog

‘This case raises a very stark problem. A father wants to see his children aged 5 and 4. The mother has an elder daughter, Y, aged 17. Y told her teacher that the father sexually abused her. The truth or otherwise of this allegation is relevant to whether there should be contact between father and his children.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 5th January 2015

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Judge orders MoJ to pay for LiP’s lawyer – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The High Court has ordered the government to pay for a litigant in person to be represented at a hearing despite his lack of eligibility for legal aid.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 5th January 2015

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Court of Appeal: litigants in person may get help with relief from sanctions, but only “at the margins” – Litigation Futures

‘The fact that an individual or a company is a litigant in person is not a reason for the “disapplication” of court orders, rules and directions, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 5th January 2015

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Recovering Inquest Costs in Civil Proceedings – Zenith PI Blog

Posted December 17th, 2014 in costs, damages, disclosure, inquests, legal representation, murder, news, proportionality by sally

The Senior Court Cost Office has handed down a decision in the above case offering additional guidance as to when and what costs of attending an inquest can be recovered in subsequent civil proceedings.

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th December 2014

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Extensions of Time to File Notices of Appeal and Relief from Sanctions: R (on the application of DINJAN HYSAJ) v Secretary of State for The Home Department: Fathollahipour v Aliabadibenisi: May v Robsinson – Zenith PI Blog

‘CPR r.3.9 rears its growling head again…but a more robust approach, nevertheless, should not be taken as encouragement to refuse reasonable extensions of time or to seek tactical advantage in every minor default.’

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Zenith PI Blog, 17th December 2014

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Father treated ‘like Kafka character’ by Family Court – top judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 16th, 2014 in case management, family courts, injunctions, legal representation, news, notification by tracey

‘A father who was banned from his own street, cut off from his children for five months, with no opportunity to defend himself, and then arrested for text messaging his son, was treated like a character from a Kafka novel, a senior judge has admitted.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th December 2015

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Representing Transgendered Clients – a guide for family lawyers – Family Law Week

‘Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright, barrister of 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, offers a guide to the Gender Recognition Act 2004.’

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Family Law week, 11th December 2014

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Legal aid contracts for on-call criminal solicitors to be slashed by two-thirds – The Guardian

‘On-call, duty contracts for criminal solicitors to attend police stations and courts will be slashed from 1,600 to 527 in England and Wales, the Ministry of Justice has confirmed.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2014

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Parents face funding test to stop their children going into care – The Bar Council

Posted November 20th, 2014 in care orders, legal aid, legal representation, press releases by tracey

‘Parents facing the prospect of having their children taken away from them should have legal aid to fight their case, the Bar Council has said.’

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The Bar Council, 17th November 2014

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

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