“Informed consent” ruling threatens avalanche of PI costs refund claims – Litigation Futures

Posted October 20th, 2020 in consent orders, costs, law firms, news, personal injuries, solicitors by sally

‘Personal injury (PI) law firms that fail to spell out in their retainers the costs clients could be liable for beyond what is recovered from defendants face a wave of litigation following a major High Court ruling.’

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Litigation Futures, 19th October 2020

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Rape prosecutors in England and Wales given new advice over dating apps – The Guardian

‘Prosecutors in England and Wales are being given new guidance over nude selfies and dating apps in rape and sexual assault cases.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2020

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High Court judicial approval for joint drafting of family court consent orders – Family Law

Posted January 23rd, 2020 in consent orders, drafting, electronic filing, family courts, news by tracey

‘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 Declaration that there is no conflict-of-interest for a leading online service to act for both parties in the drafting of a financial consent order under the terms of its business model. He has further held that doing so is neither a reserved legal activity nor a reserved instrument activity and therefore not a breach of the Legal Services Act.’

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Family Law, 22nd January 2020

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Ending duties after the HRA – Nearly Legal

‘This is a settled judicial review, I’ve seen the grounds, interim order and final consent order. It raises a number of issues about the performance of the new Housing Act 1996 Part VII duties as amended by the Homelessness Reduction Act 2017.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th April 2019

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Divorce to be wholly online “within months” – Legal Futures

‘Every family law practitioner will have felt the effects of court modernisation in their daily practice within a year, with the remaining parts of the divorce process moving online within months, the president of the Family Division has declared.’

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Legal Futures, 8th April 2019

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Analysis: Changing financial settlements – Family Law

Posted February 6th, 2019 in consent orders, disclosure, divorce, financial provision, news by tracey

‘According to Stuart Clark and Emma Chowdhury, of the International Family Law Group, the English Family Courts strongly encourage any financial order made upon divorce or civil partnership dissolution to be final, as in not changeable after the event. This applies equally to orders reached by consent as it does to orders imposed by the court following a contested final hearing.’

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Family Law, 6th February 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

DDJ “should not have interfered” with parties’ costs agreement – Litigation Futures

Posted January 14th, 2019 in accidents, appeals, consent orders, costs, news, part 36 offers, road traffic by tracey

‘A deputy district judge’s decision to vary a consent order for costs on the standard basis to apply fixed costs to a claim that started in the portal has been overturned.’

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Litigation Futures, 14th January 2018

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Council to keep day centre open after user brings legal proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 18th, 2018 in consent orders, learning difficulties, local government, news by sally

‘Birmingham City Council has decided to keep a day centre for vulnerable adults open, after campaigners had threatened legal action over an earlier decision to close the facility.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th December 2018

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Consent Orders: Triumph or Disaster? Working towards best practice in reaching consent orders – Family Law Week

Posted September 21st, 2018 in consent orders, families, family courts, news by tracey

‘Following a multi-professional seminar, David Pitcher, Family Court Adviser, Cafcass and Carol Mashembo, barrister, Magdalen Chambers, Exeter with Dr Anna Gough and Sarah Evans consider the issues concerning best practice in consent orders in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 11th September 2018

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Financial Remedies and Divorce Update, September 2018 – Family Law Week

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate, Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during August 2018.’

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Family Law Week, 6th September 2018

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Financial consent orders can now be filed online – Family Law

‘On Monday 6 August 2018 the family courts will take another step towards becoming digital. From that date applications for consent orders in family court financial proceedings can be filed online rather than delivery to a physical court office. For many law firms increasingly geared towards the digital rather than the paper, this is yet further welcome progress.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

The courts’ jurisdiction to vary capital orders – Family Law

‘Family analysis: Clare Williams, associate at JMW Solicitors LLP, examines the limited scope for the variation of capital orders, and diverging judicial views on the jurisdiction of the court to make an interim order for sale, in the case of SR v HR [2018] EWHC 606 (Fam), [2018] All ER (D) 176 (Mar) where an added complication was the bankruptcy of the husband.’

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Family Law, 20th April 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Mediation: a better route to a good settlement? – Family Law

‘The Family Mediation Council (FMC) decided at the beginning of 2017 to put out three questions for consultation:
– Would the role of a mediator as an impartial third party in mediation be jeopardised by that mediator drafting a consent order, once a mediated agreement has been reached?
– Is it possible to draft a consent order without giving advice on its terms?
– Is it appropriate to draft a consent order without giving parties advice on its terms?’

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Family Law, 22nd December 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Lump sum orders under Pt III of MFPA 1984 – Family Law

‘Family analysis: A husband’s appeal succeeded against a lump sum order made in favour of the wife by an English court after the couple agreed a financial consent order in Russian divorce proceedings. Jenny Duggan, associate at Stewarts, examines issues that arose in Zimina v Zimin.’

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Family Law, 27th October 2017

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‘Clumsy’ lawyers risk appeals after judge clarifies family court powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 17th, 2017 in appeals, consent orders, families, news by tracey

‘A broad interpretation of the family court’s powers risks creating a surge in appeals if “clumsy” lawyers delve into areas beyond their specialism, solicitors fear.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 16th October 2017

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Finance and Divorce Update, August 2017 – Family Law Week

‘Naomi Shelton, Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, analyses the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during July 2017.’

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Family Law Week, 2nd August 2017

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Binding agreements in TOLATA claims – Family Law Week

‘Alexander Chandler, barrister, 1 King’s Bench Walk, considers the law and practice of agreements to settle TOLATA claims.’

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Family Law Week, 28th July 2017

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Second application for security for costs “not an abuse of process” – Litigation Futures

Posted December 14th, 2016 in abuse of process, consent orders, costs, news by sally

‘A businessman involved in a £132m dispute with property tycoons Nick and Christian Candy has been ordered to provide £5.5m security for costs after the High Court rejected arguments that the application was an abuse of process because the Candys had withdrawn a previous application.’

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Litigation Futures, 13th December 2016

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Finance and Divorce Update November 2016 – Family Law Week

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during October 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 13th November 2016

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Ordering the would-be undertaker: the equitable reach of the Family Court – Family Law Week

‘Norma Cronin, solicitor at Hughes Fowler Carruthers and Mark Ablett, Senior Paralegal at Hughes Fowler Carruthers and soon to be pupil barrister at 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers consider the troublesome issue of enforcement of undertakings in financial remedies cases.’

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Family Law Week, 8th July 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk