New pilot FPR 2010, PD 36J – attendance at court of ‘legal bloggers’ – Family Law

‘A pilot Practice Direction 36J comes into force on 1 October 2018 to allow certain lawyers to attend family proceedings in the Family Court and Family Division of the High Court with a view to reporting on proceedings. These persons are colloquially described as ‘legal bloggers’. The pilot will run for nine months and concludes on 30 June 2019.’

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Family Law, 27th August 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

International child abduction proceedings: key points to note from the latest President’s guidance – Family Law

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in case management, child abduction, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘On 13 March 2018, a new practice direction was issued by the President concerning Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings.
A practice direction tells anyone involved in judicial proceedings how to manage the case and interpret the Court rules. The practice guidance has been issued by the President to ensure all applications are appropriately case managed – whether commenced by a without notice application or on notice. The guidance deals with a number of aspects of child abduction proceedings, but practitioners should take note in particular of the changes made in relation to without notice applications and mediation.’

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Family Law, 21st March 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Costs judge calls for “authoritative guidance” on applications by former clients for their files – Litigation Futures

‘Authoritative guidance on whether clients can demand their full files from previous solicitors would help the Senior Courts Costs Office deal with the large number of applications it is facing, a costs judge has said.’

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Litigation Futures, 2nd February 2018

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New hot-tubbing and ‘costs of costs management’ rules come into force – Litigation Futures

‘Variations that judges can adopt in orders for concurrent expert evidence – known as ‘hot-tubbing’ – came into force last week, along with a new provision that clarifies how the costs of costs management should be calculated.’

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Litigation Futures, 1st December 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

New rule to emphasise that no Business & Property Courts case is “to big to be heard outside London” – Litigation Futures

Posted November 20th, 2017 in choice of forum, civil procedure rules, news, practice directions by tracey

‘There is to be a new part of the Civil Procedure Rules to deal with the launch of the Business and Property Courts (BPCs) to emphasise that no case is too big to be tried outside London, it has been decided.’

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Litigation Futures, 20th November 2017

Source: www.litigationfutures.com

The revised Practice Direction 12J: Child Arrangements & Contact Order: Domestic Violence and Harm – Family Law Week

‘Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, explains in detail the changes to Practice Direction 12J.’

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Family Law Week, 17th November 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Revised Practice Direction 12J – Child Arrangements and Contact Orders: Domestic Abuse and Harm – Family Law

Posted October 4th, 2017 in children, contact orders, domestic violence, news, practice directions by sally

‘Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, has issued a revised Practice Direction 12J of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 which came into force on 2 October 2017. The Practice Direction applies to any family proceedings in the Family Court or the High Court and specifically applies to any application made for a Child Arrangements Order or should any question arise about where a child should live, or about contact between a child and a parent or other family member and the court considers that an order should be made.’

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Family Law, 3rd October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Domestic Abuse – revised guidance issued – what does it say?- Transparency Project

Posted September 28th, 2017 in domestic violence, family courts, news, practice directions by sally

‘Children at risk of psychogical or physical abuse must not have contact with parent, judges told (sic)

This was the headline in The Times that arose from the publication by the President of the Family Division of a revised Practice Direction 12J (PD12J). PD12J is the part of the family court rules that sets out how the court should deal with allegations of domestic abuse.’

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Transparency Project, 24th September 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017 – Family Law

Posted September 14th, 2017 in domestic violence, family courts, news, practice directions by tracey

‘The President of the Family Division has issued a circular dealing with domestic abuse and containing a new PD12J, which comes into force on 2 October 2017.’

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Family Law, 14th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Pre-Action Correspondence: What to do if you get a Stroppy Letter ……. or worse – NIPC Law

‘On Wednesday I stressed the importance of pre-action correspondence and how the drafting of a letter before claim can make all the difference between getting what you want quickly and cheaply through focused negotiation and precipitating an expensive and possibly protracted law suit in Pre-Action Correspondence – Not Just a Box to be ticked or a Hoop to be jumped through 2 Aug 2017. Today, I shall tell you what to do if you receive a letter accusing you of infringing a patent or some other intellectual property right.’

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NIPC Law, 4th August 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

Pre-Action Correspondence – Not Just a Box to be ticked or a Hoop to be jumped through – NIPC Law

Posted August 4th, 2017 in intellectual property, news, practice directions, pre-action conduct by sally

‘Until the Civil Procedure Rules (“CPR”) came into force in 1999 solicitors specializing in intellectual property law heralded litigation with an ultimatum called a letter before action. Written in haughty if not insulting terms and accompanied by a humiliating form of undertakings, they were intended to shock the recipient into submission. They rarely achieved the desired result. As often as not they were simply ignored. Occasionally, they were answered by a defiant response. As a result, a lot of actions were launched that could easily have been settled without recourse to litigation.’

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NIPC Law, 2nd August 2017

Source: nipclaw.blogspot.co.uk

Rule committee takes ‘softly, softly’ approach to expanding approach to hot-tubbing – Litigation Futures

Posted July 14th, 2017 in civil procedure rules, expert witnesses, news, practice directions by tracey

‘The Civil Procedure Rule Committee (CPRC) agreed minor variations that judges can adopt in orders for concurrent expert evidence – known as “hot-tubbing” – but acknowledged the changes it has approved to the CPR are “not as radical” as had been recommended by the Civil Justice Council (CJC).’

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Litigation Futures, 14th July 2017

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How does the costs budget affect the final bill? – Court of Appeal provides guidance in Harrison – Zenith PI

‘Recent uncertainty as to how a costs budget impacts on the final bill in relation to both incurred and estimated costs has, to some extent, been resolved by the judgment in Harrison v University Hospitals Coventry & Warwickshire NHS Trust [2017] EWCA Civ 792.’

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Zenith PI, 6th July 2017

Source: zenithpi.wordpress.com

Is an RTA Insurer Liable for an Unidentified Defendant? – Park Square Barristers

‘The Court of Appeal has held in Cameron v Hussain and Liverpool Victoria [2017] EWCA Civ 366 that a Claimant can obtain a judgment against a Defendant identified only by description of him as the driver of a vehicle on a particular date. Whilst in almost every other area of law such judgment would be worthless as unenforceable, the Road Traffic Act 1988 provisions impose a contingent liability against the insurer of the vehicle to satisfy such a judgment. At first blush this seems to dismantle the careful limitations placed on the European Communities (Rights Against Insurers) Regulations 2002 to effectively enable a Claimant to pursue the insurer of a vehicle despite the fact that the driver of the same is unknown. This article, drafted by Park Square Barristers’ insurance indemnity specialists, Richard Paige and Judy Dawson, looks at the Court of Appeal judgment and the implications for the insurance industry.’

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Park Square Barristers, 19th June 2017

Source: www.parksquarebarristers.co.uk

Solicitors’ LLP not a litigant in person when acting for itself in proceedings, Court of Appeal says – Litigation Futures

‘A law firm LLP which acted for itself in legal proceedings is not a litigant in person for the purposes of the CPR, the Court of Appeal has held.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th June 2017

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FHDRAs: what should and shouldn’t happen – Family Law Week

‘Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, considers the orders a court might make at first hearing and dispute resolution appointment.’

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Family Law Week, 9th June 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Interviewing a ward of court – UK Police Law Blog

Posted June 5th, 2017 in consent, courts, news, police, police interviews, practice directions, wardship by tracey

‘The judgment in Re Ward of Court [2017] EWHC 1022 (Fam) answers with a resounding “no”, the question of whether the court’s consent is required before the police can interview a ward of court. A simple point, one might think, but there was, according to Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division, a “startling lack of clarity in the law” on this issue.’

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UK Police Law Blog, 4th June 2017

Source: ukpolicelawblog.com

Domestic Child Abduction – Legal Responses – Family Law Week

Posted April 6th, 2017 in appeals, child abduction, news, practice directions by tracey

‘Edward Devereux QC, Dr Rob George and Edward Bennett of Harcourt Chambers consider the legal options for the left behind parent where his or her child has been taken by the other parent to another part of England and Wales.’

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Family Law Week, 4th April 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Video Link Evidence in the Commercial Court: Potential Pitfalls – Hardwicke Chambers

‘In the 21st century commercial practitioners often approach the question of whether the court will hear evidence by video link as one of practicality. Questions they will commonly ask themselves include the following: will the witness be in London during the trial timetable? Will the witness be able to find time (and obtain consent from a current employer) to fly to London? Where physically could the video evidence be given and is that a suitable location? How sure can the court be that the witness is not receiving clandestine assistance “off-camera”? How secure is the video link and what is the sound and picture quality? Indeed in preparing a case that involves a number of witnesses who live and work overseas the possibility of live video evidence may well feature in trial preparation as a necessity rather than an option.’

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Hardwicke Chambers, 27th March 2017

Source: www.hardwicke.co.uk

Reforms to cross-examination by alleged abusers in the Prisons and Courts Bill – Family Law Week

‘Mark Roscoe, barrister of The 36 Group, outlines the provisions which the Government proposes to insert into section 31 of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984.’

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Family Law Week, 7th March 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk