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  • Mark Paulson

    Appeal granted against expert fees decision

    14 August 2013 Updated: 27 September 2014

    Mark Paulson discusses the Law Society’s intervention in JG v the Legal Services Commission, concerning the payment of expert fees.

  • Anthony Douglas

    The rule of three: changes to the family courts

    25 February 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, discusses the impact of major changes happening to family courts during April this year.

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    Court fees proposals update

    25 February 2014 Updated: 23 October 2014

    The Law Society has responded to the MoJ’s consultation on changes to civil court fees, including the family courts, which would mean that claimants would be expected to contribute more than the cost of the service that they were using – effectively making a profit for the court system.

  • Law Society seeks clarification from CSA on calls on behalf of a client

    25 February 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    The Law Society has sought clarification from the Child Support Agency (CSA) about the questions being put to solicitors when they call the CSA on behalf of a client.

  • The single family court

    25 February 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    The Law Society’s family policy team provides information on the planned single family court

  • Update on implementation of the Children and Families Act

    19 May 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    All family lawyers will be aware that 22 April 2014 was an important day in family law. On that Tuesday, many of the provisions in the Children and Families Act came into force

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    The rise of litigants in person

    19 May 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    As the Law Society Gazette reported recently, litigants in person now form the majority of those appearing before the family courts, which, as pointed out by the Lord Chief Justice, means the cuts in legal aid are a false economy. We are currently part of a working group looking at how to improve this situation

  • McKenzie Friends update

    19 May 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    The Legal Services Consumer Panel has stated that fee-charging McKenzie Friends increase access to justice. We believe that people in distressed circumstances cannot be adequately represented by those who neither have a legal qualification nor offer the protection of insurance

  • Judges

    Judicial criticism of the Legal Aid Agency (LAA)

    19 May 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    In the recent case of R (Children: temporary leave to remove from jurisdiction), Judge Clifford Bellamy criticised the LAA for being “wasteful and inefficient” in dealing with an application for funding for an expert witness report.

  • Law Commission view on Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements

    19 May 2014 Updated: 28 September 2014

    At the most recent Law Society Family Law Committee meeting, the Law Commissioner, Professor Elizabeth Cooke, discussed the Law Commission’s response to the Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements consultation.

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