Mark Paulson discusses the Law Society’s intervention in JG v the Legal Services Commission, concerning the payment of expert fees.
Anthony Douglas, chief executive of Cafcass, discusses the impact of major changes happening to family courts during April this year.
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.
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 Law Society’s family policy team provides information on the planned single family court
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
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
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
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.
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.