Family Section

The Family Section covers both public and private family law, as well as changes affecting both fields, including practical skills development and mediation

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Legal Aid Agency: change to standard cost limits

10 May 2016

Substantive certificates for family work issued after 1 May 2016 will have a £5,000 cost limitation as standard

All Public Law


New practice note: Court duty scheme for private law family clients

25 November 2016

The Law Society has issued a practice note for family practitioners intending to set up or provide advice at a court duty scheme for private law family cases. 

All Private Law


Settlement conferences – a knight in shining armour?Subscription

16 February 2017By

Do you have clients who are locked in a bitter court battle over the arrangements for their children? Are you looking for a more constructive way forward, within the court system, without having to put your client through the stress of a fully contested trial? If so, help could be at hand.

All Children Law

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Arbitration scheme extends to parental responsibility disputes

21 July 2016

The Family Law Arbitration Scheme is to be extended to disputes concerning parental responsibility


New S20 practice guidance

28 April 2016

New guidance to clarify expectations on local authorities for children looked after under s20 of the Children Act 1989

All Overarching Changes

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Build an online reputation as a great family lawyer in 7 steps Subscription

17 January 2017By

Gavin Ward discusses how, as a family lawyer, you can grow your online reputation, sell yourself, acquire new clients from the internet and ultimately succeed online.

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Lessons of 2016 & Resolutions for 2017

17 January 2017

Members of the Family Section Advisory Group share what they have learned in 2016 and what they’ll be focusing on in the year ahead. 

All Skills and Practice

Family Section renewals

Benefits of Membership*

The Family Section will provide you with support, advice, networking opportunities and enable the sharing of best practice with peers.

The current Section Engagement programme has been created in consultation with the Advisory Group and will focus on key issues including:

  • Sharland and Gohil Supreme Court Judgement
  • Family Law Protocol
  • General Children Law update
  • Forced marriages
  • Divorce centres a year on
  • Pensions for family lawyers
  • General financial remedies update
  • Surrogacy
  • Social media as a business tool: Is LinkedIn worth my time?
  • Emotional resilience
  • Domestic Violence
  • Serious Crime Act 2015: FGM provisions

These issues will be addressed through a range of activities including: Seminars, Discounts off Law Society publications and webinars, Features, Commentary, Webinars, News and a LinkedIn Group.

*See Section terms and conditions

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