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Family Section

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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


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


Government changes domestic violence evidence requirement

27 April 2016

Ministry of Justice announces extended time limit for evidence

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Harsh evidence tests for domestic violence unlawful

18 February 2016By

The Court of Appeal rules that harsh evidence tests for domestic violence victims are unlawful

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40 per cent of domestic violence victims at risk

2 February 2016

Harsh evidence tests leave 40 per cent of domestic violence victims at risk according to new data


Special guardianship: Law Society responds to the Department of Education's call for evidence

29 September 2015

The Law Society publishes its response to the Department of Education’s call for evidence on special guardianship

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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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