Welcome to the February Family Section update
The Law Society's Family Section is a service by its members for its members, and is designed to support family and children law practitioners through the changes planned as part of the Family Justice Review.
Making a difference
District Judge Nick Crichton CBE calls for the courts to work with people to achieve real change in society, and explains how the Family Drug and Alcohol Court could offer a model for this
work across the courts service.
The Children Panel – why it matters
Pauline Lloyd, a solicitor in private practice in London and the South-East and chief assessor of the Children Law Accreditation Scheme – also known as the Children Panel – explains why she is so passionate about the scheme / panel.
Susan Thompson, a partner at DAC Beachcroft and chair of the Law Society's mental health and disability committee, explains the law relating to safeguarding adults at risk of financial abuse,
and disclosing abuse that has occurred.
Flexible working is often associated with supporting employees, but it is increasingly being considered in the context of clients, particularly for those seeking family law services, explains
Law Society Lexcel manager, Clare Jarratt.
Olivier Roth, Law Society policy adviser, provides a round-up of the recent news on family law and practice, including new Law Society practice notes and templates for expert witness instructions in the family courts.
EU legislative news update
The Law Societies Joint Brussels Office provides regular updates on EU legislative developments in a variety of areas of law, including family. Its January update covers developments including
matrimonial property regimes, the property consequences of registered partnerships, child support and legal aid in cross-border cases.
Family Section members who are accredited with the Law Society’s children or family panels or family mediation panel will receive free access to four of the six compulsory annual CPD hours. If you are planning to apply for membership of these accreditation schemes, Section membership will give you the latest knowledge and information.
The Law Society’s Practice Advice Service answers a frequently asked question on administering an oath where the deponent is a child.
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