Members-only notices and announcements

Brexit and Family Law

On 20 December 2016 the Chair of the FLBA, Philip Marshall QC, gave evidence before the House of Commons Justice Committee on the topic of the impact of Brexit on Family Law. You can view that session here. You can read a recent paper prepared by the FLBA on Brexit and Family Law here : The(…)

Cumberland Lodge 2016

Cumberland Lodge weekend : Friday 6th – Sunday 8th May 2016 You are warmly invited to the Association’s 35th Annual Weekend Conference at Cumberland Lodge. A copy of the Programme is below and attached [NB The FINAL Programme is in the attached file], together with a Booking Form, map and the inevitable “small print” (please read!). You will see from(…)

Elections and AGM

Please note that the closing date for nomination forms is this Friday 9 October. Details are set out below (and attached). Applications would be especially welcome from sets which might not normally field a candidate. These are testing times for the Family Bar and it is vital that the entire membership has the opportunity to(…)

Solicitor Advocates : evidence gathering

This questionnaire was first circulated in February and is still open. Please do access the Questionnaire and record your experiences – don’t leave it to others to take the few minutes required to complete this document. If we are to take any action then we need a significant body of evidence. If the evidence is(…)

FLBMail 15 July 2015

I am sending this FLBMail today, rather than wait till next Monday, because of the coming into force on Friday 17 July of highly important legislation. Amendment to the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003 – in force 17 July 2015 The Government has fast-tracked the implementation of the new civil law protection measure, the Female(…)

FLBMail 5 July 2015

The Bracewell Essay Prize 2015 I am pleased to announce the launch today of the 2015 competition, which is open to all members of the FLBA who have been called to the Bar and are less than 6 years’ call on 31 July 2015. The title is: “I have a dream: the future of family(…)

FLBMail 8 Jun 2015

Government spending cuts Last week the BBC reported its understanding of the spending cuts which will be announced by the Chancellor in his July Budget. The Ministry of Justice is required to find savings of £249m which it plans to achieve by restricting the use of consultants and delaying capital projects. £105m will be saved(…)

FLBMail 1 Jun 2015

Reminder Swearing-in of Alistair MacDonald QC as a Justice of the High Court on Wednesday 3 June at 1.40 pm in the Lord Chief Justice’s Court, followed by a welcome in the President’s Court with a speech from Elizabeth McGrath QC. Please do attend to give Alistair a typically warm welcome from the Family Bar.(…)