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 : brexit-and-family-law-flba-23-11-16
The FLBA has prepared a paper setting out its position in respect of Settlement Conferences. You may read the paper here : settlement-conferences-oct-2016-final
Susan Jacklin QC, Chair of the FLBA, wrote an article about Access to Justice issues in The Times this week. For those without subscriptions you may download that article in pdf form here.
The FLBA has prepared a briefing paper on issues surrounding access to justice in the Family Court, to explain to candidates in the forthcoming election how changes to civil legal aid under the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) are causing injustice to many children and their families. Read the paper.
In June the chairs of the FLBA, ALC and Resolution sent a joint letter regarding legal aid to Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Justice. Read the letter here : joint letter to mr vara 9 6 14. Read the response of the Minister here : SaileshVaraMPletterJune14.
The Bar Council has got together with the FLBA and other specialist bar associations to produce a guide for litigants in person, to help those who find themselves unable to afford legal representation or advice. The Guiden contains sections about Family Law as well as other specific areas of law. The Guide has been produced(…)
Commenting on the retirement, on 1 December, of Sir Nicholas Wall as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales, Nicholas Cusworth QC, Chairman of the Family Law Bar Association, said: “Sir Nicholas Wall has been the most distinguished family lawyer of his generation. He was equally at home(…)
The Bar Council and Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), which represent barristers and family barristers in England and Wales respectively, have urged the Government to take a considered and practical approach to reforming family law and not to rush to legislate, as it published its response to the Family Justice Review. Commenting on particular areas(…)
The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has announced plans to offer family mediation training to barristers in collaboration with ADR Group, via its Member Services department. The family mediation training course, which will be available from November 2011, has been initiated in response to the changing legal landscape for family practitioners,(…)
The Chairman and Committee of the FLBA are pleased to announce the Bracewell Essay Prize, in honour of the memory of Dame Joyanne Bracewell DBE, will be open to all members of the association who are less than six years call. A prize of £4,000, and a runners-up prize of £1,000 will be awarded to the winner(…)