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FLBMail 5 Jan 2015

This is the last FLBMail of 2014. The first one of 2015 will be 5 January. It may contain little but reminders of some items in this missive. Important announcements regarding Transparency, Vulnerable Witnesses and FJC Working Group guidance on “needs” are expected early in the New Year but probably not so early as to(…)

FLBMail 22 Dec 2014

This is the last FLBMail of 2014. The first one of 2015 will be 5 January. It may contain little but reminders of some items in this missive. Important announcements regarding Transparency, Vulnerable Witnesses and FJC Working Group guidance on “needs” are expected early in the New Year but probably not so early as to(…)

FLBMail 16 Dec 2014

I attach the judgment of the Court of Appeal in Re R which was handed down this morning at 10.30 am. It contains important reiteration of what was intended (and not intended) by the Court of Appeal in Re B-S. If you act in care proceedings it is essential reading. Some core points: (i) The concern at which(…)

FLBMail 8 Dec 2014

Representation in domestic violence cases There are many cases being heard around the country where a party accused of assault against a former partner is being allowed to cross-examine the former partner or the judge is undertaking the cross-examination. This is of great concern. In such cases the accused party should be represented for all(…)

FLBMail 24 Nov 2014

Newcastle National Conference I have just returned from the conference, which was truly excellent: the perfect blend of education and entertainment. There will be a full report in the next edition of Family Affairs, to be published next month. Congratulations to the North East Regional Committee:  Justin Gray (Chairman), Sarah Woolrich (Secretary), Tim Donnelly (Treasurer),(…)

FLBMail 13 Oct 2014

  21st FLBMail of 2014 Family Affairs:  I am not in a position to make any promises but I am very hopeful of success in reintroducing a hard copy of Family Affairs. We might even manage this for the pre-Christmas edition due out in mid December.  It would help to know just how popular or(…)

FLBMail 3 Oct 2014

20th FLBMail of 2014 3 October 2014 Apologies for the intrusion on a Friday and only 4 days after the last FLBMail, but I have three items of important information that cannot await 13 October. Eleanor King LJ I have just received confirmation that the ceremony to mark the appointment of Eleanor King J to(…)

FLBMail 29 Sept 2014

19th FLBMail of 2014   Last week the Secretary, Ian Bugg, sent out notice of the AGM and of elections to the committee. The deadline for nominations is 17 October. I hope to see nominations from many different sets of chambers leading to greater diversity in the membership of the committee. The commitment is demanding(…)

FLBMail 15 Sept 2014

18th FLBMail of 2014 Please don’t forget to book your place at the regional national conference in Newcastle on 22 November.   Advocates’ Bundle bolt-ons In the FLBmails of 28 and 30 July I referred to the requirement for a written explanation to be provided to the judge for the inclusion of documents in the(…)

FLBMail 1 Sept 2014

Welcome to the 17th FLBMail of 2014. I trust that you have all had an enjoyable and restful Summer and are now ready for the numerous changes and developments that are afoot. The President issued his 13th View on 16 August; it is entitled “The process of reform: an update.” Naturally it is on the website(…)