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Limited-time offer for arbitrations

Clients may have a whole range of fears when faced with the court process, ranging from the delay and costs, to fears as to whether the Judge will be able to give the time needed, whether listings will be inconvenient or a case will be left part heard or be appealed. Family arbitration has had(…)

Statement on the Retirement of Sir Nicholas Wall

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(…)

2012 Autumn/Winter Lecture Series

11th October 2012 : “ Non Accidental Head Injury (NAHI): New cases, new science: taking the TRIAD apart?”, Jo Delahunty QC 25th October 2012 : “Using Human Rights Act Remedies in Public Law Children Act proceedings”, Deidre Fottrell  1st November 2012 : “Financial Remedies Update”, David Burles  8th November 2012 : “Surrogacy; policy and procedure”, Alison Russell QC  15th November 2012 : “Learning to Love(…)

FLBA 2012 National Conference

The National Conference will be held at the Guildhall in Winchester on 24 November 2012.  Places are still available (5 Nov). Achieving Positive Outcomes will be Chaired by Mr Justice Jonathan Baker, and the Keynote Speaker will be Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane. For further information on the schedule, prices and accommodation etc please download a flyer here.(…)

Chairman’s Statement & Agenda for Bar Council Meeting 7th July 2012

Chairman’s Bar Council Statement July 2012 July 2012 Bar Council Agenda Please contact Zoe Saunders if you have any comments or questions in relation to this via e-mail Zoe.Saunders@StJohnsChambers.co.uk or via twitter @ZASaunders, also follow on twitter for instant updates from Bar Council meetings.

Bar Council Chairman’s Interim Statement & Minutes of April meeting

Chairman’s interim statement to Bar Council June 2012  14 April 2012 Bar Council minutes Please contact Zoe Saunders if you have any comments or questions in relation to this via e-mail Zoe.Saunders@StJohnsChambers.co.uk or via twitter @ZASaunders, also follow on twitter for instant updates from Bar Council meetings.

New Adoption Regulations : abolition of panel

The Regulations implementing the Family Justice Review recommendations on adoption panels have now been laid before Parliament.  They come into force on 1 September 2012.  Arrangements are being made for the revised statutory adoption guidance to be made available on the Department’s website.  A formal announcement to local authorities of the Regulations and revised guidance(…)

Families ‘hit by legal aid plans’

Thousands of vulnerable people facing family breakdown could end up without legal representation because of planned changes to legal aid. The BBC reports on proposed legal aid cuts, with comment from Nicholas Cusworth QC, FLBA Chair. Read the full article on the BBC website: Families ‘hit by legal aid plans’, By Maleen Saeed.

Family Law Awards

 The deadline to submit a nomination for this year’s Family Law Awards is 4 May 2012. Submit your nomination now through the Family Law Awards website. The awards ceremony will be held on 10 October 2012 at the prestigious London Hilton hotel on Park Lane, Mayfair. The number of awards available to win this year(…)

Bar Council Agenda For Meeting on 14th April 2012

Bar Council Agenda 14th April 2012 Chairman’s Statement for Bar Council April 2012 Please contact Zoe Saunders if you have any comments or questions in relation to this via e-mail Zoe.Saunders@StJohnsChambers.co.uk or via twitter @ZASaunders, also follow on twitter for instant updates from the meeting.