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(…)

Legal Aid Bill Criticised by Joint Committee

The Joint Committee on Human Rights has published its report on the Legal Aid Bill, just as the Bill enters into Committee stage (20th December 2011) in the House of Lords. The Joint Committee is appointed by the House of Lords and the House of Commons to consider matters relating to human rights in the United(…)

6th World Congress on Family Law & Children’s Rights

The 6th World Congress on Family Law & Children’s Rights is due to take place in Sydney, Australia on 17-20 March 2013. The call for papers closes on 1 March 2012, and the early bird registration will run until 15 October 2012. More information can be found in the attached leaflet.

FLBA Conference 2011

The FLBA held a successful and well attended conference in Chester today (19 November 2011) at Chester Racecourse. The conference was chaired by The Honourable Mr Justice Peter Jackson, and speakers included: Christopher Pocock QC, who reminded us that Imerman was not the end of the world, but that in reality obtaining Anton Piller orders(…)

Law Reform Committee’s Annual Lecture

The Law Reform Committee’s Annual Lecture is being held on Tuesday 29th November. This year the topic is “Changing the Culture – The Role of the Bar and Bench in the management of cases involving children” and will be given by the President of the Family Division, the Rt. Hon. Sir Nicholas Wall. The lecture(…)

Bar Council Launches Family Mediation Training

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,(…)

Election Results

Congratulations to the following people who have been elected to the National Committee as of January 2012: Chairman: Nicholas Cusworth QC Vice Chair: Susan Jacklin QC Secretary: Philip Marshall Treasurer: James Roberts Committee members: Kate Branigan QC Michael Horton Sarah Morgan Deepak Nagpal Andrew Powell Nicholas Yates      

Bracewell Essay Prize 2012

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(…)

Family Justice Review Published

The Final Report of the Family Justice Review was published on 3 November.   The Family Justice Review Panel places children and families at the centre of its reform package, with plans to reform the fundamental structure of public law, and private law children cases.   6-month targets for the completion of public law (care/supervision)(…)

The Legal Aid Bill – a National Meeting

The FLBA and the Bar Council have called a national meeting on “The Legal Aid Bill – What is the future for Family Justice” This will take place on Saturday 17th September 2011 at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1 Wimpole Street, London W1G OAE commencing at 10.00 a.m.  Refreshments will be served from 09.15(…)