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 or via twitter @ZASaunders, also follow on twitter for instant updates from the meeting.

Family Justice Modernisation Programme – Update

Mr Justice Ryder has published his fourth update on the progress of the Family Justice Modernisation Programme : here. It details the plans for data gathering, the institution of a new court of record “The Family Court” and plans for a range of good practice “Pathways” to be developed. Further consideration will be given to(…)

Bracewell Essay Prize Joint Winners

This year the Bracewell Essay Prize was awarded jointly to two oustanding essays, from Elliw Roberts (St John’s Buildings) and Simon Rowbotham. Congratulations to both! The Essay title set for entrants was: To be…or not to be at risk?  Are the Courts protecting children appropriately from the likelihood of future significant harm? Elliw’s essay was published in(…)

Interview with Sir Andrew Macfarlane

Sir Andrew McFarlane was promoted to the Court of Appeal in July 2011, the most recent appointment in a meteoric career that began in the drama department of Durham University. As he explains in conversation with Family Affairs, his preferred activities at University
involved drama, student politics and the church. Law seems to have
been an after-thought(…)

Family Law Arbitration Seminar

The Family Law Bar Association is holding a Family Law Arbitration Seminar on 1st March between 5.30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. in the Bingham Room, Gray’s Inn The speakers will include Sir Peter Singer and Sir Hugh Bennett To reserve a place please email Places are limited and will be issued on a first come, first served(…)


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(…)