FLBMail 1 Jun 2015

Reminder Swearing-in of Alistair MacDonald QC as a Justice of the High Court on Wednesday 3 June at 1.40 pm in the Lord Chief Justice’s Court, followed by a welcome in the President’s Court with a speech from Elizabeth McGrath QC. Please do attend to give Alistair a typically warm welcome from the Family Bar.(…)

FLBMail 26 May 2015

Congratulations to Alistair MacDonald QC On Friday 22 May it was announced that the Alistair MacDonald QC, member of the Association’s national committee, has been appointed as a Justice of the High Court, allocated to the Family Division. This is fabulous news and a most impressive achievement for someone who was only called to the(…)

FLBMail : 11 May 2015

Cumberland Lodge 2015 There will be a full report about the conference in the July issue of Family Affairs but, in the meantime, I can report that it was a great success, with every single lecture being both stimulating and entertaining. At the end of the Saturday programme, with its entirely international and largely comparative(…)

FLBMail 27 April 2015

Cumberland Lodge 2015  Not long now! Only eleven days to go … Here is the programme and the booking form: Booking form Programme Please fill it in now and send to Khadija on admin@flba.co.uk LASPO – yet another example of the adverse effects Re E-R (a child) [2015] EWCA Civ 405 The case involved a(…)

FLBMail 20 April 2015

Cumberland Lodge 8 – 10 May 2015 Attached is the booking form which can be returned by post or email, as you prefer. The programme is: Friday evening: Reception at 6.30 pm followed by dinner. At 9 pm in the Mews Conference Centre Cobb J: “Everything A Family Lawyer Always Wanted to Know about Magna(…)

FLBMail 13 Apr 15

Apologies for the lateness of today’s FLBMail. We have experienced technical difficulties with MailChimp which were only resolved this evening. Welcome back to those who have been away for the Easter holiday. For those who left before 31 March the Easter edition of Family Affairs was awaiting your return. I hope you agree that it(…)

FLBMail : 30 Mar 15

The Easter edition of Family Affairs should be arriving in your post box imminently. Last week you all received the booking form and information for the Cumberland Lodge conference on 8 to 10 May 2015. Here is the link to the booking forms and information. The final report of the Vulnerable Witnesses & Children Working(…)

FLBMail : 13 Mar 15

House of Commons Justice Committee report This long awaited report on the impact of changes to civil legal aid of LASPO was published on 12 March. It follows the reports of the National Audit Office in November 2014 and the Public Accounts Committee in February 2015 and is no less critical. Here is a flavour(…)

FLBMail 2 Mar 2015

Annual dinner 27 February 2015 In short: a good time was had by all! I will not say more as the evening will be covered in more detail and with photographs in the Easter edition of Family Affairs, which we aim to send out at the end of March. However, I do wish to bring(…)

FLBMail 16 Feb 2015

Queen’s Counsel 2015 Today is Silks’ Day and all around the Temple are new silks and their families having photographs taken. The atmosphere is a mixture of excitement, pride and pleasure. Congratulations again to our 12 new silks. It will be a memorable and happy day. Solicitor Advocates: evidence gathering Please do access the Questionnaire(…)