Month: January 2021


Lockdown set to continue till March

Prime Minister Boris Johnson, has stated that the national lockdown will remain in effect until early March at the earliest, as the UK comes to terms with the news that we have surpassed 100,000 deaths. During Prime Minister’s Querstions, he told the House of Commons that schools would be the first part of society to […]Read More


Caroline Corby resigns from Cafcass Board

It has been reported on the Cafcass website that Caroline Corby has resigned from the Cafcass Board, having served since December 2014, most recently as Interim Deputy Chair since March 2020. She is also Chair of the Cafcass Performance and Quality Committee and these roles will now be taken up by other experienced members of […]Read More


New AML Guidance needs a careful review

With the release of draft guidance on anti-money laundering guidance on 20 January 2021, there has been a furry of conversation about what this means.  Amy Bell from Teal Compliance, has shared her recent blog with the readers of Today’s Family Lawyer to share her thoughts on the new draft guidance. Since 2017 LSAG have […]Read More


International Divorce Investigations

Hiding assets and not disclosing full details of wealth attracts serious penalties in the UK, including contempt of court, potential imprisonment and perjury. However; the penalties are rarely enforced, which results in many people hiding their marital wealth from their spouse, or civil partner, prior to launching divorce proceedings. The financially weaker party is then […]Read More


Legal sector helped with new AML guidance

The Legal Sector Affinity Group (LSAG), which includes all UK legal sector professional bodies and supervisors, has completed an extensive revision and redraft of its anti-money laundering (AML) guidance. This replaces previous versions of the guidance and is currently pending approval by HM Treasury, although the guidance is currently available in draft form. This draft […]Read More

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A Quick Guide to Cohabitation in England/Wales and Scotland

This article has been written by Fiona Turner a Family Law Partner in Weightmans’ English Offices and Noel Ferry a Family Law Partner in Weightmans’ Scottish Office. Following the Villiers decision, reinvigorating forum shopping (Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30), and with the implications of Brexit now a reality, family law practitioners must ensure that […]Read More


Movers and Shakers – 22 Jan 2021

A new year, often means a new start, and here at Today’s Family Lawyer, we wanted to share with you the good news we’ve had within in the industry of professionals joining firms and those who have moved up the promotional ladder. This week we’ve seen the following announcements with regards to appointments and promotions: […]Read More


Cafcass publishes updated guidance on working with children through Covid-19

Cafcass has published updated guidance which outlines the arrangements that are currently being made for Family Court Advisers to see children and families, work in Cafcass offices and attend court. The Cafcass guidance has been updated due to the current Government national lockdown restrictions which have been put in place. This guidance will continue to […]Read More


Too early to think about PII renewals?

Our ‘Technical Corner’ brings you information that will help you to continue to grow and develop in your career. This month’s technical corner article comes from Paul Saunders, Managing Director at Legal Eye If you have any questions for our panel of experts, please submit them using the contact form below. We will publish the […]Read More


Guidance on online financial remedy services

HM Courts and Tribunal Services have provided online financial remedy services guides for family law professionals.  The guides describes the steps on how to use online financial remedy services using MyHMCTS platform. These guides describe the steps you need to use for financial remedy. The two guides provided are: Onboarding guidance – consent Onboarding guidance […]Read More