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FLiP listed in forward-thinking family law directory

Family Law in Partnership listed in the Working Together Divorce & Separation Directory Family Law in Partnership (FLiP) has announced that it has been listed in the Working Together Divorce & Separation Directory for London, published by Tavistock Relationships. The directory lists organisations, like Family Law in Partnership, which are committed to enabling separating couples […]Read More

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Cost of care up by 24% as review reveals need

Heightened demand to protect vulnerable children at risk of harm has seen spending to provide support skyrocket over the past five years. This comes as the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, described as “once in a generation”, was published this week. A report from the Local Government association revealed that councils in England spent […]Read More

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Marriage rates continuing to plummet, ONS data reveals

The latest data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) has revealed that marriage rates re continuing to decline, falling to 219,850 marriages in England and Wales in 2019 – a decrease of 6.4% from 2018. 213,122 of the marriages were between opposite-sex couples, down 6.5% from the year prior. Marriages between same-sex couples also […]Read More

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Need for more fact-finding hearings an “urban myth”

Speaking at the recent Resolution annual conference, Sir Andrew McFarlane, president of the family division, called for fewer fact-finding hearings in family cases. McFarlane noted that judges and magistrates had received guidance so as to correct an “urban myth” that arose in Re H-N and Others (Children) last March. He said that the “default position” […]Read More

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Supreme Court rules SRA should retain costs protection

The Supreme Court handed down its judgment in CMA v Flynn Pharma Ltd on Wednesday, wherein it clarified its position that the SRA (Solicitors Regulation Authority) should be eligible to receive costs protection as a default when bringing prosecutions. The case saw the involved pharmaceutical companies successfully challenge the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) fining […]Read More

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1150% increase in SRA’s fining power “not appropriate”

Safeguards needed to offset exponential rise in regulator fining powers, says Law Society The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) is set to reform its approach to financial penalties including an increase of its fining powers by 1,150% without balancing these changes with appropriate safeguards, the Law Society of England and Wales said. “It is disappointing the […]Read More

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SRA announces updated plans on financial penalties

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has announced how it intends to move forward with plans to update its approach on issuing financial penalties to law firms and solicitors who fall short of the expected professional standards. The regulator launched a public consultation last year on proposed changes to its current approach to issuing penalties. The […]Read More

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Government reponds to children’s social care review

Government commits to major reforms to improve the lives of England’s most vulnerable children and families Vulnerable children and families in England will be better supported by a fundamental shift in how children’s social care services are delivered, guided by the findings of an independent review of children’s social care published on Monday. The government […]Read More

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Help families avoid crisis, urges care review

A review of councils’ children’s care services has been warned that tens of thousands more children could end up in care without drastic changes to child protection in England. The Independent Review of Children’s Social Care, described as “once in a generation”, is assessing the intervention with struggling families who are reaching crisis point. The […]Read More

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Knights acquires South East-based firm for £11.5m

Midlands-headquartered firm Knights has acquired a 130-year-old counterpart in a £11.5m deal. Coffin Mew is an independent law firm based primarily in Portsmouth with offices in Southampton, Brighton and Newbury. In a statement, Knights stated that the acquisition will bring 102 new fee earners to Knights, significantly expanding Knights’ presence in the South East, an […]Read More

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92% of lawyers have faced stress or burnout, study finds

Survey finds 92% of lawyers have experienced stress or burnout because of their job, with more than a 25% experiencing it daily Legatics, developers of the leading legal transaction management platform, today announced the findings of a new survey conducted in collaboration with YouGov that reveals the impact stress, burnout and over work are having […]Read More

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How to help your Ukrainian counterparts

The ruthless war in Ukraine has left a nation utterly devastated, and the country’s legal sector is no exception. Despite this, information on what the UK legal sector can do to help its counterparts in Ukraine is sparse. Today’s Family Lawyer has set out to shed some light on what can be done to help […]Read More

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National Work from Home Day: Friday, 20th May 2022

On Friday 20th May 2022, National Work from Home Day, run by Work Wise UK a, not-for-profit, campaign and development organisation provides an opportunity for both employers and employees to focus on championing modern “smarter” working practices as well as broader wellbeing at work and work life balance. Here, Adrian Matthews, Head of Employee Benefits […]Read More

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SRA issues ban after man poses as divorce expert

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has sanctioned a man after he posed as somebody capable of carrying our work on divorce cases. The man, Rusty Adams, was employed in Guildford by Gateley as completions manager in the firm’s residential development unit. However, it was found following an investigation by the SRA that he had been […]Read More

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Children abusing other children up by nearly a third

The number of reports of harmful sexual behaviour by one child to another has increased by 29% over the last year, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) has said. The NSPCC have received 2,363 calls reporting such incidents, and staff made nearly 600 referrals to external agencies including social services […]Read More

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The power of pro bono: lawyers stepping forward when it

UK lawyers’ pro bono legal support for people affected by crises such as those in Afghanistan and Ukraine has been praised by Pro Bono Week’s organisers. The importance of effective coordination of such a crisis response is one of six key focus areas for this year’s event, which is from 7th-11th November 2022. “The profession […]Read More

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