IPP prisoners labelled ‘suicide risk’ as they are prevented from seeing family

Concerns have been raised that people in prison for public protection sentences may be at risk of mental health issues as the Labour party has withdrawn support for amendments to the Victims and Prisoners Bill. Amendments to the bill would have seen improved conditions for those imprisoned on Public Protection (IPPs) which has led campaigners […]

Students provide legal support 900 times through charity

Students studying LLB (Hons) Law at Leeds Beckett University have provided legal support over 900 times this year through a partnership with legal charity, Support Through Court. Support Through Court exists to provide practical and emotional support to people facing court alone without a lawyer and those unable to access legal aid. The support given […]

Conference to cover gaslighting, domestic abuse, ToLATA disputes, cohabitation and more…

The Today’s Family Lawyer Private Law Conference returns to Manchester on 20th September 2024 and organisers Today’s Media can now reveal the line up of topics and speakers. Tickets for ‘Family Law Futures: Navigating Tomorrow’s Challenges Today’ are also available for £99 +VAT per person.  With a mix of CPD/ continuing competence presentations alongside law […]

Half of adults believe smacking should be banned in England

Over half of adults believe that smacking children should be banned in England and that the defence of ‘reasonable chastisement’ should be scrapped. A survey of 3,500 people carried out by The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) revealed that 52% of the public believe an outright ban on hitting children […]

Proposals to make it easier for child sex abuse victims to bring civil claims

Plans to make it easier and less traumatic for victims of child sexual abuse to bring historic claims through the civil courts have been unveiled by the government. Currently child sexual abuse claims must be brought within three years of the claimant turning 18 unless the court grants an extension. For this to happen the […]

Open consultation: Limitation law in child sexual abuse cases

Child Safeguarding Practice Review Panel

This consultation paper seeks views on options for the reform of the law of limitation in child sexual abuse cases in England and Wales. Specifically, it considers the recommendation by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (‘the Inquiry’) on limitation law. It also examines the law of limitation in child sexual abuse cases in […]

SRA ‘should withdraw’ proposals to regulate CILEX members

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The Law Society of England and Wales has expressed concern at the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s (SRA) continued pursuit of regulating authorised and non-authorised members of the Chartered Institute of Legal Executives (CILEX). The SRA’s consultation into proposals to regulate non-authorised members of CILEX lacks clear, evidence-based reasons as to the impact of these proposals on […]

Russell-Cooke welcomes second family law partner this year

Women in Law

UK based law firm Russell-Cooke has welcomed it’s second family law partner this year. Rachel Donald, who specialises in prenuptial and cohabitation agreements – including assisting international families as part of their wealth protection.  Donald, who has over 15 years as a family lawyer under her belt, has worked at several international law firms. She […]

Rowlinsons Appoint New Head Of Family Law    

Rowlinsons Solicitors in Cheshire have announced  the promotion of Lauren Power to Head of Family Law. The new head of family law joined Rowlinsons as qualified as a Solicitor in 2016 and is experienced in a wide range of family law matters including private Children Act proceedings, divorce, financial settlements and separation. Having also dealt […]

Child rapists to automatically have parental responsibility stripped

Vile abusers who rape a child will have their own parental responsibilities automatically removed under new laws. An amendment to the Criminal Justice Bill tabled by the government will mean when child rapists are sentenced, their ability to make decisions about their own children’s lives will also be suspended. The change will apply in cases […]

GMB member’s legal challenge reaches court of appeal

A member of the GMB union’s Judicial Branch has been scheduled for Thursday June 13 for court of appeal. The challenge, brought by a District Judge GMB member, is to debate the use of ‘Secret Surroundings’ when deciding an appointment of judges. The practice, which has been called ‘highly contentious’ by representatives, involves seeking the […]

Law Society comments on justice wealth ‘gap’

New research shows 42% of people on low incomes had no legal assistance or representation in court compared to only 19% on higher incomes. Alarmingly, eight out of 10 believe that people with less money get a worse outcome in the civil justice system. The Law Society published the interim report of the 21st Century […]

CILEx Regulation raise concerns in SRA consultation response

CILEx Regulation has submitted its response to the Solicitors Regulation Authority’s current consultation launched on 20 March 2024 which sets out their proposals for the regulation of non-authorised CILEX members, including CILEX students, affiliates and paralegals.   CRL remains concerned that the wider question of the lawfulness and legitimacy of CILEX’s proposals to redelegate regulatory […]

Millennial couples and second-time marriages give rise to ‘pre-nup season’

There is now record demand for pre-nuptial agreements among millennials in the UK as there is now a ‘broader acceptance that inherited wealth might not be split equally on divorce’. In what is being called ‘pre-nup season’, family lawyers are seeing an increase in interest in pre-nuptial agreements that aim to protect family wealth and […]

Mental Health Awareness Week 2024 – Podcast Special

Today's Family Lawyer Podcast

In the specially recorded podcast, the Today’s Family Lawyer podcast joins forces with its sister podcasts from the Today’s Conveyancer and Today’s Wills and Probate online news publications to discuss the topic of mental health and wellbeing ahead of Mental Health Awareness Week, from 13th May 2024. Podcast host David Opie welcomes Rayden Solicitors’ Legal […]

Government urged to subsidize weddings for low-income couples to combat loneliness

A recent report by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) has proposed a novel approach to tackling loneliness among poorer couples in Britain: state-funded weddings, as reported by The Times. Citing the stabilising effect of marriage on relationships and the financial barrier posed by wedding costs, the report recommends that the government provide up to […]

Family Law Futures: Navigating Tomorrow’s Challenges Today – Manchester 20th September 2024

The Today’s Family Lawyer Private Law Conference returns to Manchester on 20th September 2024. Following the success of the first one, held in September 2023, the conference will return to explore the challenges and opportunities for family lawyers in 2024 and beyond.   ‘Family Law Futures: Navigating Tomorrow’s Challenges Today‘ draws on the reporting through Today’s […]