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Early legal advice helps resolve legal problems sooner

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Research conducted for the Law Society by Ipsos MORI shows a clear statistical link between seeking early legal advice and resolving legal problems sooner. “Without early advice, relatively minor legal problems can escalate, creating health, social and financial problems, placing additional pressure and cost on already stretched public services,” said Law Society vice president, Christina Blacklaws. Early legal advice, defined as ‘within 3 months of the issue first occurring’, helps people to identify solutions– meaning simple issues do not needlessly spiral or end up in court, bringing unnecessary costs to the taxpayer. Professional legal advice is defined as advice from…

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Jewish transgender parent successfully appeals letter-only contact order

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The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal ruled late last year, in a case that contrasts what has been considered to be deeply discriminatory practices in some communities against the more broadminded outlook of the modern world. A woman left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife refused to let the transgender woman see their five children claiming they would be ostracised by their very religious and conservative neighbours if they did so, despite pleas…

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On Being ‘Published’

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Regular readers of our blog might well be aware that the legal system in England and Wales is based on both statute (laws passed by Parliament) and case law (decisions by the higher court judges which set ‘precedents’ to be followed in future cases), these precedent cases are published and available to all to read and consider. In England and Wales there is a principle that justice must not just be done, it must also be seen to be done. Family cases are often heard in private, and the privacy of the family court has been criticised for being an…

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Specialist family courts being piloted for financial matters

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You may well have seen recent reports in the newspapers on plans to open specialist family courts to deal with the ‘super-wealthy’ battling over their finances following relationship breakdown. These headlines and articles have been somewhat misleading. It is true that the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, did circulate a statement on Friday 8th December, six months after declaring that the time had come to ‘de-link’ applications for divorce (decree nisi / decree absolute) from financial proceedings, indicating that there will be a pilot of a specialist court dealing solely with finances following the breakdown of a marriage….

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