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Divorce law blog

Direct consultation with children in mediation

05/01/2012   By: Alison Bull
Alison Bull recently qualified to provide direct consultation with children in mediation, adding to the array of services Mills & Reeve's dedicated family lawyers can provide their clients. Very few mediators currently hold the qualification.

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Kernott v. Jones - the story so far

08/11/2011   By: Katherine Kennedy
The appeal from the Court of Appeal to the Supreme Court was heard in May and the Judgement of Lord Walker, Lady Hale, Lord Collins, Lord Kerr and Sir Nicholas Wilson is expected this Wednesday.  Below is an outline of the case to date.

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Family Justice Review - an opportunity to improve family law justice?

04/11/2011   By: Nigel Shepherd
On 3 November, the final report of the Family Justice Review (FJR), chaired by David Norgrove, was published. This is the most comprehensive review of family justice for many years and makes a series of recommendations for the Government to consider and take forward.

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Transparency on legal fees

10/10/2011   By:
The chief Legal Ombudsman, Adam Sampson, has recently spoken to the Daily Telegraph about the problems surrounding legal fees. The Legal Ombudsman opened its doors on 6 October 2010 and is the body to whom clients can formally complain about their lawyers.

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The Family Justice Review - what does it mean for you?

04/04/2011   By: Sue Brookes
The Family Justice Review was published on Friday 1 April and the proposals within the review recognise that the family courts often fail to provide justice and the current system needs to change.

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Representing yourself at court

30/03/2011   By: Simon Bethel
Simon Bethel of Mills & Reeve provides a few pointers for those who want to represent themselves in court.

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Justice Minister confirms the Government is “taking one step at a time” on compulsory mediation

24/02/2011   By: Sue Brookes
Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly appeared on Radio 4 yesterday to discuss the mediation pre-action protocol, which has been formally announced by the government this week. 

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New pre-action protocol for mediation meetings launched

23/02/2011   By:
Nigel Shepherd of Mills & Reeve LLP appears on BBC 5 Live to comment on the Government's launch of the new pre-action protocol for mediation assessment and information meetings.

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Collaborative Law Week - local professionals offer free information sessions to divorcing couples

24/01/2011   By:
Family practitioners in the Cambridge area are backing this week’s first national Collaborative Law Week and offering free information sessions to divorcing couples. The participating firms want to encourage more couples to think about collaboration.

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