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The Review Issue 206

With the outbreak of Covid-19 many of you will not be at your offices to receive your printed copy of The Review but help is at hand. For every issue we will be publishing the articles here in the Knowledge and Resources section of our website as well as the pdf of the printed version.

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What family lawyers need to know about criminal law: Introduction

As with most areas of contentious law, having to instruct a criminal or family lawyer is seldom a happy process for the client. Unfortunately, the nature of relationship breakdown means that all too often family proceedings result in the need for criminal advice. On occasion, it is the criminal proceedings that lead to family law problems. Corker Binning, specialists in Criminal, Fraud and Regulatory Law provide expert advice for family lawyers whose clients and cases may be impacted by criminal proceedings.

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Establishing a healthy client relationship in an online environment

Adele Ballantyne, Director of Eleda Consultancy and Marcie Shaoul Director of Rolling Stone Coaching have come together to talk about how to effectively build online relationships with clients. Both Adele and Marcie have extensive experience of working with clients online and their work depends on quickly building a trusting mutual relationship to allow forward movement for their clients. Here they share some simple, effective strategies for working from home so that you can get the best from your meetings and more importantly build easy and solid rapport with your clients in a virtual way.

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The Review Issue 205

With the outbreak of Covid-19 many of you will not be at your offices to receive your printed copy of The Review. Each issue we post the articles for The Review in the Knowledge and Resources section of the website to make them easily accessible and this month we will also be releasing the PDF of the whole issue online here.

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Financial case digest: CB v KB [2019] EWFC 78 (Fam)

This case highlights a number of issues, including the approach to valuing/ capitalising income streams, the importance of the valuer’s market knowledge, and discounts to capitalised figures to reflect non-matrimonial source of income stream. It also shows the encouragement of amortisation and step down, and involved the phenomenon of “hot-tubbing” experts.

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Covid-19: set aside and Barder events

With so many people’s financial positions likely to change suddenly, what are the chances of setting aside or varying an order made in more stable times?

With the global economic markets in turmoil, valuations being undermined immediately, many businesses on the edge of an abyss, the housing market effectively frozen and widespread furlough leave and redundancies, there cannot be a more difficult time for financial remedy practitioners to advise clients on the merits (or not) of pursuing or settling financial claims.

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Will judicial encouragement of the use of virtual courts and private FDRs lend a steer to the new child arbitration extensions?

On 17 March 2020 the Family Division noted in a statement that “there is an urgent need to increase the use of telephone and video technology immediately to hold remote hearings where possible. Emergency legislation is being drafted which is likely to contain clauses that expand the powers in criminal courts to use technology in a wider range of hearings. The Civil Procedure Rules and Family Procedure Rules provide for considerable flexibility. We also encourage you to work with your local court staff to identify work which could be done from home.”

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Social distancing for separated parents: Can I still see my child?

This article tries to answer some of the questions now faced by separated parents worried about how the current events and government advice will impact on their child arrangements – whether existing or sought. I have seen and read many social media comments about this topic. There seems to be a wide divergence of views from family lawyers up and down the country.

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Covid-19 and domestic abuse: the practical steps

The Covid-19 lockdown is an incredibly dangerous time for survivors of domestic abuse. It has been widely reported that domestic abuse organisations have seen a huge increase in contact since the lockdown began. Refuge, for example, has reported an increase of online traffic to its National Domestic Abuse Helpline of 700%. Following media coverage of the helpline, calls and logs on 6 April 2020 were up by 120% compared to the previous day.

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Supporting your clients/colleagues during the month of Ramadan

During this global pandemic we are all having to operate in new ways and really understand the pressures and situations that people are facing. For those of you with Muslim colleagues and clients the period of Ramadan starts on the 23rd or 24th of April and lasts for either 29 or 30 days. With the current pandemic this may cause additional pressures for them so this article will provide you with more information in order to support them.

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Establishing a healthy client relationship in an online environment

Adele Ballantyne, Director of Eleda Consultancy and Marcie Shaoul Director of Rolling Stone Coaching have come together to talk about how to effectively build online relationships with clients. Both Adele and Marcie have extensive experience of working with clients online and their work depends on quickly building a trusting mutual relationship to allow forward movement for their clients. Here they share some simple, effective strategies for working from home so that you can get the best from your meetings and more importantly build easy and solid rapport with your clients in a virtual way.

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Engage v2.0 for 2020

The information gathering application for family lawyers has extended its capacity into a number of new client types.

First let’s recap: for those who aren’t aware, Engage is a web application that helps prospective clients, in their own time, put together all the information a family lawyer requires ahead of a first meeting – ensuring bespoke advice can be given at that first meeting. Engage enhances the initial consultation for both the family lawyer, as they have all the facts, and for the client, as they feel prepared and informed ahead of the meeting.

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