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International practice issues

This chapter summarises some preliminary issues the family lawyer must consider when accepting instructions in a case that may involve issues beyond the domestic jurisdiction of England & Wales, including other jurisdictions within the United Kingdom and the British Islands.

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Guide to Good Practice on working with litigants in person

Subject to the rules on vexatious litigants, anyone is entitled to act in person. However, there is a tendency to treat people who do as a nuisance. With the reforms to family justice, cut backs on legal aid and changes in behaviour in relation to the ways in which people approach family relationship breakdown, it is increasingly likely that you will deal with litigants in person and you should consider how your dealings will differ from those with another lawyer.

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