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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.
This guidance for Family and County Court Judges through the COVID-19 pandemic was issued by the Judiciary of England and Wales on 23 March 2020.
During this time of special arrangements for everyone due to the Coronavirus outbreak we are aware that all our members are doing their upmost to continue to serve the needs of clients.
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.
The president of the family division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued the following guidance which should be followed with immediate effect by all levels of the Family Court and in the High Court Family Division.
Find resources on mediation, collaborative practice, arbitration and more.
Family courts in England and Wales are increasingly dealing with international family law cases – much more so than even just a few years ago – indeed there is every likelihood that Brexit will increase the amount of litigation in England and Wales.
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.
Members of Resolution's DR Committee, Karen Barham (Barlow Robbins) and Mary Raymont (Advantage Mediation), discuss the process for becoming an accredited family mediator.
In particular, they cover: Routes to accreditation (focus on FMC route), deadlines to accreditation, FMCA requirements - new mediators, FMCA competencies - case studies, reflective report and observations, outcomes of the accreditation process.
In this podcast Joanna Blakelock, KGW Family Law, and David Emmerson, Anthony Gold, discuss how to develop your practice as a mediator. In particular, they discuss:
Skills of a mediator, how you apply them and how you approach the training, the involvement of experts in the mediation process, setting out the difference between legal information and legal advice to clients, how to approach safeguarding matters and how to explain mediation and other DR processes with clients in a first meeting.
Resolution's National YRes Committee, represented by YRes Chair Sarah Green, TLT Solicitors, YRes Secretary Joanna Blakelock and Matthew Gosnell, KGW Family Law, present the YRes keynote speech at the Resolution Dispute Resolution Conference in Nottingham.
Rein Sikveland presented the following talk as part of one of our Code in Practice events in September 2019.
Dr James Warner spoke at the Children and Family law forum, this interactive session explored some of the common mental illnesses and how they affect mental capacity. Delegates developed an understanding of how to spot mental illness in clients and what to do if they suspect incapacity due to mental illness
This guidance has been jointly agreed between Resolution and The Law Society. Particular thanks and acknowledgements are recorded here to The Law Society and Resolution
Clive Weir reports on the latest news regarding the reforms to public sector pensions.
The LAA has published an update on the civil legal advice telephone service.
The Legal Aid Agency has published new guidance on high cost cases and CWA codes
Resolution's response to the Law Commissions consultation - Building families through surrogacy: A new law.
The Help & Support for Separated Families Mark (HSSF Mark) identifies professionals who promote collaboration between parents.
Family Procedure Rules 2010 - Consultation in relation to the treatment of Calderbank offers when determining issues relating to costs: Resolution’s response to the Family Procedure Rule Committee
This annual workshop was a perfect opportunity to step back and think about the ways and methods of accreditating family law mediators. Ian Walker reports for The Review.
This was the main question which arose for determination in H v W  EWHC 1897 (Fam), in which deputy High Court judge Clare Ambrose carried out a detailed analysis of the scope of s57 of the Arbitration Act 1996, in the context of a financial arbitration under the IFLA scheme.
The new 160-page guide to pensions on divorce is “a stiff read”, but given the expertise of its authors, it should be mandatory reading for family practitioners. Mark Penston reports on it for The Review.
Universal credit has been on the cards for what seems like years now, but its malign effects are starting to show up in cases. Anita Mehta looks at this for The Review.
Nicki Norman, Acting co-chief executive of Women’s Aid, reports for The Review on how Women’s Aid has been campaigning for safety first policies and measures in the family courts.