The list below is of the articles published on the site this year. Click the folders on the left hand side to browse the archive of articles now available on the site since we started publishing in 2005.
- Is it time for no fault divorce?
David Marusza, barrister, Harcourt Chambers makes the case for the introduction of no fault divorce.
- Surrogacy Law Update (June 2015)
Andrew Powell, barrister, 4 Paper Buildings, examines recent developments in surrogacy law.
- Placement and Adoption: if a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing well
Mavis Amonoo-Acquah, Pupil Barrister, 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers, considers recent judicial guidance, and its application, in respect of non-consensual adoption.
- Horton v Henry; pensions, bankruptcy and divorce
Pranjal Shrotri, barrister, 36 Bedford Row identifies the importance of the forthcoming judgment of the Court of Appeal in Horton v Henry Any financial remedies practitioner with an ongoing
- Finance and Divorce Update June 2015
Rebecca Lang, Associate, of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from May 2015.
- Relief from Sanctions in the Family Courts
Chris Barnes, 4 Paper Buildings, and Jane Wells and James Billingham, Harney and Wells Solicitors, consider the lessons of H (Children) in which they acted for the appellant father.
- Child Abduction and Inchoate Rights
Marie Crawford, barrister of Becket Chambers, considers one of the most significant developments in relation to child abduction cases in the last thirty years.
- Keep Calm and Read B-S
Cyrus Larizadeh of 4 Paper Buildings and Senate House Chambers recently spoke at the NAGALRO Conference on Re B-S, its aftermath and some of the misconceptions arising from it.
- Children Public Law Update (May 2015)
John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent judgments of particular importance to all practitioners in public children law
- The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions
Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court's latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.
- Time for a Regulated Process for Surrogate Parents?
Natalie Gamble, solicitor, of Natalie Gamble Associates and Elizabeth Isaacs QC of St Ives Chambers consider the significance of H v S (Surrogacy Agreement) in which Ms Justice Russell awarded care of a surrogate child to a gay couple.
- Finance & Divorce Update May 2015
Claire Molyneux, senior solicitor, and Rebecca Lang, solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from April 2015.
- “Reattribution” after MAP v MFP or “For better, for worse”
Ella Calnan, barrister of Fourteen, considers the future prospects of claims for reattribution of expenditure in financial remedies cases.
- The Court of Appeal and the Birth Family: Making Certain Justice is Seen to be Done
David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers two recent Court of Appeal judgments which had cause to consider the significance of a child's family ties.
- Children: Private Law Update (April 2015)
Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.
- Finance & Divorce Update April 2015
Claire Molyneux, senior solicitor and Rebecca Lang solicitor, both of Mills & Reeve LLP analyse the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from March 2015
- Re J: A Lesson on Threshold and Logic
Alex Laing, pupil, and Radhika Handa, barrister, of Coram Chambers, consider Re J in which the Court of Appeal picked up a number of the themes articulated by the President in Re A.
- Divorce in the United Arab Emirates
Mary Barton, a consultant solicitor with James Berry & Associates, provides a brief outline of the law applicable on divorce in the United Arab Emirates.
- Patel v Mirza: Illegal Cats and a Place of Repentance
John Wilson QC of 1 Hare Court analyses a Court of Appeal judgment on the illegality defence which may prove very pertinent to cohabitation and financial remedy cases.
- Changes to the Divorce Process in England and Wales: Q&A
HM Courts & Tribunals Service explain how the forthcoming changes will affect the divorce process in England and Wales.
- Daedalus’s Twist? Secure Accommodation after a Child’s 16th Birthday
Alex Laing, pupil at Coram Chambers, examines whether, and if so on what basis, the court can place in secure accommodation a child who has celebrated his 16th birthday.
- Ariadne’s Golden Thread: Placing Children in Secure Accommodation
Alex Laing, pupil at Coram Chambers, provides a step-by-step guide through the secure accommodation labyrinth when determining whether to use section 25 of the Children Act 1989 or the inherent jurisdiction.
- Stranded Spouses and Immigration Control
Sulema Jahangir, solicitor with Dawson Cornwell, explains the plight of wives and mothers who are stranded in foreign countries, often separated from their children, and unable to return to England because of immigration restrictions.
- The Cat’s Out of the Bag: legal advice privilege and the risks of being caught with a divorce lawyer
Samuel Littlejohns, pupil at 1 Hare Court, examines whether the very fact that a party consulted a lawyer at a given time is privileged information, and the practical consequences of this for practitioners.
- Transfers of Proceedings under Article 15 Brussels II Revised in a Public Law Context
Oliver Jones, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, and Maria Wright, solicitor of Freemans, analyse a series of recent judgments in which the English courts have considered whether public law children proceedings should be in this jurisdiction or abroad.
- Save Legal Aid, Save Lives
Ruth Tweedale, a law lecturer at the University of Roehampton and former solicitor at Rights of Women, describes recent developments in the campaign to preserve family law legal aid for victims of domestic violence.
- Finance & Divorce Update March 2015
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from February 2015
- Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing 2015
Jan Ellis, chartered accountant, of Ellis Foster LLP, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax-related family law issues, explains the budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.
- Varying a Foreign Maintenance Order Post the Maintenance Regulation
James Roberts, barrister of 1 King’s Bench Walk, and Catherine Silwal , Senior Solicitor with KJ Smith Solicitors, analyse the law relating to variation of foreign maintenance orders and the effect of the EU Maintenance Regulation (Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009).
- Unlocking the Funds for Justice - Pro Bono Costs
Cyrus Larizadeh, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings and Senate House Chambers, explains the costs issues which arise where an advocate, acting pro bono, represents a successful party in care and/or placement proceedings.
- Lawyers, Social Workers and the Proportionality Test
David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the President’s judgment in A (A Child)  EWFC 11 and the lessons to be derived by practitioners.
- Pitfalls for Single Parents in Surrogacy
Anne-Marie Hutchinson OBE, Partner, and Colin Rogerson, Solicitor Advocate, both of Dawson Cornwell, consider the options for single parents seeking legal parentage of children born through a surrogacy arrangement.
- Nuptial Agreements: The Search for Intention
Ben Wooldridge, pupil at 1 Hare Court, reviews the court’s treatment of nuptial agreements since Radmacher v Granatino  UKSC 42, highlighting emerging trends and the growing significance of the parties’ intentions in determining enforceability.
- Children: Public Law Update (March 2015)
John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent judgments of particular importance to all practitioners in public children law.
- A Theory of Everything – Special Contributions in Matrimonial Finance
Joshua Viney of 1 Hare Court considers the problem of identifying those cases where a contribution will be treated as “special” and analyses the relevant case law
- Surrogacy Law Update (February 2015)
Andrew Powell, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments concerning surrogacy including the President's landmark decision in Re X.
- International Children Law Update: February 2015
Jacqueline Renton, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews the latest key decisions in international children law.
- Finance & Divorce Update February 2015
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from January 2015
- Something must be done – will a partial return to Calderbank fit the Bill (or at least reduce it)?
Tom Wilson, pupil at 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers, examines the possibility of a partial re-introduction of the Calderbank offer
- Mitochondrial Donation
Professor Nils Hoppe and Katy Rensten, both of Coram Chambers, look at the House of Commons debate and the proposed regulations concerning mitochondrial donation and argue for a serious and measured consideration of this important development.
- The Rise and Rise of Damages in Human Rights Claims
Julie Stather, barrister of Westgate Chambers, considers the development of claims for damages arising from breaches of human rights in care proceedings.
- Schedule 1 to The Children Act 1989: Not Just for Wags
Anita Mehta, barrister of Crown Office Row, Brighton, argues that Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989 applications should not be regarded as the domain of footballers’ girlfriends or the uber-wealthy but as a powerful tool for meeting children’s needs in a wide variety of cases
- “Nowadays not all law can be simple law; but the best law remains simple law”
Christopher Hames and Dorothea Gartland, of 4 Paper Buildings, & Nina Hansen, a partner of Freemans Solicitors, consider the important Court of Appeal judgment in Re M (Republic of Ireland) (Children’s Objection) (Joinder of Children as Parties).
- The President, Mr Justice Holmes and the Life of the Law
Following Sir James Munby’s judgment in B and G (Children) (No 2), David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the continuing relevance of the American jurist, Oliver Wendell Holmes.
- Children: Private Law Update (January 2015)
Alex Verdan QC, of 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.
- Finance & Divorce Update January 2015
Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases from December 2014
- Court of Protection Update (January 2015)
In this update Sally Bradley and Julia Townend, barristers of 4 Paper Buildings, focus on the applicable procedure for cases in which urgent and serious medical treatment is required.
- Stop in the Name of Love! The New EU Regulation 606/2013 on Protection Measures
Sarah Lucy Cooper, barrister of Thomas More Chambers, explains the details and effect of this recently implemented EU personal protection law.
- The Separate Representation of Children in Child Abduction Proceedings
Esther Lieu, barrister of 3PB Chambers, explores how the role of children has developed Hague Convention child abduction proceedings.