The Law Society Gazette reports today that the Law Society "has backed the Family Justice Review’s ‘far-reaching’ proposals for reform, but urged the government not to proceed with the changes unless it can provide the money to implement them properly".
I'm sorry? What planet are the Law Society on? Have they not heard that government spending is being cut (almost) everywhere? What on Earth makes them think that the government will find money for family law matters, particularly when it has just shown utter contempt for those in need of legal aid to access the family justice system?
With its imposition of compulsory mediation assessment without waiting for the Review, the government has already demonstrated that fiscal considerations trump any considerations as to what is actually better for families. If a new idea is going to save money then great, but if it's going to cost money, then forget it.