Monday, September 10, 2012

Book Review: Financial Remedies under the Family Procedure Rules, 2012-13 Edition

Financial Remedies under the Family Procedure Rules, 2012-13 Edition

The @eGlance Guide

£95 - Published by Class Legal: August 2012

Financial Remedies under the Family Procedure Rules was first published last year and is intended to be "the authoritative guide to financial applications under the Family Procedure Rules 2010". It essentially comprises a commentary on those parts of the Rules that are relevant to financial remedy cases, the full text of those parts and the associated Practice Directions.

I reviewed the first (2011) edition in this post. So what is new in this edition? Helpfully for the reviewer, a quick glance at the back cover tells us, as follows:

  • Coverage of the latest key cases from the family and civil courts - thus, for example, the cases Edgerton v Edgerton and Young v Young both get a mention;
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  • Commentary on the EU Maintenance Regulation;
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  • All Rules & Practice Directions fully updated, obviously, including the 2012 Amendment Rules; and
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  • Full tables of cases and statutes - remedying an omission I mentioned in my previous review (there are also tables for Judicial Practice Directions and Guidance, Statutory Instruments and European and International Material).

Otherwise, I found the layout of the book slightly improved. The changes are subtle, but make it easier to read and more pleasing on the eye, for example numbered paragraphs in the commentary, more informative page headings and a lighter typeface. The book has also expanded, from 525 pages to 620, but is actually physically easier to use, perhaps due to different paper/binding. (It is not clear to me whether this edition will again be available on Kindle - I can see no mention of this on Class Legal's website.)

Once again, purchasers of the book will also have access to the associated website www.familyprocedure.com, where they will find a regularly updated version of the commentary, as well as handy links to authorities and other sources cited in the text.

In their blurb on the book's back cover, the publishers describe it as the new 'Blue Book'. Whether it will attain such a status amongst practitioners (or indeed whether it already has), I cannot say, but I can certainly recommend it once again as an extremely useful handbook for any family lawyer dealing with this kind of work.

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UPDATE: I now understand that there will be a Kindle edition - see the comment below.

2 comments:

  1. John,

    Thanks for the positive and useful review. Just to clear up one point - there will be a Kindle version available. It is in preparation now and should be available in the next couple of weeks.

    ReplyDelete

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