Thursday, October 03, 2013

Book Review: Financial Remedies Practice, 2013-14 Edition


Financial Remedies Practice, 2013-14 Edition

The @eGlance Guide

£99.95 - Published by Class Legal: September 2013

This is the third edition of this guide to financial remedies practice and procedure - you can read my reviews to the first and second editions here and here. As before, the book essentially comprises a commentary on those parts of the Family Procedure Rules that are relevant to financial remedy cases, the full text of those parts and the associated Practice Directions.

I will ask the same question that I asked in my review of the second edition: what has changed?

The first obvious change is the addition of the word 'Practice' to the title, at the expense of the somewhat unnecessary 'under the Family Procedure Rules'. I'm not sure what, if anything, should be read into the change, but it may give the book a better 'identity', much like The Family Court Practice.

Otherwise, the blurb on the back cover of the book once again helpfully tells us what is new within this edition:

  • A rewritten chapter on Costs following implementation of the Jackson reforms.
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  • A rewritten chapter on Experts in the wake of the FPR changes introduced this year.
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  • "Scores" of new cases from both the family and civil courts. Thus, for example, Arif v Zah and BP v KP and NI both get a mention.
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  • Coverage of all FPR updates issued in the last 12 months, including five sets of amendment rules.

All of this contributes towards another substantial increase in the number of pages comprising the main text, from 620 to 713 (I have never known a legal textbook to decrease in size, but the growth of this one must be exceptional - by my calculation some 135% in just two editions). More to carry with you to court, but the authors can hardly be blamed for the ever-burgeoning body of rules regulating family practice.

Obviously, any book is only as up to date as when it is sent for publication. Class Legal provide three methods of receiving updates to the commentary: by visiting www.familyprocedure.com (access to the site is included in the price of the book), via the @eGlance software (which includes the commentary and is automatically updated) if you have purchased it, or by subscribing to a free monthly email newsletter.

The only other volume that I am aware of that does a similar job to Financial Remedies Practice is the aforementioned Family Court Practice (although that obviously covers other areas of family work as well). Unfortunately, I do not have an up to date copy of the FCP with which to do a side-by-side comparison. However, if you specialise in financial remedies (or, as I still like to call it, 'ancillary relief'), then FRP certainly seems to be approaching the status of 'essential', as claimed on the back cover.

Financial Remedies Practice is available from Class Legal here, at the price of £99.95, which includes the online updates. If purchased with @eGlance you can save £20.

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