Monday, November 24, 2014

Mini Book Review: Financial Remedies Practice, 2015 Edition


Financial Remedies Practice, 2015 Edition

The @eGlance Guide

£99.95 - Published by Class Legal: November 2014

I'm afraid I don't have time at present to do a full review of this, the fourth edition of Financial Remedies Practice, so here instead is a quick 'mini review'.

For details of previous editions and what the book is about (the title is rather self-explanatory, even if one of the authors, Mr Justice Mostyn, insists (quite correctly) upon still referring in his judgments to 'financial remedies' as 'ancillary relief'), see my previous reviews here, here and here.

Key changes in the 2015 edition are listed on the back cover as follows:
  • a "major overhaul to bring the book up to date with the momentous changes wrought by the implementation of the single Family Court and the continuing flow of important cases";
  • the revised PD 27A relating to bundles and the restraints on pagination, extent and other matters now being vigorously enforced by the judiciary;
  • the ‘Statement on the efficient conduct of financial remedy final hearings’ now in operation when the hearing is before a High Court judge;
  • changing approaches to sanctions for breach of procedure in the wake of the CPR decisions in Mitchell & Denton;
  • media reporting of financial remedy cases and the Judicial Proceedings (Regulation of Reports) Act 1926;
  • ongoing changes to allow for family arbitration; and
  • the Commentary has been thoroughly revised to explain and clarify all aspects of the new Family Court procedures such as gatekeeping, allocation and routes of appeal.

Contradicting what I said in my review of the last edition, the book has actually shrunk from 713 to 665 pages. I'm not entirely certain how this has been achieved, as the coverage of the subject appears to be as comprehensive as ever. I don't know whether this is a case of 'less is more', but personally I find it somewhat a relief that a textbook has reduced in size.

Another obvious change is that the book, along with the updates at www.familyprocedure.com now seeks to cover one calendar year rather than straddling two, which I think is less confusing.

As I said above, this is not intended as a full review. However, my short time with Financial Remedies Practice 2015 confirms what I said in my last review: "if you specialise in financial remedies ... 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. As with the last edition, a £20 discount is available if it is purchased along with Class Legal's @eGlance electronic toolkit and resource for money cases.

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