Book Review: Financial Remedies Practice, 2016 Edition

Financial Remedies Practice, 2016 Edition

The @eGlance Guide

£99.95 - Published by Class Legal: November 2015

This is, remarkably, the fifth edition of Financial Remedies Practice, the first edition having been published in 2011 (since the second edition we have had a new edition each autumn).

To recap for those who have not read my reviews of the four previous editions Financial Remedies Practice comprises expert commentary and guidance on all of the parts of the Family Procedure Rules 2010 ('FPR') relevant to money cases, the full text of those parts and the associated Practice Directions.

What has changed with this edition? Well, before I open the cover I can tell you one thing that has changed: to the illustrious list of  Sir Peter Singer, Mr Justice Mostyn, Lewis Marks QC and Gavin Smith can be added a new co-author: Joshua Viney, of 1 Hare Court, who we are told in the preface has made a 'significant contribution' to this edition.

The back cover also tells us that this edition is fully up to date with the latest developments over the past year, including the following key changes:

What has not changed is the price, despite the number of pages increasing significantly from 665 in the last edition to 731 in this (according to my scales, the book now weighs in at a hefty two and a half pounds, a noticeable addition burden for a busy lawyer to haul to court!). The book also still comes with access to online updates via the website.

At this point in a review I'm probably supposed to say something very clever about some obscure omission from the text. Well, perhaps I'm just not clever or learned enough, but I've not been able to identify any omissions (despite testing it to the best of my limited ability). Indeed, Financial Remedies Practice seems to contain everything any financial remedies practitioner is likely to need in relation to the rules and practice directions.

Which brings me to my last point: how essential is Financial Remedies Practice for the financial remedies practitioner, who no doubt has other instructive volumes on his or her bookshelf? In my reviews of previous editions I have opined that it "seems to be approaching the status of 'essential'". The cover blurb is more certain, unambiguously telling us that it "is now firmly established as an essential reference for all family lawyers resolving divorce-related financial issues". I have to agree. With its endurance now proved by a fifth edition, I find it difficult to imagine that Financial Remedies Practice could be omitted from the library of any serious financial remedies practitioner or, indeed, that those practitioners will not be regularly referring to it.

Financial Remedies Practice is available from Class Legal here. If the book is purchased from Class Legal, your purchase can be upgraded to include a 12-month subscription to their @eGlance electronic toolkit and resource for money cases, for an additional £100 - saving £25 on the total price.