News Essentials: 27th March 2017

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Interim research findings on divorce law published
Interim findings from research exploring how the current divorce law works in practice have been published today (24 March 2017). Full story: Family Law.

Expert representation essential in CoP – Bourns
Vulnerable people must always have expert representation in welfare cases, the Law Society has said, unveiling a mental capacity accreditation scheme for solicitors serving the Court of Protection. Full story: Law Society Gazette.

‘Desperately unhappy’ Mrs Owens refused divorce
Munby P laments ‘hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty’ of current law. Full story: Solicitors Journal. See report, below.

Family court transparency plans fall short: new research from Cardiff University
Judges struggle to find time to publish judgments safely. Full story: Family Law Week.

Impact of Brexit on legal services “a cause for concern”, justice committee says
The justice select committee has described the impact of Brexit on legal services as “a cause for concern, but not hyberbole”, in a report published today. Full story: Legal Futures.

Owens v Owens [2017] EWCA Civ 182 (24 March 2017)
Appeal by wife against refusal of judge to grant decree nisi of divorce, even though he had found as a fact that the marriage has broken down. Appeal dismissed. Full report: Bailii.

HB v A Local Authority & Anor (Wardship - Costs Funding Order) [2017] EWHC 524 (Fam) (21 March 2017)
Judgment considering issue of whether High Court has power, under its inherent jurisdiction, to make costs funding order against local authority requiring it to fund legal advice and representation for parent in wardship proceedings brought by the local authority, where that parent has lawfully been refused legal aid. Full report: Bailii.

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