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Glossary of Legal Terms

We set out below a list of family law terminology to try and assist you in better understand what lawyers are talking about and some of the specific terms used. This glossary provides general information only. Specialist professional advice should always be taken and we cannot accept any liability for reliance on it.

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Legal Services Commission

The Legal Services Commission (LSC) administers legal aid.

Lex Fori

The technical term when a country applies its own local law, to be contrasted with applicable law.

Lis Pendens

The technical term used to refer to the proceedings having been issued first in time and securing priority in that country. As a consequence where more than one country has jurisdiction very urgent advice and action is needed to find out the best place for proceedings which should then be issued very quickly. It is a central feature of Brussels II.

Local Law

Reference to the law of the country i.e. locality. It is often in the context when a country only ever applies its own law e.g. the United Kingdom.

 

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