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New legislation set to enable even more people to benefit from online court reform

Yesterday, 1 May 2019, the House of Lords announced new legislation that will make it even easier for court users to apply for a divorce online.

The Courts and Tribunals (Online Procedure) Bill will establish a committee chaired by a member of the judiciary and tasked with developing and simplifying the rules around online services in civil, family and tribunal proceedings.

No-fault divorce proposals: Support in principle but anxieties in practice

On Tuesday, 9 April 2019, the government announced the intention for dramatic reform of the divorce law of England and Wales, to produce a no-fault basis.  This was introduced but never implemented by Parliament in 1996.  It is desperately overdue and supported by all family lawyers.  Nevertheless beyond this headline, there are many concerns about how the process will work in practice.  So often it’s the practice rather than the law which affects people and perceptions.  This note sets out some of these initial concerns.  In particular there seems little active opportunity for prospects of reconciliation or mediation.  References to periods of reflection are thoroughly misleading and probably a sop to objectors of this reform.

Paying for Privacy?

Stuart Clark, Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP examines a recent Court of Appeal decision on privacy in family law cases and asks whether in practice anonymity is the preserve of only the very wealthy.

Winning the race to the divorce court by coming second: CJEU delivers surprising lis pendens judgment

Within EU family law where more than one EU member state has a connection, forum is decided only on who is the first party to lodge proceedings. A recent CJEU judgment however found that a divorce pronounced in the country second seized takes effect even overriding the proceedings in the country first seized with the proceedings. This article examines the case:

David Hodson to run a new Masters Module in International Family Law at The University of Queensland

The International Family Law Group LLP (iFLG) is pleased to announce that partner and co-founder Prof David Hodson OBE MICArb has been invited to run an International Family Law module on a Masters degree course in Current Issues in International Law (Private) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.

iFLG partners take part in webinar on financial relief after an overseas divorce

iFLG partners David Hodson OBE and Michael Allum were delighted to record a webinar for Lexis Nexis, as part of thier 'Family Law Series', on financial relief after an overseas divorce pursuant to Part III of the MFPA 1984.  The one-hour webinar covers a wide range of issues including the background to the legislation, the leading decision from the Supreme Court, practical tips and recent case law.  It is available from Lexis Nexis from 29 November 2018. 

iFLG lawyers named ‘best of breed’ in Spears 500 2019

Partners Ann Thomas and David Hodson OBE MICArb have both been named ‘best of breed’ in this year’s Spears 500 Index. Ann has been featured for her specialist work in child relocation and David Hodson is recognised for his formidable contribution to international family law, mediation and arbitration.

The Spears 500 Index is one of the leading resources for private client advisors, wealth managers, and lawyers for high net worth individuals.   

The International Family Law Group LLP is again ranked leader in its field for mediation services.

iFLG has once again been ranked highly for Mediation in this year’s Legal 500.

David Hodson OBE MICArb is a mediator and arbitrator in finance work and is described as ‘very capable of ensuring that clients will arrive at a very clear, detailed and workable settlement’. He is known for his ‘tenacity and his very strong knowledge of the law’.

iFLG praised once more in the latest edition of Legal 500

The International Family Law Group LLP is delighted to announce that it has again secured an excellent ranking in this year’s newly published Legal 500.

iFLG is described as the ‘go to’ firm for cases with an international element.

Partner Lucy Loizou takes part in the Calderbank Cup Tournament

On Saturday 20th October the Calderbank Cup golf tournament took place at Swinley Forest Golf club. The annual event, now in its 26th year, saw various leading family law Solicitors take on eminent members of the Bar/Judiciary in an attempt to win the coveted trophy. The team of Solicitors which included our very own, Lucy Loizou, won and retained the trophy in a closely fought encounter.

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