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2 September 2019

Family Justice Council has a vacancy for a Private Law Solicitor

A vacancy has arisen on the Family Justice Council for a Private Law Solicitor.  You will have substantial experience as a practising solicitor specialising in private law family work.

You will be able to produce evidence of working, through interdisciplinary consensus, to deliver timely and improved outcomes for families and children who are involved with the family justice system.

You will have experience as a successful team player with contribution at a strategic level and be able to prepare for and attend meetings of the Family Justice Council.

The Council meets in London four times a year and much of its work is done through its working groups. The post is for three years and is offered without remuneration. Reasonable travelling and other expenses are payable.

For full details – see the above link.

1 July 2019
Guidance on the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce – a guide for professionals
The Family Justice Council is pleased to announce the publication of A Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce

Produced by the multidisciplinary Pensions Advisory Group, with the support of the Council, the report provides a clear good practice guide for family judges, lawyers and pension experts.  It hopes to improve communication amongst the professionals and help address the shortfall in understanding about how they should deal with the valuation, sharing or offsetting of pension fund assets in divorce settlements.  Further information can be found at:

24 May 2019
Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship

1. This interim guidance is issued by the Family Justice Council with the approval of the Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, in response to some of the issues identified in Re P-S (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407. Its primary purpose is to address cases where an extension to the statutory 26-week time limit is sought in order to assess potential special guardians, more fully, within public law proceedings.
2. In producing this guidance, the Council has worked closely with the President’s Public Law Working Group, chaired by Mr Justice Keehan and with the researchers commissioned by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory, and led by CoramBAAF in partnership with Lancaster University, to review the research evidence on special guardianship. More comprehensive guidance on public law is expected later in the year but the Council felt there was a need to provide some interim guidance on special guardianship to assist practitioners, now, and to help start the process of change.

24 May 2019
Timetabling and timescales for full Family and Friends Assessments
It has become evident that Directions are being made for completion of full Family and Friends Assessments in unachievably short timescales, sometimes between 6 – 8 weeks, in the mistaken belief that compliance with the 26 week timescale is the determinative priority in the management of a case.

22 March 2019
FJC Conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture 2019 – Thresholds for state intervention
The Family Justice Council conference and Bridget Lindley Memorial Lecture took place on 12th March 2019

6 December 2018
Working together to address pressing questions about special guardianship
The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) has commissioned adoption and fostering academy CoramBAAF to undertake a rapid evidence review on Special Guardianship to support the Family Justice Council.

14 November 2018
Appointment of two new members to the Family Justice Council.
We are pleased to announce the following appointments to the Council:

  • Annie Bertram as the new Parents and Relatives member
  • Claire Webb as the new Mediator member

The appointments are for three years from November 2018.  The posts are unremunerated.  The appointments process for each post was conducted in line with the principles set out in the Governance Code on Public Appointments.

22 August 2018
Can you help to deliver better Justice for Families? – Applications are invited from individuals to represent Parents’ and Relatives’ interests
Applications must be submitted by noon on Friday 5 October 2018.

7 August 2018
Paediatricians as Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts – August 2018
New guidance published: Paediatricians as Expert Witnesses in the Family Courts

26 April 2018
Guidance on Financial Needs on Divorce: Edition 2 – April 2018
The FJC has now published the second edition of this useful guide for the family judiciary, courts and legal advisers

26 April 2018
Guidance on the Capacity to Litigate in Proceedings Involving Children – April 2018
This guidance has been produced to assist judges in the Family Court to resolve mental capacity issues concerning parties to family law proceedings

26 February 2018
Sixth Open Meeting of the Family Justice Council on 23 April 2018
All applications must be received by 13 April 2018


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