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Laura Baines reported in Re X [2021] EWFC B85

I represented the Children’s Guardian in this case, which was in the grand scheme of cases we often deal with a long-running public law case [14 months] that had commenced as private law proceedings. It has been reported because the final orders included a restriction on the father’s parental responsibility due to his actions during the child’s life and the court proceedings.

The child at the time of judgment was aged 7, and had been subject to court proceedings for the...

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Lead Judge for Private Family Law

Practice Statement: Appointment of Managers under Section 24 of the Landlord and Tenant Act 1987

Happy New Year from All at No.18 Chambers

Just in case you missed it : Guidance on e-bundles from the President of the Family Division

Wishing you and your families Seasons Greetings from all at No 18 Chambers

Message from the Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals – Plan B

Practice message issued for London Financial Remedies Court

Daniel Barnett’s of Analysis Gray v University of Portsmouth (Ian Wheaton counsel for the Claimant) : Objective Justification

Practice Direction issued by the Senior President of Tribunals: Employment Appeal Tribunal

General guidance on electronic court bundles

Mr Justice Mostyn: Family Procedure Rules – contempt forms

Mr Justice Mostyn: Amendments to standard orders

Deprivation of Liberty Orders and the impact of the Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (England) (Amendment) Regulations 2021 - Tameside MBC v AM and others [2021] EWHC 2472

Crowther v Crowther (failure to disclose – conduct - unequal division of remaining assets ordered)

CMA outlines concerns on availability and price of children’s care

Further courts added to public law children pilot and coronavirus Practice Directions extended

President of the Family Division: Drafting Orders

President of the Family Division: Witness Statements

No 18 Chambers invites you to join us for a Christmas Drinks Evening

Reports of the Farquhar Committee on the Financial Remedies Courts – Parts 1&2

Civil and Family Court Fees (From 30 September 2021)

Speech by the President of the Family Division: “Interesting Times”

Barnaby Large has been appointed as an Part Time Independent Funding Adjudicator

President of the Family Division’s memorandum: Experts in the Family Court


FAMILY TIES? Paramount Shopfitting Co Ltd v Rix [2021] EWCA Civ 1172


University of Manchester : New research highlights the importance of pension sharing on divorce for women’s finances

Divorce applications move online

Costs and needs based awards


Cafcass launches the ‘Together with Children and Families’ framework

Domestic Abuse Support (Local Authority Strategies and Annual Reports) Regulations 2021

Family Proceedings Fees Order amended

JM v KK 6/9/21[5] - First instance financial remedy - foreign element - low value assets - high costs - departure from equality of both liquid assets and pension - pension treated separately - child maintenance dealt with.

E v L (2021) EWFC 63 Short childless marriage - Phase 2 - Costs - importance of being reasonable and making offers

E v L [2021] EWFC 60[1] (Judgement 13 July 2021) Phase 1 (Short childless marriage, elderly parties, lump sum - date of trial important.

No.18 Chambers is delighted to welcome Claire Hook back after recovery

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory publishes the report Remote hearings in the family court post pandemic

Care Planning, Placement and Case Review (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Family Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021

Should a Declaration of Parentage be made after a child has been adopted?

ND v GD 2021 EWFC 53 (14 June 2021) Peel J[2].

AA v BB [2021] EWHC 1822 (Fam)

SB v M [2021] EWFC 49 (11 June 2021)

Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Mr Justice Mostyn: Standard orders

Appeal against step-parent adoption dismissed: Re L

A (domestic abuse: incorrect principles applied) [2021] EWFC B30 - Family practitioners beware – do not take basic principles for granted.

Domestic Abuse Act 2021 (Processing of Victims’ Data for Immigration Purposes) (Extension of Relevant Period) Regulations 2021

Child Support (Collection and Enforcement and Maintenance Calculation) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

BARCLAY V BARCLAY [2021] EWFC 40 - To Publish Or Not To Publish?

Deliveroo couriers are not ‘workers’ for the purposes of collective bargaining

Nottinghamshire County Council v J (The Mother) [2021] EWHC 1651 (Fam) (08 June 2021)

M (Children: Applications By Email) [2020] EWCA Civ 806


No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Richard Carroll (2006)

Should nominal periodical payments be activated into substantial payments?

Links To The FPR & CPR Now Available On Chambers Website

The Family Court (Composition and Distribution of Business) (Amendment) Rules 2021

Practice Note: witnesses giving evidence remotely

Civil Procedure Rules – PAP Update (coming in force on 12 May 2021)

Civil Procedure (Amendment No.3) Rules 2021 & the 131st Practice Direction Update

130th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules (PD 51R & PD 51S)

Practice Direction update 4 (2021): Family Procedure Rules 2010 Amendments to Practice Direction 30A, 36U and 41B come into force on 3, 24 and 31 May 2021

Application to terminate parental responsibility determined in the absence of the Father

BCP Council v M – HHJ Simmonds reiterates the importance of compliance with orders in the Family Court

LM v DM [2021] EWFC 28

AS V CS (Private FDR Guidance) 19th April 2021, Mostyn J.

Practice Direction update 3 (2021): new pilot Practice Direction 36W

Sarah Barber Returns From Maternity Leave

A v R [2020] EWHC 3729 (Fam) - Procedure for decree nisi, and effect on subsequent financial remedy order - when is a decree nisi not a decree nisi? - when is a final financial order not a final order?

Joining new claimants to existing claim forms - claimants beware!

Survey supports recommendations for a review of supervision orders in care proceedings

BASW England releases new Domestic Abuse Guidance for social workers

Recommended amendments to standard orders to take effect immediately

Villiers v Villiers [2021] EWFC 23 - s27 MCA - Mostyn J’s interpretation.

S v T [2021] : Setting aside a final financial remedy order - Barder event or not?

Civil Partnership (Registration and Records) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

Extended temporary Insolvency Practice Direction – approved and signed by Lord Wolfson

Addendum to the Presidential Guidance on Injury to Feelings & Psychiatric Injury

Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021

President's confirmation that the Financial Remedies Courts are formally part of the Family Court as pilot project comes to an end

Ombudsman issues guide for dealing with children’s statutory complaints

New pilot Practice Direction 36V reflects the existence of the Family Mediation Voucher Scheme

Practice Direction authorising legal officers of the Employment Tribunals (England and Wales) and Employment Tribunals (Scotland) to carry out specified functions

Kicinki v Pardi [2021] EWHC 499 (Fam) Thwaite jurisdiction - executory order - revisiting a final financial order - giving indemnity on behalf of non-parties.

Hussain [2021] EWFC 13 : Notice of appeal filed 14 months after final financial order - leave to appeal granted

Message from the Lord Chief Justice: Courts Recovery

Re B (Supervision Order) [2021] EWFC B8

Extension of the Right not to Suffer Determent for Health & Safety Reasons Extended to Workers

Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2021

AZ v FM [2021] EWFC 2 - Capitalisation of Child Maintenance, standard or indemnity costs.

More on vaccinations – the decision in Re K

WX v HX [2021] ( Matrimonial & non matrimonial property - valuation date, sharing and needs)

Covid and Barder : FRB v DCA (No 2) [2020]

128th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules (OCMC PD 51R)

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 2) Rules 2021 & 129th Practice Direction Update

Message from the President of the Family Division: The Financial Remedies Courts

The Significance of Contact Post-Adoption in Re T and R (Refusal of Placement Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 71

Allay (UK) Limited v Gehlen UKEAT/0031/20/AT - Lessons from the Pandemic

Unregulated accommodation banned for vulnerable children under 16

Derhalli v Derhalli [2021] EWCA Civ 112 - occupation rent pending sale of the marital home?

Covid Vaccines – will we have more disagreements about vaccinations in family law?

Templates for Draft family orders available on No18’s Website ( Care , Private Children, Domestic Abuse & Family Finance)

Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021

New witness statements Practice Direction approved

Another unregulated placement: A Borough Council and E (Unavailability of a Regulated Placement) [2021] EWHC 183

Note all Financial Remedies Practitioners : from Mostyn & Hess

The Interplay of Capacity & Vulnerability in Financial Provision : Wickham v Riley & Ors [2020] EWHC 3711 (Fam)

No.18 delighted to be announce Barnaby Large has been appointed Case Editor to Harvey on Industrial Relations and Employment Law

Civil Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2021 & the 127th Practice Direction Update

Crowther v Crowther [2020] EWHC 3555 (Fam) - Indemnity costs

Rattan v Kuwad [2021] EWCA Civ 1 - Maintenance Pending Suit

Re B (A Child) (Unnecessary Private Law Applications) [2020] EWFC B44

Amendments to Family Procedure Rules

126th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules (BREXIT)

CJC publishes final report on low value personal injury claims

Important latest Cafcass Guidance on working with children and families and attending court during COVID-19 January 2021

Latest Message from the Lord Chief Justice: latest COVID-19 restrictions

President of the Family Division: The Road Ahead 2021

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Door Tenant – Theo Huckle QC

Seasons Greetings from all at No 18 Chambers

Re S (A Child: Finding of Fact) [2020] EWCA Civ 1382

Addendum Guidance issued by Sir Andrew McFarlane : Placements in unregistered children’s homes in England or unregistered care home services in Wales

CB v EB [2020] EWFC 72 Mostyn J : Financial Remedy - Scope of s31(F)6 Matrimonial and Family Act 1984 & FPR PD9A - Varying, setting aside final financial remedy orders.

A Local Authority v W (No2) (Finding of Fact Hearing) [2020] EWFC 68

Family Law News: Updates & Stats - just in case you missed it

CTD (A Child: Rehearing) [2020] EWCA Civ 1316

No18 Chambers Christmas Appeal

CPR Amendments - Procedure Rules (OCMC PD 51R)

What about me?: Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation

T and J (Children) [2020] EWCA Civ 1344

Not liking your in-laws is one thing, but poisoning them is quite another

The enforceability of a recital - BSA v NVT [2020] EWHC 2906 (Fam)

Safety from Domestic Abuse and Special Measures in Remote and Hybrid Hearings – report published

Overview of HMCTS Recovery for Civil and Family Courts and Tribunals

News Flash :Barnaby Large Published in Unlawful Deduction from Wages Claim :Mr C Brice v SynApps Ltd (England and Wales : Unlawful Deduction from Wages) [2020] UKET 3321615/2019

Care leavers: new guidance to prevent homelessness

Update on Remote Hearings in the Family Courts: follow-up consultation report

New COVID-19 restrictions for England : Announcement from Lord Chief Justice and Senior President of Tribunals

WS v KL [2020] EWHC 2548- Another look on International Relocation

Financial Remedy :Litigation conduct by H, failure to negotiate reasonably by W, leading to cross costs orders (OG v AG 2020 EWFC 52)

RE :C (Children: Welfare)(No.2) [2020] EWFC B36


No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Sarah Barber (2018)

Remotely Just or Just Remote?

Negligence and Limitation in financial Remedy

Guidance for Experts Witnesses on Giving Evidence Remotely

Updated Orders by Mr Justice Mostyn

Mother successfully appeals removal of children under ICOs in Re N (Children) [2020] EWCA Civ 1070

Updated: Practice Direction on Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court

Financial Remedy - Accepting and enforcing undertakings for the payment of money.

Re Y – What are the Local Authority’s powers to change the nationality of children in care?

‘Self-employed’ hairdresser ruled an employee by the Manchester Employment Tribunal

Guidance issued by Mrs Justice Theis :Practice Guidance on Service of Part 4 Family Law Act 1996 applications, orders and notification to the police: Pilot Practice Direction 36U

Re C and the dangers of remote hearings

Civil Procedure (Amendment No. 4) (Coronavirus) Rules 2020 & the 123rd Practice Direction Update

Local Authority’s application to withdraw proceedings in GC v A County Council and Ors successfully appealed by the Children’s Guardian

No.18 Chambers : Approach to Civil litigation

James Vatcher appears on South today discussing the impact of Covid 19 on the Family Courts.

Coronavirus: Separated Families and Contact with Children in Care FAQs

Lancashire CC v M – The latest coronavirus adjournment application

Observatory publishes briefing paper on The effects of digital contact on children's well-being: evidence from public and private law contexts

Cafcass publishes two new Protocols setting out how they are seeing children and families in person during the Covid-19 pandemic

No.18’s Approach to Employment & Discrimination

Stop press : Courts and tribunals recovery released

Decisions on Pensions in financial remedies cases: Wait for one and three come along at once

Lockdown Solutions

Updated version of the Remote Family Access Court released

Hybrid hearings and Hybrid instructions

STOP PRESS: Re S (Vulnerable Parent: Intermediary) – Court of Appeal considers the impact of remote and hybrid hearings on vulnerable parents

Useful Guide: Lay Clients’ Guide to Remote hearings

Recommendations to achieve best practice in the child protection and family justice systems: Special guardianship orders

General Guidance on pdf bundles

The President of the Family Division has made two amendments to his Guidance on Allocation and Gatekeeping

Hybrid Hearing’ with remote attendance of advocates is not a breach of Article 6 – Re C (Children: Covid-19: Representation)

The Rise of the Hybrid hearings – here to help with the next adjustment.!

STOP PRESS: Latest Report from the President of the Family Division anticipates Family Courts fully reopening by July

Further detail to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Revised Standard Orders in respect of Financial Remedies Cases

Stop Press :CAFCASS policy position for stage 1 recovery from lockdown - 1 June - 1 September 2020 - "The Hybrid Hearing"

STOP PRESS – Committee stage of the Domestic Abuse Bill to be completed this month

New guidance for employers and furloughed workers regarding holiday entitlement

Wrongful dismissal and length of service

Stop Press :Rishi Sunak confirms new Treasury Direction giving further clarity on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme available on 20th May 2020

Contact during the Coronavirus pandemic: A reluctance from the Courts?

Newsflash : Court of Appeal Decision in re Debenhams Retail Ltd (in Administration)

What is a private FDR?

President of the Family Division welcomes Nuffield report into effectiveness of remote hearings during COVID-19

No.18 Chambers : New Merits, Advice, Drafting and Support package

No.18 Chambers : Here to help

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme - in its final form?

No.18 Resolution : An Alternative to the Court Room Scenario

News flash : Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – An Update

Two-week rapid consultation on remote hearings in the Family Court launched

News Flash: Coronavirus Scheme published in full

Stop Press :Vicarious liability – clarity from the Supreme Court

News Flash 'New Guidance on Domestic Violence Injunctions issued by the Government’

118th Practice Direction Update to the Civil Procedure Rules – Coronavirus Pandemic related

No.18 Chambers Launches Family Law Emergency helpline

Stop Press :Contact and Coronavirus

Update from the President of the Family Division: how to submit an appeal during the COVID-19 crisis

STOP PRESS : Updated Vento Bands

Procedure Rules – Coronavirus Pandemic Related

No.18 Chambers : Here to help

NEWS FLASH :The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – What is it and How Does it Work?


Guidance re: Civil Proceedings during the Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus Crisis: Guidance on Compliance with Family Court Child Arrangement Orders

Update :The Remote Access Family Court: COVID-19 (coronavirus)

News Flash : UK Civil Partnership Vs Marriage - What’s The Difference?

COVID 19: National Guidance for the Family Court (19th March 2020)

Coronavirus Update : message from the Lord Chief Justice

Coronavirus update from the Lord Chief Justice

Financial Remedies Courts – e-bundles protocol

Financial Remedies Courts: Structure document and Good Practice Protocol

STOP PRESS – Sara Chalk reported in Court of Appeal representing child through her children’s guardian- Re N (A Child) [2019] EWCA Civ 1997

News Flash: Katie Henry invited to speak at the World Congress in Singapore in July 2020

Stop Press: Barnaby Large (2007) secures big win for disabled employee in multi-day discrim case

Merry Christmas from all at No 18 Chambers

Observations from the Frontline: MOJ STAGE 3

Flexible Operating Hours: The future of the courts or a recipe for disaster?

No.18 Chambers welcomes New Pupil Sarah Barber

Stop Press :No.18 Chambers increases recognition in the annual Legal 500 rankings for fourth year running

A (short) Guide to the Treatment of Pensions on Divorce The Report of the Pension Advisory Group (PAG) July 2019

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Rachel Chapman (2017)


Case study : Order for lump sum -v- undertaking to pay a lump sum

STOP PRESS : Does Boris need a non-cohabitation agreement

Stop Press: The Spectre of Dishonesty

Stop Press: New Guidance on orders in Children cases

STOP PRESS : No.18 Welcomes Dan Fantham & Beth Miles to the Clerksroom

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Amelia King (2016)

STOP PRESS :Judicial Appointment in Chambers

Chambers are sorry to announce the sad passing of Chas Cochand.

News Flash: General Damages for Methanol Exposure

Stop Press :Simplistic Pensions Overview.

No.18 Barristers Chambers Sponsor The Hampshire Law Society Annual Dinner 2019

Stop Press :Simplistic Pensions Overview.

NEWS FLASH : Disclosure in the Family court

No.18 Chambers is delighted to announce that Tracey Hennessey will be speaking to the Junior Lawyers Division(South Hampshire) about Chasing your career goals

News Flash :Slow disclosure of medical records under DPA /GDPR

No.18 Chambers are delighted to welcome our new Junior Clerk Christine MacFarlane

Stop Press :No.18 Barristers Chambers increases recognition in the annual Legal 500 rankings

No.18 Chambers are delighted to announce Claire Hook's re-appointment on the South Hampshire Junior Lawyers Division Committee

STOP PRESS: New guidance on children orders have been issued along with changes to PD27A

STOP PRESS : Proceedings concerning parents with a learning disability

No.18 Chambers are delighted to welcome our new Junior Clerk Laura Hepburn

No.18 proud to be walking in the Southampton Legal Walk for third year running - Please donate...

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – John Franklin (2016)

No.18 Chambers welcomes New Pupil Amelia King

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Sara Chalk (2018)

STOP PRESS: Restrictive Covenants in Employment Contracts

No.18 Barristers Chambers Sponsor The Hampshire Law Society Annual Dinner

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Junior Clerk: Rebecca Burns

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Claire Hook (2010)

No.18 Barristers Chambers Jointly Sponsor The Chartered Institute of Legal Executives Bournemouth and District Branch 86th Annual Dinner

No.18 Barristers Chambers Jointly Sponsor Ridge Runner OCR

Tracey Hennessey interviewed on UK Talk Radio

Katherine Henry (2008) is published in family affairs with article on speaking at to speak at the World Congress on Family Law and Children Rights

Barney Large published in Daniel Barnett’s Employment Bulletin:

No.18 Chambers Appoints new Head of Chambers

NEWS FLASH : The blame game…is it time to move to no fault divorce

Barney Large published in Daniel Barnett’s Employment Bulletin:

Legal Walk for third year running - Please donate...

No.18 Chambers delighted to open London consulting room

STOP PRESS: Self Employed Cyclist Runs Rings Round Courier Companies.....

Merry Christmas from No18 Chambers

News Flash : Katherine Henry (2008) is invited to speak at the World Congress on Family Law and Children Rights

No.18 Barristers Chambers are excited to announce sponsorship of Trojans R.F.C

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Robin Shane (2010)

No.18 Barristers Chambers gains Recognition in the annual Legal 500 rankings

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Sarah Hirech (2012)

Stop Press: The Employment Implications (or Lack Thereof) of Abuse of Migrant Workers

Stop Press: The importance of sibling relationships

Twelve Month Pupillage

No.18 receives Bronze Award from Armed Forces Covenant Employer Recognition Scheme

Helen Nugent (2007) to speak at APIL Annual conference

Helen Nugent published in the International Family Law Journal

No.18’s Pen Competition

No.18 proud to be walking in the Southampton Legal Walk for second year running - Please donate...

The No.18 Approach to Personal Injury & Clinical Negligence

No.18 Chambers - Fee Structures & Costs

The No.18’s Employment Solution

Katherine Henry (2008) wins grant from Bar Council & Family Law Bar Association

Shannon Revel (2014 ) wins CBA Award

Shannon Revel (2014) appointed to CPS Advocate Panel

Stop Press : The Changing Face of Mortgage Regulation

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – James Vatcher (2006)

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant – Shannon Revel (2014)

STOP PRESS : Misuse and abuse of section 20. (Re N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112)

No.18 Chambers Welcomes New Tenant - Tracey Hennessey (2001)

Wye Valley NHS Trust v B (Rev 1) [2015] EWCOP 60 – Individual autonomy succeeds against medical advice as to a patient’s best interests

No.18 Welcomes New Tenant

Laura Baines speaks at the launch of the International Education Forum Executive Business Network

No.18 welcomes new junior clerk

NEWS FLASH : The ‘tragic’ case of Re A (A child) [2015] EWCA Civ 910: Implacable hostility in contact cases

STOP PRESS - Scotland to Abolish Tribunal Fees

STOP PRESS - Is a noise induced hearing loss claim a ‘disease’ for the purposes of the costs of a CFA?

STOP PRESS – Proactive role should be taken by the judiciary in the absence of representation and funding.

STOP PRESS - Helen Nugent elected as Secretary to the APIL Barristers’ Group

STOP PRESS – JA (meaning of “access rights”) India [2015] UKUT 00225 (IAC)

STOP PRESS - Lee Young Successful in the Court of Appeal; setting aside Care & Placement Orders and remitting decision back - Re: T (2015)