Halve female prisoner numbers: are we a step closer to change?


By Lyndon Harris Today, Justice Minister Simon Hughes spoke on BBC Radio 5Live about the often thorny issue of female offenders and the way in which the Criminal Justice System (CJS) treats them. He said, “There are so many women who ought not to be in prison. About half ought not to be there at […]

Risks of refusing reasonable offers to settle in divorce cases

Divorce Settle

The judgment in SR v RS demonstrates that parties cannot, in the face of reasonable offers to settle, continue to litigate matters indefinitely without the spectre of cost sanctions.   Original news Post-divorce, the husband had refused an open offer of settlement from the wife. As a result, the judge in effect dismissed his application […]

Prince Andrew: the legal issues

Prince Andrew opens the UTC building, Swindon, Britain - 11 Dec 2014

By Dan Bunting If the UK press love a sex scandal and a good royal story, imagine what you get when you put the two together. This month the news broke that victims of Jeffrey Epstein, an American paedophile, were attempting to sue Prince Andrew alleging, amongst other things, that she was coerced into having […]

Assigning jurisdiction in child abduction cases

Child abduction

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has given a preliminary ruling on assigning jurisdiction to a specialist court to consider a child abduction case even though another court in the same member state was already seised in parental responsibility proceedings.(David Bradbrooke v Anna Aleksandrowicz: C-498/14 (judgment only available in French)). The father, F, an English […]

Unrepresented parents in family cases: are errors going unnoticed?


Is a lack of legal representation in family cases increasing the likelihood of procedural errors going unnoticed? The judgment in Re P (A Child) suggests that there is a pressing need for change by the courts and judiciary. The proceedings concerned an appeal by the father against the making of care and placement orders in […]