Disproportionate costs in family proceedings will be criticised

Family Costs

Family lawyers need to keep costs proportionate warned Mostyn J in his recent decision in J v J. He was highly critical of the parties’ conduct, suggesting the parties’ representatives behaved as if the FPR did not apply to them. The case serves as a stark reminder that billing practices in family cases will be […]

Counter-Terrorism Bill – the proposals in a nutshell


By Dan Bunting Whatever else can be said about the war on terrorism, it has been hugely influential in the shaping of the law (statutory, common law and European). The latest proposal to come from the Coalition is a “Temporary Exclusion Order”, announced in the press in September. It was “re-booted” in November and we […]

Cohabiting pitfalls: is it time the law caught up?

House Split

By Collette Bailey The law on relationship breakdown differs between couples who are cohabiting and married couples. Under English Law the concept of common-law wife/husband does not exist. If an unmarried couple live together in a property owned by both of them, they need to be careful to express at the outset what they intend […]

In‘vest’ing in crime fighting technology: accountability versus privacy rights

Police Cameras

The London Met has recently indicated that officers will be fitted with body cameras. Other wearable technology such as wi-fi enabled clothing that allows real-time tracking, vital sign monitoring and constant communications is being trialled in the US. So what impact is wearable technology likely to have on police safety, effective crime fighting, and reliability […]