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Published 21st March 2014
Gary Hollands, our specialist care proceedings and Children's Act solicitor and one of our Directors acted for a Mother in a recently reported case on the issue of international jurisdiction: Re A (a child)  EWCA 604 (Fam) http://t.co/FzTPXpzJ7x. The case has also been reported by the BBC: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-kent-26794840.
Published 6th March 2014
We are pleased to have been mentioned in an article about legal apprenticeships at CILEx, whose family practice pathway our legal apprentice James is following.
Published 2nd April 2013
On 1st April 2013 the body who manages Legal Aid changed from the LSC (Legal Services Comission) to the LAA (Legal Aid Agency). This change is part of the government's ongoing spending review. The direct impact of the change on firms and their clients is not expected to be large, but the new agency is bringing about reforms which will effect many.
Published 4th March 2014
Barford Fraser are proud to have recently received our Specialist Quality Mark Certificate, demonstrating that we are well managed, have good levels of client care and our advice is of good quality. We are grateful to all our staff who have worked hard to achieve this!
Published 24th March 2013
It will come as a great relief to many that under reforms to the Legal Aid system which come into effect in just a few days, on the 1st April, Family Mediation will continue to be subsidised for those who most need it.
The changes to Legal Aid are part of the Government's wider restructuring and saving plans. The control of the provision of Legal Aid will pass from the Legal Services Commision directly to the Ministry of Justice itself. To read more about the changes to Legal Aid, read our article below.
Published 8th February 2014
We are delighted to announce that Gary Hollands, one of our experienced solicitors in all areas of Family Law has been promoted to the role of Director at the firm.
Published 18th March 2013
Family Justice Minister Lord McNally has called on mediators to lead the way in promoting out of court solutions to help separating families.
Speaking today at the Family Mediation Council’s annual conference at University College London, he said:
"My message to you as practitioners and supervisors is simple – your time is now – you now have a once in a generation opportunity to raise the profile of your profession, as a single and united profession."
The Government strongly supports mediation – a quicker, simpler and more effective way for separating couples to agree how they divide their assets or arrange child contact, which avoids the traumatic and divisive effect of courtroom battles.
The Ministry of Justice has announced it is committed to spending £25 million in the next year to support publicly-funded mediation and is behind new laws being created to ensure all separating couples must consider mediation before they can take their dispute to court.