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NEWSFLASH- Villiers v Villiers Supreme Court Decision

The long-awaited Supreme Court judgment in Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 has been handed down this morning. Read more

Children (Scotland) Bill: Sections 12 and 21- Principles Underpinning Orders

The seventh post in our series on the Children (Scotland) Bill looks at sections 12 and 21, which deal with the extension of general principles that underpin the making of... Read more

Children (Scotland) Bill: Secs 8 & 13 Child Welfare Reporters & Curators

In this, our sixth post on the Children (Scotland) Bill, Susan Oswald looks at two sections of the Bill- those that relate to child welfare reporters and curators ad litem. Read more

Children (Scotland) Bill: Sec 20 Enforcement Powers for Orders From Outwith Scotland

What do you do if you have an English, or Northern Irish, court order and your child ends up in Scotland? Whilst many people know that there are three distinct legal... Read more

Children (Scotland) Bill: Sec 19 Births Registered Outside the UK

The Children (Scotland) Bill and proposals to change the law on the conferral of parental responsibilities and rights on parents when a birth is registered outside the UK. Read more

Legal Aid for Family Law Arbitration and the Children (Scotland) Bill UPDATED

Could we be about to see legal aid for arbitration in family law cases?  Margaret Mitchell, MSP for Central Scotland and Convener of the Justice Committee, has an amendment to the... Read more

Children (Scotland) Bill- an Overview

Yesterday in the first blog of our series on the Children (Scotland) Bill we gave you some background on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC). Read more

The Children (Scotland) Bill and the UNCRC

There are big changes to child law in Scotland coming. Read more

Dispute Resolution in the time of Coronavirus

Rachael Kelsey joined colleagues from around the world to talk about dispute resolution in the time of Coronavirus, with a focus on Arbitration. Read more

Surrogacy: New Caselaw

The decision to enter into a surrogacy arrangement is one which none of the parties involved will take lightly. There is a myriad of ‘what ifs’ to be considered. Read more

Time to get involved

We now have a chance to contribute to making positive changes to the law. Read more

Remote Notarisation- getting divorce moving again

The Law Society of Scotland have published new Guidance today which will allow affidavits and simplified divorce applications to be notarised remotely. Read more

Lawyers as problem solvers

“It is said that Lincoln was a skilled lawyer and a formidable opponent in the court room. Read more

What's in a name?

I found myself asking this question last week following the birth announcement from Tesla’s Elon Musk and the unusual name he and his partner have chosen for their son: X... Read more

After the lockdown- a view from France with Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau (English version)

We are often consulted in family law cases that have a cross-jurisdictional element. Read more

Apres le confinement: Une vue de la France avec Pierre-Guillaume Ducluzeau (en Francais)

Nous sommes souvent consultés dans des dossiers de droit de la famille marqués par des éléments de compétence croisée. Read more

Marriage and cohabitation: protecting people from systemic economic inequality

Trudging my lockdown walk route for the fiftieth time, the monotony was relieved by witnessing the intense outrage of a small child whose prized stick had been forcibly removed by... Read more

The Secret To Great Advocacy- Coronavirus Special

What is the secret of great advocacy? In the early days of my career in the law I used to sit in the public gallery at Dumfries Sheriff Court and watch... Read more

Dial in for Justice- hearings by phone

I fear I broke a number of rules about what not to wear at court recently when I was involved in my first teleconference hearing at the Court of Session. Read more

Remotely Illuminating- Getting to the truth over Zoom?

Can you tell if someone is telling the truth by Zoom?   As my recent blogging history reveals I’m currently vexed by the question of whether family cases requiring evidence from witnesses... Read more