Category: Coronavirus & COVID-19

After the lock down – a view from Switzerland with Gabriela van Huisseling (English version)

As Stephanie said in her recent anglo/french blog post we are often consulted in family law cases that have a cross jurisdictional element. Read more

Nach Abschluss des "Lockdown" – eine Perspektive aus der Schweiz mit Gabriela van Huisseling (auf Deutsch)

Wie Stephanie kürzlich in ihrem Englisch/Französisch Blog erläutert hat, werden wir oft in Fällen mit länderübergreifender juristischer Zuständigkeit konsultiert. 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

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

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

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

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

Getting the courts moving again

The decision of the Scottish Courts and Tribunal Service (SCTS) to postpone all non-urgent hearings due to the Coronavirus pandemic came as a major blow to parties who had been... Read more

Getting disputes resolved in the middle of a pandemic…

In the right disputes, arbitration is the best way of getting to a resolution, at a time when our court system is under enormous pressure and progressing cases is a... Read more

Law Society of Scotland Coronavirus Support Package Announced

As one of the 39 elected members of the Council of the Law Society of Scotland, I participated last week in the first ever virtual meeting of the Council. Read more

Contact with your child during lockdown- with Dr Lucie MacKinlay

I spoke with Dr Lucie MacKinlay, a chartered Clinical Psychologist who has worked for the NHS since 2003, and who also provides assessments to the courts in contact and residence... Read more

Stop The Press- Good News for Fertility Treatment

Today has brought the first glimmer of hope that the storm clouds may be passing for those patiently awaiting to restart fertility treatment. Read more

Surrogacy and Fertility Treatment Update and New Caselaw

Time is the most valuable commodity. For those eager to start a family via assisted reproduction, time is priceless. Read more

Getting Married in Lockdown

I get asked about how to get divorced a lot, but am not often asked about how to get married. Read more

Divorce, Anxiety and Brent Crude

With family in the oil industry, having lived in Aberdeen in the 1970’s, and with my family all back there now, I notice the price per barrel of Brent Crude... Read more

Access to Justice- English style

The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary Service in England and Wales have just published the 4th Edition of The Remote Access Family Court, by Mr Justice MacDonald. Read more