Legal aid and the future of family law

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March 21, 2014

Legal aid has effectively been replaced with the kindness of lawyers

Last month I reflected on the changing nature of the private family law system: the emerging trend for self-representation, in addition to initiatives to keep people away from courtrooms. I noted that despite the changes there remain those who, like Mr Justice Coleridge, are convinced of the need for lawyers to play a central role in family law’s future. The truth is, practitioners can and do resolve problems between warring clients on a daily basis, even when the case reaches court. It turns out that sometimes, a nice cup of tea and a sit-down is just what is needed – for clients, as well as practitioners.

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