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Update: Urgent call for inquiry into domestic abuse in family courts

Jenny Beck and Cris McCurley of Ben Hoare Bell have been at the forefront of the campaign for an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children from domestic abuse.
The campaign is in response to a lacklustre commitment by the MOJ to hold a short, 12 week inquiry which would not be independent and which would not rely on expert evidence from lawyers working in the domestic abuse field.

Letter to the Rt Hon David Gauke MP

To the Rt Hon David Gauke MP, We are a group of concerned family and human rights lawyers, working in-house in women’s organisations, in private practice and at the Bar, who support the letter sent to you by a group of over 120 cross-party MPs calling for...

Contact at all costs?

More than 120 MPs led by Louise Haig MP have written to the government asking for an inquiry into how family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic violence. At least four children have been killed by a parent in the last five years after...

Lawyers in the Family Courts – Are they worth it?

Legal aid was removed for 80% of family law cases following the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act back in 2013. This means that less people have been able to access legal advice for free in family law cases even where they have no money....

Legal aid cuts…false economy?

Legal aid for family law matters is in tatters. The Government is about to announce the results of its review into The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Nobody expects an injection of cash…but could the money spent on legal aid family law be spent smarter? Read more…

Advice and support for victims of domestic violence

The government has taken steps to enable more victims of domestic abuse to access legal help. The snappily named ‘Legal Aid and Sentencing Punishment of Offenders Act’ (LASPOA) removed legal aid for private family law matters save in circumstances where there is evidence of domestic abuse or child abuse…read more