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Identifying and defining harm in Children Act cases

November 6, 2019

This article by associate Hannah Greene of Family Law in Partnership was first published in the Solicitors Journal in May 2019. Hannah considers the role of the fact-finding hearing and the concept of “harm” in Children Act cases.  The structure of the family court process is shaped towards settlement and parties are encouraged to resolve

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“Causing avoidable harm” – Cross examination and the Litigant in Person

April 24, 2019

Cross-examination is a daunting prospect for anyone let alone when facing an ex-partner and in circumstances when there has been domestic violence.  This is an occurrence that is unfortunately all too common in the family justice system but how can that change whilst access to representation is ever limited and there is no standardised process

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Helen Greenfield comments on quashing of Sally Challen’s conviction

March 12, 2019

Family Law in Partnership director Helen Greenfield, comments on the quashing of Sally Challen’s conviction in relation to domestic abuse and coercive behaviour: “A person coerces and controls a victim using a pattern of behaviour that isolates them from sources of support, subordinates them and makes them dependent upon the abuser. Using coercive or controlling

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Domestic violence orders are on the rise – statistics released by the MoJ

January 16, 2018

Statistics released by the Ministry of Justice (December 2017) reveal that between July and September 2017, there has been an overall increase in the number of applications issued involving domestic violence as well as an increase in the number of orders made. Key points from the bulletin: In July to September 2017, 65,247 new cases

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Tackling domestic violence – The Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill

July 10, 2017

In this blog, associate Carla Ditz and director Helen Greenfield look at the Domestic Violence and Abuse Bill and what it hopes to achieve. With an estimated 2 million people in England and Wales suffering from some form of domestic abuse every year, it is positive news that legislation designed to protect those individuals has

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