Solicitors in Essex, Colchester, Chelmsford, London – Fisher Jones Greenwood https://www.fjg.co.uk Thu, 17 Oct 2019 14:52:40 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.2.4 Calling all future lawyers… https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/17/calling-all-future-lawyers https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/17/calling-all-future-lawyers#respond Thu, 17 Oct 2019 13:12:59 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16370 In 2019, FJG have launched an all new work experience programme specifically designed...

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In 2019, FJG have launched an all new work experience programme specifically designed to help aspiring Solicitors in the Essex area. Open to any student interested in learning more about a career in the legal profession, the week-long programme has already attracted high school students and university undergraduates.

Our structured work experience programme has pre-set tasks designed to give candidates a good understanding of the work legal experts undertake for clients. The schedule includes working with various departments across the firm and ends in CV building, a mock interview and a 121 session with a Partner. Feedback for the new programme put together by Andrew Morgan, Learning & Compliance Officer has been extremely positive.

  • Lauren Tavner, Student Director of the Essex Law School clinic commented: “I have learnt so much and have been given an opportunity to develop my legal skills which is invaluable for a law student”.
  • Ellie Mullins, Student at Brunel University said: “I have gained invaluable hands on experience in a successful regional firm which has inspired me to chase my dream of becoming a lawyer.”
  • Maya Gladman, Student at University of Sussex added: “…the FJG work experience programme has been designed for people to get the most out of their short time in the firm as possible. I not only got to carry out legal work, but I got to a real sense of what working here would be like.”

Paula Fowler, Managing Partner at FJG adds: “At FJG, we understand how important gaining valuable work experience can be before committing yourself to a career in law.” She continues “With feedback from previous work experience candidates, we spotted the need for a more deliberate programme to be put in place where candidates can fully immerse themselves in the legal world. We believe our work experience programme is one of the best offered to ambitious students in Essex.”

Legal work experience is an essential step for any future Solicitor and our new programme is designed with the student’s best interests at heart. We are inviting applications for consideration for their work experience programme in 2020 – visit www.fjg.co.uk/work-experience for more information.

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Breaking News: Proposed Probate Fee Hike is Abandoned https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/15/breaking-news-proposed-probate-fee-hike-is-abandoned https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/15/breaking-news-proposed-probate-fee-hike-is-abandoned#respond Tue, 15 Oct 2019 09:08:58 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16325 After months of speculation and many a sleepless night for every probate solicitor...

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After months of speculation and many a sleepless night for every probate solicitor in the country, the Government has announced that they will be scrapping the proposed increase to Probate Registry application fees.

In a complete U-turn, the Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland, confirmed on Monday that they would not be pursuing the planned fee hike; the proposal had initially been introduced by Theresa May.

In stark comparison to the current standard fee of £155 payable for applications made by a solicitor (or £215 for applications made in person), the new sliding scale fees would have seen some estates charged up to £6,000 to obtain a Grant of Representation (being either a Grant of Probate or a Grant of Letters of Administration, primarily depending on whether the deceased had left a Will)

Branding the proposals as “inherently unfair”, the President of the Law Society, Simon Davis, has welcomed the news this week. He emphasised that everyone should have the right to justice and proper legal procedure, no matter what their financial circumstances might be, let alone what those of a deceased family member or friend might have been.

Whilst this is undoubtedly welcome news, it is somewhat tarnished by the exuberant delays that faced applicants earlier in the year, when it was first thought that the fee increase would come into effect.  The reported, official, delay for Grants to be processed was 13 weeks, however many professionals found the actual delays were far in excess of this.

To find out how this might affect you and any applications that you might be in the process of making, please contact us to discuss how we can assist you further. Contact Fisher Jones Greenwood by calling 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk.

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What is the role of CAFCASS in private family law proceedings? https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/what-is-the-role-of-cafcass-in-private-family-law-proceedings https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/what-is-the-role-of-cafcass-in-private-family-law-proceedings#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:32:07 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16315 The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) are an independent...

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The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS) are an independent organisation. CAFCASS’ primary role is to represent the interests of children in family proceedings.

CAFCASS will always be involved in cases when children are subject to care proceedings by an application brought by social services (public law). They can also provide assistance when parents have separated and cannot reach an agreement on the arrangements for their children (private law).

The role of CAFCASS in private family law proceedings

Before Proceedings                                                                                                                                 

If a parent files an application to the family court in respect of a child, the family court will refer the case to CAFCASS.

Before the first hearing, CAFCASS will usually do the following:

  • Letter of instruction: If CAFCASS are instructed by the family court to become involved in the case then they will generally send a letter to all parties to inform them that a CAFCASS worker has been instructed and to explain to the parties what their role in the proceedings will be.
  • Safeguarding checks: CAFCASS will carry out checks with the police and the local authority to find out whether any party is known to either authority or whether there are any known safety or welfare risks to the child(ren) who are subject to the court application.
  • Telephone interview: following any safeguarding checks, usually CAFCASS will schedule a telephone interview to speak to each party separately to find out if any of the parties have any concerns about the safety and welfare of the child(ren).
  • Safeguarding letter: a safeguarding letter is a short report that CAFCASS prepare at least three days before the first hearing on the outcomes of the safeguarding checks and any child welfare issues raised in the telephone interviews with the parties.

At the First Hearing                                                                                                                                  

Usually a CAFCASS worker will be present with the parties at the first hearing. If there are no child safeguarding concerns, the CAFCASS worker will work with both parties to try to reach an agreement without further court proceedings.

If the parties are able to reach an agreement, and the court is satisfied that the agreement is in the child(ren)’s best interests then the court could make a Consent Order at the first hearing.

Beyond the First Hearing                                                                                                                            

If the parties are not able to reach an agreement about their child(ren) and there are concerns about the welfare of the child(ren) the court may ask CAFCASS to complete a section 7 report.

A section 7 report is a report about children’s welfare to assist the judge in making a decision that is in best interests of the child(ren) involved in the case.

A CAFCASS worker will prepare this report after meeting with both parties and the child(ren), if appropriate. A CAFCASS worker will speak to a child to ascertain their wishes and feelings if the child has sufficient maturity and understanding.

The CAFCASS worker can also speak with other professionals that may be involved with the family to gather necessary information for the report.

When writing a report the CAFCASS worker will have specific regard to what is known as the ‘welfare checklist’. The welfare checklist is a criteria that can be found in section 1 of the Children Act 1989. The criteria is used by the court and other professionals to assist them in answering the question of what if in the child’s best interests.

The welfare checklist is as follows:

  • the ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of his age and understanding)
  • his physical, emotional and educational needs
  • the likely effect on him of any change in his circumstances
  • his age, sex, background and any characteristics of his which the court considers relevant
  • any harm which he has suffered or is at risk of suffering
  • how capable each of his parents, and any other person in relation to whom the court considers the question to be relevant, is of meeting his needs
  • the range of powers available to the court under this Act in the proceedings in question.

Once the report has been finalised, the CAFCASS worker will send a copy of the report to the court and a copy of report to all parties.

If you need advice and further information our team of experienced family solicitors can help you– contact Fisher Jones Greenwood by calling 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk

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Can Collaborative Law help me? https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/can-collaborative-law-help-me https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/can-collaborative-law-help-me#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 14:25:04 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16306 What is Collaborative Family Law? Collaborative Family Law is a form of alternative...

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What is Collaborative Family Law?

Collaborative Family Law is a form of alternative dispute resolution (ADR). It provides a way to resolve family disputes without having to go through court litigation.

How does Collaborative Family Law work?

To initiate the process you will both meet with your respective solicitors so that they can take instructions about your situation from you. If you decide that you wish to go ahead with collaboration, you will need to ensure that your ex-partner has already instructed or will instruct a collaborative family solicitor. It is important to note that you can only collaborate if you both have solicitors who are trained in Collaborative Family Law.

Once both parties have instructed collaborative solicitors, the solicitors will communicate to arrange the first meeting and to discuss any particular tricky issues which are likely to arise.

Collaboration offers flexibility to both parties as the law does not govern how the meetings should be structured or when those meetings should take place. It is down to both parties to decide the date, time and location of any meetings. Generally, the meetings will alternate between the two solicitors’ offices.

Once an agreement has been reached on when and where the first meeting should take place, both parties need to attend that meeting with their collaborative solicitors. The first meeting is held to go over the principles of Collaborative Family Law and for both parties to sign the Collaborative Participation Agreement.

Issues will generally be discussed over a number of meetings until an agreement is reached.

If an agreement is reached it is incorporated into a formal agreement which the Family Court is requested to approve in the form of a consent order.

What are the advantages and disadvantages?

Collaborative Family Law has many advantages. It is ideal where parties wish to resolve their issues and maintain family relationships in the future. It allows couples to focus on what they have in common rather than on their differences.

It is flexible and allows couples to resolve issues in a way in which they wish to resolve them, without being dictated to by a court. It focuses on meeting people’s interests rather than “wants”.

Collaborative Family Law will often be quicker and cheaper than going to court. Parties can often jointly instruct specialist third parties, for example financial advisers, to help them reach an agreement which benefits both parties, and not just one of them.

A disadvantage sometimes mentioned is that, if the collaborative process fails, both parties can no longer continue to instruct their respective solicitors and must instruct new solicitors.  However, this is an important part of the collaborative process and, in practice, it is rare for collaborative cases to go on to be litigated because of the time and effort expended by everyone in the process to reach an agreement.

For further information about resolving issues using Collaborative Family Law please contact Collaborative Family Lawyer Simon Osborn, click here, call 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk.

Take a look at this short video that provide top tips on minimising the impact of conflict on children…

We Need To Talk: Top tips to keep kids’ best interests first during divorce or separation from Resolution on Vimeo

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Company restoration explained… https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/company-restoration-explained https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/company-restoration-explained#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:39:11 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16303 If you are or have been involved in the ‘business world’ you may...

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If you are or have been involved in the ‘business world’ you may be familiar with the terms of company dissolution and company restoration. Company dissolution is usually the ‘final event’ in a company’s life and upon dissolution, the company’s name is struck off the register of companies, ceases trading and losses its separate legal personality. Company restoration by contrast, is the process of reinstating a company on the register of companies after dissolution.

This blog will briefly explain the circumstances in which you may wish to restore a company, and, how this may be achieved.

Why restore a company

The common circumstances under which someone may seek to restore a company are where:

  • a company has been struck off by Companies House for failing to file annual returns and accounts (i.e. compulsory dissolution), but its business continues to trade and therefore, restoration is required so that it can continue to trade;
  • a party has an unresolved claim against a company that has been dissolved and wants to take some action against it to obtain compensation or redress (including where a company has been dissolved to actively avoid such a claim; or
  • the company had (and continues to have) title to an asset when it was dissolved that is of value or importance and this assets need to be obtained.

Procedure

Depending on the reason for dissolution, coupled with the reason for restoration, a company restoration may be achieved by pursuing either administrative restoration or restoration to the register by court order.

Administrative Restoration

As suggested by the name, this procedure does not involved a court application, but it is only available in certain circumstances. For example, it was intended for the companies that have failed to keep up to date with their filings (such as annual returns or accounts) and, as a result, they have been struck off the register by way of compulsory dissolution by Companies House. This procedure is therefore unlikely to be available in the circumstances set out at points (ii) and (iii) above and restoration by the Court order should be sought.

The application and process itself is much simpler than restoration by Court Order. This application can be made at the Registrar of Companies directly by a former director or former member of the dissolved company, subject to further conditions and limitations, which include, but are not limited to:

  • the application is made no more than six years from the date of the dissolution of the company;
  • the applicant pays any penalties for failure to deliver all accounts that were outstanding at the date of the company’s dissolution; and
  • the applicant delivers to the Registrar all of the documents that are required to bring the company’s records kept with the Registrar up to date.

It is the Registrar of Companies who will decide whether the company shall be restored and if the application is successful, the company is deemed to have continued in existence as though it had not been dissolved – hence the need for the interim period filings as set out above.

Restoration by the Court

Using this process, a wider group of people are able to bring an application to the Court to restore a company – i.e. former company directors and/or members, creditors, any person having an interest in land or any potential claim against the company.

The Court may restore a company to the register if one of the following are met:

  • the company has been dissolved after winding up (dissolved under Chapter 9 of Part 4 of the Insolvency Act 1986);
  • the company is deemed to have been dissolved following administration (dissolved under paragraph 84(6) of Schedule B1 of the Insolvency Act 1986); or
  • the company has been struck off the register by the Registrar (section 1000 or 1001) or it has been voluntary struck off by its members (section 1003).

The time limitation to bring a restoration application to the Court is six years, unless one of the two exceptions apply where there is no time limit.

This procedure is more complex when compared to administrative restoration – whilst most of the applications are resolved by consent (whereby the applicant and the defendant (being the Registrar of Companies) agree to restore the company), there are circumstances where due to the lack of evidence or other reasons, the Registrar of Companies may not consent to restore the dissolved company or may wish to leave matters for the Court to decide, taking into account all relevant factors.

The application process is that a Part 8 claim must be made in the High Court, which once issued, is served on the Registrar of Companies as well as the Government Legal Department. Thereafter, the aforementioned parties set out their requirements to consent to the restoration (if applicable) which need to be fulfilled by the applicant so that the company can be restored.

Again if the application is successful, the company is deemed to have continued in existence as if it had not been dissolved.

The Corporate and Commercial Department here at Fisher Jones Greenwood LLP can guide you through the process of restoring a company and advise you on your options; as well as assist you with the preparation of any documentation that may be required.

Should you require any information or assistance do not hesitate to get in touch. Please call 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk.

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Mental Health awareness after a Personal Injury… https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/mental-health-awareness-after-a-personal-injury https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/14/mental-health-awareness-after-a-personal-injury#respond Mon, 14 Oct 2019 13:21:54 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16297 It is estimated that in the UK one in four of us every...

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It is estimated that in the UK one in four of us every year will experience a mental health problem. Awareness, knowledge and attitudes towards mental health problems have moved on over the years and mental health is now something that is talked about more freely.

Sometimes people have to battle mental illness throughout their entire lives. However, mental illness can also be triggered following an accident, trauma or unforeseen event that can alter your way of life.

At Fisher Jones Greenwood we understand that injuries resulting from an accident can often have a detrimental effect on a person’s psychological perspective. It is not always as apparent as a broken bone but if left untreated the psychological effects from an accident can often be as debilitating as the initial injury itself.

It is vital that a person’s mental health is closely monitored following an accident. Financial stresses, isolation, and pain are just some of the things that can lead to low mood, depression or anxiety and it’s sometimes too hard to overcome those negative thoughts, even after the pain has subsided.

The psychological effects should never be overlooked so please ensure that you speak with your GP and let people know how you are feeling. That way treatment can be arranged quickly and help can be provided.

World Mental Health Day is every day and organisations such as Mind, The Samaritans and The Mental Health Foundation are just a few that can provide help, support and advice.

If you have been injured in an accident and want advice then call Rhian Lowe on 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk.

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New Energy Performance Efficiency Regulations. Will they affect you? https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/10/new-energy-performance-efficiency-regulations-will-they-affect-you https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/10/new-energy-performance-efficiency-regulations-will-they-affect-you#respond Thu, 10 Oct 2019 13:21:51 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16258 What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)? Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in...

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What is an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC)?

Energy Performance Certificates were introduced in England and Wales in 2007 and are a legal requirement for buildings to be sold, built or rented out. The EPC contains various information about a property’s energy use, typical energy costs, CO2 emissions, and recommendations on how to reduce energy consumption. An EPC gives a property an energy efficiency rating from A, being the most efficient, to G being the least efficient.

Why are they important?

EPCs are extremely useful to prospective purchasers and tenants of domestic properties. They give an indication of how costly running the building will be, as well as the environmental impact through CO2 Emissions. Individuals should therefore be mindful of the likely cost of higher monthly bills, or the cost of improving the energy efficiency of lower rated properties.

What’s changing?

Since April 2018, landlords cannot grant a new tenancy if the property (both domestic and non-domestic) has an energy rating of F or G. Although this is not new information, there will be a further change in April 2020 that will affect existing tenancies.

From this date it will be unlawful for a landlord to rent out a property which does not have a rating of E or higher, even if there has been no change in tenancy. Breach of these regulations could see landlords slapped with hefty fines. Landlords of residential properties can expect to pay;

  • £4,000 for failing to meet the required standards,
  • £1,000 if they provide false information to the exemptions register, and
  • £2,000 for failing to comply with a notice from the Local Authority.

Penalties for commercial properties vary and may be based on the rateable value of the property subject to a maximum cap of £150,000.

What other effect will there be?

In addition to fines for landlords, those who are intending to purchase a residential property under a buy-to-let scheme should be mindful of EPC ratings. It may be more difficult to obtain mortgage financing if the property has a low rating and once bought, purchasers will not be able to rent the property out until it complies with the regulations. This may cost Landlords thousands to install corrective measures, such as double glazed windows and insulation.

There is a cap and landlords would not be expected to pay out more than £3,500 to make the property compliant, after this an application can be made to be exempt. Nonetheless this is no small sum to pay.

Are there likely to be any further changes?

Looking to the future the government’s Clean Growth Strategy announced a new target to get all housing to an EPC rating of Band C by 2030. Whether this is achievable is uncertain but it does indicate that further changes to Energy Performance regulation can be expected over the next few years.

For further advice on energy performance ratings, please contact us on 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk and we would be happy to assist.

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Our highest number of practice areas to date ranked in the Legal500… https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/09/our-highest-number-of-practice-areas-to-date-ranked-in-the-legal500 https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/09/our-highest-number-of-practice-areas-to-date-ranked-in-the-legal500#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:58:32 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16236 Fisher Jones Greenwood is recognised across Essex as a trusted advisor offering exceptional...

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Fisher Jones Greenwood is recognised across Essex as a trusted advisor offering exceptional client care when it comes to legal matters.  So, it’s no surprise that the latest Legal500 rankings, we have recognised with the highest number of practice areas to date.

In the 2020 edition, the Family and Commercial Property teams remain Top Tier, the Wills, Life Planning and Probate team move into Tier 2, while our Personal Injury team is ranked for the first time. In addition, FJG boast one ‘Leading Individual’, six ‘Next Generation Partners’, 18 ‘Recommended Lawyers’ and 3 ‘Rising Stars’ demonstrating the firm’s commitment to developing new talent within the legal sector.

The Commercial Property department remains ranked as Tier 1, and is described as ‘a team that really care passionately about the advice’ offered, ‘with solutions that are tailored specifically to each client’. Head of Department, Ellen Petersen is described as ‘an expert in her field’ and will ‘always goes the extra mile’. Newly promoted Associate Solicitor, Leon Pascal and Solicitor, Louise Smith are also named as ‘Rising Stars’.

With continued Tier 1 success, the ‘efficient and professional’ Family team maintains its top-level ranking. Simon Osborn, Partner and Head of Department continues to be recognised as a ‘Leading Individual’ and is described as ‘diplomatic’, ‘friendly’ and ‘professional’. Rachel Earnshaw is also ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’.

Notably this year, our ‘first class‘ Wills, Life Planning and Probate team have moved up to Tier 2 bolstering their position as an exceptional team. Head of Department, Susanne Grimwade is described as giving ‘outstanding service to her clients’, Sarah Rankin is identified for her ‘invaluable approach’ whilst Andrea Godfrey is ranked as a ‘Next Generation Partner’ and Amy Burton, a ‘Rising Star’.

FJG‘s Immigration and Litigation teams are also ranked at Tier 2; both Head of Departments, Ashlee Campbell, and Bushra Elzubeir respectively are noted as ’Next Generation Partners’.

FJG’s Personal Injury, Corporate and Commercial and Employment teams are recognised with a Tier 3 ranking. Partners, Ashton Carter and Leah Groves from the ‘outstanding’ Corporate and Commercial team are named as ‘Next Generation Partners’ being described as ‘helpful, available and diligent’ with ‘in-depth and specialist knowledge’ respectively. Finally, the Employment team are recognised as being able to leverage expertise from the firm’s other teams, offering clients and a blend of contentious and non-contentious services, mirroring FJG’s commitment to offering all legal services under one roof.

Paula Fowler, Managing Partner commented: “I’m overjoyed with the recognition we’ve received in this latest set of Legal500 rankings. It’s rewarding to see we have new practice areas ranked, individuals highlighted for their levels of expertise and commitment, and continued improvement in our rankings from last year. ”

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FAQ – How do we resolve our financial matters on divorce or dissolution? https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/09/how-do-we-resolve-our-financial-matters-on-divorce-or-dissolution https://www.fjg.co.uk/blog/2019/10/09/how-do-we-resolve-our-financial-matters-on-divorce-or-dissolution#respond Wed, 09 Oct 2019 14:28:11 +0000 https://www.fjg.co.uk/?p=16233 Following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership it is important to...

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Following the breakdown of a marriage or civil partnership it is important to consider the financial matters that arise from this and the implications of those on the whole family.

To assist parties in reaching an agreement on financial matters there are a number of options available:

  1. DIY (do it yourself) – parties reach an agreement between themselves.
  2. Mediation – an independent third party that will identify issues that are not agreed between the parties and try to help the parties reach an agreement on those matters.
  3. Lawyers negotiating on the parties behalf – this is generally through written correspondence following the exchange of financial information but may take place at round table meetings.
  4. Collaborative practice – each party instructs a collaboratively trained lawyer who agrees not to take the case to court. The parties and their respective lawyers try to reach an agreement by working together which usually involves 4 way meetings.
  5. Arbitration – parties appoint a private arbitrator to act as a judge to make a binding decision for the parties either on specific issues or on all the issues.
  6. Court proceedings – issuing an application to the court which will set a formal timetable for the parties to follow. If matters cannot be agreed during interim proceedings then the judge will make a decision which will be binding on the parties.

Each family is different and it is important to consider all the options available and decide which route is best for both parties and the children. We recommend that parties seek independent legal advice at an early stage so that they know where they stand from the outset. This may reduce the risk of difficulties and conflict arising later on.

Once parties have reached an agreement it is important to record this in a court order or other formal legal document. It is very important that legal advice is taken at this stage to ensure that the agreement is fair and that no further claims can be made at a later date.

If you need advice and further information our team of experienced family solicitors can help you– contact Fisher Jones Greenwood by calling 01206 700113 or email contact@fjg.co.uk.

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I qualified recently in January 2019 and I am working in the family law team. My feelings about qualifying were a mixture of excitement and fear. I was excited to have my own clients and develop my own working methods but I was terrified that I would make mistakes, not be good enough for the job or do something wrong. I thought it might be useful to share the 4 lessons I have learnt since qualifying. It would be useful to find out what other young lawyers have learnt so please feel free to share and discuss your own experiences…
  1. I still have so much more to learn…

Even though I am now qualified and have all the required qualifications, I am still learning new things every day.

Some days feel manic and too busy, but I always try to take the time to pick up the Red Book or browse PLC to check the law. Even when I think I know the answer, I try to refer back to the wording of the law. Early in my career is the best time to try a forge good habits and good practice.

What I find most difficult is that, in family law, the outcome of the case will largely depend on facts. Advice to the client will often be practical, common sense advice and outcomes vary from case to case. Without
decades of experience, I am finding it difficult to predict outcomes and advise clients. This leads me to the second thing I have learnt.

  1. Discussing work, matters and cases with colleagues is a must.

Experience is not something that books or university qualifications can teach. It comes with practice and it comes with time. It is a challenge and I am still learning to be patient with myself.

In the meantime, I rely and learn from my colleagues’ experiences. Discussing my work and cases with
colleagues, who have the decades of experience I lack, is essential. It prevents me from making mistakes, it guides me in the right directions when I am not sure what to do, and it reassures me or makes me feel more confident in my work.

Sometimes it may feel like colleagues do not have enough time but I know that they would much prefer that I take the time to ask questions and discuss uncertainties instead of doing something wrong.

  1. Can do attitude

I have found that the added responsibilities that come with qualifying have taken me out of my comfort zone. It is daunting to take on new challenges and find myself in situations that I have never been in before. By adopting a can-do attitude, telling myself I can do this and just throwing myself in the deep end, I usually discover that can-do more than I thought. The key is preparation, research, precedents, consult colleagues, and learn from my experiences. Having a can do attitude allows me to build up my personal experience with the hope that, next time, I will know what to do in a similar situation.

  1. Enjoy the process of learning and celebrate successes

It is important not to solely focus on the outcome but to also enjoy the journey of learning. In family law,
successes are not entirely dependent on your abilities as a lawyer. Whether a case is a success or not will also depend on your client, the judge, the other side, other experts involved in the case, and other external
factors. When there is a good outcome it is important to celebrate. Even if there is not a good outcome I can still find comfort in the fact that I have tried my absolute best and that I can learn from this experience.

To sum up, qualifying comes with its many challenges but with the right attitude and the right support these challenges can be overcome. I find that all this hard work is worth it because my job is interesting, I work with great people and it is rewarding to know that I am helping people at the most difficult time in their lives.

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