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  • Whether a judge who conducted an FDR appointment in protracted financial remedy proceedings could later hear applications in relation to the substantive order made in those same proceedings. The hearing was well under way when the husband reminded Holman J of the earlier FDR appointment. Both parties urged the judge to waive the rule, making reference to the overriding objective. He held that any waiver would run totally contrary to the absolute prohibition that the rule currently provides, and brought the hearing to a complete halt. It would have to be heard from scratch before another judge. Judgment, 05/08/2019, free
  • An arbitration had taken place to resolve pension division, spousal maintenance, and the division of assets pertaining to shares and a redundancy. The husband felt that there had been a miscalculation of the wife's income, affecting the amount of spousal maintenance due. Ms Clare Ambrose, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, dismissed the application. The arbitrator's conduct fell far short of making this a case which required court intervention. Judgment, 22/07/2019, free
  • Report presents the findings from 33 qualitative interviews with a range of professional participants including family judges, legal representatives, Cafcass guardians and social workers News, 16/04/2019, free
  • 'work is moving on to release the remaining parts of the divorce process, namely decree nisi and degree absolute, in the next few months' News, 09/04/2019, free
  • Wife's application that the final arbitral award of Mr Gavin Smith should not be made an order of the court. The application was dismissed. Judgment, 29/01/2019, free

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  • Nigel Shepherd and Charles Hale QC bring you up to date with the evolving best practice in family arbitration including the use of arbitration in children cases, an option available since July 2016. Webcast, 25/01/2017, members only
  • 6 questions to accompany the recorded webinar Family Law Arbitration After S v S which was first broadcast on 20 February 2014. CPD course, 25/02/2014, members only
  • David Walden-Smith from 29 Bedford Row and Nigel Shepherd from Mills & Reeve discuss the implications of the recent judgment of the President, S v S, on arbitration as an alternative to court. Webcast, 21/02/2014, registration required
  • 6 questions relating to David Walden-Smith's lecture on arbitration CPD course, 10/07/2013, members only
  • Listen to this recorded webcast on Arbitration presented by David Walden-Smith of 29 Bedford Row Webcast, 05/07/2013, members only

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