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What's new for 2022-2023?
- updated and expanded Financial Remedies Court section, including a table on the Correct Use of ES2 and an Editors' Note on the 2022 FRC Efficiency Statement
- latest e-Bundles Guidance included
- Leading Cases slimmed down to feature Top 20 cases and their categories
- Leading Citations expanded
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There’s useful material on the financial remedies courts and their zone hubs; the usual puff for the IFLA arbitration scheme; sufficient on costs to scare you; and the other tables you have come to love. Without it, you’ll run the risk of looking or sounding (dependent on which form of remote has got you out of bed) a fool.
1: Financial Remedies Court Zone Hubs
2: Financial Remedies Court
3: The 2022 FRC Efficiency Statement
4: Correct Use of ES2
5: Financial Remedy Procedure
6: Retail Prices Index
7: Interest Rates
8: Financial Times Indexes
9: Child Support
10: School Fees
11: Tertiary Education Costs and Funding
12: Social Security Benefits
13: Housing Costs
14: Company Cars
15: Duxbury Calculations
16: Life Expectancy
17: Income Tax
18: National Insurance Contributions
19: Capital Gains Tax
20: Taxing Times
21: Inheritance Tax
22: Gross Salary and Net Income
23: Grossed-up Net Maintenance
24: The IFLA Arbitration Scheme
25: Pensions Overview
26: Pension Sharing Procedure
28: Life Cover
29: Exchange Rates
30: Other Financial Remedy Materials
Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
Children Act 1989, Schedule 1
Financial Remedy Rules
2016 HC Efficiency Statement
Court Bundles: FPR PD 27A
Leading Cases Top 20
‘At a Glance’ is the go to (book) that every family lawyer should have.It is always up to date, informative and provides you with the tables and schedules you will use on a regular basis together with an excellent index and reference to case law.
Absolutely first rate, the only book I would have if I was limited to one.
In The Times They Are A-Changin Bob Dylan in 1961 explicitly asked the USA’s law-makers ‘to please heed the call’ to pass legislation for the benefit of a nation in a time of change.
A similar call sixty years on has been well-heeded by the law-makers of the family justice system. For FRC judges, professionals and lay users there has been since the last edition of this work an avalanche of ordinances and by-laws (otherwise known as ‘guidance’) issued on a wide range of matters. Perhaps most significantly, on 11 January 2022 the new FRC Efficiency Statement and the Primary Principles Paper were rolled out. The FRC Efficiency Statement in turn published the new templates ES1 (composite case summary) and ES2 (composite assets and income schedule). The latter led to the issue on 1 February 2022 of the Advisory Notice adopting the FLBA’s note on the correct use of the ES2. We are pleased to print an abridged version of the note in this issue, alongside the new FRC Efficiency Statement. Older readers may recognise the street-names of the properties in the example ES2 appended to the Efficiency Statement. They are, of course, in the ‘Poet’s Estate’ – an enclave in the South London suburb of Climthorpe - through which the melancholy antihero tramps daily on his erratic commute to work at Sunshine Desserts.
These standardised templates will, we think, make a very substantial difference to the conduct of financial remedy litigation: gone will be arid disputes as to the format of the asset schedule or the contents of the statement of issues. The FRC Efficiency Statement requires adherence to three memoranda from the President: Experts in the Family Court (4 October 2021); Witness Statements (10 November 2021); and Drafting Orders (10 November 2021). These too will make a very great difference to these aspects of FR litigation. The memoranda are to be found in AAG Cloud; space prevents their reproduction here.
On 29 November 2021, the Senior Presiding Judge, the President and the Judge-in-charge of Live Services (Johnson J) issued general guidance on electronic court bundles for all court hearings. On 21 December 2021 the President issued supplemental guidance for cases in the Family Court and the Family Division. This confirmed that the requirement in PD 27A para 4.2 for each section to be separately paginated should not be followed for an e-bundle. Instead, sequential singular pagination of the entire bundle, corresponding to the PDF numbering, should be used. It further confirmed the 350 page limit. No more will there be those ridiculous debates about which number, printed or electronic, to use. The General and Supplemental Guidance are printed in this issue.
After protracted birth-pangs the new Form D81 (Statement of information for a consent order in relation to a financial remedy) emerged on 3 February 2022, taking immediate effect. The new form shows with clarity the position of the parties both before and after implementation of the consent order. It will enable district judges to approve consent orders with clarity and efficiency. The previous form was demonstrably not fit for purpose and its demise is much to be welcomed. The new Form D81 is to be found in AAG Cloud; space does not permit its appearance here.
The emergence of the new Form D81 has led to the joint project of the FRC and the Law Commission being revived, and on 3 February 2022 the first meeting of the Data Collection Working Group in two years took place. The group is devising systems to enable the data in approximately 30,000 consent orders per annum to be harvested, analysed by professional researchers and ultimately published so that there can be transparency as to how cases are being settled at the financial remedy coalface. Previous editions of this work have bemoaned how this project was becalmed; it is now felt that there is a real impetus to progress the project quickly so that the litigating public can have concrete knowledge of how ordinary cases are being dealt with. No longer will the only source of guidance be the pronouncements of the higher judiciary from their ivory towers when deciding how the assets of the uber-rich should be partitioned.
The consultation launched on 29 October 2021 on a proposal to introduce a Standard Reporting Permission Order to enhance transparency in the FRC has led on 11 February 2022 to a new FRC Transparency Group chaired by HHJ Farquhar becoming the fifth sub-group of the main Transparency Implementation Group. The scope of this group will look beyond the previously conducted consultation, and further consultations will be undertaken. It is to be hoped that this subgroup will grapple squarely with the issues that beset the question of transparency in the FRC, where the current conventions of secrecy and anonymity have no historical foundation and little logical validity, are applied by the judiciary inconsistently, and are arguably unlawful.
Three important initiatives will come to fruition during the lifetime of this edition. The Family Procedure Rule Committee will consider the proposal of the Farquhar Committee to move small money cases (i.e. those where the total assets excluding pensions do not exceed £250,000) to the fast track in FPR Part 9, Chapter 5. If it is adopted then around 30% of the work in the FRC will be moved onto the fast track and dispatched far more efficiently. The present procedure of one-size-fits-all is laudable in its purity but perhaps applies too great a degree of sophistication to these smaller cases.
A significantly improved general enforcement process under FPR 33.3(2)(b) will be piloted in two or three courts. This will require the debtor to complete a Form E1 before the first hearing of the enforcement application. At present there is no such requirement and the first hearing is normally used for directions, often leading to the creditor becoming overwhelmed by ennui and abandoning the process. The proposal will significantly truncate the process and should lead to much more efficient enforcement.
On 18 January 2022 a review of the Standard Family Orders was announced. Judge Moradifar is leading on the children orders and Judge Hess is leading on the money orders. Suggestions for improvements were invited by 28 February 2022. The revised volumes of orders will be issued during the current year.
We have had to devote much space to a number of these developments. A consequence has been that, with considerable heartache, we have consigned Leading Cases to AAG Cloud alone. We have retained last year’s innovation of the top 20 financial cases, but for the full list of all the cases, the reader must travel to the digital sibling of this work. There, the reader will find much other material which space has not allowed us to reproduce here, for example the FRC Primary Principles, and the President’s Memoranda.
A momentous event in the Family Law universe was the bringing into force on 6 April 2022 of the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020. Gone is the inquisitorial role of the court to satisfy itself of the fact of, and reasons for, the marital breakdown – an omnipresent feature of the process since 1858. Instead by the new ss 1(2) and (3) the court must take the statement that the marriage has broken down irretrievably to be conclusive evidence that it has, and must go on to make a divorce order. The court’s role is reduced to that of a clerk issuing a dog licence.
Gone is the language of the process – petition, decree nisi, decree absolute – ever-present since the dawn of secular divorce. If these words were buildings they would surely be Grade 1 listed, but instead they have been summarily despatched in favour of Plain English.
These changes will have only a minor impact on financial remedy litigation. However, the financial remedy that is an application under s 10(2) has been expanded to cover all cases and not merely separation cases as hitherto. An application under s 10(2) will allow a respondent wife who stands to lose a widow’s pension on the divorce to hold up the proceedings while her potential loss is investigated. It remains to be seen if the remedy will enjoy a renaissance as a result. It would be an irony if, despite the intentions of Parliament, defended divorces were replaced by contested s 10(2) applications. Section 10(2) is printed in this volume.
Finally, we mark the appointment on 25 April 2022 of Peel J as National Lead Judge of the FRC, and Judge-in-Charge of Standard Orders on the retirement of Mostyn J from those positions. Mostyn J had been for over nine years the judge in charge both of the Family Division money list and of the Standard Orders. In 2018 he was appointed by Sir James Munby as the first National Lead Judge of the then embryonic FRC. The time had definitely come for a change of leadership.
There is no doubt that under the governance of Peel J the FRC will go from strength to strength. Mostyn J will, however, continue for the future as an editor of this volume.
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