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The Dictionary of Financial Remedies is a unique reference guide to the key concepts, cases and practice of financial remedies.

An ideal quick reference for when you are in court, conference or mediation and written in a style that will appeal to family lawyers, mediators and other non-lawyers involved in financial remedy proceedings.

Presented in an easy to use A-Z format, with cross-references where required, each entry acts like a practice note on the topic setting out the essential law, key cases and practice points you need to be able to advise on the issue with the minimum of fuss. The book distils the combined experience of the Editors whose aim is to provide a concise, practical handbook that focuses on the most important issues and practice points, covering everything from agreements to variation of settlements.

What's new for 2020?

This 2020 edition is fully updated to include changes and developments from the last twelve months, including Court of Appeal decisions in Brack v Brack, Martin v Martin and XW v XH. The entry on Judgment Summons has been extended to include committal applications and there are new entries on Financial Remedies Courts and Standard Family Orders.


"Its mere 120 pages are crammed with a bang up-to-date cornucopia of not only the substantive law but also a wealth of procedural advice. In addition, key numerical, fiscal and actuarial aspects are addressed. I found the sections on Schedule 1, Matrimonial and Non-Matrimonial Property, Spousal Maintenance, and Injunctions especially informative and well-written." - The Hon Mr Justice Mostyn

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Dictionary of Financial Remedies is available as a fully searchable and annotatable e-book, to be accessed online or offline on any device.

You can read more about our e-reader here.

Who will find the book useful?

  • Every family law solicitor, barrister or legal executive advising clients on financial provision after separation
  • Mediators and other professionals involved in out of court dispute resolution
  • Expert witnesses, financial planners and pensions advisers working on financial remedy cases
  • McKenzie Friends & litigants in person

ISBN: 9781859598665 | Paperback | Published 17th February 2020


"Very useful especially in ebook form"

Zoe Saunders, Barrister, St John's Chambers

"Slim, encyclopaedic, handy."

Rhys Taylor, Thirty Park Place

“What an excellent and accessible reference book"

Therese Nicholls, Russell-Cooke

Dictionary of Financial Remedies (2020 Edition) editors

His Honour Judge Edward Hess

Edward Hess read Mathematics and then Law at Cambridge University. He was called to the Bar by Middle Temple in 1985 and practised at Harcourt Chambers from 1985 to 2010. He was a District Judge (PRFD) at the Central Family Court from 2010 to 2015. Since 2015 he has been a Circuit Judge, currently sitting at Portsmouth Family Court, Swindon Family Court and the Central Family Court. Since 2016 he has been a Deputy High Court Judge. In 2017 he was appointed as a Deputy Leader of the Financial Remedies Court Project. He provides all of the notes and commentary for the Standard Family Orders Handbooks, One and Two.

Peter Duckworth

Peter Duckworth, a barrister at 29 Bedford Row, is the author of the long-standing key family law reference work, Matrimonial Property & Finance. He is also a well-respected speaker on family financial remedies.

Sally Max

Sally Max is a barrister at 29 Bedford Row with over 15 years experience working exclusively in financial provision.

Amy Kisser

Amy Kisser is a barrister at QEB specialising in financial provision. She was also part of the drafting team for the standard family orders now in operation throughout the Family Court.

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