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December 2021 Practice Message from the London Financial Remedies Court

Here is the draft efficient conduct statement for financial remedies cases below High Court level. Observations on the draft are invited during a consultation period which will close on the 19 November 2021. Any comments should be sent direct to HHJ Hess.

The Editorial Board

HHJ Edward Hess

His Honour Judge Edward Hess is a Circuit Judge, Lead Judge of the London Financial Remedies Court, Deputy High Court Judge and Deputy National Lead Judge, Financial Remedies Courts and Co-Chair of the Pension Advisory Group.

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Rhys Taylor

Rhys Taylor is a barrister at The 36 Group and 30 Park Place. He is a member of the Family Procedure Rule Committee, the Pension Advisory Group and the FLBA national committee. Rhys is an arbitrator, mediator and a neutral/evaluator in the private FDR setting. He tweets @RhysTaylor32

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DJ Nicola Shaw

DJ Nicola Shaw was a leading junior on the North Eastern circuit before her appointment to the district bench in Newcastle, where she is now the lead judge for the Financial Remedies Court.

Nicholas Allen QC

Barrister and Joint Head of Chambers at 29 Bedford Row (London). Door Tenant at St. Ives (Birmingham). IFLA arbitrator and PFDR/ENE tribunal. Appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018 and a Deputy High Court Judge in 2021 (previously Recorder of the Family Court from 2016). Bencher of the Middle Temple. Editor of the family law chapters of Foskett on Compromise (Ninth Edition, 2019). Regular lecturer including at the Judicial College. Co-Chair of the Bar Council’s Services Appointment Panel. Trustee of FreeBar, a network promoting LGBT+ equality and inclusion.

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Joanne Edwards

Jo is a partner and Head of Family at Mayfair firm Forsters LLP. She specialises in financial remedies on divorce for high net worth couples, both in the context of complex litigation, often with an international element, and in her mediation practice. She also has extensive experience in children work. A former Chair of Resolution, Jo heads its Family Law Reform Group and in that role has lobbied for law reform, given evidence to parliamentary committees and has featured extensively in broadcast and print media. She is currently involved in the Fair Shares project and working with various not-for-profit organisations on the Parents Promise initiative.

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Michael Allum

Michael Allum is a Solicitor and Partner at The International Family Law Group LLP. He specialises in finance cases with a particular emphasis on matters with an international element. He is also regularly instructed on cases regarding financial provision after an overseas divorce (Part III).

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Emma Hitchings

Emma Hitchings is a Professor of Family Law at Bristol University and has undertaken a range of empirical studies on financial remedies and family justice issues. She is the co-editor of the Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law and is co-author of Bromley's Family Law (OUP, 2021).


Sofia Thomas

Sofia Thomas is co-author of Tax Implications on Family Breakdown and a leading expert in tax on divorce and separation. Sofia is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.

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Roger Isaacs

Roger Isaacs is an award-winning chartered accountant and experienced expert witness. He is a partner in Milsted Langdon LLP, a regional accountancy practice with offices in London and the South West of England. Roger lectures and writes regularly on accountancy related topics in the context of separation and divorce.

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Alexander Chandler

Alexander Chandler is a barrister specialising in financial remedies and TLATA at 1 King’s Bench Walk in London. He sits as a Recorder, Arbitrator and private FDR judge, posts blogs at, and tweets @familybrief.

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Joe Rainer

Joe is a junior barrister at QEB. He has a specialist matrimonial practice, with a focus on financial remedies and cases brought under TLATA 1996. He has appeared in several well-known reported cases and writes and lectures frequently on a variety of topics.

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Charlotte John

Charlotte’s practice focuses on Chancery and property litigation and encompasses both traditional Chancery and commercial work. She has particular expertise in matters concerning the administration of estates and trusts, contentious probate, real property as well as Court of Protection property and affairs matters.

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