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Class Legal Publisher Melissa Chapman thanked by Mr Justice Peel for work on Standard Family Orders

26th May 2023

In the recent Advisory Notice, released by Peel J, our very own Melissa Chapman was thanked for supervising a complete editorial overview of the newly released revised Standard Family Orders

[I] am also grateful to Melissa Chapman of Class Legal who carried out a complete overview of formatting and layout. Class Legal produce an online package of the SFOs, which is free to access for any member of the judiciary (full time or part time) with an ejudiciary account; they can be contacted on

Taken from Advisory Notice by Mr Justice Peel, Judge in Charge of the Standard Orders released 17th May 2023. Read the full notice here.

Melissa worked closely with the drafting teams involved in both Volumes of orders. The first step was to coordinating the responses to the orders consultation, so those responses could be considered. When the drafting teams’ revisions and new orders were ready, Melissa’s team made sure everything was as consistent as possible across all 144 orders. One common complaint about the old orders was with the formatting – e.g. that the automatic paragraph numbering didn’t always work and that the font changed when material was cut and pasted this in. Melissa’s team ensured this was all standardised and corrected. It’s been a long process for both the drafting and editorial teams, but we hope the revised Standard Family Orders are welcomed by practitioners and judges alike.

SFO v1 3rd ed front cover
We also publish the full set of Standard Family Orders in 2 volumes. The first, covering Finance and Enforcement, is now available to pre-order.
This is the Third Edition of Volume One, fully updated to incorporate the Standard Family Orders released on 17th May 2023.
HHJ Edward Hess has fully updated the Commentary that accompanies each order.