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Join Sir Jonathan Cohen and Nicholas Allen QC as they review the new FPR Part 37 - which came into force on 1st October 2020 - and provide guidance on the following:

  • do the new streamlined and simplified rules change what constitutes contempt of court or just the procedure that has to be followed?
  • what is now required when making a contempt application - what must the application contain and what written evidence must be filed? What facts need to be asserted or proved? What notice needs to be given to the defendant?
  • when is legal aid available in civil contempt proceedings?
  • when will the court decide to hold the hearing remotely rather than in public? When does the court need to hear submissions from media organisations?
  • what is contempt in the face of the court and how will it be dealt with?
  • what punishments can the court now impose?
  • to what extent does the 2015 Practice Direction - Practice Direction on Committal for Contempt of Court in Open Court [2015] 1 WLR 2195 - still apply?

When? Wednesday 16th June, 5-6pm

Where? Zoom

How much? Free

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The Speakers

Sir Jonathan Cohen

Sir Jonathan Cohen was for many years a practising family lawyer, appointed a QC in 1997, and became Head of Chambers at 4 Paper Buildings. He was appointed a Judge of the High Court, Family Division, in 2017.

Nicholas Allen QC

Nicholas Allen QC specialises in financial remedy work at 29 Bedford Row in London where he is Joint Head of Chambers. He was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 2018. He has sat as a Family Court Recorder since 2016. He is an IFLA-qualified finance arbitrator and conducts Private FDRs. He is a regular lecturer including to the Judicial College and the editor of the family law chapters in Foskett on Compromise (9th Edition, 2019).

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