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Ensuring those in the family justice system understand abuse

Words fail me. This is completely shameful. We need to shape up and ensure that all those involved in the Family Justice system understand abuse and use the powers we have to make the process a fair one. This cannot wait.  You can download the full judgement here    ...

Jenny Beck appointed to the Family Justice Council

We are pleased to announce that Jenny has been appointed as the new Private Law Solicitor member for the Family Justice Council. The appointment is un-remunerated and will run for three years from January 2020. The Family Justice Council (FJC) helps to get...

Protecting victims of domestic abuse and their children

The Rt Hon Boris Johnson MP The Rt Hon Jeremy Corbyn MP Jo Swinson MP House of Commons London SW1A 0AA 05 November 2019 Dear Party Leaders, Re: Protect victims of domestic abuse and their children As representatives from across the children’s, domestic...

Update: Urgent call for inquiry into domestic abuse in family courts

Jenny Beck and Cris McCurley of Ben Hoare Bell have been at the forefront of the campaign for an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children from domestic abuse.
The campaign is in response to a lacklustre commitment by the MOJ to hold a short, 12 week inquiry which would not be independent and which would not rely on expert evidence from lawyers working in the domestic abuse field.

Urgent call for inquiry into domestic abuse in family courts

A total of 125 cross party MP’s led by Labour’s Louise Haigh wrote to the Ministry of Justice demanding an independent inquiry into the failure of the family courts to protect victims of abuse and their children. Disappointingly the Ministry of Justice...

Letter to the Rt Hon David Gauke MP

To the Rt Hon David Gauke MP, We are a group of concerned family and human rights lawyers, working in-house in women’s organisations, in private practice and at the Bar, who support the letter sent to you by a group of over 120 cross-party MPs calling for...

Contact at all costs?

More than 120 MPs led by Louise Haig MP have written to the government asking for an inquiry into how family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic violence. At least four children have been killed by a parent in the last five years after...

Ending the blame game: no fault divorce

The government’s proposals to reform divorce law are a welcome and long awaited change. The prospect of a ‘no fault divorce’ means that couples will finally be allowed to end their marriages without unnecessary family conflict being built in to the process. This will...

Manipulating a partner’s finance to be treated as domestic abuse

Manipulating a partner’s finances is to be treated as a form of domestic abuse for the first time, Telegraph Money has learned, but experts say victims seeking justice will continue to be left vulnerable by the legal system. Contact us for advice on contact@beckfitzgerald.co.uk

Lawyers in the Family Courts – Are they worth it?

Legal aid was removed for 80% of family law cases following the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act back in 2013. This means that less people have been able to access legal advice for free in family law cases even where they have no money....

Legal aid cuts…false economy?

Legal aid for family law matters is in tatters. The Government is about to announce the results of its review into The Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act. Nobody expects an injection of cash…but could the money spent on legal aid family law be spent smarter? Read more…

Beck Fitzgerald – raising money for Refuge

Given our extensive work in domestic abuse cases we understand what a crucial role refuges play in providing safety for survivors and their families. That’s why we were proud to support Refuge by doing a charity 10k run…read more

Advice and support for victims of domestic violence

The government has taken steps to enable more victims of domestic abuse to access legal help. The snappily named ‘Legal Aid and Sentencing Punishment of Offenders Act’ (LASPOA) removed legal aid for private family law matters save in circumstances where there is evidence of domestic abuse or child abuse…read more

Born Fighter – Jenny Beck

I never tire of the fight. I’m probably the most tenacious person you’ll ever meet.’ So declares Jenny Beck, serial campaigner and access-to-justice evangelist….read more of Jenny’s interview

Discussing Legal aid with DfID

Until the Legal Aid Act 1949 there was no legal aid available in civil cases, the majority of the population had no option but to rely on pro bono services for advice and representation. The pro bono movement is important in the story of the development of legal aid..read more