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Family case briefing

Jane Craig reports on judgments affecting costs, ancillary relief and tougher attitudes in children cases

1 April 2005

‘Jaws the divorce lawyer devoured half my fortune’ read the Daily Mail headline. The gleeful response of the press (even the lofty Independent gave the story a few paragraphs) to the case of the high profile London divorce lawyer, whose solicitor and client bill was drastically cut on assessment, illustrates just how emotive an issue the cost of legal proceedings is. Family lawyers, in particular, are an easy target for criticism, because the way in which fraught clients sometimes insist their cases should be run is something the outside world finds incredible. It must be the lawyer’s fault, goes the thinking. S/he should have made the client see sense. The divorce lawyer in question has indicated that he intends to appeal. Costs cases The issue of costs – inter partes, rather than solicitor and client – has featured in a number of recent cases. The decision in S v B (Ancillary Relief: Costs) [2005] 1 FLR 474 is going...

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