Residents are now unable to make applications to prohibit landlords from seeking to recover the cost of legal proceedings through the service charge on behalf of other residents, without consent.
Elizabeth was taking part in a major lobby of Parliament organised by family law organisation Resolution, who represent 6,500 family justice professionals that are committed to supporting couples to reach non-confrontational resolutions to family disputes.
In total, 150 family justice professionals took part in the event which saw them hold meetings with MPs to discuss the need for divorce law to be changed to allow couples to break up without having to cite blame.
Elizabeth Wyatt said:
“Current divorce law is sadly not fit for today’s modern society. Many couples break up because they simply fall out of love with each other, but the law fails to recognise this as a legitimate reason for separation.
“Instead, couples are often forced to cite blame on their divorce forms, and from my personal experience as a family lawyer in the West Midlands, this often leads to argument and conflicts. This is exactly the opposite of what we should be doing, and undermines the work I and other Resolution members do to help separating couples minimise conflict.
“This is why I was delighted to travel to Parliament today to support Resolution’s calls for no fault divorce and to meet with Victoria Prentice”.
Resolution’s call for no fault divorce is supported by, among others, the most senior family judge in the country; the deputy president of the Supreme Court; the Family Mediation Task Force, and Relate.
Victoria Prentice said:
“I was pleased to meet Elizabeth today in Parliament and hear about their experience on the frontline of working with separating couples every day in the West Midlands.
“I agree that divorce law should be modernised to allow couples to break up without having to attribute blame and I will be raising this issue in Parliament and with Government ministers”
In a recent survey of family lawyers carried out by Resolution, over 90% agreed that divorce law needs to be modernised to allow for no fault divorce. As well as no fault divorce being a better option for separating couples, family lawyers also predicted that the change in legislation would see a rise in the use of mediation and lead to a reduction in the amount of court time spent dealing with children or financial issues relating to divorce.
Nigel Shepherd, National Chair of Resolution, said:
“I’m delighted that Elizabeth Wyatt took part in Resolution’s lobby day in Parliament.
“Divorce is already difficult enough, we don’t need it being made harder by the law pushing couples into conflict and arguments.
“It’s vital that politicians from all parties understand this and realise that it is time to act to support the many separating couples who want to divorce amicably”.
- Resolution is a membership organisation representing 6,500 family lawyers and other professionals. It is committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes. Resolution members follow a Code of Practice that promotes a non-confrontational approach to family problems. Members encourage solutions that consider the needs of the whole family - and in particular the best interests of children.
- The survey of Resolution members was carried out in October 2016, and is composed of the views of 340 members.
- No fault divorce was provided for in the 1996 Family Law Act, but was never brought into force. The measure was formally repealed in the Children and Families Act 2013.
Natalie Barbosa summarises some of the legal challenges facing fundraisers in the charity sector.
We hosted a breakfast roundtable with Insider Midlands magazine that had attendees from a range of organisations addressing housing needs in the Midlands. The discussion explored JVs in more detail.
The decision of the Court of Appeal in The Harpur Trust v Brazel & Unison has made clear that employers can no longer legally calculate part-time holiday based on 12.07% of hours worked over a year.
Social landlords are seeing a rising number of Equality Act defences to possession proceedings. A recent Court of Appeal decision helps shift the likelihood of such defences succeeding.
On 31 July, the consultation period ended on MHCLG’s proposals for reforming the building safety regulatory system set out in the 'Building a Safer Future' document. We have submitted our response.
For decades now, fewer and fewer services provided by local authorities have been delivered directly by them. However, over the last couple of years, there are signs that this tide is changing.
The Government commissioned an independent review of the Modern Slavery Act 2015 in July 2018. The outcome was published in May 2019 which highlighted areas for improvement.
In 2017, the NCVO commissioned a review of the tax reliefs available to charities. The brainchild of this review was published on 17 July 2019 in the form of the Charity Tax Commission report.
In 2014, the Charity Commission released its first guidance for charities on reporting serious incidents. The Commission has recently updated this guidance.
To receive invitations to our events, as well as information and articles on legal issues and sector developments that are of interest to you, please sign up to Newsroom.