Minutes of a Meeting of the Derby & District Law Society Family Law Committee - JULY 18

Meeting: 10th July 2018


Fiona Apthorpe (Secretary)

Fiona Lazenby

Diana Copestake

Lucy Tissington

Nick Herbert


Ben Lawson 

David Guthrie

Liz Guyler

Manesha Ruparel

Melanie Bridgen

No Apologies:

Ruth Jones

Melanie Bridgen

Vince Beckwith

Janine Hobday



2.1 Presentation on drafting Consent Orders

With hopefully appropriate humility, and the disclaimer that she cannot speak for the local judiciary as a group,  Fiona has volunteered a presentation on trips and traps in drafting consent orders. This was provisionally arranged for 29 August but as this is in the school holidays and as there is a Family Committee Meeting on 12 September it was resolved to hold it on that date at 4pm at Geldards’ Derby office. All plus any colleagues welcome but we will need RSVPs to ensure we have capacity. Fiona explained that the EMDU is incredibly under resourced and that the “return rate” on consent applications is not helping matters. The presentation will hopefully assist in highlighting the common errors which frequently occur…and re-occur.

2.2        Revised Practice Direction 27A on court bundles comes into force on 23 July 2018

             Note that under the new PD unless the court directs otherwise and subject to paragraph 15 of the Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings dated 1 February 2016, page limits for specified documents must be adhered to (paragraph 5.2A.1, PD 27A).



A reminder that the database of Family Practitioners is a very useful method of communicating information to family lawyers locally.  

Could everybody please double check that Members of their Family Team are included.  If you are not included please let Fiona have your email address.  

Training and Education

Nothing to report.

Local Family Justice Board

The Derby Family Local Justice Council was originally set up in 2005.  It was subsequently resurrected as the Local Family Justice Board.  Many Committee Members are Members and if you want to be on the LFJB’s mailing list and be sent information about training events etc please contact Joanne.eaton1@hmc.gsi.gov.uk

Rights of Audience

A timely reminder that experienced Legal Executives can apply to the FPC locally for rights of audience on a generic basis rather than having to apply individually on a case by case basis.  There is a Protocol in force.  Anyone who wants to take advantage of this should contact the Court direct.  

Court User Groups

Nothing to report save as above.


12 September 2018 

All meetings at 4pm at Geldards LLP, No.1 Pride Place, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8QR.  Plenty of available free parking.  

Fiona M K Apthorpe