We represent clients who are legally aided, private paying, and no win, no fee.
For clients who are not eligible for legal aid, we offer a fixed fee initial interview, and we can offer fixed fee services for divorce and relationships. We provide a free first interview for personal injury matters.
we are conveniently located in the heart of Basildon town centre, and within easy walking distance from Basildon train station (on Fenchurch Street line) and Basildon bus station.
Public parking is available nearby.
At MWP Solicitors we are able to provide legal advice on all aspects of family law, including separation, divorce and related matters including children…
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April 10, 2014
April 2014 will see the establishment of the single Family Court. This is the largest family justice reform for a generation; its aim is to put children at the heart of the system. For the first time, family procedures within the Magistrates’ and County Courts will be brought under one national Family Court, for England and Wales.
The current family justice system experiences excessive delays, with care and supervision cases taking on average 56 weeks. These delays were a potential harm to the children’s chances of finding permanent homes and also causing distress. The Family Court acting as a single entity will reduce the unnecessary delays of cases being transferred to different jurisdictions.
The single jurisdiction will create a much simpler system. It will also be easier for the people using the Court. Court users will now submit their applications to the Family Court and it will then be allocated to the right level Judge in the most suitable location.
Changes in the Children and Families Act will affect both public and private law proceedings.
Public Law changes intend to help cut down the time taken on care and supervision cases by introducing a 26 week time limit.
Private Law changes aim to resolve more family disputes outside of the court. The law will encourage people to consider mediation before litigation, unless exempt for special reasons. Along with less conflict, mediation also saves time and costs.
April 10, 2014
One of the most significant decisions since the Civil Practice Rules in 1999 has come into effect following the judgment in Mitchell v News Group Newspapers (2013) EWCA Civ 1537.
The Mitchell judgment sent out a clear message to Civil Litigators that relief from sanction will rarely be granted when a party fails to comply with Court Directions, Rules and Orders. The case involves a Claimant's Solicitors missing the deadline to submit their cost budgets. As a result, they were refused relief from sanction and their appeal was struck out.
Lord Justice Jackson’s reforms of the civil justice system aimed to boost efficiency and reduce litigation costs, by implementing controlled protocols to follow. This is now even more important following the judgment in Mitchell. Adding to the weight of this decision, the ruling also applies to claims that have been issued before the 1st April 2014.
Some view the Mitchell judgment as having the opposite effect in reducing the Court’s time. Striking out cases will result in the Court’s being clogged up with lots of applications for extensions of time and relief from sanctions.
In an attempt to try and resolve this issue the Civil Procedure Rules will now be amended. It will allow both parties to agree time extensions of up to 28 days for serving certain documents, without needing to make an application to the court.