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Book review | Family Courts without a Lawyer – A Handbook for Litigants in Person

Lucy Reed, 2011, £29 Bath Publishing ISBN: 978-0956777409

10 June 2012

Lucy Reed, a barrister, sets herself an ambitious task in seeking to explain to the litigant in person the workings of the family courts from the family proceedings court to the senior courts, including the setting out of the legal framework under which these courts operate. She takes the reader through divorce to domestic violence and on the way Financial and Children Act proceedings.

She rightly says in her introduction that navigating “through this stage in your life without a lawyer can be even more unnerving, and can leave many people feeling doubly vulnerable, disempowered and defensive”. The unfortunate reason necessitating a book like hers is because of the removal of state fundings for representation leaving large numbers of litigants, many vulnerable and disadvantaged, including those who will previously have no knowledge of the legal process, without the means to instruct lawyers to represent them in procee...

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