About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Wednesday, 25 June 2008

Local authorities & the PLO

Family practitioners in private practice may be well advised to make sure that the local authorities they regularly deal with are clued up about the PLO. I have just been in a case where the pre-birth conference minutes showed that the putative father in the case had no idea that he would be entitled to public funding (because he thought it would be means tested) (which misapprehension was not corrected) and from the recorded conversation it was obvious that no one present appreciated the significance of the pre-action letter in terms of securing public funding. A legal adviser was present at the meeting but did not contribute to the discussion. You may want to consider making sure that accurate information about the the entitlement to public funding is made available to all CPC chairs.

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