2nd edition of Costs in Family Proceedings by Francis Wilkinson and Dr Sara Hunton published

21 February 2020

The 2nd edition of Costs in Family Proceedings by Francis Wilkinson Dr Sara Hunton has been published by Bloomsbury Professional.

Francis and Sara have revised and fully updated their 2015 guide to the law, precedents and practice of costs and funding in all family proceedings.

The only book of its kind available, the publication sets out the 3 different regimes for family costs: no order; the clean sheet; and costs follow the event. It also covers arbitration costs, public funding, wasted costs, and any other costs issue that can arise.

In his foreword to the first edition, Lord Wilson of the Supreme Court wrote: ‘a magisterial book. …Our library here will stock this book. Family practitioners should in my view expect that all family judges will want to work from it.’

The second edition of  Costs in Family Proceedings includes:

  • Changes to public funding and the treatment of awards of damages
  • Changes to enforcement procedures with the introduction of Parts 39 and 40 of the Family Procedure Rules 2010
  • An update to relevant case law

Key legislation covered includes:

  • Children Act 1989
  • Matrimonial Causes Act 1973
  • Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012
  • Senior Courts Act 1981
  • Family Procedure Rules 2010
  • Civil Procedure Rules 1998

The early chapters address the scope for orders for costs between parties, while the later chapters provide coverage of: cost allowances, wasted costs, costs assessment (including indemnity costs), enforcement of costs orders, and the full range of other costs issues which may arise in family proceedings.

You can buy a copy of the book from Bloomsbury Professional's website.

If you would like to attend our seminar discussing key issues in current family proceedings costs cases, on Wednesday 18 March, please contact: events@fieldcourt.co.uk