‘A Practical Guide to the Basics of Advocacy in Family Proceedings’ by Stuart Barlow

Paperback: 978-1-913715-79-3
Publication due: July 2021
Price: TBA


Advocacy in the family court has a style of its own.  Yet there is little training or instruction for the lawyer who has a heart to practise in this area. This handbook provides assistance for the newcomer to the Family Law court room. It puts together in one place useful information needed to conduct advocacy in the main areas of family law including divorce, financial applications, private and public children, injunctions and cohabitation claims. Subjects covered include :

  • Getting started as a Family Advocate
  • Types of Court applications and hearings
  • Pre-proceedings
  • Preparation for Court hearings
  • The Court hearing itself
  • Fact Finding hearings
  • Experts
  • Cafcass and Local Authority Reports
  • Court Bundles
  • Litigants in Person & McKenzie Friends
  • Position Statements & Skeleton Arguments
  • Drafting Court Orders
  • Appeals
  • Enforcement of Court Orders


Stuart Barlow is a Solicitor who has practised Family Law for over 40 years. He conducts most of his own advocacy. Stuart is a member of the Law Society Children Panel, a former Chief Assessor of the Law Society Family Law Accreditation Scheme and adjudicator for the Legal Aid Agency. He presents training courses for family lawyers throughout England and Wales and is the author of three other published Law books.