‘Covid-19 and Family Law in England and Wales – The Essential Guide’ by Safda Mahmood


Paperback: 978-1-913715-11-3
Published: June 2020
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This book is part of our new series of essential guides for legal practitioners covering what you need to know about how various aspects of UK law have been affected by the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.


This title looks at how the Covid 19 pandemic impacts on family law practice.  It provides the reader with an essential guide on the prominent matters to have in mind when conducting family law cases during the crisis. This ranges from understanding and dealing with how the social distancing restrictions have affected carrying out court work, taking instructions, drafting documents, as well as complying with public funding and digitalisation procedures. The book explores, in particular, new regulations and recent case law passed during this time, which impact on various areas of family work. There is also considered, the developing Statutory, Government and President’s Guidance, all which assist the busy family practitioner in knowing what has changed, so as to continue to practice efficiently, safely and competently. The relevant law and guidance, as it applies to both England and Wales, is considered in the book.


Safda Mahmood is a Senior Solicitor and Advocate with Coventry City Council and nationally recognised Professional Development provider. Safda has been an approved member of the SRA list of CPD providers, and has practiced and lectured in Family Law for over 25 years. He is on the Law Society Children Law Accredited Panel, specialising in Children and Adoption Law. As an author, he has written for various publications, such as Jordans’ Family Law Journal, The Legal Executives Journal, Solicitors Journal and the Law Society and Local Government Bulletin. Safda is co-author of the title ‘Child Care and Protection: Law and Practice: Sixth Edition, and previous edition.


Chapter One – Private Children Law Cases and Impact of Covid-19
Chapter Two – Public Funding in Family Cases, Digitilisation and the Impact of Covid-19
Chapter Three – Developments in the Family Procedure Rules
Chapter Four – Domestic Abuse, Social Distancing and Covid-19
Chapter Five – Remote Hearings, Family Law and Covid-19
Chapter Six – Public Children and Adoption Law Cases and Impact of Covid-19
Chapter Seven – Department of Education Guidance for Children’s Social Care Departments in England
Chapter Eight – Welsh Government Guidance for Children’s Social Care Departments in Wales
Final Points