Family Brief

The Return of Inflation and Maintenance Orders

Behavioural economists have a joke: “Consider a turkey that is fed every day”. “Every single feeding will firm up the bird’s belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race ‘looking out for its best interests,’ as a politician would say”[1]. The point […]

New Year, New Rules

All financial remedy practitioners should be aware of a raft of important new guidance, issued by Mostyn J and HHJ Hess, as Lead Judges of the Financial Remedy Court, with the approval of the President of the Family Division (see link): An amended Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings, which applies to […]

Festive Review 2021

A round-up of developments in financial remedies This time of year, if I’m not playing ‘Merry Xmas Everybody’ by Slade, I’m probably forcing my family to listen to ‘Happy Xmas (War is Over)’ by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, with its poignant opening lines: “So, this is Christmas, and what have you done?/ Another year […]

Media Reporting in the Family Court: A Primer

Introduction One of the perennial complaints about family law is its lack of transparency; hearings are generally heard in private, first instance decisions are rarely reported, and what the press can report is often strictly restricted. The popular perception is that the family court operates ‘behind closed doors’. To some extent, this is unfair. Since […]


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Alexander Chandler QC

I am a Queen’s counsel at 1KBW, specialising in financial remedies, TLATA and Schedule 1. I sit as a Recorder, private FDR judge and arbitrator (MCIArb).

Disclaimer: posts do not constitute legal advice, copyright 2021.

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