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17 August 2018

Government seeks to improve the enforcement of financial orders

The Government has agreed to improve the enforcement of financial orders and has instructed officials to work with judges and practitioners on measures that do not require changes to primary legislation. The move comes over a year since the Law Commission recommended 63 ways to toughen up enforcement of family financial orders. In a letter this week, justice minister Lucy Frazer told law commissioner Professor Nick Hopkins that the Government shares the commission’s concerns about the current enforcement system.

While practitioners welcomed Frazer’s letter, they are sceptical about how long the reforms will take and whether they will be enough.

Our consultant John Darnton states that many people do not have the energy or money to embark on further proceedings to get what they are owed, commenting:

‘Sadly, changing the rules will only be part of the solution. Court closures and other cutbacks mean that progress through the court can often be at a snail’s pace.’

This article was first published by the Law Society Gazette and the full version is available here.

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