Since the lockdown was announced in March 2020 the Family Law Bar Association has been working closely with Resolution, the Bar Council, HMCTS and the judiciary from the President of the Family Division down to local and regional court centres to ensure the continued operation of family hearings. Members of chambers James Roberts QC (FLBA Treasurer), Charlotte Hartley (FLBA Secretary) and Peter Newman (FLBA National Committee and Finance Group) have been heavily involved in these on-going discussions.

The FLBA has recently provided training for its members and judges on the techniques of online advocacy and paperless working, and is continuing to promote the use of remote technology where a trial can fairly and appropriately be conducted via telephone or video conferencing software. As a direct result of FLBA recommendations, a number of courts have increased their capability to hold remote hearings, and new guidance is being issued all the time to encourage this practice. We hope this will enable more cases to be heard without delay, and result in fewer families having to wait for access to justice.

The FLBA’s paperless workshop training is now available to view online here

A step by step guide to constructing indexed and paginated e-bundles is available in the online version of Counsel magazine here

  By Charlotte Hartley – click here to view profile | | 020 7936 1500 | Copyright 1 King's Bench Walk 2020

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1 King’s Bench Walk reopened on Monday 6th July 2020


1KBW is pleased to announce that, following a stringent risk-assessment, we began the process of reopening chambers from 6th July 2020. A series of measures are now in place to ensure the safety of all staff, members and visitors. We have been successfully working remotely during the lockdown period and a number of staff and members will continue to do so to ensure social distancing measures are kept in place, as per government guidance.


We continue to request that all client meetings be conducted virtually, where possible. We are fully equipped to carry on with client conferences via telephone or video link, on any preferred platform. Should you require to come in to chambers for a meeting, please contact a member of the clerking team so that bespoke arrangements can be made.