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Solicitors And The Family Court Processes

EDM number 126 in 2007-08, proposed by John Hemming on 07/11/2007.
Categorised under the topics of Children's social services, Civil law, Courts and Family law.

That this House notes the comments of a senior social worker that meetings have been held during which solicitors acting for parents have discussed how to undermine the cases of their clients; further notes that there are many odd cases in which solicitors fail to oppose care proceedings or accept that the section 31 threshold has been met notwithstanding the opposition of their clients; recognises that reporting and obtaining the investigation of such behaviour outwith parliamentary proceedings remains a contempt of court for hon. Members; and asks the Solicitors Regulatory Authority to review the implementation of the new solicitors' code of conduct and how this relates to conflicts of interest in the Family Court.

This motion has been signed by a total of 13 MPs.

John Hemming07/11/2007Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratProposed
Peter Bottomley08/11/2007Worthing WestConservativeSeconded
Dai Davies08/11/2007Blaenau GwentIndependentSeconded
Tom Brake08/11/2007Carshalton and WallingtonLiberal DemocratSeconded
Colin Breed08/11/2007South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSeconded
Rudi Vis08/11/2007Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSeconded
Sandra Gidley12/11/2007RomseyLiberal DemocratSigned
Nicholas Winterton12/11/2007MacclesfieldConservativeSigned
Derek Conway13/11/2007Old Bexley & SidcupConservativeSigned
Mike Hancock13/11/2007Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
Alan Simpson15/11/2007Nottingham SouthLabourSigned
David Howarth05/12/2007CambridgeLiberal DemocratSigned
Adam Price22/02/2008Carmarthen East and DinefwrPlaid CymruSigned

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