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Solicitors And The Family Division Procedures

EDM number 11 in 2008-09, proposed by John Hemming on 03/12/2008.
Categorised under the topics of Family law and Legal profession.

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 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 16 MPs.

John Hemming03/12/2008Birmingham, YardleyLiberal DemocratProposed
Adrian Sanders04/12/2008TorbayLiberal DemocratSeconded
Sandra Gidley04/12/2008RomseyLiberal DemocratSeconded
Nicholas Winterton04/12/2008MacclesfieldConservativeSeconded
Colin Breed04/12/2008South East CornwallLiberal DemocratSeconded
Derek Conway08/12/2008Old Bexley and SidcupIndependentSeconded
Mark Hunter08/12/2008CheadleLiberal DemocratSigned
John Leech08/12/2008Manchester, WithingtonLiberal DemocratSigned
Mike Hancock08/12/2008Portsmouth SouthLiberal DemocratSigned
John McDonnell08/12/2008Hayes and HarlingtonLabourSigned
Andrew Stunell09/12/2008Hazel GroveLiberal DemocratSigned
Nick Harvey10/12/2008North DevonLiberal DemocratSigned
Martin Caton10/12/2008GowerLabourSigned
Rudi Vis15/12/2008Finchley and Golders GreenLabourSigned
Frank Cook16/12/2008Stockton NorthLabourSigned
Paul Rowen12/01/2009RochdaleLiberal DemocratSigned

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