Practice Guidance

A barrister’s tips for giving evidence in the family court

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These tips have been suggested by Jonathan Bott, a family law barrister who represents local authorities, children and parents. They are designed to help social workers better understand how advocates approach cases, and how to deal with the challenges of cross-examination. It might seem basic, but the scouts’ motto should always be the starting point […]

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