Pump Court Chambers

NCDR and the new FPR rules

News, Podcasts 8th July 2024

Host Mark Ablett is joined by Annie Ward and Rebekah Batt of Pump Court to consider the latest rule changes to encourage NCDR in the Family Court. Annie and Rebekah bring different perspectives, Annie being an arbitrator, Rebekah being at the coalface with cases that ought to explore NCDR but frequently do not due to (misplaced?) costs concerns. The podcast considers how the new rules have applied so far, what further changes might be made and the different forms of NCDR available. Recent cases, e.g. NA v LA [2024] EWFC 113, have made clear that issues such as non-disclosure will not make a case in and of itself unsuitable for NCDR and practitioners need to be aware of Form FM5 and the court’s ability to adjourn proceedings for NCDR.


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