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Title: How do you define a family lawyer?
Authors: Piper, CD
Keywords: Family law;Divorce;Parents
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Citation: Legal Studies, 19(1): 93-111, 1999
Abstract: Family law has not only become a specialism in its own right, but family law practitioners have claimed for themselves special characteristics. This article reviews the attributes and skills to which the legal profession, and particularly the solicitors' branch, aspires. It notes that the 'specialist' forms of client care and case management, familiarity with rules and procedures and a conciliatory approach are not unique to family lawyering. Family lawyers also require themselves to have knowledge of 'non-law' matters, especially those relating to the welfare of children. On reviewing recent empirical research studies about the work of solicitors, the article asserts that, for family lawyers, non-law norms control their practice and form the framework for a very particular type of client care. The article then goes on to examine - by using research on solicitors' attitudes to the 'meaning' of the concept of parental responsibility - how practitioners cope with the tensions inherent in modern family legislation. It concludes that solicitors in practice convey policy messages rather than clear messages about legal rights and remedies.
URI: http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/664
DOI: http://dx.doi/10.1111/j.1748-121X.1999.tb00087.x
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Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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