Links

Professional bodies

Family Mediators Association
membership organisation for family mediators

Resolution 
this website gives information about the national organization, founded by Dawson Cornwell’s former senior partner John Cornwell, which now has a membership of over 5,000 family law solicitors.

The Law Society
the website for the professional body for solicitors in England and Wales


Organisations

Family Mediation Council
a website which works for greater public awareness of and access to family mediation

Legal Aid Agency
the website for the public body responsible for public funding (legal aid)

Ministry of Justice
the Government department responsible for the justice system in England and Wales

Her Majesty's Courts Service
the executive agency of the Ministry of Justice responsible for running most of the courts in England and Wales


International organisations

American Bar Association
the leading national bar association for United States attorneys

Family Law Section Law Council of Australia
the organisation for family lawyers in Australia

International Academy of Family Lawyers
a worldwide association of practising lawyers who specialise in international family law, membership by invitation only

International Bar Association
the world's leading global organisation of legal practitioners, bar associations and law societies

Commonwealth Legal Information Institute
for free access to legal information from all commonwealth countries

LAWASIA
advocates for the interests and concerns of the Asia Pacific legal profession


Financial

Bank of England
for base rates

Bloomberg
for share prices

Child Support Agency
contains useful information about how the agency works

Financial Times
for share prices and other financial information

Halifax House Price Index
select House Price Calculator

HM Revenue and Customs
the website for HM Revenue and Customs (see also Taxation)

The Times
for latest news and law reports

www.rate.co.uk
for exchange, interest, tax rates etc

www.xe.com
for currency conversions

www.landreg.gov.uk
click on "search property prices"

National Statistics Online
for official statistics

Financial Conduct Authority
the conduct regulator for financial services


Publications

Jordan Publishing
the leading independent provider of legal information, and publishers of Family Law and the free Family Law Newswatch service

Legislation.gov.uk
the official home of UK legislation

Justis.com
online library of UK, Irish, EU and international case law and legislation.

Sweet & Maxwell
the publishers of various legal books, including “Practical Matrimonial Precedents” and “The Lawyer’s Factbook"

The Lawyer
publishers of The Lawyer magazine and sponsors of the Child Rights Lawyer of the Year Award


Legal directories

Chambers & Partners
publisher of guides to "the world’s best lawyers"

Just Ask
community legal service – for firms who undertake publically funded cases

Legal 500
an leading directory of family law solicitors in the UK

Spear's
a guide to the top HNW advisors

Citywealth
an online directory of recommended wealth advisors

Martindale – Hubbell Lawyer Locator
a US directory of worldwide lawyers

Find a Solicitor
The Law Society's Directory of Solicitors


Counsel

Garden Court Chambers

1 King’s Bench Walk

1 Hare Court

4 Paper Buildings

Queen Elizabeth Buildings

29 Bedford Row Chambers

Coram Chambers

Tanfield Chambers

Harcourt Chambers


Mediation services

National Family Mediation
a nationwide organisation of not for profit mediation centres

College of Family Mediators
the website for the national register of approved family mediators


Counselling and support services

Relationship Counselling at the Tavistock Centre
relationship counselling

Divorce Support Group

London based support groups for people going through a divorce

Relate
the UK’s largest relationship counselling organisation

Samaritans
the national organisation which provides 24 hour support to those who feel they have no-one else to turn to

UK Council for Psychotherapy
provides information about the national register and training of psychotherapists

European Association for Psychotherapy
the website for the European Register of Psychotherapists with the European certificate for psychotherapy

Asian Family Counselling Service
a culturally sensitive marriage counselling service for Asian families

Galop
aiming to make life safe, just and fair for LGBT people

Albert Kennedy Trust
supports young LGBT 16-25 year olds who are made homeless or living in a hostile environment

Stonewall
information and support for LGBT communities


Miscellaneous

Jordans
for company searches

The Law Commission for England and Wales
the statutory independent body to keep the law of England and Wales under review

Academy of Experts
for experts

UK Register of Expert Witnesses
for expert witnesses

thetrainline.com
for train times


Children's interests

Association of Lawyers for Children
promoting justice for children and young people

Coram BAAF Adoption and Fostering
an independent charity for the promotion of child centred policies. provides useful about adoption and fostering

Child Support Agency
contains useful information about how the agency works

International Child Abduction and Contact Unit
the website for the Central Authority of England and Wales for the Hague Child Abduction Convention and the European Convention on enforcement of custody and contact orders. It provides details of the countries in which the conventions are in force

Dad Check
an organisation which carries out DNA paternity testing

Grandparents Plus
a charity for the support of grandparents

The Magistrates Association
provides information about magistrates

National Association of Child Contact Centres
provides information about the role of contact centres in providing neutral venues for children to see their parents.

NAGALRO
the professional association for childrens guardians, family court advisors and independent social workers

The Official Solicitor and Public Trustee
the Official Solicitor can ensure a minor’s interests are properly protected in divorce, wardship and other disputes

Parenting Plan
a document produced by the Lord Chancellor’s Department to help separating parents make arrangements for their children

UNICEF
for the UN Convention on the rights of the child (sponsors of the Child Rights Lawyer award)

ChallengeAid
a charity which encourages children to take exercise whilst raising money for sporting equipment in their own schools as well as schools in developing countries


Websites for parents

Reunite : International Child Abduction Centre
the website for the UK based charity which offers advice and support for parents whose children have been abducted

Gingerbread
a support organisation for lone parent families

Home Dad
a support group for fathers who stay at home to look after their children

Fathers Direct
provides information about parenting especially for fathers

Families Need Fathers
a charity helping fathers to keep in touch with their children

The Mother’s Union
a voluntary Christian women’s organisation

www.onlydads.org

online support for single parents

www.onlymums.org

online support for single parents


Websites for children

ChildLine UK
the 24-hour helpline for children. The website also provides online help and advice for children

Action for Children
a website to support and inform children and young people

NYAS The Young Persons Safety Net
a socio-legal agency that provides advice, representation and advocacy for children

The Mix
a website which provides information and support for young adults


Human Rights

The Aire Centre
an organisation which provides information and advice throughout Europe on international human rights law

The Council of Europe
for information about its work in the field of family law including Conventions and recommendations

The European Court of Human Rights
for information about the latest cases

Women at Risk International
provides financial support to improve the lives of women around the world under threat due to their gender

Foreign & Commonwealth Office Forced Marriage Unit
a joint FCO and Home Office unit to support victims of forced marriage

The Sharan Project
an advice resource to provide South Asian women help and support

IKWRO
Iranian and Kurdish women's rights organisation

Southall Black Sisters
an advice resource and campaigning centre assisting black women and children fleeing violence and abuse

Henna Foundation
a charity committed to strengthening families within the Muslim Community

Womankind Worldwide
a charity dedicated to women's development and human rights.

Women's Aid
the national charity which co-ordinates and supports a network of over 300 local organisations to advocate for abused women and children and ensure their safety

Rights and Humanity
The international movement for the promotion and realisation of human rights and responsibilities


Surrogacy

Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority
the UK Government's independent regulator overseeing fertility treatment and research

Creating a Family
support for adoptive and infertility parents

Donor Conception Network
supporting families through donor conception

Foreign & Commonwealth Office - Surrogacy overseas
information for British nationals entering into surrogacy arrangements overseas


Property

UK Finance
useful publications and information from the mortgage lenders trade association

HM Land Registry
contains details about the workings of HM Land Registry

Estates Gazette
the Journal of the commercial property world, which is a subscriber site with some free access

Companies House
the site of the companies registry with help and guidance on company formations and statutory obligations

Searchflow, formerly the National Land Information Service
this grew from the government initiative to integrate the provision of information on land and property. It is a subscriber site with some free information

Zoopla
provides links and information on buying and letting aimed at making house moves easier


Wills and asset planning

The National Archives
provides information on how to obtain a copy of an old will


Taxation

HM Revenue & Customs

HM Treasury

Shares and Assets Valuation

HM Revenue & Customs Capital Taxes


Probate and estate administration

HM Courts & Tribunals Service
wills, probate and inheritance information

Department for Work & Pensions
for information about claims against estates relating to over-payment of state benefits


Genealogists

Hoopers
for the location of missing beneficiaries

Title Research
for the location of missing beneficiaries and heirs

The Society of Genealogists

Formerly the Family Records Centre
for information on births, deaths, marriages, adoption, emigration etc


Valuers and property specialists

Bonhams Auctioneers
the website for the international auctioneers

Central Association of Agricultural Valuers
the national association of specialist agricultural and rural valuers

Christie’s
the website for the international auctioneers

LAPADA The Association of Art and Antique Dealers
the trade association for art and antique dealers

LMG Jewellery Claims Service
the largest provider of independent validation and replacement of jewellery claims

Society of Fine Art Auctioneers
the association of specialist auctioneers and valuers

Sotheby’s
the website for the international auctioneers

Stanley Gibbons Limited
experts in valuing postage stamps and in postal history

Royal Philatelic Society
the society for amateur collectors of stamps

Valuation Office Agency
responsible for setting business rates and council tax banding and valuations of property and lands


Trust and probate litigation

The Official Solicitor and Public Trustee
This government officer can help in disputes between or with trustees, to act as an impartial trustee when needed, act in transfer of property to be held on trust, act as guardian of a minor’s estate or interest or hold money. The office will become involved in the administration of an estate or trust if necessary

The Association of Contentious Trusts and Probate Specialists
an association of lawyers specializing in contentious trust and probate work


Charities

The Charity Commission
the Charity Commission supervises charities in England and Wales. Its website provides most information needed to establish and run a charity. You can draw down forms and publications on all aspects of charities in England and Wales

Institute for Fiscal Studies

The Charity Law Association
this website has a good updating facility on charity law


Powers of attorney

The Court of Protection
its responsibilities include management of financial affairs for people who lack mental capacity to manage their own affairs and administers decisions of the Court of Protection

Office of the Public Guardian
this provides financial protection services for clients who are not able to manage their financial affairs because of mental incapacity

Official Solicitor and Public Trustee
this body has responsibility for the representation of people who are under a legal disability due to minority or mental disorder

Youreable.com
a website for the disabled

Age UK
a federation of charities concerned with the needs of the elderly

Family Carers Net
a website for carers

Alzheimer’s Society
this website provides extensive advice on dementia and appropriate levels of care

Royal College of Psychiatry
this website has a helpful page on patients’ rights & monies