Join Richard Ager and Clare Ciborowska at 5pm on 3rd February for a discussion on Coercive Control and Abuse in light of F v M [2021] EWFC 4, and the conjoined cases in the Court of Appeal on 19 and 20th January 2021. The need for Scott schedules and the impact on procedure will also be considered.

It is a judgment that anyone practicing in family law should read. It illustrates just how difficult it is to evidence the type of coercion and control at play in a case such as this. It is only by dissecting the whole history of the relationship in detail that the pattern of coercion is fully appreciated. It is often the case that individual acts, of their own, do not paint an obvious picture of severe coercion and control. Instead, the acts and the severity of the coercion, builds over a significant period of time.

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Richard Ager acts regularly for Local Authorities, parents and children in care and related proceedings as well as family members, patients and Local Authorities in Court of Protection cases. He is a determined and persuasive advocate who works very hard to ensure that the necessary resources across the board are utilised in each case and a good, empathetic working relationship is established with clients and instructng solicitors. 

Clare Ciborowska accepts instructions in care proceedings, Family Law Act applications, private family law and international family law and acts for parents, Local Authorities, Children and interveners appearing in the High Court and Court of Appeal as well as in the local Sussex Courts. She recently appeared on a BBC 3 documentary exploring coercive control and has spoken about the topic on Law Pod UK