Retirement of the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales


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Retirement of the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales
Friday, 28 September 2012

Sir Nicholas Wall will retire as the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales on 1 December 2012 on grounds of ill health.
Notes to editors

Sir Nicholas (Peter Rathbone) Wall (67) was called to the Bar (G) in 1969. He took silk in 1988 and became a Bencher in 1993. He was appointed an Assistant Recorder in 1988 and a Recorder in 1990. He was appointed a High Court Judge (Family Division) in 1993 and to the Court of Appeal and Privy Council in 2004.
He was a Judge of the Employment Appeal Tribunal from 2001 to 2003; a Judge of the Administrative Court from 2003 to 2004. He was a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Board on Family Law, 1997 to 2001 (Chairman of the Children Act Sub-Committee, 1998 to 2001). Sir Nicholas was appointed as the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales on 13 April 2010.

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5 responses to “Retirement of the President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice for England and Wales

  1. The confused and contradictory position taken by Sir Nicholas Wall on ‘Payne v Payne’ is plainly highlighted in the comments section of the following link:

    http://www.mckenziefriend.com/2010/04/27/your-numbers-up-payne-v-payne-time-for-change/

    Even experienced family lawyers criticised Wall’s illogical position and called for an explanation:

    http://blog.taylorking.co.uk/category/children/leave-to-remove/

    Now that Wall has retired, perhaps he will have the courtesy finally to give that full explanation.

    Between February 2010 and July 2011, many so-called ‘non-primary’ parents had their children removed overseas due to the continued implementation of Payne v Payne, despite the fact that they had had ‘shared care arrangements’ in place.

    These parents – of whom I am one – would be very grateful for a full and comprehensive explanation.

    It may help us to come to terms with the loss of the meaningful relationship we once had with our children.

    Regards
    Bruno D’Itri

  2. The contradictory pronouncements of Sir Nicholas Wall on ‘Payne v Payne’ are plainly highlighted in the comments section of the following link:

    http://www.mckenziefriend.com/2010/04/27/your-numbers-up-payne-v-payne-time-for-change/

    Even experienced family lawyers criticised his illogical position and called for an explanation:

    http://blog.taylorking.co.uk/category/children/leave-to-remove/

    Now that Sir Nicholas has retired, perhaps he will have the courtesy finally to give that full explanation.

    The hundreds of ‘non-primary’ parents who had enjoyed a ‘shared parenting regime’, but whose children were, nevertheless, removed overseas between February 2010 and July 2011, would be very grateful.

    Regards
    Bruno D’Itri

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