Who's behind Pink Tape?
Pink Tape is written by Lucy Reed, a family law barrister *waves*. On this blog you will see me identified as 'Familoo' (a concatenation of 'family' and 'Loo'. A moment of poor judgment right there). I have been at the family bar for 15 years and am still amazed at how little most people understand about the work that I do and what goes on inside the Family Courts (with others I set up The Transparency Project to try and begin to tackle this).
Since summer 2008 when I made my escape from the big smoke and back to my roots in the West Country I have been a member of St John's Chambers in Bristol. Best move I ever made...
According to the Legal 500 2011 I have an "impressive ability to get to the crux of a complicated and messy dispute". That's a euphemism for a lawyer who verbalises what she thinks a bit too readily. In 2012 they said I was "a strong advocate and hardworking" (transl. : "WILL NOT SHUT the flip UP!"). In 2013 they said that I was "excellent on complex and tricky cases". In 2015 "Lucy will not be browbeaten by an opponent" (transl. : WILL NOT SHUT the flip UP!")
More recently Chambers & Partners say : "Lucy is humane, sensible and crafts her submissions with precision and insight." and that I "Combine... a massive intellect with really meticulous forensic preparation, and [have] enormous humanity as well."
Legal 500 say : ‘Rigorous in her analysis of every argument.’
I am also the author of The Family Court Without a Lawyer - A Handbook for Litigants in Person. If you are really that interested in my CV you can read it elsewhere.
About the blog
Pink Tape is not just about family law: I post about what interests me and whilst that is largely family law, it also includes non-family legal stuff, non-legal family stuff and stuff totally unrelated to either law or family.
I'd love to think that this blog will persuade at least one person we aren't all the money hungry sharks you think we are. Some of us are quite nice really. And I'd like to think that I can provide some useful information about family law for those working in the area without getting too heavy or boring.
An emerging purpose behind the blog is to enhance the quality of public information and debate about legal matters. There is some great journalism out there, from law reporting and legal commentary to simple reporting of legal stories. But there is also some terrible, sloppy, malicious and inaccurate journalism. They should know better and do better.
Not everyone likes Pink Tape or family lawyers in general. In October 2012 I won the Jordans Family Law Readers Commentary Award for my "entertaining and informative" blog, having been shortlisted for the Family Law Most Innovative Family Lawyer award two years running. I was shortlisted in 2013 for the commentary award. I now also write at The Transparency Project. In 2016 I was named the Bristol Law Society's barrister of the year.
Rules of the blog
Of course, everything on the blog is suitably anonymised (or made up) so that nobody (including me) gets into hot water. Where necessary I have tweaked facts to ensure that individual cases are not identifiable. I will not post comments that in my opinion offend against the law in respect of the privacy of family proceedings. Individuals involved in proceedings will not be identified by me or in comments unless they have been identified in a published judgment.
I will not publish anything which I think might have potential to be defamatory. I don't have time to research every assertion made in a comment - so I have to adopt a cautious approach in order to avoid (hopefully) costly legal proceedings or nasty threatening letters. If you are confident it's not defamatory you are free to publish it yourself elsewhere at your own risk.
Nothing in this blog is intended to constitute or be taken as legal advice, so please don't treat it as such. You may think it applies to your particular circumstances but it almost certainly doesn't and I cannot accept responsibility for any reliance you may place upon its contents. The information contained on the blog is as up to date and accurate as I can make it given my other commitments - Pink Tape is a hobby which I fit in as and when. This means I cannot and do not cover all changes to the law or update information that becomes outdated or obsolete.
And of course I cannot be responsible for the content of sites linked to from this blog, either in terms of their accuracy or the views expressed on them.
Moderation - Unfortunately I've had to start moderating comments on this blog. Please be assured I don't plan to block sensible contributions to a discussion, whether the contributors agree with me or not - but I will weed out comments that are seeking to exploit this blog as a forum to air their own negative views about lawyers in a repetitive or offensive manner. I will try and moderate as quickly as possible. Occasionally something gets lost in spam and disappears into the ether. It is not a conspiracy.
Right of Reply - I try to be careful and fair with my posts on this blog and try to avoid causing upset to individuals, but if there is any post concerning you as an individual that contains an inaccuracy or mistake that you would like me to correct please post a comment and I will give you a right of reply. I will usually only edit or reject comments that contain offensive material or material which the law or rules of court prevent me from publishing.
Copyright - what I publish on this blog is my intellectual* property. Usually, if you ask if you can repost my stuff elsewhere I will agree. But please don't do it without asking.
Please feel free to email me with suggestions for topics I could cover or blog posts you'd like to see (email: familoo at pinktape dot co dot uk).
*not very intellectual