Autoethnography: a personal reflection on the work of the family bar in the North of England

Kim Holt*, Callum Thomson

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This study offers a personal reflection on 18 months at the Family Bar. It provides a unique perspective on a family justice system, which despite acute pressure has retained some of the most compassionate professionals who despite severe cuts to funding, and lack of resources, continue to work efficiently and effectively and with good humour, under stress. The authors are experienced practising lawyers who have published extensively in the area of family law relating to children and family justice. This experience, coupled with the methodological approach of autoethnography, provides a distinct perspective to which academics and practitioners may relate. The aim of this paper is to reflect upon the impact of recent changes in family justice on barristers working in both private and public law family cases.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)62-80
Number of pages19
JournalJournal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Issue number1
Early online date27 Feb 2023
Publication statusPublished - 2023


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