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Addcounsel pledges £37,500 over the next 3 years to support Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

Addcounsel pledges £37,500 over the next 3 years to support Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

The recent announcement that the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (“FDAC”) National Unit is to close as of September. Our interest was piqued by our introduction to Hall Brown Solicitors in Manchester and recent articles by the retiring President, Sir James Munby, and the founder of FDAC, Mr Nicolas Crichton.

What has been highlighted not only the value that FDAC but the almost immediate consequences to children’s lives if it is allowed to fail and would inevitably lead to increased pressure on the already overburdened family court system.

Hall Brown has been doing all they can to drum up support for the cause which has included articles in The Times (https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/law-firm-steps-in-to-help-save-family-drug-and-alcohol-court-mtk6jrtxd?shareToken=557827bf64ee18c92ba69ebb8ff7484a) and

Law Society Gazette respectively (https://www.lawgazette.co.uk/news/manchester-firm-gives-12k-to-save-pioneering-drug-court/5066790.article).

Meetings have taken place with representatives from FDAC’s national unit, Mr Crichton, Mr Richard White (Secretary of the Michael Sieff Foundation) and Earl of Listowel, Francis Hare, at the House of Lords to discuss how we may help and step up where the Government seem to be stepping back.

We agreed that the best way that Addcounsel can help, is to pledge financial support. We have been told that the national unit needs a minimum of £250k per annum to survive. We have therefore pledged £12.5k (I,e 1/20th of the costs) per year for 3 years in the hope that others will do likewise and that during that 3 year period, FDAC will become self-sufficient.

Paul Flynn, CEO and Founder of Addcounsel says ‘The proposed closure of this innovative institution is a disgrace and should be massively opposed. I wish to confirm that Addcounsel will follow the lead of Family Law in Partnership and Hall Brown at support the cause’.

For further information please visit www.fdac.org.uk or to make a pledge contact James Brown at Hall Brown Solicitors James.Brown@hallbrown.co.uk

 

August 1, 2018 Uncategorized
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