A lawyer who headed a West Country firm practising a reviled system of secret law has been shot dead.
59 year old James Ward was a partner of Morris Goddard and Ward, who specialise in working Britain’s ‘family law’ courts.
The lawyer died today (Tuesday)
He’d been treated for injuries sustained three weeks ago after a man walked into his office and shot him at point blank range at his desk.
Sixty-two year old property developer Michael Chudleigh was arrested near the scene and now faces a charge of murder.
Mr Ward’s company deals with accident claims, conveyancing and general disputes.
But their forte is family break-up.
The MGW website contains a special section entitled ‘living together’ .
It reads: “Over 1.1 million unmarried couples live together.
“Many own their own house and have children.
“Unfortunately, the average length of such relationships is now about three years.”
It goes on to say a lawyer is “essential” during break-up and that Ward and his colleagues will “fight tirelessly” for a litigant to get part of their ex partners home or possessions.
The site angles for people who “aren’t happy” with their current lawyers to move their business over to Ward.
A further page concerns children.
Visitors to MGW are greeted by a picture of a child of four years old apparently ‘choosing between’ his parents.
In a shocking mockery of the Scales of Justice icon, the unwitting little boy poses holding two model parents ‘in the balance’.
The page reads: “If parents are going to separate or have already separated, there may be a dispute as to with whom the children will live and/or how much contact they will have with their other parent.”
Offering to step in, the site says parents who fight over their children will find Ward’s business ‘practical and focused’ in determining the ‘interest of the child’.
The ‘interests of the child’ euphemism has historical roots in Naziism.
Campaigners have shown evidence that it is the mantra now used by ‘family court’ officials to justify the denial of human rights in secret courts in the UK.
The execution-style shooting of Ward comes as civil rights campaigners fighting the system he worked for despair of reform through non-violent means.
Equal rights activist Jonathan Stanesby, from Ivybridge, explained: “Of course we don’t yet know what has happened, or why exactly this man was shot.
“But it’s important to understand the context to a family lawyer being shot in Britain today.
“The truth of it is that if you were walking down the street, and somebody took your child, you would be prepared to kill them.
“And that is what family lawyers do, day in, day out.
“Think of it like that, and you can understand how parents feel about the news that a ‘family lawyer’ has been shot.”
Bristol civil rights veteran Jeff Skinner said: “It’s no surprise. The only surprise is that it’s taken so long to happen.
The 45 year old father of three explained: “50/50 parenting and open, just courts are the only solution to stopping bloodshed like this.”
One activist went even further and welcomed news of the shooting.
Explaining that more than a decade witnessing the activities of ‘family’ lawyers lay behind his words, father of three Mark Harris said: “Family lawyers are literally evil people. So this is brilliant news.
“I just hope people start targeting Judges.
“Family lawyers are corrupt and dishonest, and they don’t care about children, and what they do is child abuse.”
“They are very literally evil. They will never change.”
Even the official, famously light-hearted Fathers for Justice campaign group pointed out that few in the legal and Government establishment shed any tears when family lawyers drove parents to their graves
Fathers for Justice chief Nadine O’Connor issued a full, sympathetic statement which at the same time explained how ‘family’ lawyers drive innocent people “over the edge”.
Mrs O’Connor wrote: “Given what people are put through though in the family court, it is surprising that someone has not gone too far in the past.
“The way they tear families apart without consideration, not forgetting all the lies that are told to justify it, is enough to push people over the edge.
“When you have lost everything, what else have you to lose?”
She explained: “I have every sympathy for James and his family.
“No one should resort to such action nor should anyone be pushed to such actions.
“When you go to work in the morning it should never enter your thoughts that you need to take care – in case this happens to you.
“But enough people take their own lives because of what the Family Courts do to them and their families.
“Maybe now the Government and Judiciary will listen, since it’s happened to one of their own.
“Because they certainly don’t give a monkey’s when parents kill themselves, because they can’t take anymore of the abuse in family courts.”
62 year old Michael Chudleigh is now facing a charge of murder.
He’s also charged with possessing a sawn-off shotgun with intent to cause fear of violence, carrying a firearm with criminal intent to commit murder, and making threats to kill.
The charges relate to a woman at the firm, who got away, called Daphne Courtney.
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