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Costs

By |May 27th, 2016|

One of the lines of chat at the post Hare Court seminar party touched on the hourly rates now being charged by some of the higher profile, Central London family law departments.  The question was asked as to whether some family law practitioners offer value for money; or if they might be more interested in [...]

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To Maintain?

By |May 27th, 2016|

We recently attended the excellent and very thought provoking seminar put on by 1 Hare Court, and held at Savoy Place, London. Many of the talks featured discussion about maintenance for (usually) wives; how much and for how long and the variance of regional approaches. We find this particularly intersting as we regularly instruct counsel, [...]

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It’s all about needs ..

By |May 27th, 2016|

A recent case in the press highlighted the courts first consideration in financial cases which is meeting needs. Briefly, this particular couple had been married for 20 years and had 2 children and a fortune of £10 million. The wife was awarded £3.5 million and the husband appealed on the basis that the wife was [...]

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Collaborative Law

By |May 26th, 2016|

  It's always good to catch up with other family lawyers as I did today at a collaborative meeting in Bicester. There is lots in the press about mediation and now the law has changed, couples have to attend a mediation appointment before they can issue court proceedings in relation to their finances unless exceptional [...]

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How to prepare for court

By |April 18th, 2016|

I read recently the judgement in the case of BD v FD (2016) and as well as being a very interesting case, I think it provides a useful reminder of how one should prepare for court hearings. The wife's statement was criticised by the Judge for being too long and for the manner in [...]

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Love is in the air…

By |February 3rd, 2016|

It feels increasingly anachronistic and plainly wrong to have to advise clients that, although the Government is very keen that they should resolve their differences or arrangements with their spouse with the help of an increasing range of dispute resolution processes (mediation, collaboration, arbitration) we still do not have no fault divorce.

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Points to shout about

By |January 22nd, 2016|

It feels increasingly anachronistic and plainly wrong to have to advise clients that, although the Government is very keen that they should resolve their differences or arrangements with their spouse with the help of an increasing range of dispute resolution processes (mediation, collaboration, arbitration) we still do not have no fault divorce.

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Tabloid Myths

By |January 22nd, 2016|

From time to time, the Media (and sometimes not just the tabloids) get it so wrong that we feel compelled to contact them and attempt to put it right. This is not always a rewarding or successful exercise and so we propose to use this space to correct some regular misconceptions or misrepresentations in [...]

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The Divorce Day Myth

By |July 31st, 2012|

You can see how it happened. A few years ago a family lawyer who keeps that kind of company was having a drink just before Christmas with a features journalist.  There was probably a looking-forward to the festive season, a followed perhaps by comment by the lawyer that January was his (or her) busy [...]

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