Court refuses to say if killer was allowed to stay in UK – Daily Telegraph

‘Bernard Finlay was found guilty of stabbing a mother of two to death with three kitchen knives and a cleaver in 1997.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th October 2014

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To litigate or not to litigate in claims involving wills: practical points for charities – New Square Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in animals, appeals, charities, families, news, wills by sally

My purpose in this article is to highlight the sort of issues facing charities in deciding whether or not to litigate over a legacy, or residuary gift, contained in a Will. In particular, I shall be looking at a number of cases where charities have faced such difficult decisions, some of which they have got wrong.

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New Square Chambers, 2nd October 2014

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Will it be enough? – Zenith Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in families, intestacy, married persons, news, trusts, wills by sally

‘The 1st October 2014 sees the implementation of long awaited changes to the way in which intestacy and claims for reasonable financial provision are approached. The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 is the result of a six year Law Commission review of the intestacy rules and claims for reasonable financial provision. The review was prompted by research that suggested 58% of the adult population does not have a will and the intestacy rules did not properly provide for modern relationships.’

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Zenith Chambers, 1st October 2014

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Save the date! – New Square Chambers

Posted October 15th, 2014 in families, intestacy, married persons, news, trusts, wills by sally

‘‘Save the Date!’ The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 comes into force on 1 October 2014. Alexander Learmonth summarises the important changes being brought in by the new Act.’

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New Square Chambers, October 2014

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Binning the smoke alarm: Why repealing the Human Rights Act would be the biggest mistake of a generation – Doughty Street Chambers

‘Following plans announced at the Conservative Party’s recent conference to withdraw from the European Convention on Human Rights, Harriet Johnson reminds us why we signed it in the first place, and underlines why it remains such an important safeguard over half a century later.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, 3rd October 2014

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Adoption and access to family history – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 13th, 2014 in adoption, confidentiality, disclosure, families, local government, news by sally

‘Life is a mysterious journey, often attended with hazards matching those in The Lord of the Rings. However, as TV programmes such as Who Do You Think You Are? illustrate, we all have a deep need to understand our place in the world and how we came to inhabit our own ‘mortal coil’. This can be particularly poignant for adopted people and their successors.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 13th October 2014

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Transgendered Parents and Private Law Children Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted October 10th, 2014 in children, contact orders, families, news, transsexuals by sally

‘Lyndsey Sambrooks-Wright, barrister of 2 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, considers issues arising in private law children proceedings when one parent undergoes gender reassignment.’

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Family Law Week, 7th October 2014

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European Convention on Human Rights: What has it ever done for us? – The Independent

‘As the Tories attempt to dilute the treaty’s authority in the UK, James Cusick takes a look at the difference it has made.’

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The Independent, 3rd October 2014

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Woman cleared of trying to kill her mother in Breaking Bad-style plot – The Guardian

Posted October 3rd, 2014 in attempts, families, murder, news, poisoning by tracey

‘A woman has been cleared of attempting to kill her mother by poisoning her diet coke in a plot said to have been inspired by the cult American TV show Breaking Bad.’

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The Guardian, 2nd October 2014

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Missing people law changes – Ministry of Justice

‘Families of missing people will have new rights following law changes taking effect from today, 1 October 2014.’

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Ministry of Justice, 1st October 2014

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Boy should be taken off life-support, rules judge – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in children, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A boy with irreversible brain damage should be taken off a life-support machine despite the objections of his parents, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 30th September 2014

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How October 1 will change your life – Daily Telegraph

‘As a number of new laws come into effect this week, we take a look at how your life will be affected.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st October 2014

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Inheritance law changes come into force – BBC News

Posted October 1st, 2014 in children, families, intestacy, legislation, married persons, news, wills by tracey

‘Changes to the rights of people whose spouses or civil partners die without making a will have come into force.’

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BBC News, 1st October 2014

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Prisoners’ children ‘forgotten victims’, Barnardo’s says – BBC News

Posted September 26th, 2014 in children, families, news, prisons by tracey

‘Children of prisoners are the “forgotten victims” of the justice system, Barnardo’s has said. Figures from 120 prisons suggest children make 500,000 visits to parents in prisons in England and Wales and the charity says these visits can cause them “long-lasting distress”. It says the children are in a “policy black hole”, with little government effort to monitor or identify them.’

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BBC News, 26th September 2014

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Simon Hughes: We want the best family justice – Ministry of Justice

Posted September 25th, 2014 in arbitration, civil justice, families, family courts, news by sally

‘The true sign of a civilised family justice system is to have more people resolve disputes outside the courts, Justice Minister Simon Hughes said today [24 September].’

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Ministry of Justice, 24th September 2014

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Spousal Maintenance: How appealing is an appeal? Appeal Cost consequences explored – Zenith Chambers

Posted September 24th, 2014 in appeals, costs, families, married persons, news by sally

‘In H v W [2014] EWHC 2846 (Fam) Eleanor King J revisited the issue of costs.’

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Zenith Chambers, 22nd September 2014

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers recent judgments in private law children cases, including the President’s judgment on legal aid funding in Q v Q.’

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Family Law Week, 19th September 2014

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Care Proceedings and the European Dimension: Article 15 Transfers – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister of 15 Winckley Square, considers recent developments in respect of care proceedings involving another European state.’

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Family Law Week, 16th September 2014

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Guilty, the man who conned his brother out of £1.5m inheritance – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 10th, 2014 in families, forgery, fraud, insurance, news, probate, trusts by sally

‘Peter Howes forged the signature of his brother and mother, cashed in life insurance policies and siphoned off the proceeds of the sale of the £1m family home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th September 2014

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Compensation in Financial Remedies Cases – Parthian Shots and The Emperor’s New Clothes – Family Law Week

Posted September 1st, 2014 in compensation, divorce, families, financial provision, news by sally

‘Joshua Viney of 1 Hare Court and Matthew Brunsdon-Tully of 1 Hare Court and St John’s Chambers examine the issue of compensation in spousal maintenance claims.’

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Family Law Week, 29th August 2014

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