Lady Hale at the Legal Action Group, London – Supreme Court

‘Legal Aid at 70.’

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Supreme Court, 5th April 2019

Source: www.supremecourt.uk

Paying for privacy? – Family Law

‘Stuart Clark, partner at The International Family Law Group LLP examines a recent Court of Appeal decision on privacy in family law cases and asks whether in practice anonymity is the preserve of only the very wealthy.’

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Family Law, 16th April 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Giving hope to all concierges who date cosmetics heiresses – Transparency Project

‘Giving hope to all concierges who date cosmetics heiresses,* The Times tells us that ‘Concierge who wed Avon heiress wins £1.3 million despite pre-nup deal’.’

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Transparency Project, 11th April 2019

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Parliament, not judges, should be helping separated parents – McFarlane – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 10th, 2019 in dispute resolution, divorce, families, judiciary, news, parliament, pilot schemes by sally

‘Resolving straightforward relationship difficulties between separated parents should not be a matter for judges, the president of the family division has said.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 10th April 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

No-fault divorce: Could it increase rates? – BBC News

Posted April 10th, 2019 in divorce, families, news, reasons, statistics by sally

‘The introduction of “no-fault divorce” in England and Wales could reduce the time it takes for many couples to end their marriages. But what could that mean for divorce rates?’

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BBC News, 10th April 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sally Challen at home after murder conviction quashed – BBC News

‘A woman who served nine years in jail for her husband’s murder before her conviction was quashed has been reunited with her sons.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2019

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Divorce to be wholly online “within months” – Legal Futures

‘Every family law practitioner will have felt the effects of court modernisation in their daily practice within a year, with the remaining parts of the divorce process moving online within months, the president of the Family Division has declared.’

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Legal Futures, 8th April 2019

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

The Inheritance Act and Adult Child Claimants – recent guidance from the Chancery Division – Family Law Week

‘Gwyn Evans, barrister of Tanfield Chambers, explains the court’s judgment in a recent Inheritance Act case involving an estranged adult claimant, reliant on state benefits, and defendants for whom inheritance was a windfall.’

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Family Law Week, 29th March 2019

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Judge to rule whether man’s wife has mental capacity to consent to sex – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge is set to rule whether a man can continue to sleep with his wife of more than 20 years amid concerns over her mental capacity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

The rise of ‘predatory marriages’ – Family Law

Posted March 29th, 2019 in bereavement, consent, elderly, families, intestacy, marriage, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘Ethan Axelrod and Hayley Trim of Irwin Mitchell look at how vulnerable parents and a legal loophole are being exploited to rob families of their inheritance.’

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Family Law, 29th March 2019

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Landlord given suspended sentence and ordered to pay £300k+ after hiding families in windowless rooms – Local Government Lawyer

‘A landlord who hid families in windowless rooms after claiming to a council that he had complied with an enforcement notice has been fined £25,000 and ordered to pay a further £266,177 under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Court hears test case on ability of parents to make decisions for children over 18 with learning disabilities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Protection will this week hear a test case brought by the parents of three young people with learning disabilities over the position under current law which prevents them being able to make best interests decisions on behalf of their children as they are now over 18.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th March 2019

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

How far should family law reflect modern family life? The case of cohabitation, equal civil partnerships and the common law marriage myth – Transparency Project

Posted March 27th, 2019 in bills, civil partnerships, cohabitation, equality, families, marriage, news, statistics by sally

‘There is no longer just one way of ‘doing’ family in modern Britain. With much greater gender equality and social acceptance of different family forms, how we organise family life and our personal relationships has changed considerably in recent times. In some ways, the law in England and Wales has kept pace with change – same-sex civil partnerships in 2004 and same-sex marriage in 2013 are shining examples of progressive legislative landmarks. Yet we have witnessed clear policy reluctance to offer legal protection to opposite-sex couples who reject marriage, despite Law Commission recommendations in 2007 and despite many other countries including Scotland, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand having reformed their cohabitation law.’

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Transparency Project, 26th March 2019

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Court asked to resolve confusion over Inheritance Act claims – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted March 26th, 2019 in appeals, families, family courts, news, time limits by sally

‘A case that threw a wrecking ball at the practice of lawyers making stand-still agreements over late claims could be challenged in the Court of Appeal.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 25th March 2019

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Abusive wife jailed for life for husband’s murder – BBC News

Posted March 25th, 2019 in domestic violence, families, murder, news, sentencing by sally

‘A woman who killed her husband after “systematically” abusing him and hitting him with a rolling pin has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 22nd March 2019

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Mark Duggan family to sue Met Police over death – BBC News

‘The family of Mark Duggan, whose death sparked riots across England in August 2011, are suing the Metropolitan Police for damages, BBC News has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2019

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Smacking children to be banned in Wales – The Guardian

Posted March 25th, 2019 in assault, bills, child cruelty, children, families, news, Wales by sally

‘Parents are to be banned from physically punishing children under legislation being introduced on Monday by the Welsh government.’

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The Guardian, 25th March 2019

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Judge who banged her head on a desk during a court hearing was being ‘sarcastic and condescending” investigation rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted March 21st, 2019 in children, complaints, contact orders, families, family courts, judges, news, standards by tracey

‘ A “sarcastic and condescending” judge who banged her head on her desk after a member of the public appeared before her at a family court hearing has been reprimanded.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th March 2019

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Shamima Begum family challenge Javid’s citizenship decision – The Guardian

‘The family of Shamima Begum has formally started court challenges against the home secretary, saying Sajid Javid’s decision to strip the teenager of her citizenship is unfair because hundreds of Britons who went to Islamic State territory have been allowed back.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2019

Source: www.theguardian.com

Nurse jailed for injecting husband with insulin could have murder conviction quashed, court hears – Daily Telegraph

‘A nurse who spent 15 years in prison for murdering her disabled husband by injecting him with insulin could have her conviction quashed in the wake of new medical evidence.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th March 2019

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk