Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017

Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.

Full article: Family Law Week

Child Contact Interventions: An Underused Resource

Gabrielle Jan Posner, barrister of Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, argues for the greater use of child contact interventions in appropriate circumstances.

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Non-matrimonial property and sharing: Scatliffe v Scatliffe [2016] UKPC 36

The Board dismissed a husband’s appeal from the Court of Appeal of the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court (British Virgin Islands) but used the ‘ill-starred appeal’ to give guidance to the local courts on the treatment of non-matrimonial property in applications for ancillary relief.

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Family: sharing foreign pensions on divorce

How will a significant change from established practice affect the court’s power to rule on foreign pensions?

Full article: Law Society Gazette

Lord Sumption and the Limits of the Law: Is the Human Rights Project Undemocratic and Elitist?

David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the arguments in a debate of vital importance to family lawyers.

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Family proceedings: common law and vulnerable witnesses

Evidence of vulnerable witnesses in family proceedings: progress so far?

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Trustees have no greater claims that those of the bankrupt: Robert v Woodall [2016] EWHC 2987 (Ch)

The High Court has stopped fashion victim Trinny Woodall from being pursued beyond the grave by her bankrupt ex-husband.

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Foreign Adoptions: how and in what circumstances should they be afforded recognition?

Michael Jones of Deans Court Chambers examines recent important decisions concerning the recognition of adoption orders made abroad.

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PSL Essential Update - Law Commission Report on Enforcement of Financial orders

The Law Commission has published a report containing recommendations for the reform of the law regarding enforcement of family financial orders.

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Planning for Death, A Child's Wishes and Re JS (Disposal of Body) [2016] EWHC 2859 (Fam)

Louise Spalding, Associate Solicitor with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the court’s powers to enable a 14-year old girl to make preparations for the post-death disposal of her body.

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A reminder on the importance of full attendance notes: Hogg v Crutes LLP [2016] EW Misc B29 (CC)

Crutes LLP were found to have been negligent in not providing full and clear advice to their client which resulted in an overgenerous settlement of the case.

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PSL essential update – Divorce and Finance

As family practitioners around the country gear up for Christmas, with the inevitable last minute rush, we thought we’d provide you with this handy guide to the latest developments in finance and divorce.

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