Resolution National Committee elections

Alongside the day job, I am actively involved in Resolution, the membership organisation for family lawyers. I have been a Resolution member since my student days and joined the Bristol Young Resolution committee as a family trainee. I became chair a couple of years ago and was involved in setting up a national YRes working... Continue Reading →

Look before you leap?

When I was at school, leap years seemed really exciting. One of the girls in my class was born on 29 February, and so we all found it hilarious that she was still only 2 years old, rather than 8 like the rest of us. Fast forward a couple of decades, or 8 leap years... Continue Reading →

No fault divorce – family law in need of modernisation?

Almost half of all marriages today will end in divorce. Financial freedom, access to education, advances in technology and moves towards gender equality are all factors which have changed our attitudes towards the longevity of marriage. For many, marriage is no longer a commitment for life and so divorce is becoming more of a commodity... Continue Reading →

Non-biological mother successful in landmark Supreme Court international child custody appeal

In the first international child abduction case involving same-sex parents, the Supreme Court has decided that the English court still has jurisdiction to make decisions about the welfare of a child (B) who was taken to live in Pakistan by her biological mother. The decision in Re B (A Child) (Habitual Residence: Inherent Jurisdiction) [2016]... Continue Reading →

Relocating within the UK and beyond: Court of Appeal case sets precedent for the future

The Court of Appeal has clarified the approach to be taken in England and Wales in cases involving the relocation of a child. The Re C (Internal Relocation) [2015] EWCA Civ 1305 case has set a precedent, which will influence all relocation cases moving forward. The facts The father was appealing against a decision by... Continue Reading →

Form E frenzy – a storm in a teacup?

It was announced yesterday that the Ministry of Justice is investigating errors in the Form E financial statement available on their website, amongst fears that this may have resulted in incorrect settlements. News coverage has suggested that the section of the Form E which adds up a party’s total assets contained “critical errors” which could... Continue Reading →

Pension reforms: are you ready?

Monday 6 April 2015 will see the Government's flagship pensions freedom policy comes into force. This new scheme will provide people with flexibility to choose how they deal with their pension, giving individuals the freedom to decide whether to invest, save or spend their pension. My colleage Mark Sage has put together a handy guide... Continue Reading →

The Children Act – Ian McEwan: A review

Please note – this review necessarily reveals some aspects of the plot of the book. This article was first published by Family Law Week on 25 September 2014 In his latest novel, Ian McEwan turns his pen to another British institution, the High Court. He immerses himself in the world of the family lawyer in... Continue Reading →

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