2017… new year, new start?

3 January 2017. The first working day of the new year. Supposedly, one of the “highlights” of every family lawyer’s calendar, when we allegedly see a year-on-year unprecedented increase in new enquiries about divorce and separation. Every year, we will read in the press of one or two law firms anticipating a huge rise in... Continue Reading →

Land’s End to John O’Groats

Following a separation, people’s lives can often move in very different directions and this can or will often have huge implications for their children. This is especially so if a new partner or new job means that one parent is looking at moving further afield, perhaps to a different part of the UK or abroad.... Continue Reading →

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 →

New legislation recognises coercive and controlling behaviour as criminal offence

The government has announced this week that the new criminal offence of coercive and controlling behaviour will come into force in England and Wales on 29 December 2015. The move has been welcomed by support services and lawyers alike. Why the new law? Until recently, there was a gap in the law which meant that... 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 →

Prenups to become binding in England & Wales

We at TLT joined in the scrum of family lawyers across the country to comment on the Law Commission's Report into Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements last week.  Here's our take on matters: http://bit.ly/1dQ021Z

Arbitration given green light by family courts

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Mumby, has delivered judgement approving a financial settlement award made through arbitration. Arbitration in Family proceedings was launched in 2012 with the aim of providing a cost-effective alternative to court proceedings to resolve family disputes. The case of S v S [2014] EWHC 7 (Fam) is the... Continue Reading →

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