Top tips for an amicable and cost effective divorce

  A divorce petition is a means to an end: no-one should fall out over the content of a divorce petition. Unless there are jurisdictional considerations which mean the other party cannot be made aware that a petition is about

Don’t forget about retirement

As divorce lawyers, one of the factors we always consider in a financial settlement will be your pension position.  Unfortunately, a recent report from Scottish Widows has demonstrated how many people do not consider the importance of pensions in divorce.  

Recordings in family law – help or hindrance?

It is not uncommon for clients to come to us having carried out some sort of “evidence gathering”, such as recordings of conversations or filming of contact or handovers. This is unsurprising with the prevalence of smart phones with recording

“Society has changed – it’s time for our laws to catch up.”

Resolution Chair, Nigel Shepherd, says the law on cohabitation needs to change, as it “is falling desperately behind the times”. A poll of over 2,000 British adults, conducted by ComRes and commissioned by Resolution, to mark Cohabitation Awareness Week, has

The Lord Chief Justice’s Report 2017

On 7 September, the Lord Chief Justice’s Report 2017 (2017 Report) was published.  The report provides his annual update to Parliament about the administration of justice.  As regards family law, the following is relevant: The ongoing overload that we are

Currently recruiting for a Full time family solicitor [1-2 PQE]

We are looking for a junior solicitor to work in our busy team to support the five partners. We are a niche family firm and work on a range of financial cases from modest to high net worth. We also

Top five benefits of mediation

1.Costs If you and your former partner are able to resolve matters by way of mediation, then you will incur far less in legal costs than if you were involved in court proceedings or if you have protracted negotiations through

Should I consider going private?

A financial court process typically involves three court hearings, starting with a directions hearing and culminating in a final hearing or “trial” if the parties are unable to reach a settlement.  The second court hearing known as “the FDR” or

Cohabitees & Investment Properties – A Fresh Approach.

In the recent Privy Council case of Marr v Collie (Bahamas) [2017] UKPC 17) further clarification has been provided in relation to cases where cohabitees jointly own property which they have purchased as an investment, rather than for a domestic

Sharing principle and its application within short marriages

A significant decision has recently been handed down from the Court of Appeal which is likely to have implications for the sharing principle and its application to short marriages. Julie Sharp, a city trader, successfully challenged a previous court decision