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Chinese woman proposes with motorbike and flat share

August 27, 2016 0 comments

marriage

A Chinese woman caused a stir on social media by offering her boyfriend a new motorbike and joint ownership of a flat if he accepted her proposal of marriage. The incident occurred in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, earlier this week. The woman, apparently in her 20s, was seen riding a Harley-Davidson in a wedding dress outside…

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High Court overturns disabled man’s will

August 26, 2016 0 comments

family law

The High Court has overturned the will left by a disabled man after his two brothers received nothing. The 46 year-old had an estimated £1.1 million estate when he died in 2013. This was primarily the result of a compensation award he received after a motorcycle accident in 1985 caused head injuries and limited the…

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A Bill of Rights, fixed fees and more

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August 26, 2016 0 comments

family law

A week in family law The August sun may have discouraged a lot of activity in the field of family law this week, but there has still been quite enough to talk about: “Aggressive” emails that a father sent to a social worker during the course of care proceedings contributed to a judge’s decision to…

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Local authorities left domestic violence victim in limbo

August 26, 2016 0 comments

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Two London boroughs failed to a protect a victim of domestic violence, the Local Government Ombudsman has declared. A council tenant in the north-west borough of Brent, she had been involved in an abusive relationship and when her ex-partner continued to make threats , she asked the borough to rehouse her away from the area….

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Third of parents won’t read children ‘scary’ books

August 26, 2016 0 comments

family law

A third of parents say they will not read books to their children which feature scary characters. In a survey of over 1,000 British parents, a fifth said the literary character they found scariest as children was the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. Other popular responses included Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang’s Child…

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Parents of disabled children at ‘breaking point’

August 26, 2016 1 comment

children, family law

A lack of support during the summer holiday has pushed parents of children with learning disabilities to “breaking point”, a charity has claimed. In a survey of more than 300 parents, 80 per cent claimed they struggled to access support services such as respite care during this time. Respite care allows someone outside the family…

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Marriages, civil partnerships and a family wedding

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August 25, 2016 3 comments

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An interesting article in The Spectator  about the latest trend in marriage caught my eye this morning. It’s quite a prescient subject for me, coming as it does in the week before my son finally takes the plunge and marries his fiancée and partner of some five years. The run-up to their weddings (yes, in the plural) has been filled with long months of planning. First off will be the civil ceremony, to take…

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Sorry, but legal services are not like dentistry

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August 25, 2016 2 comments

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The argument over solicitors providing their clients, or potential clients, with information as to how much their matter will cost them has been running for as long as I can remember. On the one hand consumer organisations and regulators have called for clients to be given more information, and on the other hand solicitors have…

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Divorce lawyer drama coming to BBC

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August 25, 2016 6 comments

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A new drama about the work and lives of divorce lawyers has been greenlit by the BBC. The six-part series will be called The Split. Set in London, the focus of the show will be three sisters, two of whom are successful divorce lawyers but work for competing firms. As the series goes on these…

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