Was 2011 the year of the man?

December 30, 2011 25 comments

On February 10th 2011 debates concerning the future of marriage took place in the House of Lords, and in the great debating chambers of both Oxford and Cambridge universities. Across the board marriage unhesitatingly received the thumbs up, but for varied reasons. In the House of Lords they ranged from deeply religious viewpoints expressed in…

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Announcing the Christmas Competition: Let It Snow?

December 28, 2011 17 comments

This summer I ran a competition focused on a fictional scenario about a family falling apart at the seams, and asked what advice you would give them. Could the marriage be saved? What would a good financial settlement be? How could the couple best prepare their children? Given the overwhelming quality and number of the…

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Popular posts in 2011

December 27, 2011 3 comments

It has been a busy year for family law and, as it draws to a close, I note that the number of visitors to this blog in 2011 is into six figures. It’s a record number and once again I would like to thank all those readers, new and old, who have contributed their time,…

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A Merry Christmas and a Peaceful New Year

December 22, 2011 0 comments

With our new London office opening on January 3rd, the last few months have been manically busy and involved a large amount of travelling away from home. The few days’ breathing room over the next week will be a true blessing. I am going to wrap up warm and look forward to the greatest gift…

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The world of work and the wonder of nature

December 20, 2011 2 comments

My son Ben has now finished his long, hard years of patient studying (achieving a First class degree in law as a result), but with a year to wait before his training contract begins with an illustrious firm of solicitors in the City, he needed to get himself a job. Being a personable, studious chap,…

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Death and the unmarried couple: what happens to the house?

December 19, 2011 19 comments

It has been reported that the Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, has denounced David Cameron’s proposal to give tax breaks to married couples. Although I am a supporter of improved legal rights for cohabiting couples, I disagree with Nick Clegg’s opposition to the idea that, in his words, “the state should use the tax system…

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“The Stowe-Bot”

December 16, 2011 2 comments

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My Christmas present from Stowe Family Law’s PR agency, Tinderbox Media, made me laugh at the end of a hectic week and I wanted to share it with you. Karyn Fleeting who heads the agency is about to give birth within a few days but stays at work as if nothing is happening – although…

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A losing battle (From Solicitors Journal)

December 14, 2011 3 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 13/11/2011. Direct access is pitting solicitors and barristers against each other when instead we should be working together, says Marilyn Stowe When I decided to become a solicitor and not a barrister, my decision was based on a number of reasons – but not least that I…

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Types of trust – and a touch of Christmas spirit

December 9, 2011 4 comments

Covent Garden is terrible for traffic jams and my taxi was stuck outside the Garrick Club earlier this week. Although the establishment is notorious for not admitting women, it is also famous for its associations with the great and the good of the arts world. Charles Dickens was a member and kept his offices nearby….

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The Café at Teatime

December 6, 2011 0 comments

I’ve started to watch The Café, a gentle new comedy set in Weston-Super-Mare. It’s written and produced by Ralf Little and Craig Cash, both of Royle Family fame, and it’s a pleasure to watch. They understand elderly people, who are treated with love and respect by the youngsters around them. The theme music, ‘Beyond the…

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