James Bond beware!

January 7, 2009 0 comments

Happy New Year to all my readers. As I was taking an extended break over Christmas and New Year I received a call on Friday from a journalist keen to hear my thoughts on spying in divorce cases. The article appeared in this week’s Sunday Times examining a rise in the use the latest electronic devices…

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"Hallelujah" fallibility and the festive season

December 17, 2008 4 comments

Saturday night’s X Factor final was fantastic. The contestants were brilliant and the stars who appeared alongside the young contestants – especially Beyonce – made it a finale to remember. Winner Alexandra Burke, singing Len Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’, simply blew me away. Her performance appears to have had exactly the same effect upon viewers across the…

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Divorcee and the Gigolo

October 14, 2008 1 comment

A new French film explores the conduct of a 51-year-old woman who, following the collapse of her marriage, pays for sex with much younger men. Cliente stars well-known French actress Nathalie Baye as the divorcee who seeks to escape from her boring life, and turns to a gigolo. I am sure that the scenario will…

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Family, friends and forgiveness

October 7, 2008 0 comments

Sometimes people tell me the ‘real me’ is lost in my professional, ‘clinical lawyer’ persona and that I should share more of my real self with others. With this in mind, I spent some time reflecting on recent events and thought I would share my thoughts with my blog’s readers. So….like it or not, what…

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Divorce solicitors: why clients seek second opinions

October 3, 2008 1 comment

I often see clients who are looking for second opinions on their cases. Many of them have started off with local solicitors, or solicitors they have known for many years. Typically, such a client had been brimming with confidence at first, and had been assured that family law was straightforward. After a few months, however,…

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When to walk away?

August 18, 2008 2 comments

Don’t get yourself in a stew – when saying ‘no’ to a potential client is not just necessary but essential After more than two decades of legal practice, I am often asked by younger colleagues for advice on a multitude of topics. The smallest detail of a case can be hugely significant – for example,…

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How to act in court

July 24, 2008 5 comments

Clients don’t always realise that how they dress, act and speak are crucial factors that will undoubtedly weigh on a judge’s mind during a case. When there is a decision to be made in favour of the client, or against them, even the smallest details can make a huge difference. Several years ago I chaired…

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Ten ways he can tell you’re cheating on him

July 1, 2008 0 comments

Eventually you must make a decision… 1. The mobile phone bill goes missing. If lengthy calls to your lover have sent the telephone bill spiralling upwards, the last thing you want is for your husband to discover that nearly all the calls have been made to just one number. Worse than that, you definitely don’t want…

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