ITV, “D-Day” divorce – and me

January 10, 2008 0 comments

(Copyright ITV 2008) This week the news has been filled with reports of “Divorce D-Day”. Apparently, Monday was supposed to be the busiest day of the year for divorce lawyers.

No place like home in divorce scramble

January 3, 2008 5 comments

Happy New Year – I hope your holiday was relatively stress-free. For some it was not, people wrote to me from abroad for advice about issuing divorce proceedings in England given their respective links with England, such as British nationality, education, owning a property in England etc. It is a growing problem and highlights the…

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A New Year, a new beginning?

December 24, 2007 0 comments

I am always bemused when newspapers claim that the start of the New Year is the busiest time of year for divorce lawyers. Sitting at my desk today, utterly exhausted, I would beg to disagree. In last week’s run up to the holidays, a client flew in from the Channel Isles to see me, I was in London…

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Checkmate!

November 27, 2007 1 comment

“The client walked away with millions – and I used the case as the basis for a storyline in The Archers.” The hardest cases – the tricky, nerve-wracking ones that need a bit of brain power – are always the most interesting. I like to play “intellectual chess”! One such case was when a client’s…

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Hell hath no fury…

November 14, 2007 0 comments

When Heather Mills made a spectacle out of herself on worldwide television recently, I found it difficult to sympathise with her. Quite simply, she was out of control: “on a frolic of her own”, as lawyers are wont to say. She has become mired in a mixture of self-pity, anger, self-righteousness and the injustice of…

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Rise of the Saga divorce

November 12, 2007 2 comments

It seems that the increased divorce rate amongst over-50s is a hot topic right now. Following my appearance in The Times at the beginning of this month, the Daily Mail has interviewed me for its own story on the subject. It was published on Friday 9 November. Rise of the Saga divorce: More over-50s go…

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Room for manoeuvre

November 9, 2007 0 comments

family life

“In a year or two when their emotions have cleared, they may bitterly regret settling too fast and too expensively.” Sometimes I read in the press that family lawyers can inflame and prolong the divorce process. Perhaps some do. My own clients know from the outset what will happen in their own cases, because my…

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Pandora's Box

November 6, 2007 1 comment

“If you had the opportunity, would you?” A smart, attractive lady in her mid 40s came to see me recently. She is a lawyer by profession. Our meeting began very calmly and her problem soon became clear. She is married to a chartered accountant. He is a partner in a multinational firm. They have three…

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Silent rise of silver divorce

November 5, 2007 0 comments

I was interviewed for a feature in The Times, which was published on Saturday 3 November: Divorce rates are falling – except for people over 60. What is the fallout when Granny and Grandpa split up, asks Celia Dodd Nowadays, few people raise an eyebrow at the news that another young friend or relative is…

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