Overheard at the lawyer’s office…

September 9, 2011 8 comments

overheard at the lawyer's

Next week a “sound work” called Audio Obscura opens at St. Pancras rail station in London. Armed with headphones, participants enter the crowd. As they pass through the station, they “overhear” fragments of conversations and stories going on around them. It sounds odd, but I suppose that the work encourages participants to use their imaginations….

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Only fools and clients (From Solicitors Journal)

August 10, 2011 23 comments

With my recent Roman holiday in mind, together with my concern for litigants in person who may not be able to afford legal representation or believe they can do as a good a job as a lawyer, what follows is my latest column for Solicitors Journal. While I accept that some litigants in person will…

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From Florence to the Court of Appeal

August 8, 2011 3 comments

Today I have returned to the office after a fortnight’s holiday in Italy. I haven’t taken such a lengthy break in a couple of years. We spent a week away at Easter, but for me the time was overshadowed by a tragic event. It also turned to be a busy week at the office and,…

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The Perfect Divorce: can this husband do it?

July 4, 2011 23 comments

cezanne the house with the cracked walls

Love The Home You’re In, read the slogan on the side of the lorry. I was driving across the M62 last week, on my way to Stowe Family Law’s Cheshire office, when the words caught my eye. The lorry driver had no idea that the woman who had just overtaken him was a divorce lawyer,…

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When one party refuses to settle, why not try this?

June 29, 2011 6 comments

when a party refuses to settle

Yesterday, writing about Financial Dispute Resolution hearings, I described how frustrating it can be when an FDR hearing fails and a case proceeds to a Final Hearing. Wasted time and increased costs, stress, worry…  Surely there must be a more civilised way to reach a settlement, in which all parties can have confidence? I have…

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The FDR hearing and the First Appointment: what you need to know

June 28, 2011 282 comments

game of chess

When a financial application is made to the divorce courts, three court hearings are scheduled to take place: a First Appointment, an FDR hearing and a Final Hearing. An earlier post about FDR hearings has proved popular with readers in need of practical advice, so I would like to look at the first and second court hearings in more detail.

"Wrong time to force mediation on couples set for divorce"

February 24, 2011 5 comments

Since writing this column I have discovered that there will be less than 100 mediators qualified to undertake these assessments by April 6th. To place that figure in context, there were 126,496 divorces in 2009. I also mention in the piece that mediation should come later. One possibility is that there shouldn’t be a Financial…

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Cyberbullying and the Drama Triangle of Divorce

February 10, 2011 10 comments

Cyberbullying divorce

I have already looked at The Drama Triangle from the perspective of Lord Byron and Lady Caroline Lamb. It’s an age-old problem. Now I’m bringing it up to date, by looking at how the Drama Triangle works within the context of a serious and growing problem:  cyberbullying. The classic situation is that of a spurned…

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