When nursing homes just aren’t home

September 28, 2012 5 comments

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My eye was caught this morning by a newly published case. Unusually, this case threw a spotlight onto the needs of vulnerable elderly people rather than the far more frequently discussed needs of vulnerable children. The plight of the vulnerable elderly are rarely considered by any one of us I suspect, particularly when they are moved…

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Expertise in the dock

September 27, 2012 0 comments

Family lawyers are many things but they are not scientists, accountants, pathologists or paediatricians. So how do they tackle those cases which turn on complicated  financial, medical or scientific issues? They call on ‘expert witnesses’. This courtroom staple, sometimes also called a professional witness or judicial expert, is defined by Wikipedia as: “…a witness, who…

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When your divorce settlement ends up in the dock

September 25, 2012 4 comments

As every family lawyer knows only too well, financial settlements of some kind lie at the heart of nearly every divorce settlement. The partners who take on the main responsibility for childcare are entitled to financial assistance from their former spouse, and both parties rightly expect a fair and equitable division of assets and property….

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Pro bono – for the public good

September 24, 2012 4 comments

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One of the legal profession’s many distinctive traditions is work undertaken ‘pro bono publico’ – for the public good, that is to say, free of charge or sometimes, for a reduced fee. Pro bono work is not unique to the legal profession by any means, but it is a well-established tradition amongst solicitors and lawyers….

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Divorce and conflict by Julian Hawkhead

September 23, 2012 2 comments

Do the nation’s divorcees practice what they preach? That’s the question family lawyers across the country will be asking themselves today following publication of new research by national family law association Resolution. Findings from the survey, into national attitudes to divorce and separation, paint a picture of good intentions at variance with stereotypes of angry…

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Living in sin?

September 21, 2012 0 comments

Church bells, champagne, flowers in lapels, bright pavilions on summer lawns, drunken uncles dancing….yes, I am thinking about weddings. Marriage is one of the most basic of all social institutions and so one that is very easy to take for granted. We rarely stop and ask ourselves ‘what’s it actually for?’ That is not an…

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Be wary of befriending clients (From Solicitors Journal)

September 19, 2012 0 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 14/09/2012. Getting involved with clients is not only unprofessional, it might put you in 
a difficult position when billing for your work, says Marilyn Stowe The deserted wife, the cuckolded husband, the desperate mother, father or grandparent. The client who is losing a wife, home and maybe even their…

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News: Government consults on plans to accelerate adoption

September 19, 2012 0 comments

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The Department for Education has launched a consultation on measures designed to speed up and simplify the adoption and fostering process in order to  encourage more people to participate. The proposed measures include elimination of the existing legal requirement for previously approved adopters or foster carers to undergo a criminal records check if they wish…

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Adoption and a new life

September 18, 2012 2 comments

As we recently saw, applications for places in care are at an all-time high. This is sad news for society and sad news for the youngsters who face years in children’s homes without the support of a family – even if they have been removed from chaotic or abusive home lives. Many will go on…

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