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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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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Family law arbitration: a new dawn for ADR?

November 30, 2011 8 comments

Lord Wilson delivered a frank, easy to understand speech last night in London. It was noteworthy because he is the first senior figure in family law to publicly announce the imminent arrival of a new form of financial dispute resolution in family law: arbitration. Arbitration is well-known and well-used to resolve commercial disputes, but so far…

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Going it alone (From Solicitors Journal)

November 22, 2011 0 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 15/11/2011. From a converted cobbler’s shop in Leeds to opening a third office in central London, Marilyn Stowe’s practice has come a long way in 30 years – but it hasn’t always been an easy ride, she explains as she celebrates her firm’s anniversary Ours certainly isn’t…

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The real reason why the Family Justice Review has failed

November 3, 2011 14 comments

The long-awaited Family Justice Review, published today, presented a golden opportunity to review and recommend changes to existing law. Instead the Review panel, chaired by former senior civil servant David Norgrove and populated by bureaucrats and children experts, has failed families in crisis.  Hopes that the Family Justice Review would propose groundbreaking reforms, expanding family…

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The Experts: Will the truth ever out post-Imerman?

September 30, 2011 7 comments

This is a slightly expanded version of my latest post for The Times, which appears on The Experts blog today. It has now been more than a year since the landmark Court of Appeal judgment in the case of Imerman v Tchenguiz. The decision, condemned by family lawyers at the time, has meant that litigants…

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What’s going on in the "divorce arena"?

August 31, 2011 5 comments

grant thornton matrimonial survey

Family lawyers are often reticent to discuss what is really going on in their practices – so Grant Thornton’s Matrimonial Survey provides a welcome opportunity to find out.  This annual report from family lawyers, now in its ninth year, has become a must-read for those of us with an interest in what the accountancy firm…

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