Discretion and uncertainty in the division of matrimonial assets. By guest blogger Lindsey Randall

March 30, 2012 7 comments

By nature, human beings are fickle and emotional. Understandably, they are perhaps never more so than when embroiled in the divorce process. More often than not, divorce is an area of law prone to courtroom litigation, especially where there are substantial marital assets involved. Frequently, when cases come before a court, the relationship between the…

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Et tu, Brute? The Legal Ombudsman attacks solicitors

March 8, 2012 11 comments

There was more solicitor-bashing this week with the release of a Legal Ombudsman (LO) report that states solicitors should treat clients “more commercially.” It suggests that solicitors should give clearer costs information and should stop using “legal” words such as “fees” and “disbursements”. Instead firms should endeavour to tell the client exactly what the case…

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Types of trust – and a touch of Christmas spirit

December 9, 2011 4 comments

Covent Garden is terrible for traffic jams and my taxi was stuck outside the Garrick Club earlier this week. Although the establishment is notorious for not admitting women, it is also famous for its associations with the great and the good of the arts world. Charles Dickens was a member and kept his offices nearby….

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The Experts: Maintenance law must be clarified

August 12, 2011 13 comments

The Experts - The Times

This is my latest post for The Times, which appears on The Experts blog. Spousal maintenance is the most contentious area in family finance. Ex-husbands bitterly resent paying it and ex-wives fight tooth and nail to keep it. It is a tax-free income that some see as a continuing windfall and others a hard-earned necessity….

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