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Call a Christmas truce

December 5, 2007 0 comments

“If soldiers could declare a truce at Christmas, why can’t warring parents? Even in the midst of war, there can be peace.” At the darkest time of the year, for people of many faiths, a light comes shining through the darkness. December is one of the most beautiful months: we place lights in our homes,…

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A law unto herself…

December 4, 2007 2 comments

I have been profiled in the latest issue of Yorkshire Today magazine. The full interview is after the jump.

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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A death in the family

November 23, 2007 0 comments

A client came to see me for the first time, accompanied by her mother.The client was attractive, well-groomed and smartly-dressed. Her mother, meanwhile, looked drawn and tired.Mrs X began by saying she felt hot. Could she please remove her jacket and her cardigan? It wasn’t hot at all but my trainee, who was there to…

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The Nanny, The Doctor, His Wife – And Her Lover

November 21, 2007 0 comments

   “Will my client ever forgive her? It is unlikely.” Some years ago, a client came to see me about his wife. He was a consultant at a hospital. She was a medical researcher at a university. According to him, their sex life was good and there had been no signs of any problems. Then…

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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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Stowe Family Law in the Chambers Guide

November 12, 2007 0 comments

The Chambers Guide 2008, which lists the top lawyers and legal firms in the UK, has been published. I am delighted to discover that Stowe Family Law LLP has been included again (under our former name, Grahame Stowe Bateson (Private Client) Family Law Unit).Our specialist teams here are handpicked with great care, so I am…

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Room for manoeuvre

November 9, 2007 0 comments

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“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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