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Generation gap (From Solicitors Journal)

September 15, 2011 9 comments

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 13/09/2011. Generation gap The LPC equips young lawyers for the commercial world but leaves them without fully developed family law skills, says Marilyn Stowe as she despairs of her potential trainees Here in the office, it’s trainee interview time.  This year we are looking to take on…

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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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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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A weekend to remember

August 30, 2011 5 comments

This has been a weekend to remember! But what made it so special? Firstly, it was seeing all those entries for the Summer Competition come in thick and fast! I would like thank you each and every one of you who entered the competition, which closed yesterday. When I set the question, I devised an entirely…

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A new look for Family Lore

August 24, 2011 3 comments

Family Lore

Family Lore has had something of a makeover. Yesterday I was admiring the new header, which resembles a family law version of the Have I Got News For You opening credits. It features  everything and everyone, from Lord Justice Munby and Katrin Radmacher to Fathers 4 Justice and Resolution. I was startled when I looked…

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A note on the Vicky Haigh case

August 23, 2011 22 comments

vicky haigh

The case of Vicky Haigh has made lurid headlines today. She is the woman publicly named and shamed by Lord Justice Wall, the President of the Family Division, after making “entirely false” and “scandalous” allegations about her former partner. She accused him of sexually abusing their young daughter. Sir Nicholas Wall said: “Allegations of sexual…

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