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Family law reform: is it out of this world?

April 23, 2010 11 comments

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The Milky Way Galaxy is a spectacular collection of millions of stars; together, they form a bright, shining band across the night sky. On Wednesday night, I felt as if I was watching family law’s Milky Way. I was at a party in London, at the invitation of Nicholas Mostyn QC, to celebrate his ascension…

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Remembering Francine Morris (nee Rivlin) at the University of Leeds

April 12, 2010 6 comments

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There is something wonderful about the Parkinson building at the University of Leeds. The white tower can be seen from vantage points all over the city; it is a reminder that we are fortunate to have a world-renowned university here. The steps leading up to the library in that building are where most graduands, wearing their hard-earned caps and gowns, will stand…

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First Wife v Second Wife: which one gets priority?

April 8, 2010 0 comments

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The recent case of Vaughan v Vaughan, which involved an elderly divorced couple and made the news while I was away on holiday last week, has led me to wonder. How should a husband divvy up the spoils of a lifetime between his former wife and his current wife? When he has continued to maintain them…

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The David and Goliath of Divorce

April 1, 2010 0 comments

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I’m sitting writing this post, looking down the Red Sea’s Gulf of Aqaba (left), with the sun setting on the mountains. I am in Eilat, Israel, for my Passover break and I can’t pretend it’s not wonderful. The weather is beautiful and I’m feeling for my colleagues enduring the weather in North Yorkshire and Cheshire. I…

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