The law is open to interpretation

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August 16, 2016 2 comments

inheritance

I suspect that a non-lawyer would imagine that, as there is one ‘set’ of laws that all must follow, all lawyers view those laws in the same, uniform, way. However, one thing I learned when I was practising is that lawyers most certainly do not all view the law in the same way. In fact,…

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Bankruptcy, reporting abuse and more

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July 29, 2016 1 comment

family law

A week in family law These are the highlights of another busy week in the world of family law: The first ever annual statistics on the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (‘FGM’) in England have been published by the Health and Social Care Information Centre. The statistics show that there were 5,700 newly recorded cases…

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Almost half of judicial candidates are women

June 7, 2016 0 comments

judges

Forty-five per cent of candidates recommended for appointment as judges in the year to March were women, it has been announced. In addition, more than a third (36 per cent) of all shortlisted candidates (the stage before recommendation) were women. The figures were  highlighted in a new bulletin from the Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC). The…

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Judges, barristers and friends

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September 17, 2015 1 comment

family law

A few years ago, I accompanied a client to court down in London. Her case proceeded much as expected that morning, but things took an unexpected turn at lunchtime. After our meal we were walking back to court down Fleet Street when my client was horrified to see the Judge in her case chatting casually…

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Parents’ appeal against care order dismissed

August 20, 2015 0 comments

family life

The parents of a 20 month old toddler have failed in their bid to overturn care and placement orders for her. Re D (Children) concerned a teenage couple described in the judgement as “vulnerable”, with “significant” learning difficulties. They married shortly before their case reached the Court of Appeal. Despite being just 19, the child…

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Post-judgment relief

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March 11, 2015 0 comments

finances and divorce

I don’t recall ever coming across a judgment like JL v SL (No 3) previously. The judgment concerned an application by counsel for the wife for ‘post-judgment relief’, following Mr Justice Mostyn’s judgment on the wife’s appeal against a financial remedies order. To explain in a little more detail, on the 7th of October last…

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