Sir James considers covert recordings

October 28, 2017 3 comments

family law

The Family Justice Council should examine the use of covert recordings in family cases, the President of the Family Court has declared. Sir James Munby said the use of covertly recorded conversations as evidence in cases was increasingly common and needed due consideration. The issue arose in a case concerning an 11 year-old girl, whose…

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Tigers, tsunamis and trusts: lessons from Quan v Bray

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June 26, 2017 0 comments

finances and divorce

The Court of Appeal’s judgment in Quan v Bray & Others, handed down on 16 June, contains important lessons, not just regarding the central issue of nuptial settlements, but also regarding the conduct and management of litigation. I suspect that many non-lawyer readers may be unfamiliar with the term ‘nuptial settlements’, so I thought I…

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Getting tough on torrential emails

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December 13, 2016 1 comment

litigants in person

As I know I’ve said here previously, I have every sympathy with litigants in person, in particular those who find themselves in that position through no fault of their own, other than that they cannot afford to instruct a lawyer. Sadly, of course, there are now far more such people grappling with family court proceedings…

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Care order for autistic boy ‘plainly wrong’

November 25, 2016 0 comments

family life

A care order for an a11 year-old boy with suspected autism should be set aside, the Court of Appeal has ruled. L (Children) concerned a family with four children – three teenagers and one 11 year-old, referred to as ‘AL’, ‘JL’, ‘PL’ and ‘NL’ respectively. Social workers from Cambridgeshire County Council had been involved with…

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Troubled youngster should remain in foster care

August 19, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A troubled younger brother should not be returned to his adoptive parents, a family court has ruled. He and his older sibling were aged 10 and 13 at the time of the Court of Appeal hearing. They had been taken into care after being badly neglected and abused by their birth parents. Both had behavioural…

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Lengthy divorce ‘beggars belief’, Judge declares

July 13, 2016 0 comments

finances and divorce

A divorce dispute which began as long ago as 2001 has been described as “scandalous” and one that “beggars belief” by a High Court judge. The case concerned  a wealthy commercial pilot who had divorced his third wife in 2001. Proceedings are still continuing, making the dispute one of the longest in British legal history….

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