Reflections on 2013 (part one)

December 30, 2013 22 comments

mark christie stowe family law

In the first of a two part feature, solicitors from Stowe Family Law LLP reflect on significant developments in family law during 2013. Mark Christie On 1 April 2013 the Government removed legal aid for the majority of private family law cases. At a stroke, legal aid was no longer available for divorce and separation,…

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There simply aren’t enough training contracts to go around (from Solicitors Journal)

December 13, 2013 2 comments

Law books

From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 9/12/2013. Law students are misinformed about training contracts, says Marilyn Stowe Despite the swingeing cuts to legal aid, firms shutting across the country and a high rate of depression within the legal profession, among ambitious young students there persists a belief that a law degree is effectively a licence to print…

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When clients are their own worst enemy

November 22, 2013 3 comments

Conference room

Every so often one of the solicitors here at Stowe Family Law LLP will walk into my office with an exasperated expression, seeking my input on how to advise a client who simply won’t listen . The client wants to do it their way but the solicitor know their way is wrong. And not just wrong –  dangerously, scarily,…

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Patronising, sexist and wrong (from the Guardian)

November 11, 2013 1 comment

guardian women in leadership

From the Guardian’s ‘Women in Leadership’ section, 11 November 2013. Since I qualified as a lawyer more than 30 years ago, the profession has worked hard to shake off its female-unfriendly image. Reading a recently leaked memo from a Magic Circle firm, however, I am reminded that not everything has changed. The memo, titled ‘speaking…

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Multimillion-pound divorce battle from hell (From The Times)

October 31, 2013 4 comments

From The Times, 31 October 2013. The Young case has exposed shortcomings in a civil law system reliant on voluntary, full, frank and honest disclosure, says Marilyn Stowe. The final chapter in what has been dubbed “the multimillion-pound divorce battle from hell” is about to play out. On one side, Michelle Young: convinced that her…

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A memorable week

October 29, 2013 5 comments

Mirror

I recently posted a horrible photo of myself on Twitter. An unusual week had been coming up, one for which I had wanted  to look my best. First, on the Wednesday evening, there was to be  a swish party in London, to which I had been invited to celebrate the appointments of Philip Marshall and Deborah Eaton (both QCs)…

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Silver divorces and faux friends by John Bolch

October 10, 2013 2 comments

Older couple

It was reported today in a national newspaper article that the recent increase in so-called ‘silver divorces’ (i.e. divorces involving older couples) has given rise to a new problem: interference from meddling children. The article claims that divorce lawyers are reporting that the adult offspring of the ‘silver splitters’ are making their jobs more difficult…

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