Earlier this year, the booming interest in social media led the Law Society to issue new online reputation management guidelines for solicitors. The guidelines warned that confidential, private information shared with solicitors by clients could be broadcast to a wider audience, noted that
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In recent months this column has chronicled the travails, opportunities and challenges faced by our profession in 2013 and beyond. In truth, the future faced by high street firms continues to give me cause for concern. Lack of confidence in the economy, an axe-happy government and 'Tesco Law' have
The Legal Ombudsman has produced a report showing that family law is the most complained about area of law in England and Wales. More than a fifth of the cases it deals with involve divorce and other family law-
When my husband and I remortgaged our home to open our first office in east Leeds 30 years ago, we were determined to stand out and be spotted. We printed leaflets, announcing the arrival of a new law firm. I went out and about, introducing myself to all the local businesses, banks, estate agents and shopkeepers. We
As nice as it is to be recognised by your peers, glitzy award ceremonies just play to lawyers egos rather than provide any reputational capital, says Marilyn Stowe
Is any other profession as garlanded and as flattered as ours? It’s that time of the year again, with peer awards
Getting involved with clients might put you in a difficult position when billing for your work.
When you find yourself on the other side of that desk, it makes for an enlightening experience.
Instead of developing a ‘divorce by app’ scheme the government should consider allowing ‘no-win, no-fee’ in family cases, says Marilyn Stowe. It has finally happened. After a slow and agonising demise legal aid has met its end at the hands of the coalition.
The dire situation in the residential property sector gives us a taste of things to come if we adopt this method elsewhere: quality will plummet and negligence claims and insurance premiums will escalate, argues Marilyn Stowe.
Exactly what should be made public from Family Division courts has been contested ground for many years now; it is an unfortunate irony that efforts to try to ensure greater transparency have resulted in some distinctly muddy waters.
The Bar Standards Board is considering making it easier for people to instruct barristers directly. Barristers are being brought into closer competition with solicitors, but it doesn’t make much sense to me.
Ours certainly isn’t the biggest law firm out there but even so, I’m incredibly proud – not to mention a little incredulous – whenever I consider how far we have come from inauspicious beginnings. Next year marks the opening of our third office, in Central London, and also our 30th anniversary.
From my latest “Family Business” column in Solicitors Journal. Bundled off It’s a new dawn and Marilyn Stowe is feeling good about a future where digital files will replace bundles in court A few years ago a judge walked into the High …
Here in the office, it’s trainee interview time. This year we are looking to take on three new trainees: chicken feed compared to the numbers taken on by large London commercial firms but, like them, we are looking for high-calibre candidates with the ability to think on their feet.
With my recent Roman holiday in mind, together with my concern for litigants in person who may not be able to afford legal representation or believe they can do as a good a job as a lawyer, what follows is my latest column for Solicitors Journal.
From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 22/03/2011. Radio gaga Marilyn Stowe offers her hard-won survival guide for going on air What is it about radio and television that leaves so many solicitors stricken by fear? I have …
This is an expanded version of my latest Family Business column in Solicitors Journal. Darkness is cheap A family solicitor’s Christmas Carol, by Marilyn Stowe Christmas is now upon us and another year has flown by. Last night we sat in our …
This is a slightly expanded version of my latest Family Business column in Solicitors Journal. Maybe Baby Even a working mum feels the pang of fear when an employee starts a family, confesses Marilyn Stowe It begins with a glowing, beaming, …
Cuts to family law legal aid, prenuptial agreements, Tchenguiz v Imerman… Regular readers will have noted that I hold some strong views about the latest family law developments and their implications for divorcing couples up and down the …
Tepid welcome for Law Commission’s review of intestacy laws for cohabitants 3 November 2009 Cohabitants who have lived together for more than five years could be given the same rights on death as married couples under plans unveiled by the …
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Marilyn Stowe is the senior partner in Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Yorkshire, Cheshire and London. With more than 30 years’ experience handling divorce cases and family law proceedings she is regarded as one of the most formidable and sought after divorce lawyers in the UK. In 2012, Marilyn became one of the first solicitors to qualify as a family law arbitrator.
All persons mentioned in the scenarios are fictitious: details have been deliberately changed in order to protect identities and other confidential circumstances of my clients. All advice and information on this blog including posts written by guest authors, is given only as a general guide to the operation of the law on the date of publication. Readers must place no reliance whatsoever on the content of this blog and must always obtain their own legal advice. Marilyn Stowe, Stowe Family Law LLP and guest authors accept no liability whatsoever arising as a result of reliance upon its content.
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