A fair and equitable outcome – in other words, justice – lies at the heart of our legal system: at least in theory, if not always in practice! But is it enough for justice to be done – doesn’t it also need to be seen to be done? We need to feel confident that judges and juries can be
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The first time I was asked about my tips for making a relationship work, by a journalist compiling a Valentine's Day feature, I was pleasantly surprised. As family lawyers, we spend our days working with couples in conflict, providing practical advice for those in the midst of relationships that are breaking or
Thirty years as a family lawyer has taught me that divorce can have a transformative effect. Otherwise sensible people can turn into hot-heads, and take actions ranging from the inadvisable to the illegal. When a newspaper asked me recently to share some of the “dirtiest divorce tricks” I have
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
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.
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.
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”, 22/02/2011. Meeting of Minds EXCLUSIVE! The words ‘interesting’ and ‘conference’ aren’t always mutually exclusive, reveals Marilyn Stowe Like many family …
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 …
From my latest Solicitors Journal column “Family Business”, 18/01/2011. Tainted Love Here’s hoping this year’s fresh Family Proceedings Rules sort out this maddening self-help situation, says Marilyn Stowe Up and down the country, family …
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 …
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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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