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 -
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Deciding to divorce is one thing – actually being able to move on is quite another. Over the weekend, the Daily Mail threw the spotlight onto on a couple facing a scenario that will be familiar to many: they going through a divorce but struggling to sell their home. This is an issue increasing
The legal profession in England and Wales is divided into two: solicitors and barristers, each qualified under a different training system. Essentially, solicitors deal mainly with ‘non-contentious’ work, such as conveyancing and
As regular readers of this blog know, the Government abolished legal aid for most family matters (save where a local authority is involved) on 1 April 2013. The Government’s ‘flagship’ solution to filling the gap that this left is
Courts and legal practitioners must take a rigorous approach to the preparation and interpretation of statements from witnesses who do not speak English, High Court judge Mr Justice Peter Jackson has declared.
Stowe Family Law Senior Partner Marilyn Stowe has been nominated for a Law Society Excellence Award in the Legal Business Woman of the Year category.
The Law Society’s Excellence Awards are held each year to recognise outstanding
Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division and England’s most senior family judge, has described his dismay at the reliance on pro bono representation by some defendants in serious family cases.
The President dismissed an application by the Solicitor General for mother Jennifer Marie Jones
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
Speedy celebrity divorces like the recent separation of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi are unrealistic for most couples, the Law Society has warned.
The Lawson-Saatchi fast track split was “highly unusual” and largely made possible by
Yesterday I made my way to the now familiar central London studios of ITV This Morning for my regular legal clinic. The topic was "dirty divorce tricks".
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 Law Society has published new guidance for solicitors planning to offer specific, lower cost legal services in contrast to full case work.
‘Unbundling’ would allow clients on a budget to handle certain elements of a case
I couldn’t believe my eyes when I read a certain speech by Lord McNally.
Appearing at the Grange Holborn Hotel earlier this week, the Minister of State for Justice addressed the current state of the family justice system, as well as the government’s
It is a rare solicitor who doesn't get asked, at some point in his or her career, what it is like to represent someone whom you believe to be guilty, or to whom you have taken a passionate dislike. For family lawyers, the curiosity focuses on
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
The Law Society has published a new practice note aimed at solicitors attending local authority Children Act meetings.
Solicitors attend such meetings to plan and progress care arrangements for affected
Reading the comments left on the website of the Law Gazette last week I was struck by the vast number of seriously upset and angry solicitors who are making the same general point. They complain that we are the most over regulated profession in business today.
When you find yourself on the other side of that desk, it makes for an enlightening experience.
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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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