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What does the Domestic Abuse Act 2021 mean for the Family Courts?

According to the Office of National Statistics, around 1.5 million cases of domestic abuse were recorded in the year ending March 2021, with cases rising throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. With multiple areas of law covering domestic abuse, this article will...

Can I move country with my child?

Upon separation, it may be one parent’s intention to relocate to another country, relocate within the UK. However, this will not be an easy task when the other parent is being left behind and there is a possibility, they will not be seeing their child...

Protecting Your Future - Marriage or Cohabitation

When you make that ultimate decision as to whether you and your partner are going to get married or cohabit, it is very important to consider the financial aspect of your relationship. This is without doubt one of the most important considerations you will...

A crackdown on forced marriages: raising the minimum age

The Marriage and Civil Partnership (Minimum Age) Act 2022 received royal assent on 28 April 2022 which raised the legal minimum age for people to marry, or enter into a civil partnership, to 18 years of age in England and Wales in a move to prevent forced...

P v Q [2022] - The treatment of loans to and from family members in financial remedy proceedings

Background This case concerned W (aged 48) and H (aged 45). They began cohabiting in 2005 and married in 2006. The parties had two children (aged 10 and 11). The total asset pot was circa £6million. Notable assets in the marriage included the...

Writing on back of envelope not enough to alter woman's will

A court has ruled that informal writing on the back of an envelope was not enough to challenge the terms of a woman’s will.  The woman had made will in 2012 with the help of her solicitor.  After her death in 2019 at the age of 93, some...

Irish worker was racially harassed when boss mocked his accent

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that an Irishman was racially harassed and victimised when his bossed danced "like a leprechaun" in front of him and mocked his accent.  The case involved Jonathan Kelly, who worked in the warehouse at the...

Homeowner overturns restrictive covenant so he can build extension

A homeowner has been granted permission to add a two-storey extension to his property despite objections from his neighbour.  The case involved neighbours on an estate of houses around a private road constructed in the 1980s. The properties were...

No-Fault Divorce is finally here

The long-awaited reform to Family Law is finally here with the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, coming into force as of today, 6 April 2022. This is the biggest reform of divorce law in 50 years and aims to provide a more collaborative approach...

Google told it can't protect witness identities in employment case

A former Google employee has successfully appealed an order by the Employment Tribunal in a case that clarified rules surrounding anonymity of witnesses.  Mr R Frewer brought several claims against Google UK Ltd including automatic unfair...
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