Private Client Articles

Judge's decision to limit mother's allegations of domestic abuse set aside

The High Court has ruled that a judge's decision to limit a mother’s allegations of domestic abuse in a children act case was wrong and should be set aside, saying that "The allegations beyond those in the Scott Schedule were not either...

What is the impact of the COVID 19 pandemic on existing financial orders?

What is a Barder event? Named after a tragic case in 1987, a Barder event is an event that is unforeseen or unforeseeable which fundamentally undermines the basis upon which a concluded financial order was made. In the case of Barder v Barder , the...

Court interprets woman's will to enable all her children to inherit

The High Court has reconciled contradictory instructions relating to a deceased woman’s estate so that all three of her children can receive an equal inheritance. The court made the ruling after the trustees of a settlement applied for an...

Divorcing husband wins appeal against costs order favouring wife

A husband has won his appeal against a costs order in favour of his wife during divorce proceedings. The couple had been married in 2007 and had one child. Their marriage ended in 2017 following two incidents of violence by the husband. He was acquitted in...

EU Succession Regulation: Making a Will with foreign assets. Does your Will include foreign assets?

  What is the EU Succession Regulation? The laws which deal with a person’s assets when they pass away differ from country to country. For example, some civil law jurisdictions, such as France, have specific laws that reserve a proportion of...

Tesco staff couldn't believe 6ft man was intimidated by pregnant boss

A supermarket assistant was discriminated against when managers didn’t believe he could be intimidated by a 5ft 4in woman. The case involved Mr T King, who is 6ft tall, and his Tesco line manager, known as JF, who was five months pregnant at the time....

How do you apply for Probate in France?

This guide aims to give an overview of the process involving the administration of an estate in France. The administration of a French estate compromises three main stages. In all cases, any French inheritance tax due must be paid within 6 months of the...

Judge was wrong to order that children be returned to 'abusive' father

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a judge was wrong to order that two children should be returned to their father, who the mother claimed had been abusive. The mother was English, and the father was American. They married in 2015 and lived in England with...

Nursery worker wins unfair dismissal claim but has compensation reduced

The Employment Tribunal has ruled that a child care centre acted unfairly when it dismissed a nursery worker over allegations that she encouraged children to kick and taunt a colleague. The case involved Miss S Flynn who had been the team leader in the baby...

WX v HX [2021] and the issue of non-matrimonial property?

The recent case of WX v HX (2021) serves as a good reminder of the importance of establishing the different types of property when dealing with financial remedy issues on divorce.   Background The case of WX and HX concerned an application for a...
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