Private Client Articles

Missing Court Deadline to file Acknowledgement of Service and Defence- When is it Late too Late?

Under the Civil Procedure Rules, a defendant has 14 days after being served with a claim form to file an acknowledgement of service and then a further 14 days to file a defence. In a recent High Court case ( Hanson & Ors v Carlino & Anor [2019]...

New £15m scheme to prevent families being separated

The government has introduced a new £15m scheme, ‘Supporting Families; Investing in Practice,’ which will help families tackle issues such as domestic violence, substance abuse and addiction. The overriding target is to keep children with...

Charity unfairly dismissed dyslexic worker over spelling errors

A dyslexic charity worker was unfairly dismissed after making spelling errors that led to him being denied a new role. James Bulloss had worked as an adviser for the homeless charity Shelter. His role included working night shifts and weekends to work on...

New EU regulations to protect children in cross border disputes

The EU has adopted a new set of regulations to protect children caught up in cross border disputes between their parents. The Brussels IIa Regulation covers cross-border matrimonial matters (divorce, separation, marriage annulment) and matters of parental...

Woman awarded £1.2m from father's estate despite family fall-out

A woman has been awarded £1.2m despite being written out of her father’s will after they fell out in the later years of his life. The judge found that the woman was entitled to the sum because she had worked on the family farm for 30 years on...

Divorced husband must remove ex-wife's name from his properties

A divorced husband has been ordered by the High Court to transfer the legal title to 42 properties solely into his own name or sell them. The judge found that he had not made his best efforts to remove his ex-wife from the mortgages of the properties that...

Female police officers win their sex discrimination claims

Female police officers win their sex discrimination claims Two female police officers who were put on restricted duties for giving evidence against a colleague have won their sex discrimination claims. The tribunal ruled that they had been treated in way...

Leaseholders Open Evening, 11th July 2019 in Beckenham.

Judge & Priestley solicitors will be holding an open evening for leaseholders to learn about and discuss any legal issues in relation to their lease, with a member of J&P’s expert leasehold team. The event will be held at Judge &...

Divorcing husband ordered to disclose financial documents

A divorcing husband has been ordered to disclose documents relating to his financial affairs, despite claiming that doing so could lead to his arrest. The case involved a businessman whose wife believed he had an interest in a German company that he was...

Mother loses custody of son after obstructing contact with his father

A mother has lost custody of her son after causing him ‘emotional harm’ by trying to alienate him from his father.   The case involved the estranged parents of an eight-year-old boy.   The court heard that the mother had a...
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