Private Client Articles

Children to be removed from their mother and returned to father

The Family Court has ordered that two children who were wrongfully removed from Italy by their mother must be returned to their father in Rome. The father and mother had married in 1998 and their eldest son was born in England in 2008. The family moved to...

Divorcing wife entitled to stay in family home until it was sold

The Court of Appeal has ruled that a wife in divorce proceedings had been entitled to remain in the family home until it was sold as part of the financial settlement. The court heard that the couple had lived in the matrimonial home with their two children....

Court corrects error in will to reinstate deceased's wishes

A court has corrected an error in a man’s will to reinstate his original intention as to how his estate should be divided among family members. The issue arose because the deceased had made a will in 1998 dividing his estate into 52 parts to be given...

Divorced couple in dispute over share of wife's £2m pension fund

A wife has lost her appeal to reduce the amount her husband should be awarded from her pension fund as part of their divorce settlement. The husband and wife, who were aged 69 and 57 respectively, had been married for 20 years before separating. Following...

Teacher told to retrain at age of 60 awarded £140,000 compensation

A teacher ordered to retrain and undergo a degree course at the age of 60 has been awarded £140,000 compensation in a discrimination case. Sue Allington had worked for nearly 20 years at the fee-paying Rose Hill School in Tunbridge Wells. She had...

Father can have children vaccinated despite mother's objection

A father has been granted a court order for his children to be vaccinated despite objections from their mother. The children were aged six and four. The parents had separated, and the children lived with the mother. The parents were involved in proceedings...

Cohabitant misled by her partner wins share of family home

A woman who was misled by her cohabiting partner has won her legal fight to own 50% of the home they shared together. The case involved Natalie O'Neill and Shaun Holland, who had lived together for 12 years. Legal title to the property had been vested...

Pregnant woman 'told to resign' awarded £18,000 compensation

A customer service assistant who said she was told to resign after her employer discovered she was pregnant has been awarded £18,000 after making a discrimination claim. The case involved Mrs N Agarwal and St John Freight System UK. Mrs Agarwal had...

Buyer entitled to pull out of purchase as flat not complete

A buyer was entitled to pull out of an agreement to purchase a newly built flat which had not been completed and made ready to live in by the date specified in the contract. That was the decision of the High Court in a case involving Caledonian Management...

Struggling husband applies too late to amend divorce settlement

A husband who was struggling financially has been denied permission to appeal against a financial remedies order because he was 15 months out of time. The case involved a couple who divorced in 2016. The husband was a managing director and shareholder of...
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