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News & Events: February 2015

Blog 26th February 2015

Warning: when settlement discussions cause prejudice

Until an algorithm is applied to determine the division of assets and income on relationship breakdown, a separating couple who want to sort out financial matters between them are rightly channelled into agreeing a solution, rather than surrendering to the prospect of painful, protracted and pricey court proceedings. On or before separation, armed only with […]

News 23rd February 2015

IHT Transfers of Value in Relation to Pension Funds

Jennifer Lee discusses the case of Parry and others v HMRC [2014] UKFTT 419 (TC) (7 May 2014), in which the First-tier Tribunal (Tax Chamber) held that a transfer of funds to a personal pension plan was not a transfer of value for inheritance tax purposes. However, an omission to take lifetime benefits from a […]

Past Events

Family Finance Seminar – Brighton

The Team will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice on essential issues of law, practice and procedure. Venue Hotel du Vin, 2 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Lunch 13:00 – 13:50 – Annual Financial Remedies Cases Update 13:50 – 14:10 – Enforcement 14:10 […]

News 18th February 2015

Can our legal system cope with Social Media?

With Professor Cheryl Thomas, Simon Phillips QC and Carl Gardner, Charles Parry was asked to speak to students of the Inner temple on ‘Can our legal system cope with Social Media?’ The question largely addressed issues surrounding jury management in the context of social media and internet research. Charles had represented Dr Dora Dallas, a […]

News 17th February 2015

Man who claimed he bribed officials prosecuted for illegal sale of dogs

Richard Tutt, a member or our Regulatory and Disciplinary Team, was instructed by Havant Borough Council to prosecute this case that concerned the sale of two Highland Terrier puppies, in the course of a business, without a licence, contrary to section 1 of the Pet Animals Act 1951. During the course of the investigation the […]

Blog 16th February 2015

Lunatics take over the asylum

In Re A (children) (2015)the Court of Appeal has upheld an appeal following a Judge’s use of ‘unrestrained and immoderate language’ which constituted a serious procedural irregularity when dismissing a child’s application for a DNA test to enable a declaration of paternity. Care orders had been made by consent in respect of the child and […]

Blog 12th February 2015

Crossing the Rubicon? Adoption and A & B v Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council

Just over a year ago I wrote and presented a lecture on the (then) new case of Re B-S [2013] EWCA Civ 1146, the facts of which every family lawyer is more than familiar with. I think it’s fair to say though that the focus, from very early on, was on the ‘wider principles’ raised […]

News 9th February 2015

Ezra Macdonald joins Pump Court Chambers

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Ezra Macdonald has joined Chambers following successful completion of his pupillage. Ezra has a mixed practice, with a primary focus on personal injury and employment law. He has experience of a broad range of court advocacy, including in the Employment Tribunals, the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the County […]

Blog 5th February 2015

Shared parental leave

From 5 April 2015 the long awaited rules in relation to Shared Parental Leave (“SPL”) will come into effect. Whilst this may still seem some way in the future, from this month those wishing to take such leave will start handing in their notices and employers need to ensure the requisite procedures are in place. […]


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