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News & Events: April 2015

News 30th April 2015
Domestic Abuse during COVID-19

Successful discharge of an indefinite Sexual Offences Prevention Order

The applicant, represented by Matthew Scott on a direct access basis, had received a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (‘SOPO’) in late 2009 for offences committed in 2007 and 2008. The order was expressed to last indefinitely. The Recorder of Winchester, HHJ Cutler CBE was invited to discharge the SOPO under s.108 of the Sexual Offences […]

Blog 29th April 2015

Term orders over Joint lives: That’s Wright!

On 11th February 2015 the Court of Appeal handed down judgment in Wright v Wright [2015] EWCA Civ 201, a case which concerned the thorny issue of spousal periodical payments orders. Whilst the decision caught the attention of many tabloids and newspapers who used headlines such as “Judge tells ex-wife of millionaire horse surgeon: go […]

News 23rd April 2015

Wardship applications – protecting children from conflict zones

What role can the family courts play in protecting children from travelling to conflict zones? Zoe Rudd considers the role of the courts in light of the recent judgment in London Borough of Tower Hamlets v M & Others. To view the article which was first featured in LexisPSL Family please click here.

Past Events

Employment Law Update – Southampton

The Employment team will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice on essential issues of law, practice and procedure. Venue Jury’s Inn, Charlotte Place, Southampton, SO14 0TB  (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Working Lunch 13:00 – 13:50 – Holiday Pay – where are we now? 13:50 – 14:40 – Discrimination claims in […]

Past Events

Family Finance Seminar – Southampton

The Team will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice on essential issues of law, practice and procedure. Venue The Grand Harbour Hotel, West Quay Road, Southampton, SO15 1AG (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Lunch 13:00 – 13:50 – Annual Financial Remedies Cases Update 13:50 – 14:10 – Enforcement […]

Blog 20th April 2015

Justice but at a cost – MG & JG v JF [2015] EWHC 564

We have all considered and fretted over the potential for injustice and inequality of arms when the government, in its infinite wisdom, withdrew legal aid from private law proceedings. The case of MG &JG v JF [2015] EWHC 564 (Fam) is yet another case which allows us to sit back and exclaim ‘we told you […]

News 13th April 2015

Finding of Misconduct Appeal Meeting quashed after successful Judicial Review Challenge

Colin Banham successfully represented a Cumbrian Police Officer in a challenge by way of Judicial Review. A Misconduct Appeal Meeting found that the officer had breached the Police Officer Standards of Professional Behaviour in that he had failed to obey orders and instructions from senior officers not to remove or copy material in relation to an ongoing […]

Blog 8th April 2015

The Taxation of Pensions Act 2014 and Duxbury Funds

The extent to which the increased flexibility afforded under the Taxation of Pensions Act 2014 to holders of pension funds may impact on the structuring of income provision in retirement in financial remedy orders was previewed by Mostyn J in JL v SL (No 2) [2015] EWHC 360 (Fam) and JL v SL (No 3) […]

Blog 1st April 2015

PD27A v Proving Allegations: Compatible?

Practice Direction 27A (Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal practice to be applied in the High Court and Family Court) bought into force a new limiting provision for court bundles(para5.1): “Unless the court has specifically directed otherwise, being satisfied that such direction is necessary to enable the proceedings to be disposed of justly, the bundle shall […]


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