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News & Events: November 2015

Blog 30th November 2015

Litigants in person – Velupillai

I’ve encountered more than my fair share of tricky litigants in person in recent weeks. A low point was at a difficult FDR when my client’s husband snatched my carefully crafted, handwritten offer and screwed it in to a ball, without giving it so much as a passing glance. Whilst I retained my cool, I […]

Blog 27th November 2015

President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal considers 10% uplift should apply to tribunal awards

Langstaff HHJ (the President of the EAT) has today handed down judgment in the case of Beckford v London Borough of Southwark UKEAT/0210/14/JOJ The appeal deals with two points which are of importance: The consideration of reasonable adjustments and the impact of disability when a tribunal is considering reengagement under section 115 Employment Rights Act […]

News 25th November 2015

Matthew Scott wins ‘Independent Blogger of the Year’ award

Pump Court Chambers is delighted to announce that Matthew Scott has won ‘Independent Blogger of the Year’ at the 2015 Comment Awards. The Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards celebrate the achievements of the UK’s finest and most influential print and online commentators and their editors, Mr Scott site has received  wide spread acclaim and popularity for […]

Blog 23rd November 2015

The right against self incrimination for witnesses in Financial Remedy Proceedings

We have all been involved in representing clients who appear to have engaged in some form of criminal conduct during the course of the marriage. In financial remedy proceedings this usually takes the form of tax evasion or cheating the revenue. During the course of the proceedings a party will generally be expected to have […]

News 23rd November 2015

Social workers found to have ‘altered report’ and ‘lied in Court’

A court has heard how senior social workers altered a report and lied under oath in order to create a “wholly negative” picture of a couple, in order to substantially improve the local authority’s case for removal of the children, probably permanently. Judge Mark Horton, sitting in Portsmouth, said the five children aged between one […]

Blog 19th November 2015

Closing the door – Section 91(14) orders

Jennifer Lee sets out the courts’ approach when considering a barring order under section 91(14) of the Children Act 1989. As first featured in the Family Law Journal in November 2015. Section 91(14) of the Children Act 1989 (ChA 1989) empowers the court, when disposing of an application under ChA 1989, to make an order […]

Blog 19th November 2015

The misuse of section 20

Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 concerns the LA’s duty to provide a child with somewhere to live when he or she has no home, or no safe home. It ensures a child is provided for when no-one holds parental responsibility; or the child has been lost or abandoned; or the person who has […]

News 17th November 2015

Cohabiting Divorcees: to bar or not to bar?

Any practitioners in the field of inheritance or family finance will be familiar with the standard term that forms part of a clean break in a divorce financial settlement; namely that the parties cannot claim against the estate of the other. However a recent case has challenged the widespread belief that such a bar is […]


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