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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 […]

Blog 30th March 2015

London introduces new safer lorry scheme

It is common knowledge that as the number of cyclists on London’s roads continues to grow, there has been an increase in reported collisions between cyclists and other road users. In an effort to improve road safety, the Mayor of London, Transport for London and the London Borough Councils have combined forces to find ways […]

Blog 24th March 2015

Mind the gap the problem with the benefits cap

On 18th March 2015 the Supreme Court decision in R (on the application of SG and others (Appellants) v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Respondent) [2015] UKSC 16 was published. In a majority decision of 3-2 the government’s benefit cap policy was not overturned. Therefore what happens with the policy moving forward will […]

Blog 18th March 2015

Wyatt v Vince – Why the Supreme Court was right on the law but wrong on the facts

On 11 March 2015 the Supreme Court delivered its decision in Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC 14. The headlines that have accompanied this decision have focused on the seeming unfairness of an ex-husband having to pay out a significant sum of money to a former wife after a short marriage that had come to an […]

Blog 11th March 2015

An object lesson

The advocates in the matter of Darlington Borough Council v M, F, GM & GF & A [2015] EWFC 11 must have experienced something of a shock when they were told that the final hearing in a case that could be described as fairly ordinary, and had initially been allocated to Justices, would be heard […]

Blog 9th March 2015

Re A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 – The leaning tower of Pisa comes to Middlesbrough

“The present case is an object lesson in, almost a textbook example of, how not to embark upon and pursue a care case.” – Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division. On 16 September 2014 Darlington Borough Council issued an application for a care order in respect of a little boy A, who was […]

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 […]

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 […]

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. […]

Blog 26th January 2015

Self-represented parents and the cross-examination of a child

The abolition of legal aid for family cases and the concomitant increase in the number of self-representing parents appearing before the new single Family Court, continues to raise troubling (and perhaps unforeseen) legal situations that risk damaging our justice system and the rights of those who come before the courts. The recent case of Re […]


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