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Blog 18th May 2020
Domestic abuse during Covid-19 times

Domestic abuse during Covid-19 times

Domestic abuse was a problem already in urgent need of addressing pre-pandemic. The global crisis we are now experiencing has only worsened that issue. Widely-reported statistics include: Refuge’s National Domestic Abuse Helpline has seen a consistent increase in demand of 50% since lockdown measures announced (4th May press release) Traffic to many prominent domestic abuse […]

Blog 14th May 2020
Naima Asif

COVID-19, care homes and contact: BP v Surrey County Council & RP

On 2 April 2020 Hayden J handed down a judgment dated 25 March 2020 in the case of BP v Surrey County council & RP [2020] EWCOP 17 concerning the suspension of contact in a care home during the COVID-19 pandemic. This was followed by a further written judgment dated 17 April 2020 which serves to […]

Blog 11th May 2020
Helen Brander

Financial provision for adult children in England and Wales and in Italy

FINANCIAL PROVISION FOR ADULT CHILDREN IN ENGLAND AND WALES AND IN ITALY: HOW DO THEY COMPARE IN THE LIGHT OF THE DECISION IN DN v UD (SCH 1 CHILDREN ACT: CAPITAL PROVISION) [2020] EWHC 627 (Fam)? This article considers a recently-handed down case making financial provision for children where one was over the age of […]

Blog 7th May 2020
Eleanor Fargin on Judge alone trials

Judge alone trials in the face of COVID-19

If we had to adapt for Covid-19, could it work having Judge alone Crown Court trials, or jury trials with less than 12 peers? Let me start by saying I am not advocating for a system in England and Wales where there is no jury or a jury of less than 12 peers. I personally […]

Blog 1st May 2020
Jack Rundall

W v H (divorce financial remedies) [2020] EWFC B10

Jack Rundall considers the case of W v H (divorce financial remedies) [2020] EWFC B10 in relation to the treatment of pensions on divorce, a case which he suggests is being under-reported amongst the concerns surrounding Covid 19.     Amongst the flurry of guidance, and guidance on guidance, bouncing about between the courts and […]

Blog 30th April 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Dishonesty: Barton & Booth v The Queen

CASE SUMMARY: Barton & Booth-v-The Queen [2020] EWCA Crim 575. The Court of Appeal considers whether the new definition of ‘dishonesty’ given by the Supreme Court in  the case of Ivey v Genting Casinos (UK) (trading as Cockfords Club) [2017] UKSC 67 applies in criminal cases.  This was an appeal against conviction brought on various grounds, primarily […]

Blog 29th April 2020

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme – further guidance

As expected, the government has issued further guidance in relation to the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“the Scheme”). This article will summarise the key updates since the guidance issued on 4 April 2020. The government has produced a number of documents to assist both employers and employees: Guidance for employers – https://www.gov.uk/guidance/claim-for-wage-costs-through-the-coronavirus-job-retention-scheme Step-by-step guide on […]

Blog 29th April 2020
Ezra Macdonald on Remote hearings and witness evidence

Remote hearings and witness evidence

Remote hearings come with particular difficulties. One obvious difficulty is that the parties cannot see each other as well as they might in the courtroom. But how much of a problem is this? If the demeanour of witnesses (or indeed parties) is relevant to an issue to be decided by the Court, then restrictions on […]

Blog 28th April 2020
Alejandra Llorente Tascon

Unexplained Wealth Orders: The Weapon Against Dirty Money

Unexplained Wealth Orders: The Weapon Against Dirty Money – National Crime Agency -v- Baker & Others [2020] EWHC 822 (Admin)   What is an Unexplained Wealth Order? Unexplained Wealth Orders (UWO’s) were introduced into law through section 1 of the Criminal Finances Act 2017 by inserting section 362A to I into Part 8 of the Proceeds […]

Blog 27th April 2020
Helen Brander

Changes to capital gains tax reliefs when spouses and civil partners separate

PLEASE NOTE: This article on ‘Changes to capital gains tax reliefs when spouses and civil partners separate’ does not constitute nor contain tax advice, but is merely meant to be informative.  Individuals should always seek tax advice from appropriately regulated experts.   Among all the other changes being made to people’s financial arrangements, firstly as a result […]

Blog 24th April 2020
Christopher Wilkins

Commercial Tenants & Rent Arrears – Coronavirus Act 2020

The most commonly used remedy to recover rent is to forfeit the lease either by peaceable re-entry or by court proceedings. Both the High Court and the County Court have jurisdiction to grant relief from forfeiture for non-payment of rent on terms as to payment of rent and costs. Most applications will be made in […]

Blog 22nd April 2020
Oliver Foy xplores Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020 EWHC 886 (Ch) – first piece of judicial guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration)

Re Carluccio’s Limited (in administration) [2020] EWHC 886 (Ch) – first piece of judicial guidance on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. It should be noted from the outset that Snowden J’s judgment in Re Carluccio’s is not binding. There were no representative employees or interested parties during the remote video hearing so the judgment does […]

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