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News & Events: Family Finance

Blog 1st February 2016

Updated guidance on the efficient conduct of Financial Remedy hearings in the High Court

On the 24th January 2016, Mr Justice Mostyn issued updated guidance on the conduct of financial remedy proceedings in the High Court (see here). It lays down important new rules concerning skeleton arguments and reiterates and reinforces other key messages about court bundles and the requirement to agree a Statement of Issues, Schedule of Assets, […]

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 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 […]

News 30th October 2015

High Court Judge names and shames ‘abysmal’ ex-husband in long-running financial remedy case

Mr Justice Mostyn has handed down judgment in Veluppillai v Veluppillai [2015] EWHC 3095 (Fam)’, a long-running financial remedy case, in which His Lordship made the unusual decision to name the parties involved, in order to expose the ‘absymal’ behaviour of the husband. Jennifer Lee of Pump Court Chambers was instructed to represent the wife, […]

Blog 24th August 2015

Variation of undertakings in financial remedy orders

Undertakings in financial remedy orders are commonplace but the recent case of Birch v Birch [2015] EWCA Civ 833 explored the issue of the court’s jurisdiction to vary undertakings on application. The facts were fairly simple. The Wife obtained a transfer of the family home and gave undertakings to the court to use her best […]

Blog 21st May 2015

A clean break, Children and a Statutory Steer

Experience would indicate that where there are young children present as a factor in financial remedy proceedings, judges can be reluctant to order a clean break between the parties ‘just in case’ and a nominal order may prevail. Matthews v Matthews [2014] 2 FLR 1259, a case that reached the heady heights of the Court […]

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 […]

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 […]

Past Events

Family Finance Seminar – Chichester

The Team will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice on essential issues of law, practice and procedure. Venue The Ship Hotel, North Street, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 1NH (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Lunch 13:00 – 13:50 – Annual Financial Remedies Cases Update 13:50 – 14:10 – Enforcement […]

Past Events

Family Finance Seminar – Bournemouth

The Team will be reviewing the notable recent decisions and providing practical advice on essential issues of law, practice and procedure. Venue The Green House Hotel, 4 Grove Road, Bournemouth, Dorset, BH1 3AX (map) Schedule 12:30 – 13:00 – Registration / Lunch 13:00 – 13:50 – Annual Financial Remedies Cases Update 13:50 – 14:10 – […]

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 […]

Blog 12th January 2015

Extendable spousal maintenance terms – an attack on the Fleming principles

In his judgment in SS v NS (Spousal Maintenance) [2014] EWHC 4183 (Fam) Mostyn J set out the principles of spousal support post-marriage and sought to undermine the high threshold imposed in Fleming v Fleming when a party seeks to extend a maintenance order where there is no Section28 (1A) prohibition. The case involved a […]

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