Reporting Restrictions Lifted

The Court of Protection and family Courts are criticised for their ‘lack of transparency’ and ‘secrecy’.  Following return from the Christmas break practitioners may have noticed that judges in the county court and above have been delivering their judgment in [...]

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Transparency In The Court Of Protection

TRANSPARENCY IN THE COURT OF PROTECTION PUBLICATION OF JUDGMENTS (more…) [...]

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Family and Finance: Committed to committal!

Having all been frustrated with the delays, expenses and general injustice caused by parties who fail to properly engage with proceedings, and exasperated by the apparent latitude afforded to parties who fail to comply with disclosure requirements, many will have [...]

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Public Sector Equality Duty: Recent useful Guidance

Griffiths v Secretary of State for Justice & Equality and Human Rights Commission; Coll v Secretary of State for Justice & Equality and Human Rights Commission [2013] EWHC 4077 (Admin) (more…) [...]

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Liverpool CC v John O’Boy

Liverpool CC v John O'Boy, MIDAS Property Management Ltd and Peter Anthony Doherty, 17 December 2013 The first defendant (Mr O’ Boy) was the private owner and landlord of a property comprising 5 flats. He had instructed the second defendant [...]

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Freezing orders in Financial remedy proceedings

The comprehensive judgment of Mostyn J in UL v BK (Freezing Orders: Safeguards: Standard Examples) [2013] EWHC 1735 (Fam) provides essential guidance for any practitioner considering applying for a freezing injunction. (more…) [...]

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The New Public Law Outline and the Family Justice Reforms

Introduction The family justice reforms and new Public Law Outline arise from a general agreement amongst practitioners and commentators that the family justice system is failing families. (more…) [...]

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New and Important Changes In Planning Law For Farmers and Landowners

“Entrepreneurs are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.” Niccolo Machiavelli (more…) [...]

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Employment Law Changes 2013 – New Rules and Fees!

On 29th July 2013 the Employment Tribunal (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2013 come in to force for cases where the claim is sent to the Respondent on or after this date. (more…) [...]

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Employee Shareholders

Recent economic turbulence has caused there to be close scrutiny of the structure of the economy and business organisation generally.  As noted by Norman Lamb MP, who at the time was Minister for Employment Relations, Consumer and Postal Affairs,‘lessons from [...]

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The Golden Rule

In Key v. Key [2010] WTLR 1699 a solicitor was criticised for failing to observe the so-called 'Golden Rule' in relation to testamentary capacity, while in Wharton v. Bankroft & ors [2011] EWHC 3250 (Ch) similar criticism was considered misplaced. [...]

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Disclosure of Trust Documents in Ancillary Relief

In both Young v. Young and Thursfield v. Thursfield, businessman husbands have been given prison sentences for failing to comply with disclosure orders in claims for ancillary relief. The order against Mr Young related to suspected offshore assets that had [...]

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Environmental Enforcement and Sanctions: criteria for civil and criminal actions

The Government has announced that when considering whether to make Orders under the Regulatory Enforcement and Sanctions Act 2008 to provide a regulator with powers to impose certain civil sanctions as an alternative to prosecution the Government will, in general, [...]

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Planning Appeals: Change of Use and Enforcement

The broad objectives behind the National Planning Policy Framework ( NPPF) which have been heralded as effecting sweeping changes to the planning system have not affected many of the common  subjects of  appeals against enforcement actions by local authorities not [...]

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