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Claire Filer

Latest Divorce Statistics Only Tell Half The Story, As No-Fault Laws Begin To Filter Through

The latest divorce statistics released today via the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show a continuing fall in the number of divorces...

Nicola Hawkins

Saying 'I do' for a tax allowance - the tax advantages of being married

There is no escaping that today is valentine's day and I am sure there will be proposals today.  There are still huge tax advantages for...

April Wood

Disputes Concerning Children - Differences Between The Family Courts In England And Australia

I have been fortunate in my career to have worked extensively in both England and Australia. Since my return to practise in England...

Nicola Hawkins

The need for an attorney - your own Counsellor of State

Earlier this month Buckingham Palace announced King Charles has been diagnosed with cancer.  There has been much discussion in the news...

Emily - Jo Moore

Government’s Response To Early Resolution Consultation

Following Family Mediation Week, the Government has published its response to proposals on early resolution in private family matters. ...

Danni Brannon

Lasting Powers Of Attorney - Why The Increase?

We are seeing a notable increase in the preparation of Lasting Powers of Attorney, particularly amongst the younger generation.  As...

Sarah AlJourani

Sharia Series: Marriage And Divorce In Dubai

The Office of National Statistics reported that in the year ending June 2023, 508,000 British nationals had emigrated out of the UK long...

Stephanie Kerr

Cohabitation:  A Contentious Probate Perspective

The legal implications of cohabitation have been making headlines recently, with a number of changes to the entitlement of cohabitees to...

Joanna Uzoka

Cohabitation And The Myth Of Common Law Marriage

A surprisingly large percentage of people living in England and Wales think that unmarried couples who live together have the same or...

Nancy Dobson

Reception class placements: How to appeal

The deadline of Monday 15 January 2024 to apply for reception places for children starting school has recently passed. Parents and carers...

Stephanie Kerr

How to make sure your Will is valid if you are blind or visually impaired

This week marked an important day in the international calendar for raising awareness and celebrating the importance of accessibility and...

Jennifer Pollock

Primary School: What If Separated Parents Can't Agree?

The deadline for applying for a primary school reception place is 15th January. Parents will need to list their top three schools in...

Molly Walton

Here’s To A Merry Christmas

The role of Grandparents Grandparents often play an important role in the nurturing of their grandchildren. As we approach the festive...

Daniel Moreton

A (Modern) Family Christmas – How To Approach Arrangements For Children During The Festive Period

It may be the most wonderful time of the year for many families, but with c.2.3 million* separated families in the UK, conflict can often...

Rachel Hardingham

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill: The road ahead, and what it means right now

As promised in November’s Kings Speech, the Leasehold and Freehold Reform Bill (“the Bill”) has now been laid before Parliament.  Amongst...

Hayley Trim

The Law Of The Jungle

Inheritance, succession planning and powers of attorney – trust in me Mowgli is the central character in the story of The Jungle Book. We...

Richard Smaller

But I Want To Be Executor! Passing-Over Applications And The Question Of Court Vs The Probate Registry?

Who takes on the role of Personal Representative is a very emotive issue within families upon the death of a loved one. Often, their...

Lydia Pilati

Christmas Considerations For Separated Families: Can I Take My Children Abroad For Christmas?

For many families, Christmas traditions often involve spending time with loved ones, and this could mean travelling overseas to enjoy the...

Tara Smith

Resolution’s Call for Change and Reform in the Family Court System

Resolution – First for Family Law, have now released their ‘Vision for Family Justice’ within which they set out their position in...

Sarah AlJourani

Sharia Series; talaq, talaq, talaq – a triple threat? A look at the validation of Islamic divorce.

Earlier in this Sharia Series, I explored Islamic marriage, the process and the recognition, highlighting the key requirements for an...

Nicola Hawkins

Should I Gift My Home To My Children To Avoid Inheritance Tax?

A surprisingly frequent question we hear from clients is: “Can’t I just give my home to my children now to avoid paying inheritance tax...

Rebecca Openshaw

‘Mandatory’ family mediation and the wider impact on domestic abuse victims

What are the proposed reforms? Currently, mediation is a valuable tool that parties in dispute are encouraged to use, where appropriate,...

Richard Potts

Trustee Week - Investing For Charities

Charities are unique in many ways, and identifying and implementing specific investment solutions is a prime example. Whether it is...

Victoria Gammon

Talk Money Week – The Importance of Budgeting

Creating a personal financial budget is key to helping you feel in control, achieve your goals, and have a financially secure future. A...

Elizabeth Gibbison

Why Are Younger Generations Taking Succession Planning Seriously?

There is magic in having a proper succession plan in place and disaster can unfold in the absence of it.  There has been an increase in...

Ed Tomlinson

Talk Money Week – The Importance of ISA’s

In early April 1999, the then Labour chancellor, Gordon Brown introduced individual savings accounts (ISAs), which were designed to...

Matthew Briggs

Charity Trustees And Inspiring The Next Generation

It’s no great mystery that young people have had it tough for the past few years. Whether that is through the disruption of their...

Stephanie Kerr

Inheritance Act Claims: Considerations for Charity Trustees

Charity trustees give a great deal of time, commitment and effort making decisions to help good causes to thrive. However, sometimes the...

Matthew Briggs

The Role And Responsibilities Of A Charity Trustee

Whether you’re an experienced trustee or new to the role, you want to be sure you are supporting the longevity and prosperity of the...

Emma Hopton

Cohabitation Disputes: What issues could 'The Addams Family' be facing in their macabre mansion?

The Addams Family, a household filled with family values, or a nightmarish arrangement destined to end in bloodcurdling litigation.  The...