Figures released by the Office of the Head of International Family Justice for England and Wales reveal a 40 per cent increase in the number of international family disputes handled in the last year.
The Summer Term edition of Winckworth Sherwood’s Heads Up! publication is available now.
Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) has successfully fought off a attempt by a Russian businessman and former politician to use English law in a dispute over the ownership of a London property with his ex-wife.
Taylor Wessing has announced the addition of a lateral hire to its private client practice. Sanjvee Shah is set to join the firm on 7 May 2013.
ACH Shoosmiths has opened its new offices in the heart of Edinburgh’s business and financial district.
Evidence of the cost and acrimony caused by divorce can be found on an almost daily basis in the UK media, laying bare the separation details of ‘celebrities’.
Law à la Mode: Issue 9 — Spring 2013 download
Issue 9 of DLA Piper’s Law à la Mode publication is available now.
Walker Morris has released the April 2013 edition of its Education Update.
On 15 April 2013, Working Together to Safeguard Children (2013) came into force. This document should be complied with unless exceptional circumstances arise.
Mills & Reeve has announced six new internal partner appointments, which will take effect from 1 June 2013.
We can sensitively guide you on how to pass on your wealth in a protective manner and how to efficiently manage the administration of an estate or an existing trust.
Family breakdown can be a very difficult and emotional period for all concerned. You need to find an expert family solicitor you can trust.
Same-sex marriages and civil unions/partnerships will not be recognised in Bermuda.
Keeping it in the family download
A number of high-profile English cases have recently shone the spotlight upon the treatment of inherited property in divorce proceedings.
Olswang has acted for Alpha Private Equity Fund 6 on the acquisition of Redcats’ children and family division from Kering/PPR for €119m.
Children and Families Bill 2012/2013 download
The Children and Families Bill 2012/2013 aims to improve the work-life balance for parents.
The US Department of Labor has updated the Family and Medical Leave Act regulations.
Chadbourne & Parke has represented OutServe-SLDN in a Supreme Court effort to overturn DOMA.
Complaints relating to divorce and family law are almost double that of other areas, with around 13 per cent of clients dissatisfied with the way their lawyers handled cases.
The ex-wife of Del Monte’s chief executive and chairman has agreed to a divorce settlement of £15m.
Children and Families Bill 2012/13 download
The UK government has been considering changes to family-friendly rights. In early February 2013, the proposals came one step closer to becoming reality with the introduction of the Children and Families Bill 2012/13.
Withers is to launch a consultancy group following client demand for a service that will help family-run businesses resolve arguments.
Our long-established and highly experienced Family Team complements our Private Client Department by providing you with discrete expert advice when either you or a member of your family is experiencing a life-changing event.
Collaborative family law is a dignified and cooperative approach to negotiating, in which the commitment of the parties and their lawyers is to achieve a settlement that is as suitable as possible for all parties concerned.
Sorting out the finances on divorce can be the most difficult part of a marriage breakdown to resolve.
Divorce: a brief guide download
Obtaining a divorce is not a complex matter. However, it does involve a rigid statutory procedure that must be followed.
Did you know that most of the successful businesses in the Gulf are in fact family owned?
It was a legal first when Rupinder Bains and her firm won a landmark order against Facebook last year.
The news in September 2012 that family partner Helen Ward (scroll down for video interview) was quitting Manches with a team of lawyers and staff was one of the biggest stories to hit the world of divorce law for some time.
Collyer Bristow is the latest firm to embrace fixed fees with the launch of a fixed-fee divorce package.
The former wife of oil tycoon Michael Prest is to take her case to the Supreme Court in March next year after the Court of Appeal (CoA) ruled against her claim that Prest should be forced to hand over assets totalling £17.5m.
Mr Justice Coleridge has been cleared of judicial misconduct over his involvement with pro-marriage charity the Marriage Foundation, but said he would take a “lower profile” position.
Co-operative Legal Services (CLS) has launched its family law operation offering fixed fees for services such as divorce, child protection, mediation and financial issues.
Withers has announced a bumper round of partner promotions, with five added to its partnership.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has overturned a first instance decision to award an actor £1.7m following the break-up of his civil partnership to a City analyst.
Payne Hicks Beach is being sued by a client who claims a mistake by Britain’s highest-profile divorce lawyer Fiona Shackleton cost him £250,000.
A group of legal associations have launched a landmark scheme to enable the resolution of family disputes through arbitration, it was announced today.
Harbottle & Lewis is offering preconception contracts to non-traditional families looking to have children in the wake of a landmark High Court case that introduced the concept of principal and secondary parenting.
Celebrity divorce go-to firm Mishcon de Reya has teamed up with Debrett’s - etiquette and manners advisors since 1769 - to publish a £12.99 guide on how to maintain a level of decorum and good manners in the usually messy business of divorce.
Supreme Court Justice Lord Wilson has reaffirmed his commitment to collaborative family law and other non-court methods while slamming the Government’s plans to cut legal aid, which he called a “false economy”.
Mishcon de Reya is to launch a family practice in its New York office after hiring family partner Michael Stutman from US firm Mayerson Stutman Abramowitz.
The Supreme Court has today restored a county court judgment that supports a court’s right to decide the ’fairest’ way of dividing property when cohabiting couples split up.
The Co-operative’s hire of three senior family lawyers as directors to kick-start its conversion to an alternative business structure (ABS) (TheLawyer. com, 2 November) could be the first of many such launches in the consumer sector.
Mills & Reeve is to provide fixed-price family services as it prepares to compete with non-legal players entering the profession.
Lawyers and family law campaign groups have widely welcomed the family justice review aimed at tackling the “shocking delays” in the family justice system.
The Co-operative is set to enter the family law market with the hire of a partner duo from London firm TV Edwards, including the firm’s managing partner Jenny Beck.
Harbottle & Lewis family head Tom Amlot has left the firm to join niche family boutique Alexiou Fisher Philipps (AFP) as its sixth partner.
West End firm Howard Kennedy is attempting to kick-start the growth of a family practice with the hire of partner Juliette Peters.
The shadow attorney general Baroness Scotland has joined family chambers 4 Paper Buildings as a member.
Family lawyers could be forgiven for saying they have no time for their day jobs at the moment.
What legitimate social policy could justify retiring a partner or employee?
Divorcing couples will be forced to attend a compulsory mediation awareness session before they are allowed to use the courts, the Ministry of Justice has formally announced today.
The Court of Appeal (CoA) has ordered an oil technology millionaire to raise his divorce settlement payout from £5.4m to £8m.
It is a depressing statistical fact that 43 per cent of first marriages now end in divorce, the highest level it has ever been. Yet divorce law has largely been developed through the courts, with successive governments having resisted meddling in this controversial area.
The Co-operative Bank has unveiled plans to launch funding deals for individual firms to provide clients with loans to fund divorce cases.
The Supreme Court has ruled that “decisive weight” should be given to pre-nuptial agreements signed by spouses before getting married.
Withers has expanded its Hong Kong offering with the addition of an international family team led by partner Sharon Ser.
The Court of Appeal has ruled that separating couples will no longer be allowed to secretly obtain and use documents belonging to their partner in divorce proceedings.
Dickinson Dees’ family law team will leave the firm later this year to set up a new firm called Silk Family Law.
Specialist family set QEB has been instructed to act on both sides of the celbrity divorce of pop star Cheryl Cole and her footballer husband Ashley.
Howes Percival has brought in former Harvey Ingram partner Jane Cowley to head its new family law team, as the firm forges ahead with plans to expand its private client offering.
A solicitor is suing his own firm for negligence and damages in the region of £300,000 in connection with advice he received concerning his divorce.
Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) is putting its newly acquired family and private client team at the heart of its growth strategy two years after outsourcing the practice.
Gorvins senior partner George Marriott is set to join Russell Jones & Walker (RJW) in a move that will give the latter firm a base in Milton Keynes for the first time.
Russell-Cooke is facing a court action from an elderly widow, who is claiming breach of duty against the firm and the executors of her late husband’s will.
The family team at Birmingham-based Martineau has established a Saturday-morning practice so that rich potential divorcés can get a more discreet service.
Legislation governing family life should be overhauled to better reflect 21st century living, leading family lawyers have said.
A Watson Burton partner duo has quit to launch a family and professional indemnity (PI) boutique.
Allowing hacks into the melting pot of the family courts could have as yet unforeseen consequences, says Raymond Tooth and Jeffrey Nedas
The UK courts could be forced to recognise the binding powers of pre-nuptial agreements following a judgment handed down by the Court of Appeal today.
Mishcon de Reya is to revamp its private client practice to bring its flagship family practice into the fold.
In December last year Lord Chancellor Jack Straw QC declared that the Government would propose to change the law to allow access to the Family Court so that justice could be seen to be done.
The Co-operative Group has unveiled plans to create 3,000 jobs in the legal sector as it aims to revolutionise how legal services are delivered on the high street.
Family lawyers deal with a variety of individuals who need help to guide them through difficult and often complex personal situations.