BIS has announced that the extension of the right to request flexible working to all employees with 26 weeks’ service will be ‘available’ from 30 June this year.
Barrister Nassera Butt from No5 Chambers represented a local surrogate in a partial surrogacy case in July 2013 before Mrs Justice King.
39 Essex Street’s Jenni Richards QC successfully persuaded the High Court that a widow has the right to save her dead husband’s frozen sperm so that she could have his children in the future.
Mourant Ozannes has a new Guernsey advocate. Matthew Guthrie, a senior associate within the international trusts and private client practice, has been sworn in at the Royal Court of Guernsey.
Mourant Ozannes has a new Jersey advocate and Jersey solicitor. James Daniel and Carol Doherty appeared before the Royal Court of Jersey on 3 March 2014.
Acas publishes final draft of statutory code of practice for handling flexible working requests download
Acas has published the final draft of the statutory code of practice that will govern the new extended right to request flexible working.
Khristy Spyrou and Myria Agathocleous have been unanimously voted to be partners of Pamboridis.
London-based law firm Collyer Bristow has announced that it has recruited experienced family law practitioner Sue Breen from Hodge, Jones & Allen.
Family disputes over the provisions of a will are a relatively common occurrence in Bermuda courts.
Headlines from the Law Commission report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements — part one download
The Law Commission has published its much awaited report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements.
Headlines from the Law Commission report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements — part two download
Withers sets out some of the main issues raised by the proposed reforms.
The Law Commission for England and Wales has published its report on matrimonial property, needs and agreements.
Divorce lawyer Raymond Tooth and his former protégée, the self-proclaimed “diva of divorce” Ayesha Vardag, have reached a settlement in a bitter battle over allegations she attempted to poach his clients.
If you do not make a will, then you lose control over what happens to your estate following your death.
Employment Appeal Tribunal decision confirms no extension of civil partners’ survivor benefits download
The EAT has confirmed that the restriction of a surviving civil partner’s pension to the member’s post-4 December 2005 pensionable service is compatible with EU law.
The claimant in The Solicitors Regulation Authority v Mitchell had agreed with her employers that she could work from home two days each week to facilitate childcare arrangements.
Direct disclosure obligations resulting from joinder of adult beneficiaries to matrimonial proceedings affecting trusts download
The trustees had applied to the Royal Court of Jersey and the Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court for the approval of their decisions not to participate in the English financial remedy proceedings.
As a result of budgetary constraints, the Family Courts are under more pressure than ever before.
Family law… but not as we know it download
Huge procedural changes will be made with the creation of a single Family Court and reform of court procedures.
This is a follow-up to the article on the joinder of beneficiaries to English divorce proceedings in Withers’ Family Law News of September 2013.
Disputes about which country should deal with a divorce and financial claims are high-stake, with international couples navigating through complex international, EU and domestic laws.
Eighteen months after inception, family arbitration is now firmly up and running in England and Wales.
From 13 March 2014, under English and Welsh law, married persons of the same sex will need to be provided with the same pension rights as those in civil partnerships.
Anthony Collins Solicitors’ children law team was recently involved in the case of a young child whose mother had died, leaving her care in question.
Taylor Wessing has acted on behalf of Lord and Lady Tanlaw and their family trusts in relation to the sale of Fandstan Electric Group to New York-listed Wabtec.
Mills & Reeve has published the February edition of its Health Legal Update, which includes information on the NHS, regulatory news, patient matters and legal processes.
Valentine’s Day should be a romance fest but can sometimes signal the end. Which is where the right legal solution can help.
Dacheng senior partner Wang Fang has been named as one of the top 10 family law attorneys in Beijing by the Beijing Lawyers Association.
The regions might stand shoulder-to-shoulder with London on criminal justice issues but there is everything to fight for when it comes to commercial work
Make way for family arbitration download
Arbitration can achieve an outcome for separating couples for a fraction of the cost and a fraction of the time that it would take to pursue court proceedings.
Withers and Focus, an expat membership organisation for international people living in the UK, have put together a survey to help understand awareness levels around succession planning.
All employees who have worked for their employer for 26 weeks or more will have the right to request flexible working, rather than just parents or carers.
Mills & Reeve looks at the implications of the Supreme’s Court’s recent decision in Marley v Rawlings (2014).
The Abbott government is proposing to use its constitutional powers to remove existing arrangements contained in awards, agreements and company policies.
Acas publishes final draft of statutory code of practice for handling flexible working requests and new non-statutory guidance download
Acas has published the final draft of the statutory code of practice that will govern the right to request flexible working. It is accompanied by a more detailed non-statutory guide.
A new case in the court of session reminds lenders that a high degree of care is required where a wife is granting a security on account of her husband’s debts.
Pre nups are big news, but will the Law Commission’s recommendations clarify the law?
Fladgate has continued its recent run of lateral hires with a pair of partners from Dentons and Ashfords.
The first same-sex marriages can take place in England and Wales on 29 March 2014. The legislation gives surviving same-sex spouses similar occupational pension rights to civil partners.
The government has announced how the new system of shared parental leave will work when it comes into force in April 2015.
Qualified mediators and senior associates Elisabeth Howe and Maria Ramon are now able to assess a couple’s suitability for mediation.
Assets bequeathed or the manner in which they are bequeathed can lead to unnecessary costs and complications for the beneficiaries.
Anthony Collins Solicitors has completed a three-day inquest into the death of four-year-old Freya Wells.
In the UK, the government has now confirmed the framework for shared parental leave, which comes into force in April 2015.
It’s important to think about how your assets will be managed after death — and that’s where having an estate planning strategy can prove beneficial.
For bankers the ruling in the recent divorce case of P v P is a real bonus.
Withers has announced that Suzanne Todd, a partner in family law team, has been named in The Lawyer’s ‘Hot 100’ report this year.
Former archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams spoke about the culture of the ‘marketisation of marriage’ at a debate hosted by Winckworth Sherwood.
Family law cases are increasingly complex and the trio of family specialists named in the Hot 100 are examples of those leading the way.
No5 Chambers barrister Robin Rowland will speak at Jordan’s Family Law Update 2014, which will be held in Birmingham on 5 February and in Cardiff on 26 February.
We are experts in coronial law and appear in inquests as well as claims for judicial review of coroners’ decisions.
Men should take up their new rights so that flexible working becomes the accepted norm for both sexes
AA (Somalia) — Supreme Court says home secretary should amend the refugee family reunion rule for children download
The Supreme Court has strongly indicated to the home secretary that she should amend the immigration rules concerning family reunion of children with refugees in the UK.
On 8 March 2013, the amount of unpaid parental leave that can be taken per parent, per child, increased from 13 to 18 weeks.
Herts and Bedfordshire firm HilliersHRW has gone into administration after the firm was unable to pay for professional indemnity insurance (PII) cover.
The recent decision of senior judge Lush in the case of Re GM provides a window into the workings of a dysfunctional lay deputyship.
Hogan Lovells has detailed the developments expected in employment law in 2014.
Is the Family Court getting an undeserved bad press?
The Chambers UK Bar Guide has ranked No5 Chambers in 15 practice areas.
The decision of the Supreme Court in London in the divorce proceedings of Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd and Others was awaited with eager anticipation.
We are now at the end of dispute resolution week (DR) promoting #keepingitoutofcourt.
Tax planning for Christmas? download
End-of-year gifting can move assets out of one estate into one taxed at lower rates and/or channel assets to the next generation.
Document disclosure is vital in some divorce cases, as the long and bitter Young row demonstrates
Yasmin Prest won her landmark divorce ruling when the Supreme Court ordered Mr Prest’s companies to transfer to her a number of properties as part of her lump-sum award.
A lack of testamentary capacity is arguably the most commonly pleaded claim by disgruntled family members that are not happy with the contents of a deceased’s will.
Complex web of interests after ailing football pundit’s enduring power of attorney decision
Joinder of adult beneficiaries to matrimonial proceedings affecting trusts — Tchenguiz-Immerman v Immerman download
In this case, the English Family Division provided some helpful guidance on its approach to adult beneficiaries of offshore trusts being joined as parties to matrimonial proceedings.
Earlier this year, the Court of Appeal heard the case of Day & Another v Day, which involved an application seeking the rectification of a conveyance of property that took place in 1985.
Ogier has four people included in Citywealth’s Jersey Future Leaders list: three from Ogier Private Wealth and one from Ogier Legal.
Series of unfortunate events shows legal profession taking a major role in latest outing of TV show
Mills & Reeve have taken on two new solicitors in the last month: Amy Starnes for the Cambridge office and newly qualified solicitor Jane Boothfor the firm’s Leeds office.
Three new trainee solicitors have been taken on at law firm Sintons as part of its commitment to supporting aspiring legal talent in the region.
Memery Crystal has improved on its rankings in the latest UK Legal 500, which was released on 26 September 2013.
The Court of Appeal considered the way in which the matrimonial property regime in Russia would be recognised in respect of English property held in a Cayman law trust.
Sintons has been recognised by The Legal 500 for its excellence and in-depth expertise across a range of legal disciplines.
Under English law, all individuals have what is called a ‘domicile’, and not more than one domicile, at any one time.
Our specialist members provide skilled advice and representation in all courts from family proceedings to the House of Lords.
Comprising of one of the largest immigration groups in the country, the barristers at No5 are at the cutting edge of the development of the law in the field. No5 Chambers has a truly national presence, with offices in London, Birmingham and Bristol.
Manches is close to sealing a merger with private client firm Penningtons in a move that would create a £60m firm of roughly 250 lawyers.
Chester-headquartered Aaron & Partners has added its tenth equity partner through the appointment of family lawyer Richard Barge.
In this round-up of recent cases, Mills & Reeve looks at a solicitor’s duty at a mediation, drafting a will for an elderly client, and a limitation claim.
Andrew Goodman, a partner in Taylor Wessing’s Private Client team, has been confirmed as part of the line-up for WealthBriefing’s upcoming Breakfast Briefing.
On 26 June 2013, the Supreme Court of the United States issued two rulings that significantly advanced same-sex marriage rights in America.
The emergence of social-media websites as indispensable communication tools has raised the question of what happens to our electronic information when we die.
It’s essential to plan for the future and Mills & Reeve will ensure you have made the best possible provisions for your family and loved ones.
The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Bill, which makes significant amendments to the intestacy rules, recently had its first reading in the House of Lords.
The team at Mills & Reeve comprises six partners and 17 solicitors, all dedicated to helping you put together the right arrangements to safeguard your assets.
Roger Bamber, a mediator lawyer from Mills & Reeve, has been shortlisted for Most Innovative Family Lawyer at this year’s Family Law Awards.
Hogan Lovells has been named on the Working Mother Media and Flex-Time Lawyers ‘50 Best Law Firms for Women’ list for the second year in a row.
Working Mother has named DLA Piper as one of the 50 best law firms for women, recognising the many programmes it offers to attract, retain and promote talented female lawyers.
On 22 July 2013, the Luxembourg Minister of Finances introduced a new law bill, no. 6595, concerning the creation of patrimonial foundations in Luxembourg.
Joinder of trustees and treatment of trust assets in English matrimonial proceedings: DR v GR and others download
The judgment of Mostyn J concerned divorce proceedings in the Family Division of the English High Court and an application for the variation of a settlement under s24(1)(c) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.
It is well known that undue influence is notoriously difficult to establish in the context of a will.
Women who are pregnant or on maternity leave have numerous legal rights, but many of these are commonly misunderstood by employers.
The Fair Work Commission has found that an employer’s unreasonable refusal of an employee’s request to work part time after a period of parental leave constituted constructive dismissal.
Shoosmiths considers the current statutory paternity leave entitlements of expectant fathers and how these are expected to change in the future. While some employers offer more generous contractual benefits, the only legal requirement is…
More clarity but no more finality on ‘piercing the corporate veil’ — Prest v Petrodel Corp  UKSC 34.
Excluding lawyers from the divorce process is a false economy that will only pile on the agony
You can rely on our personal and family expertise to give you the best possible legal advice and support.
A recent judgment in the Scottish Court of Session has underlined the need for divorced or separated couples to ensure that their interests are adequately protected.
Hogan Lovells has filed multiple amicus briefs in the landmark marriage-equality cases US v Windsor and Hollingsworth v Perry.
A new law entitles the employee to have a meeting with the employer at the end of parental leave and an extension of the non-remunerated parental leave.
The Supreme Court’s ‘third way’ in Petrodel v Prest could throw up more problems and more opportunities for litigation than it solves.
Court confirms there is a principle of English law that enables a court in very limited circumstances to pierce the corporate veil download
The English Supreme Court has confirmed that there is a principle of English law that enables a court in very limited circumstances to pierce the corporate veil.
SC’s judgment treads the fine line between burden of proof and the corporate veil in divorce disputes
Mills & Reeve discusses the Petrodel Resources v Prest judgment.
Family lawyers have welcomed the Supreme Court ruling in today’s landmark divorce case, Prest v Petrodel, as a victory for common sense.
The Supreme Court has ordered divorced husband Michael Prest to transfer to his former wife, Yasmin Prest, properties held by companies owned and controlled by him, as part of a £17.5m divorce award.
The Supreme Court will next week decide whether oil tycoon Michael Prest can escape handing over assets totalling £17.5m to his ex-wide because the assets are owned by his company, Petrodel.
Mills & Reeve has announced that its merger with Manchester firm George Davies has completed.
The private client industry in Jersey is likely to become increasingly involved with putting in place succession planning and asset protection structures that relate to family businesses.
Confusion often surrounds the difference between obtaining a divorce and a settlement resolving the family finances following the breakdown of a marriage.
Addleshaw Goddard is increasing its capability across the Arabian Gulf and targeting further growth with the addition of a new office in Qatar.
Mills & Reeve advises Virgin Care.
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.
France is to allow gay marriage, but unlike England, its courts are not prepared if the union ends in divorce
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.
Mills & Reeve’s dedicated team of family lawyers have the expertise and experience you need on your side when you’re going through a divorce or relationship breakdown.
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.
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.