Private client and family lawyers are experiencing a flurry of change, including the Government's planned extension of financial rights to cohabiting couples.
In October the main elements of the Mental Capacity Act 2005 will become operational after a significant wait. April will, however, see the introduction of several elements, including the code of practice.
The first wave of separations of civil partnerships are also forecast following the passing of the one-year time requirement for the dissolution of such partnerships.
This Private Client/Family Special Report examines the impact of these changes to private client and family law advice.
This report also warns of the dangers of the Gaines-Cooper decision on businesspeople claiming to be under the 90-day non-UK residency limit for UK tax purposes.