Private client/family

Private client and family lawyers have seen a flurry of activity in recent months.

First the matrimonial legal market was rocked in May by the landmark House of Lords judgments in favour of both Melissa Miller and Julia McFarlane.

Things got even hotter in late July when Lloyd’s of London insurance market star John Charman was ordered to pay his his ex-wife a staggering £48m in what is thought to be the biggest divorce award ever.

The Lawyer’s latest Private Client/Family Special Report examines the impact of these decisions on the already cloudy area of divorce maintenance payments.

It also explains how the Department for Constitutional Affairs is treading a fine line with its review of the issue of anonymity in family court cases and examines the impact of proposed changes to inheritance tax laws affecting trusts.