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22 April 2014 marked ‘the largest reform of the family justice system any of us have seen or will see in our professional lifetimes’, according to the president of the Family Division.
Withers’ Graham Elliott discusses the points he found most interesting from this year’s Charity Tax Group annual meeting.
As Sam Cooke sang, ‘a change is gonna come’. For family lawyers, change is upon us. The single Family Court is live as of 22 April. So what will the changes mean?
In a two-part analysis, Withers compared how different jurisdictions dealt with spousal maintenance.
The court has emphasised that sharing stops on divorce — so logic dictates that with the marriage over, sharing has no place in the assessment of maintenance.
That science and new scientific developments are a vital part of our modern society is reflected in one of the changes brought in by the new Defamation Act 2013.
The Office of the Public Guardian has indicated that a suite of online tools for Court of Protection deputies is being developed to make the operation and administration of deputyships easier.
On 13 March 2014, the House of Lords published its post-legislative scrutiny report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005.
The Law Society has issued a useful practice note on power of attorney in cross-border matters.
The government has removed what has been a significant capital gains tax downside that applied on the death of the vulnerable beneficiary of certain types of disabled person’s trust.
Withers has published its latest UK real-estate tax update.
The president of the Court of Protection has indicated that judgments of particular interest to the general public will now be in the public domain.
Michael Gouriet and Natalie O’Shea review the court’s approach to anti-suit injunctions and also consider what Ahmed & Anor v Mustafa demonstrates about injunctions.
On 6 April, a long-standing feature of the law prohibiting discrimination at work will change, when discrimination questionnaires are ‘abolished’.
The government has decided that the annual uprating of a week’s pay and the maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal should be moved to April.
The ATED is an annual tax charge of up to £143,750 on residential property situated in the UK worth £2m or more that is held by certain non-natural persons.
Employers and the courts are increasingly having to wrestle with covert recordings made by employees and when they should be admitted as evidence.
How does the defence of ’honest opinion’ offer protection from a defamation claim?
Changes to pension protection on a TUPE transfer take effect from 6 April 2014.
Employers are set to be affected by a significant change to the process for starting a tribunal claim in the form of mandatory pre-claim conciliation through ACAS.