June 2017 / 44 posts found

Supreme Court rules Shell acted in contempt over Corrib land access

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The Supreme Court has found Shell E & P Ireland was acting in civil contempt of court orders when, nine years ago, it entered on to commonage lands at Rossport located on the modified route for the Corrib gas onshore pipeline. A three-judge Supreme Court on Wednesday overturned as “incorrect” a 2010 High Court finding that a November 2007 order of District Judge Mary Devins prohibiting Shell’s entry onto the commonage, except in accordance with the Gas Act 1976, did not prevent Shell entering on to the commonage after acquiring a 1/62nd share of the land. Shell acquired the interest […]

London city hall: Politicians are set to confront the latest example of proper urban planning gettin…

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When city council debates ways to fix a “mangled” part of the Southwest Area Plan Tuesday, they’ll do more than deal with London’s largest tract of undeveloped land. They’ll also confront a stubborn city hall pattern that’s affected London for decades: sound urban-planning advice is offered, politicians ignore it, and London lurches from one economically driven development to the next, with no overarching plan. “It’s really frustrating,” Coun. Maureen Cassidy said. “What they (the previous council) did made no sense. I don’t think we can fix it.” The Southwest Area Plan (SWAP) was presented in 2012 to council. Here are […]

Innovative new international family law arbitration scheme announced

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IFLAS will use arbitration, which is an out-of-court resolution system, sometimes known as private judging. Arbitrators are trained to adjudicate and resolve disputes. Many will be retired or part-time judges. All IFLAS arbitrators will be experienced lawyers used to dealing with international family law disputes. Among the benefits of arbitration are that the parties can choose their own preferred arbitrator as appropriate for their dispute, have it undertaken very quickly, have flexibility in the way the matter is conducted (including use of technology instead of actual hearings), with a less adversarial approach and with the significant benefit of complete privacy […]

Practice Direction 12D amended to allow police and security services to interview wards of court

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Home > News Paras 5.1 to 5.6 replaced by new paras 5.1 to 5.2 Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, has issued the following circular. On 4 May 2017 I handed down judgment  In the matter of a Ward of Court [2017] EWHC 1022 (Fam). It related to the question whether police officers and officers of the Security Service may interview a ward of court without first having obtained the approval of the wardship judge. In the course of my judgment I had to consider paras 5.1-5.6 of PD12D (set out in para 40 of the judgment). […]

Separated: Can I take my child on holiday abroad?

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In circumstances where one parent seeks permission from the other to take a child on holiday but permission is not forthcoming, then an application can be made to the Family Court for a Specific Issue Order. This type of court application would ask the court for authority to remove the child from England and Wales for the purpose of the proposed holiday. We sometimes come across situations where one parent may seek to prevent the other taking their child on holiday, for instance, where they feel that the proposed holiday may not be in the best interests of the child […]

Is London the best place to get divorced? – The London Economic

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Over the past decade, London has become renowned worldwide as the best place to divorce for the less wealthy spouse. Dubbed the “divorce capital” of the world, there have been many cases going through London’s courts involving large settlements, some consisting of hundreds of millions of pounds. The latest divorce case involving large sums of money, reportedly Britain’s biggest divorce, has done nothing to dent London’s reputation. Quite the opposite, in fact. This judgement has positively reinforced London’s status as the “divorce capital”. In this case, a judge at London’s High Court awarded nearly half (just over 41%) of […]

Co-Living Company Keeps Plugging a Project After Neighbors Impede It With Litigation

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Darrow Montgomery/FileFor a tiny street lined predominantly with colorful, two-story townhouses, Richardson Place NW has over the past several months experienced outsize drama. Last year, a new kind of housing arrived on the Truxton Circle block. Perturbed by how this project could change their way of life, residents organized and collectively cried foul. Now those residents are cautiously celebrating a recent decision by D.C. zoning officials. They object to an upscale co-living project by local developer Oaktree and New York-based startup Common, a company that manages eight co-living developments in NYC and San Francisco. Common’s debut D.C. project, on Richardson […]

Top judge sued for divorce in his own court in Edinburgh where he … – The Scottish Sun

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SPLIT REVEALED Lord Brian Gill had split from wife Catherine rubbed stamped in April but details were kept secret as they weren’t heard in open court A JUDGE was sued for divorce in his own court. Lord Brian Gill, 75, had his split from wife Catherine rubber stamped in April. Lord Brian Gill is now divorced from wife Catherine But full details of the case at the Court of Session in Edinburgh — where he used to earn £200,000 as Lord President — were kept secret as they weren’t heard in open court. Officials are only now able to reveal […]

Stephen Belafonte looks sombre during night out amid divorce drama with Mel B… as he prepares for …

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He is in the midst of a nasty divorce battle with estranged wife Mel B. And Stephen Belafonte looked deep in thought as he returned from an evening out in West Hollywood on Friday. The 42-year-old, whose singer wife filed for divorce in March, was spotted having a drink with a pal at a dimly-lit bar. Scroll down for video  Serious: Stephen Belafonte looked deep in thought as he returned from an evening out in West Hollywood on Friday Dressed in a slim-fitting all-black ensemble of skinny jeans and high-top trainers, the father showed off his tattooed arms in a […]

Why the UK’s biggest divorce award is good news for stay-at-home mothers everywhere

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Katie O’Callaghan, Boodle Hatfield It is Britain’s biggest ever divorce award. A High Court judge has told a City banker to hand over £453 million to his estranged wife. The couple – who cannot be identified – followed the blueprint of so many big-money divorce cases that reach the courts. The 44-year-old wife had spent their 20-year-plus marriage at home, bringing up the couple’s two children. She argued that she was due nearly a half-share of the couple’s £1 billion fortune because of her ‘equal contributions to the welfare of the family’. The 61-year-old husband claimed to have showered his […]