December 2018 / 23 posts found

What To Expect When Raising Litigation Finance – Above the Law

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The first step in the litigation finance process typically involves a decision by a company, perhaps together with its counsel, that it makes sense to explore whether litigation finance is an attractive option.  There are many reasons why a company may choose to do so.  Consider, for example, a company that has been wronged but lacks the financial resources to hire its preferred lawyers to pursue the case.  Or a company that has been engaged in litigation for a number of years and, due to changed circumstances or litigation fatigue, is no longer able or willing to endure the uncertainty […]

The continuing problem of care proceedings relating to children of parents who have already had prev…

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Home > Articles Michael Jones, a barrister at Dean’s Court chambers in Manchester considers the problem of women who have experienced, or are at risk of, repeated pregnancies that result in children needing to be removed from their care and the work of Pause, a charity which aims to give women the chance to pause and take control of their lives.   Michael Jones, barrister, Deans Court Chambers, Manchester The number of public law care cases being issued over recent years has steadily increased, with the system now operating under severe constraints in terms of resources. Austerity has led to a […]

Auction house loses 'dual purpose' art litigation privilege case

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In the view of the High Court, the correspondence failed the ‘dominant purpose’ test, in that it was not created for the sole or dominant purpose of conducting litigation. The correspondence had instead been created for two purposes: deciding whether the contract for sale should be rescinded on the grounds that the painting was counterfeit, which was a commercial, rather than a litigation, purpose; and preparing for related litigation. Neither of these purposes could be said to be “dominant”, according to the court. Alan Sheeley of Pinsent Masons, the law firm behind Out-Law.com, said that the case was one of two […]

Divorce is not a “blank cheque” for litigation, judge warns

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Don’t miss these early warning signs of divorce

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All is not well in your relationship? Do you both hardly give time to each other? Is there is no communication on a daily basis? Is your partner not your priority anymore? Do you feel lonely and left out even after being with your partner? Are you depressed and sad? Are you finding a way to get out of the relationship? Do you tend to hide things from your partner? Well, the questions are never-ending. But, the answer to them can be – divorce. Yes, do you feel that you and your partner are not compatible and you cannot make […]

Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt finally come to child custody agreement two years after ugly legal batt…

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Brad and Angelina have finally reached an agreement (Picture: Anthony Harvey/Getty Images) Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have reached a final agreement over custody of their six children after more than two years of bitter negotiations. The actress’ lawyer Samantha Bley DeJean confirmed on Friday that the former Hollywood couple had signed and closed the lengthy legal battle ‘weeks ago’, thankfully avoiding the need to go to trial. ‘A custody arrangement was agreed to weeks ago, and has been signed by both parties and the judge,’ Samantha shared in a statement to Reuters. ‘The agreement, which is based on the […]

‘Completely futile’: judge criticises adulterous husband for contesting divorce

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A family judge has criticised a man who cheated on his wife for contesting a divorce in an ‘awful case’ in which his cross-examination of the couple’s daughter was described as ‘particularly excruciating’. Her Honour Judge Lynn Roberts said the case, VW v BH, was ‘extraordinary’. Firstly, it was a three-day contested trial, one of around only 20 contested divorce trials a year. Secondly, BH contested the divorce despite admitting that he committed adultery for 22 years of their marriage. The judgment states that the trial was meant to start on 5 September but adjourned because BH was reportedly attacked […]

British royals’ cursed honeymoon that saw ALL the marriages ended in divorce

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Honeymoons are all about newlyweds celebrating the start of their new life together in marriage, while enjoying some well-deserved downtime after months of hectic wedding planning. But where to go to mark the milestone moment? There are so many romantic honeymoon destinations in the world, it’s difficult to go wrong. But for British royals, there is one honeymoon choice that seemed to be cursed for the newlyweds, with ALL of the marriages subsequently ending in divorce. Yikes. Four royal couples opted for a honeymoon at sea, onboard the Royal Yacht Britannia; Princess Anne and Captain Mark Phillips, Prince Charles and […]

Enforcing contact orders – sledgehammer to crack a nut?

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What steps can a parent take to enforce the court order against the non-compliant parent? Bring it back to court  The parent seeking to enforce the order may bring the action back to court and ask for the terms to be varied. The court may vary the times, location or impose the involvement of a third party, provided any changes are in the best interests of the child. This may be effective in some cases by removing the control from the non-compliant parent.  However, this is unlikely to be effective in cases where there is implacable opposition to contact and […]

More Older Women Are Choosing Divorce

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There’s an old joke that goes: A bent old man and his wife, using canes, hobble into a lawyer’s office. They are each over ninety. They take their seats and the lawyer asks them why they have come. “We want a divorce!” shouts old Mr. Smith. “Well, all right, I can help you,” says the lawyer. “But do you mind if I ask, since you’ve been married 70 years, why now, after all this time?” Mr. Smith replies, “we wanted to wait until the children were dead!” Conventions in marriage have changed a lot in the past few decades and […]