May 2016 Archive

No fault divorce – can we learn from Australia?

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As the 2015-2016 session of Parliament has ended for summer recess, Parliament's website confirms that the 'No Fault Divorce Bill 2015-2016' will make no further progress. More …

Restaurant owner found guilty of Gross Negligence Manslaughter following Crown Court Trial

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In what is being hailed as a legal first, a restaurant owner in North Yorkshire has been found guilty of Gross Negligence Manslaughter, after a jury agreed that Mohamed Zaman caused the death of Paul Wilson and should be held criminally liable for so doing. More …

A triple challenge for our three peaks team

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A team of 30 Blake Morgan employees from across our offices have been training hard ahead of the National Three Peaks Challenge on 3 - 6 June 2016 and 8 – 11 July 2016. More …

"Darling, will you…enter into a pre-nuptial agreement?”

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A bride in New York who cancelled her wedding after refusing to sign a nuptial agreement, has hit the headlines. Rather than losing the deposit she had paid for the venue, she instead threw a party for 60 disadvantaged children and their families. More …

New Planning Bill Announced in Queen's Speech

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Only six days after the Housing and Planning Act 2016 received Royal Assent, the Government has announced its intention to introduce yet further changes to the planning landscape. More …

The best grounds for divorce from around the world

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Although some way until it reaches Royal Assent, this reading will hopefully ensure that another step is taken to changing the divorce laws in England so as to allow parties to obtain a divorce without any blame being apportioned to either of them. More …

Bitcoin, one of many digital assets, but at what value?

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The community of virtual currency users are in uproar after Craig Wright's recent claim to be the pseudonymous Satoshi Nakamoto, creator of Bitcoin (the world's leading digital currency). The continuing debate, whilst interesting.. More …

Judicial Separation

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For couples who may not want to divorce, perhaps for religious reasons, an alternative option is to seek a judicial separation. More …

The Carter Challenge Part 2 - the wider lessons for Service Review

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Last time I wrote I said that the Carter review had wider lessons to teach the NHS beyond smarter collaborative procurement, so here are my thoughts… More …

To marry, or not to marry, and the significance of this for parental responsibility

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An interesting article published in this morning's Metro newspaper looked at the change in society's perception of children born to unmarried parents (or "out of wedlock" to revert to the old-school phraseology). According to a poll undertaken by the NatCen Social Research agency, only 37% of British people now think marriage should be a precondition to having children. This is in sharp contrast with the findings of a similar survey undertaken in 1989, when 70% of those interviewed thought that a couple should be married before starting a family. More …