June 2016 Archive

Vladimir Potanin's divorce and how early neutral evaluation might have helped

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The most recent of the 'big money' divorce cases to hit the headlines last week, that of Natalia Potanina and Vladimir Potanin, must have caused some London lawyers to rub their hands together in glee at the thought of potential fees coming their way. More …

Brexit and innovation in the NHS

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The NHS is facing unprecedented challenge, yet it still delivers wonderful care. Will Brexit bring a staffing crisis and more financial pressure? More …

UK parental order granted to parents of surrogate child born in India

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The High Court has ruled that a child born in India through a surrogacy arrangement should be brought to the UK and that the 'commissioning couple' should be named as the child's legal parents. The surrogate mother had given her consent to the couple being named as such. More …

Maintaining a relationship with children following divorce or separation

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Many separating parents need to make arrangements to ensure they both spend time with their children post separation. Unless there are any welfare concerns the court always encourages parents to enable their children to maintain as much of a relationship as is possible with both of them. A recent case has, however, changed the way 'contact' should be interpreted. More …

Modern families in the 21st Century – it's not just about DNA

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In the past the phrases 'nuclear family' and '2.4 children' were often used to describe a 'typical' family unit of a husband and a wife and their two, or more, children who all lived together. More …

More powers to stop illegal workers

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The Immigration Bill, which introduces specific restrictions and new criminal sanctions into the Licensing Act 2003, has received Royal Assent. More …

Will Brexit fix the NHS funding issue?

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The idea that we could free up really significant sums of additional finance for the NHS, and that this alone would justify an exit from Europe begs some rather different questions though. More …

Pre-nuptial agreements: The first sign of the wedding season

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The wedding season will soon be upon us. Although this is an exciting time for the husbands and wives to be and their families, financial security is an important consideration. With this in mind, it seems that there is now a flurry of activity for family lawyers in drafting pre-nuptial agreements in the late Spring / early Summer. More …

Queen’s Speech 2016—a new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill

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Planning analysis: The Queen’s Speech 2016 sets out proposals for a new Neighbourhood Planning and Infrastructure Bill, including privatising the Land Registry. Solicitor Sophie Flax says that it is clear that the government has been influenced by a desire to support the development industry in its plans. More …