January 2019 Archive

Dispute resolution lessons to be learnt from Brexit negotiations

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As the Prime Minister and her negotiating team prepare themselves for another tense round of negotiations in Brussels, Lee Fisher, a partner in Blake Morgan's Dispute Management team and accredited mediator, considers what lessons may be learnt from the negotiations to date. More …

Cannabidiol ("CBD") Products could face enforcement action: from legal high to legal low?

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The Food Standards Agency is understood to be considering its options following the surprise re-classification of CBD products as a 'Novel Food' by the European Food Safety Authority. More …

Pension sharing in divorce proceedings

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When dividing the matrimonial finances a tricky area can often be how to treat the parties' pension provision. What is the law surrounding this area? More …

Data Protection: How to plan for Brexit

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Following the defeat of the Government's EU Withdrawal Agreement in the House of Commons on 15 January, the risk of a no-deal Brexit has increased and there remains considerable uncertainty about how data protection laws will apply after 29 March 2019. More …

Simple is not necessarily better when making a Will

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We at Blake Morgan have blogged before on the importance of making a Will if you want to control what happens to your estate after death. But what actually makes a Will a 'good' or 'proper' one that does what you want it to do? Is legal jargon necessary? More …

How to avoid family mediation going wrong

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As active members of Resolution, we regularly encourage clients to explore the alternatives to court proceedings, to resolve disputes that may arise following relationship breakdown. More …

Continuing benefit required to obtain springboard injunction

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If you are seeking springboard injunction relief in commercial litigation a recent case shows that it is best to justify the period of estimated head start using examples and factual material and where possible, independent evidence. More …

Family mediation in practice: a case study

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We look at a case study where family mediation proved successful as both parties in a separation had control over their own destiny and were able to concentrate on what was important to them. More …

Family mediation services: What documents do I need?

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Mediation continues to be a popular method of resolving family law disputes. Going to court should be a last resort and the court tries to ensure this, by asking for proof that you have either attended a Mediation Information & Assessment Meeting (MIAM) or you don’t need to attend a MIAM because of your circumstances. Mediation is therefore key to any route you go down. More …

A Fair Judgement

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In the tale of King Solomon’s judgement, two women come before the King with an infant. They ask him to adjudicate on the matter of who is the rightful mother. Solomon wisely pronounces that since the women cannot agree on who the baby belongs to, they will cut him in half, literally splitting ownership. More …