The numbers are in for the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary 2015 diversity statistics. Things are looking very slightly better for women, while for black or minority ethnic (BME) judges, there was little change.
The diversity survey looks at four key areas: gender, ethnicity, professional background and payment type.
The overall number of female... Read More
Here we explore making a pensions application under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act (MFPA) 1984.
The court will only make an order if it has the jurisdiction to do so. Under Part III of the MFPA 1984, the application must meet one of the following requirements:
Habitual... Read More
"An Englishman still remains at liberty at his death to dispose of his own property in whatever way he pleases". (Mr Justice Oliver in Re Coventry dec’d Ch 461)
The Court of Appeal has, however, just restricted this liberty in the case of Ilott v Mitson EWCA Civ 797, by agreeing to award a daughter a large portion of her mother’s estate,... Read More
Ashley Madison, a dating site that explicitly targets people who are otherwise attached has been hacked by a group calling itself the Impact Team. Ashley Madison's notorious tagline is a brief and brazen “Life is short. Have an affair”. This comes only a few months after French extra-marital dating site Gleedon found itself... Read More
Once upon a time, family law was considered a minor legal discipline – simple, straightforward, largely bureaucratic – perhaps a little bit ‘high street’. That has changed substantially in a relatively short space of time. While it was never traditionally considered a City discipline at all, the rise of England and... Read More
The Cour de Cassation (Court of Cassation), France’s highest court, has ruled that children born to surrogates abroad can be recognised by the state. They will have the right to be granted French birth certificates and be able to claim French citizenship. The court was asked to consider two cases involving French fathers, who claimed... Read More
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