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Yearly Family Law Archives: 2015

Baroness Hale calls for childrens voices to be heard

Baroness Hale calls for children’s voices to be heard

In a characteristically clear and colourful speech, entitled ‘Are we nearly there yet?’ the deputy president of the Supreme Court has called for the family... Read More

India bans foreign-financed surrogacy

India bans foreign-financed surrogacy

Earlier this month, India imposed a ban on foreigners paying local surrogates to carry their children. Commercial surrogacy is illegal in the UK and most other... Read More

Court of Protection access for public and media

Court of Protection access for public and media

A pilot scheme due to start in 2016 will allow the media and the public access to Court of Protection hearings. The scheme is designed to assess whether the... Read More

A short history of Gretna Green marriages

A short history of Gretna Green marriages

'Gretna Green indeed, is as superior in reality as it is in name. It looks as if it were the capital of the God of Love'. Robert Smith Surtees, ‘The Richest... Read More

India bans commercial surrogacy for foreigners

India bans commercial surrogacy for foreigners

The Indian government has announced plans to ban commercial surrogacy for foreigners, instead making it an option only for Indian couples. If these plans are... Read More

Art lecturer dismissed his ex-partner as a lodger

Art lecturer dismissed his ex-partner as a 'lodger'

After a two-year legal battle, art lecturer Rupert Ashmore has finally agreed to pay his ex-partner, Kim Woodward, the sum of £275,000. But this comes after... Read More

Fiction vs Family Law Suffragette and the history of adoption

Fiction vs Family Law: Suffragette and the history of adoption

My last blog looked at Suffragette and what it had to tell us about parental rights, but it only briefly touched on the topic of adoption, which the film does... Read More

Court of protection who bought all the pies

Court of protection: who bought all the pies?

In a somewhat unusual case before the Court of Protection, a divorced woman has lost control of her mother’s finances after she spent up to £250 a month on... Read More

Re XZ 2015 and the Lasting Power of Attorney

Re XZ [2015] and the Lasting Power of Attorney

Completion of a Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) and its implementation (or registration) is considered relatively straightforward. However, this is rather... Read More

Common intention constructive trust unclean hands no bar to cohabitee claims

Common intention constructive trust: ‘unclean hands’ no bar to cohabitee claims

Statute grants English judges considerable discretion when it comes to the transfer of property on the breakdown of a marriage. Cohabitees, however, are... Read More