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Month: September 2021


Divorce, settlement and bankruptcy – beware of an offer that seems too good to be true

What should you do if the spouse you are divorcing is facing bankruptcy?  Can you take their offers at face value? Many of the conflicts that arise during the financial proceedings that often accompany a divorce are related to one or both parties attempting to downplay or minimise the value of assets, so as to…

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UK’s largest divorce pay-out enforcement action ends after four years of fighting

Following almost five years of fighting to enforce the largest divorce award ever granted in the UK, it was announced on Friday 16 July 2021 that Tatiana Akhmedova had accepted a settlement agreement from her ex-husband, Farkhad Akhmedov, bringing a seeming end to the acrimonious proceedings between the billionaire and his ex-wife. Ms Akhmedova was…

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Scams boom during Trading Standards backlog

This Summer, Citizens Advice reported an unprecedented boom in fraudulent scams during the lockdown. The first five months of 2020 were compared to the same period in 2021. Overall, the number of scams attempted via email rose by 667%. Scams by telephone calls were up 60%. It was sadly predictable that the scammers would play…

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Is the Covid-19 pandemic a ground for setting aside a financial remedy consent order?

In the second of two key reported cases on the issue, His Honour Judge Kloss has accepted that in principle, the Covid-19 pandemic is capable of constituting an event which is grounds for setting aside a final order in financial remedy proceedings. In HW v WW [2021] EWFC B20, the key question before the judge…

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Mediation – An alternative way to divorce

According to a recent survey, as many as 25% of divorcing couples regret not using mediation or some other form of alternative dispute resolution (‘ADR’) to resolve matters at the end of their marriage. 40% wish that they had a friendlier relationship with their ex-spouse, be this for the good of future co-parenting or otherwise….

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Frozen bank accounts and suspicious activity reports: extension of the moratorium period

How long can a bank freeze your account for is a common question when an individual’s bank account is under investigation. Where a bank account has been frozen following a Suspicious Activity Report (‘SAR’) to the National Crime Agency (NCA) there is an initial period of seven working days during which the NCA investigate whether…

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Section 13 of the Defamation Act 2013 – Removal orders against non-parties

Section 13(1) of the Defamation Act 2013 allows a Court to order that a non-party to cease communicating a defendant’s defamatory statement.  Such an order can be made against a website operator, requiring them to remove the statement (section 13(a)), or any person who was not the author, editor or publisher of the defamatory who…

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