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Family Law


5.01.22

When lawyers are the only winners: how not to handle your divorce

In Crowther v Crowther & Others (Financial Remedies) (Rev1) [2021] EWFC 88, Mr Justice Peel, sitting in the Family Division of the High Court, commented on the futility of litigation which saw the warring parties spend everything they were fighting over – and more. The Court found the couple’s total net assets to amount to…

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£554m record divorce award against Dubai’s ruler

On 21 December 2021, the judgment in proceedings brought by Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein of Jordan against her ex-husband, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the current ruler of Dubai was published (Her Royal Highness Haya Bint Al Hussein v His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum [2021] EWFC 94). Sheikh Mohammed has been…

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2.12.21

What can I tell my new partner about my divorce?

Can I tell my new partner that I’m getting divorced? There are no restrictions on who you can tell about the fact that you are undergoing a divorce. The registration of a divorce is also a matter of public record in England and Wales, so any member of the public, once the divorce is finalised,…

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30.11.21

Good Divorce Week 2021 – Free parenting guide offered to separating families

Our family law department’s Rebecca Grayson, a member of national family justice organisation Resolution, joins with others to focus on the theme of ‘parenting through separation’ this week. The Parenting Through Separation Guide is being launched as part of this year’s ‘Good Divorce Week 2021’ which is a campaign run by Resolution from 29 November…

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4.11.21

Dealing with cryptocurrency in divorce proceedings

Bitcoin and divorce I think my spouse may own Bitcoin or another cryptocurrency.  How does this fit in with a divorce? Cryptocurrencies are becoming increasingly popular, and the biggest name (and earliest established) among them, Bitcoin, has been splashed over the front pages of the news last week for reaching an all-time high…before dropping again. These…

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8.10.21

Applying to set aside unfair financial remedy orders

I think I’ve been cheated in my divorce settlement, what do I do? My ex-spouse did not tell the truth about their finances when we settled our divorce, can anything be done? How long do I have to do something about my unfair divorce financial settlement? Can the financial settlement from my divorce be set…

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4.10.21

Brett Wilson LLP’s departments and lawyers recognised by Legal 500

Brett Wilson LLP has again been recommended in three categories in the prestigious Legal 500 directory of leading law firms:- Reputation Management Professional Discipline Crime (General) Media and communications law partners Iain Wilson (described as ‘superb’) and Max Campbell (noted for his ‘brilliant judgement and [standing] out among solicitors in this area for his strategic approach’) have been…

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9.09.21

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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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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