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22.10.20

Divorce in the time of Covid-19

Earlier this year, as China began to lift lockdown restrictions, it was reported that there was a rapid increase in married couples filing for divorce. China publishes its divorce statistics annually, so the evidence is anecdotal, but the media reported that separations surged in March as married couples began to be able to leave the…

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23.09.20

Brett Wilson LLP offices remain open for face to face consultations

After a review of the revised government guidance on 23 September 2020, the partners have determined that the firm’s offices will remain open for clients who wish to attend socially-distanced ‘face to face’ consultations. Clients who prefer to have a Skype or telephone consultation continue to have this option. The safety of clients and staff…

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The myth of common law marriage

Family law practitioner Laura Clews discusses common misconceptions and looks at how things are done differently in New Zealand. Executive Summary Unlike England & Wales, other commonwealth countries such as New Zealand and Australia have embraced the notion that you can acquire property rights through a long term relationship – even if you don’t get…

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23.07.20

How legal crowdfunding can help you bring/defend a case

We are all familiar with the concept of crowdfunding, whether in the context of supporting a new business venture or contributing to a worthy cause.  Crowdfunding is now becoming an established method of funding a legal case – whether it is the pursuit of a claim or the defence of criminal proceedings. In the legal…

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22.07.20

Brett Wilson LLP new offices to open on 4 August for face to face consultations

After four months of the firm operating remotely, Brett Wilson LLP’s new offices at 35-37 St John’s Lane, London, EC1M 4BJ will open on 4 August. Clients who wish to arrange a socially-distanced ‘face to face’ consultations will be able to book one from this date onwards.  Clients who would prefer to have a Skype…

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17.07.20

No-fault divorce legislation passed

After passing both Houses, on 25 June 2020, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 (‘the Act’) received Royal Assent. The Act itself is very short, but makes significant amendments to the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 and Civil Partnership Act 2004. Below we explore the following questions in relation to the changes to the Matrimonial…

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15.07.20

How long do I have to make a claim if I have been left out of a Will? The courts show some flexibility

If you are left out of a Will of a deceased person who you expected to provide you with financial support, you may be able to bring a claim under what is known as the “Inheritance Act” (or to give it its full name, the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975)). There are…

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15.06.20

Laura Clews joins Brett Wilson LLP

Laura Clews has joined Brett Wilson’s family law team. Laura is a New Zealand qualified solicitor practicing in London.  Laura worked for a Legal 500 Band 1 firm in New Zealand and her practice has had a particular focus on family disputes. For Laura’s full biography, please click here.

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21.05.20

Revisiting financial settlements where it is discovered a former spouse lied about their finances

In reaching a financial settlement on divorce both parties will rely on full honest disclosure of their income and wealth by the other party.   But all too often one party fails to make a complete disclosure, and sometimes it is many years after the settlement before the truth comes out.  A recent decision confirms the…

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7.05.20

Brett Wilson LLP now offering family law services

The firm is now offering family law services to existing and new clients. The breakdown of a relationship is never easy, but whether you are married, in a civil partnership, or living with a partner our lawyers are committed to providing you with personal support and advice to achieve a fair resolution through mediation and…

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