Whose fault is it anyway?

As discussed in our previous blog, the widely reported case of Tini and Hugh Owens has attracted much criticism of current divorce law. The judgment is now in and, despite highly critical comments about the state of the law from…

Slater Heelis Awarded Lexcel Accreditation for 13th Year in a Row

After a rigorous on-site assessment by the Law Society, Slater Heelis has been awarded the Lexcel Accreditation for excellence in practice management and client care for the 13th year in a row. The optional independent assessment benchmarks firms against the…

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No Fault- No Way

Last week the Appeal Court considered an appeal from Tini Owens whose divorce petition had been rejected by a Judge. Tini had claimed that the behaviour of her husband of almost 40 years was unreasonable and gave examples in her…

The End of the Road?

Today’s Supreme Court decision offers a neat analogy with the end of divorce and financial proceedings in family law: what do you do when it’s over and the judge has made his or her decision? Although Mrs May’s government has…

CAFCASS assist in almost 40,000 new cases

The Court and Family Advisory and Support Service (known as CAFCASS) have reported that in 2016, they were appointed  to assist on 39,978 new  private law cases. This is an 8.8% increase from 2015. CAFCASS are an independent organisation that…

Blue Monday? You’re Not Alone

If you are feeling the effects of what has come to be known as ‘Blue Monday’ (the third Monday in January and notionally the most depressing day of the year) then you are probably in the majority. With the combination…

Divorce and Separation: The Easier Way

The start of the New Year is often a time of self-reflection and for many, that will be a time to take stock of relationships and for some will lead to separation and divorce. The breakdown of a relationship can…

‘Quickie’ Divorces – The Truth Behind the Myth

The so-called ‘quickie’ divorce, seemingly given exclusively to celebrities, has been back in the news following the split of pop star Cheryl and her restaurateur husband of 18 months Jean-Bernard Fernandez-Versini. Tabloids reported they were divorced in just 14 seconds.…

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Civil Partnerships for all in Isle of Man

The Isle of Man has become a trail blazer recently by allowing hetrosexual couple to enter into a civil partnership. So how is that different? The Isle of Man has a separate legal system and of course tax system from…