Legal Updates

23 March 2020

COVID-19 and self-isolation: what to do when the danger is at home

For many of us, home is a place of safety in times of difficulty, stress and uncertainty. But for those who experience domestic violence, home is often a place of violence, danger and fear. According to government figures, an estimated 1.6 million women and 786,000 men in England and Wales experienced domestic abuse last year, which is a staggering figure. Whilst highly sensible and necessary advice given the on-going coronavirus crisis, the government’s latest ‘social distancing’ rules, which are rapidly moving towards mass self-isolation, are at odds with its own figures illustrating just how prevalent the risk of domestic violence is.

Stacey Nevin

19 February 2020

Reflections on The Split – S2, E2: A French love affair and a race to court

This week’s episode of The Split gave us further insight into the Hansens’ family life with red flags starting to show in respect of Richie’s behaviour towards Fi. Towards the end of the episode, Hannah makes reference to controlling and coercive behaviour – a topic we have previously blogged about here. We will watch to see how that storyline develops and what advice and assistance Hannah is able to provide to Fi to extricate her from what is starting to look like a deeply troubling relationship.

24 January 2020

The disclosure of law firm partnership capital and income in divorce proceedings

When equity partners in a law firm (or those with a lawyer spouse) enter divorce proceedings, there are a number of complex considerations relating to the disclosure of partnership capital and income in financial proceedings. In this blog, we explore the common structure of partnership income and the relevant considerations in divorce proceedings.

Connie Atkinson

16 January 2020

The ripple effect: the family law consequences of allegations of sexual misconduct in the workplace

Two years on from the start of the #MeToo movement, many of those involved in the often high profile harassment cases which came to light as a result are continuing to see repercussions. The ripple effect of the actions of those involved in sexual harassment claims can often be seen long after the incident comes to light, and by many others beyond the complainant and accused.  This is particularly so in those cases where marriages have been brought to an end following such allegations coming to light, and where the circumstances leading to the marriage ending are often also of significant relevance to the financial aspects of the divorce proceedings, which can take months, or even years, to resolve.

Cate Maguire

13 December 2019

Cryptoassets and divorcing a ‘Cryptoqueen’: Part l - Identification, valuation and preservation

In just ten years, cryptoassets have become a £100 billion industry. We now face the alarming prospect that millions of pounds can be hidden behind a few lines of computer code without ever touching a bank account. If your soon-to-be ex-partner has made a fortune with Bitcoin, how do you get a share?

Cady Pearce

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