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Partnership – To Be Or Not To Be?

Forming a partnership is an act achievable by anyone. Seasoned commercial veterans may enter into lengthy negotiations to determine their specific aims and roles within the partnership, or two friends having a drink in a bar may decide they have come up with a great idea and want to put it into action. The only Continue reading

Life as a Pupil Barrister

My experience since starting pupillage, in October 2015, has exceeded all expectations I had. I have been exposed to a variety of high quality work. As Becket is a mixed set, I have been able to gain experience and help from each member of chambers in their specialist area who have been supportive and encouraging. Continue reading

Litigants in person in Kent

Cuts to legal aid, rising legal costs and a reduction in resources have contributed to an ever-growing number of litigants in persons.  Recently I was invited to attend a “CLOCK presentation”. CLOCK is a Community Legal Outreach Collaboration initially started in Keel. It aims to bring together members of the university, judiciary, barrister chambers, law Continue reading

Voluntary accommodation of children under s.20 Children Act 1989: a withering analysis of Local Authority practice

In today’s judgment of Re N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) [2015] EWCA Civ 1112 the President of the Family Division has an important message for family practitioners but, particularly, for local authorities. From paragraphs 157 to 171 he provided a tour de force of the problems with s.20 and the best practice that should be followed. Continue reading

Holly Coates & Paul Tapsell – Chambers & Partners Guide 2016

Chambers is proud to annouce that Holly Coates and Paul Tapsell have been ranked in the Chambers and Partners Guide 2016 under Local Government. Chambers has also been ranked as a Leading Set. THE SET Canterbury-based Becket Chambers operates across Kent and Sussex, and acts for a variety of clients, although it is best recognised for its work on behalf of local Continue reading

Chris Wall & Louisa Adamson – Chambers & Partners Guide 2016

Chambers are proud to annouce that both Louisa Adamson and Christopher Wall have been ranked in the Chambers and Partners Guide 2016 under Family/Matrimonial (South East). Louisa Adamson focuses on children and financial remedy matters and is highly experienced in care proceedings, disputes concerning physical and sexual abuse and residence disputes. She also undertakes financial disputes concerning property, assets Continue reading

Blog: Solicitor CPD – All Change Please

There are changes afoot with solicitor CPD. The Law Society has released a practice note about the changes, which you can read here. When? Solicitors may move to the new system as of 1 April 2015 or they may remain under the old system until 1 November 2016 when they must move to the new Continue reading

Blog: Family Law: Court Bundles – A Warning

In the Law Society Gazette 22nd June 2015, an article was written at page 20 on the current position for court bundles. It is ESSENTIAL reading for solicitors and litigants in person preparing bundles for court. In brief summary, the current position is thus: There is no concept of a single core bundle with supporting Continue reading

Blog: Is It Always Necessary To Obtain Final Financial Orders Even In “No Money” Cases? Or “What If I Ever Win The National Lottery (Or Build Up A Multi Million Pound Eco-Company)?”

The Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Wyatt v Vince [2015] UKSC14 is of vital importance to divorcing, and divorced, couples underlining the need always to obtain final settlement orders with respect to the financial claims which arise from a marriage.    It is a real problem for many people with the unavailability of legal Continue reading

Blog: Sex, drugs and rock’n’roll – when is conduct so bad that it would be “inequitable to disregard”?

The recent case of MAP v. MFP [2015] EWHC 627 gives guidance on this very question.  In financial remedy proceedings section 25(2)(g) of the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 allows for conduct to be taken into account when “it would in the opinion of the court be inequitable to disregard”. A line of case-law, most notably Continue reading

Blog: Litigants-in-person in fact-finding hearings involving serious or complex allegations: a problem solved?

Since the introduction of Legal Aid reforms many parties who allege domestic violence are able to secure funding for representation, subject to meeting a number of (onerous) conditions.  The alleged perpetrators, however, usually cannot.  Where the allegations come to be considered by the court (either in the context of contested non-molestation proceedings or where a Continue reading

Supreme Court’s decision in the case of Wyatt v Vince

In Wyatt v Vince, the Supreme Court considers the court’s jurisdiction under rule 4.4 of the family rules. The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed Ms. Wyatt’s appeal after the Court of Appeal had struck out Ms. Wyatt’s claim for financial provision under rule 4.4. The full Judgment can be found here. Edward Kenny, instructed by Continue reading

Landlords: do you know the requirements for Tenancy Deposit Schemes?

A little-known requirement of private landlords is causing big problems when it comes to relying on a section 21 notice to obtain possession.  The case of Superstrike Ltd v. Rodrigues [2013] EWCA Civ 669 (and subsequent cases in the county court) clarified that landlords must register a tenant’s deposit every time a fresh tenancy agreement Continue reading