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No fault divorce possible from April 2022

No fault divorce possible from April 2022
The much awaited The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will finally come into force on 6 April 2022. The new Act will allow married couples to divorce without assigning any form of blame and will hopefully make getting divorces a somewhat easier process for many. Irreconcilable differences We are often asked when a client wishes to proce...
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Directors be aware – your duties will be owed after you leave

Directors be aware – your duties will be owed after you leave
It is well established that directors owe duties to their company during their time in office. But the recent case of Burnell v Trans-Tag Ltd and others [2021] EWHC 1457 (Ch) (28 May 2021) has highlighted that those duties last long after an exit and clarified the difficult law in this area. Statuatory Obligations A significant aspect of the implem...
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Tips for employers managing redundancies

Tips for employers managing redundancies
Official statistics from the Office of National Statistics show that the "increase in UK redundancy rates during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic is faster than during the 2008 to 2009 economic downturn". With some companies now forced to consider redundancies, we look at the accepted reasons, correct procedures, and the implications of getting ...
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The Positive Parenting Alliance launches the #ParentsPromise

The Positive Parenting Alliance launches the #ParentsPromise
A coalition of charities and stakeholders has announced the laugh of a new campaign aimed at parents. The Positive Parenting Alliance is asking couples who are still together to make the pledge that, should their relationship break down in the future, they will act in the best interest of their children's mental and physical wellbeing.Lottery winRe...
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How to set aside a County Court Judgment

How to set aside a County Court Judgment
We have previously covered how to enforce a County Court Judgment (CCJ). However, as the Prime Minster recently found out, it can also be necessary to set them aside as well.In this article we take a look at the process for this.When?A Default Judgment is entered by the Court when a County Court Claim is issued, and the Defendant does not respond t...
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What if Bill and Melinda Gates were divorcing in the UK?

What if Bill and Melinda Gates were divorcing in the UK?
As has been widely reported in the press over the last few weeks, Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft and his wife Melanie Gates announced they were getting a divorce. Mr. & Mrs. Gates are American, but had they been English, how would the Family Court of England and Wales deal with their financial separation? Bill and Melanie Gates were ...
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The modernisation of the Marriage Act

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Both parents are to be named on marriage certificates going forward following a change to the Marriage Act. Currently, a historical anomaly means that just the bride and grooms' fathers are named. This change has been campaigned for by a cross party group of MPs and also applies to civil partnerships. In addition, marriages are now going to be reco...
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Pinney Talfourd merges with Sackvilles Solicitors

Pinney Talfourd merges with Sackvilles Solicitors
Pinney Talfourd is delighted to announce our merger with Sackvilles Solicitors on 6th April 2021. The partners of both firms are very excited about the merger and the excellent opportunities it brings to our respective clients and staff. As firms, we know each other very well, having worked in close proximity for many years and having built up a go...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update
As the country eases out of the lockdown measures related to COVID-19, we are pleased to be able to begin welcoming clients back into our offices.At present, we are able to meet clients in person by appointment in order to sign Wills and deal with any urgent issues with require a face to face meeting.From the 12 April, we are delighted that our off...
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COVID-19 - One year on

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A year ago today the whole nation's lives changed when we were all told to 'stay at home, save lives and protect the NHS' in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. It was a sobering time and a reality check for most. A sense of fear and nervousness was experienced by many. People have suffered in different ways, have experienced life as we have never know...
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Lockdown love - unmarried couples rights

Lockdown love - unmarried couples rights
When the first lockdown was announced some couples made the decision to move in together to avoid being separated.  A year on enquiries concerning unmarried couples' legal rights and how best they can formalise their living arrangements have increased. Married rights v unmarried rightsUnmarried couples living together do not have the same...
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International Women’s Day: Beyond Firsts and Onlys – Choose to Challenge

International Women’s Day: Beyond Firsts and Onlys – Choose to Challenge
This year's International Women's Day theme, Choose to Challenge, encourages us all to commit to creating an inclusive world, call out inequality and bias, question stereotypes, and celebrate women's achievements both large and small. It may be hard to believe, but women could not practice law in the UK until 1919, so today we celebrate those who r...
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What happens to the pensions when a couple divorces?

What happens to the pensions when a couple divorces?
The breakdown of a marriage is a stressful and painful time. Often the most complicated aspect of the arrangements that need to be made is the financial one.  Most couples have both liquid capital (i.e. property and savings) and illiquid capital (i.e. pensions) which need to be shared fairly between them. What about the pensions?Some people ar...
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What does Rattan v Kuwad tell us about Maintenance Pending Suits?

What does Rattan v Kuwad tell us about Maintenance Pending Suits?
In the recent case of Rattan v Kuwad [2021] EWCA Civ 1 the Court of Appeal considered the approach of the court in determining Maintenance Pending Suit applications.In this article, we look at what a Maintenance Pending Suit is and what the case law has now said about interim periodical payments. What is Maintenance Pending Suit and the Procedure? ...
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Litigation Funding – is it an empowerment for the weaker party?

Litigation Funding – is it an empowerment for the weaker party?
Since I began practising Family law over 23 years ago, the funding of family matters has changed substantially. Most people have to fund the case themselves and the number of litigants in person, those acting without representation, has increased substantially. This is simply due to affordability and how people now choose to prioritise finances. Le...
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Separated parents’ concerns about contact with children during lockdown

Separated parents’ concerns about contact with children during lockdown
Many separated parents are being faced with the challenges of Covid-19 and what it means for them when it comes to contact with their children. The recent government stay at home guidance states that individuals may not leave or be outside their home except when they have a "reasonable excuse". A "reasonable excuse" does include continuing existing...
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Has COVID changed Family Law?

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We are well into a third lockdown and, although we have no timescale for when the restrictions will come to an end, there is the hope of a light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccination programme continuing at a pace. Life in lockdown is difficult for everyone. For those who are back to working from home and home schooling their children, this...
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Pinney Talfourd’s Family team welcome Rukhma Sohail to the team

Pinney Talfourd’s Family team welcome Rukhma Sohail to the team
We are delighted to welcome Rukhma Sohail to our Family team. Rukhma qualified as a solicitor in 2019 and is interested in developing her practice in all areas of family law covered by the firm. Our Family team is ranked by Legal 500 2020 as a Tier 1 family team in Essex. Legal 500 is an independent and definitive guide to the best law firms in the...
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Angela Sharma joins the Pinney Talfourd Family Law team

Angela Sharma joins the Pinney Talfourd Family Law team
Pinney Talfourd are delighted to welcome Angela Sharma to our Family Law team. Angela qualified as a solicitor in 1997 and has over 20 years' experience as a family law expert.Angela specialises in cases involving divorce, financial remedy, child arrangement orders, cohabitation agreements, prenuptial and post-nuptial agreements, civil partnerships...
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Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update

Coronavirus (COVID-19) - Update
In accordance with the latest Government guidelines, most of our staff are working remotely and our offices are closed to the public. Essential, pre-arranged appointments can take place in certain situations and we ask that you speak with your Pinney Talfourd contact for more information.We remain fully open for business as a firm and our staf...
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