Jo Carr-West comments on the changing face of divorce in the UK in The Telegraph

Although few warring couples will be faced with the luxury of squabbling over millions in assets and salaries, most divorces are tainted by frustration, antipathy and downright spiteful behaviour, as new BBC1 drama The Split deftly demonstrates. The series, which starts next week, revolves around a family of high profile London divorce lawyers, their demanding clients and…

Peter Wright discusses RPI ground rent clauses in Lawyer Monthly

An increasing number of leaseholders are reporting they are being forced to pay extortionate RPI linked ground rents. Below Peter Wright at Hunters Solicitors tells Lawyer Monthly about a recent trend in new leases, whereby developers propose ground rent escalation at RPI clauses, resulting in a ground rent increase rate that can render some properties unsalable and stress that such clauses…

Jo Carr-West comments in Law Society Gazette and Family Law regarding an 83-year-old man jailed for contempt over divorce settlement

83-year-old jailed for contempt over divorce settlement An 83-year-old businessman has been jailed for 14 months for ‘serious contempt’ after his ex-wife was awarded £3.5m in their divorce settlement. His Honour Judge Wildblood QC, in sentencing remarks published yesterday, said John Ralph Hart ‘is a man who has received repeated warnings already that he must comply with…

Power of Attorney Fee Refund Scheme

The Ministry of Justice and the Office of the Public Guardian (‘OPG’) have launched a scheme offering a refund of part of the registration fee to those people who registered a Lasting or Enduring Power of Attorney between 1st April 2013 and 31st March 2017. As a result of savings in the operating costs of the registration…