The increase in Probate Court fees which would have seen the fee for applications for Probate for some estates rise to £20,000 from £155 has been shelved as a result of the imminent election. The rise had anyway been severely criticised by the parliamentary Joint Committee on Statutory Instruments, describing the increase (which many considered…
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Jo Carr-West comments on ‘special contribution’ and the cases of Randy Work and Ryan Giggs in Bloomberg, City A.M. and Solicitors Journal
Randy Work, former Lone Star Funds executive, lost his divorce appeal today after failing to convince judges that his “special contribution” during their marriage meant he was entitled to a bigger share of a $225m fortune, because of his “genius”. … Jo Carr-West, Partner in the Family Department, commented: “Today’s decision in the case of Work v Gray…
All fair in love and war? Owens v Owens  EWCA Civ 182 They say that all is fair in love and war, but it might not seem that way for Mrs Owens who, following a recent Court of Appeal decision, is deemed to remain in a loveless marriage having been unable to persuade the Court…
On Thursday 6 April 2017, Mr Justice Bodey ruled that the 78-year-old boss of Laura Ashley pay his ex-wife, Pauline Chai, £64m to settle their long-running divorce row, which has been noted as one of the biggest divorce settlements in the UK courts. Pauline Chai was seeking £100m from Khoo Kay Peng following their split after 42 years…
We are delighted to announce that Ben Gurluk, from the Property Department, has been promoted to Partner as of 1st April 2017.
Ben specialises in high value residential property and deals with a broad range of residential property matters including sales and purchases, re-mortgages, buy-to-lets, new-builds, auction purchases, transfers of equity and equity release.
We are delighted to announce that James Mabey, a solicitor in the Private Client Department, has been promoted to Associate as of 1st April 2017. James began his career at Farrer & Co, and joined Hunters incorporating May, May & Merrimans in July 2011. His work includes advising on trust law, wills, probate matters and…
The case of Tini Owens has caused an outpour of dissatisfaction in the family law world and renewed calls for reform. The Court of Appeal found that Mrs Owens failed to prove that her husband had behaved in such a way that she cannot reasonably be expected to live with him, rejecting her appeal for…
Maintenance, Needs and Fairness Amy Scollan, Associate, Hunters Solicitors considers the issue of “fairness” in relation to maintenance and variations of maintenance. According to Lord Scarman in Minton v Minton  AC 593, 608 ‘An object of the modern law is to encourage [the parties] to put the past behind them and to begin a new…
On Wednesday, 15 March 2017, the Supreme Court overturned a decision to increase the sum of money left to a woman by her estranged mother, who left her entire £500,000 estate to three animal charities, in the long running case of Ilott v Mitson. Mrs Ilott initially made an application under the Inheritance (Provision for…
What the Spring 2017 Budget means for family lawyers Despite the low key build up to last Wednesday’s budget (8 March 2017) amid the political turbulence of Trump and Brexit, there was still plenty for family lawyers to consider as Mr Hammond made his speech. However, many commentators feel that the Chancellor is biding his…
Amid headlines of the continuing political turbulence caused by Brexit and the Trump administration, there has been comparatively little media attention given to the prospect of any important changes emerging through next week’s Budget. Yet for families undergoing change, this fiscal event could significantly affect asset valuations as well as the structure of financial arrangements,…
This week’s Court of Appeal hearing that Julie Sharp, who earned millions of pounds a year in salary and bonuses as an energy trader, is fighting a court decision to award her former husband, Robin Sharp, a large proportion of their £6.9m fortune. This latest divorce case is seeking to challenge a longstanding “sharing principle” in…