All hail Lady Hale

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In this week’s blog, the incoming Supreme Court President, Lady Hale has caught our attention following her comments on diversity in the judiciary. Lady Hale, who replaces Lord Neuberger as Supreme Court President (being the first female appointment to the role) commented to a Belfast audience that the traditional solicitor / barrister divide in the profession was partly to blame for lack of females in the judiciary. Followers of our blog will be aware that we’ve previously highlighted Lady Hale’s role in challenging the diversity of the judiciary, not only from a gender perspective but also looking at the wider…

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Out with the old and in with the new!

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This week we are taking a look at recent changes introduced by Her Majesty’s Court and Tribunal Service (‘HMCTS’) to the application form (petition) for divorce, dissolution or judicial separation.  The new form was published on 7th August and will replace the old form for all new applications from 4th September 2017. Practitioners and the public do need to ensure the new form is used from 4th September or run the risk of their application being returned. So, what has changed in the form? In short, the new application form is far more user friendly and informative than the old…

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Natalie Sutherland to join CFLP as Partner

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Cambridge Family Law Practice is thrilled to announce that Natalie Sutherland has agreed to become a partner in September 2017. Natalie comes to CFLP from her senior position at a London based specialist family law firm, Levison Meltzer Pigott, where she practised as a specialist family lawyer since 2008.    Natalie brings a wealth of experience in representing and advising clients on the whole spectrum of family law issues, including financial disputes for married or unmarried couples, complex children matters, international and domestic relocation disputes, pre and post-nuptial agreements and proceedings relating to domestic abuse or occupation of the family home….

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Equity vs equality – the sharing principle and fairness in short marriages

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This week we thought we’d look at the application of the ‘sharing principle’ following an interesting development in the law in the reported decision of Mr and Mrs Sharp. The case involves a couple in their mid-40s, worth around £6.9M. They did not have any children. The wealth was largely generated through substantial bonuses paid to the wife during the marriage. At the outset of their relationship the couple earned relatively similar amounts (c.£100k p.a.) and later, the wife received bonuses totalling c.£10.5M over the course of their 6 year marriage (including 18 months of pre-marital cohabitation). As is commonly…

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