Since the Covid-19 pandemic we have become increasingly aware of the impacts that the lockdown has had on family dynamics. This has been both positive and negative with some families being able to spend a lot more time with each other but with some it has led to a realisation that their relationship is in…

A common misconception is that most civil disputes end up with a trial where both sides get to “tell their story” and have their day in court. But the reality is very different as recent statistics published by the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) confirm. The Data According to the MoJ, in 2019 there were a…

What is an FDR? An FDR (Financial Dispute Resolution) Hearing is one of the stages of a matrimonial financial remedy application. Most commonly these occur during Court proceedings and the Judge will offer his or her evaluation of the likely outcome of the application. It therefore acts as a good indication of what may be…

In the first of a two part series, Litigation Solicitor Chris Miller looks at how the civil Courts are continuing to operate during the coronavirus pandemic.  The effects of the ongoing coronavirus are being felt in every corner of society, and the Courts and tribunals of the UK are no exception. Although the UK has…

When thinking about connotations of the legal world dusty old books, quill pens and people packing into Court rooms come to mind but amid the Covid-19 outbreak, Juliette Spanner of Barrett & Co has been exploring how the legal world is being forced to modernise to keep up with the times. Whilst some Court cases…

The short answer to that question is . . . not yet. In November’s newsletter, I wrote an article warning that the Government was about to bring in a massive increase to the fees charged to obtain probate. The proposed changes will increase probate court fees from the current cost of £215 (or £155 if…

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