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May 26, 2017
With the general election now just a fortnight away, just what do the three main political parties have to say about family law? The Conservatives go big on broad brush strokes but don’t provide much detail senior partner Julian Hawkhead believes. They pledge to support families and “value” the differing roles of mothers and fathers, but don’t list any specific reforms to family law – ...
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April 7, 2017
Laura Ashley boss Khoo Kay Peng has been ordered to pay his ex-wife a £64 million divorce settlement. Pauline Chai had claimed that the former couple’s assets were worth as much as £205 million and argued that she should be awarded half after their 42-year marriage came to an end. It is not clear if the Court agreed with her estimate as certain aspects of this ruling have been kept confidenti...
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April 5, 2017
Senior Solicitor Claire McParland once again appeared on local St Albans station Radio Verulam today. She called in to answer some questions from listeners on various aspects of family law. This week, she was asked if a love letter found in the pocket of a listener’s husband was grounds to claim adultery. The letter did not refer to him by name (only “Gorgeous”) and the husband denied all k...
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March 22, 2017
Managing Partner Gavin Scott featured in The Spectator this week to discuss whether people should sign a prenuptial agreement. After marrying fellow actor Michael Douglas in 2000, Catherine Zeta Jones suggested “pre-nups are brilliant”. She also said that if she was in her husband’s position, marrying someone younger, she would do the same. Gavin explained that a prenup can be an “at...
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March 21, 2017
Senior Partner Julian Hawkhead has made his debut appearance in our long-running Solicitors Journal Family Business, writing about a stellar contribution case. He asked whether the ‘stellar contribution’ argument is fair and pointed to the case X v X. In X v X the husband claimed that he contributed heavily towards family finances and after the house and children. He also claimed that his wi...
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March 15, 2017
Today has been a very busy day for members of the Stowe Family Law team after the Supreme Court ruled in favour of three charities bringing an end to a long-running inheritance dispute. This morning, private client solicitor Wendy Scarr then made an appearance on BBC Radio Solent to discuss the case and later on Partner Graham Coy will speak to several local BBC radio stations. Additionally, the f...
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Press Release:  The Supreme Court has unanimously ruled in favour of three charities in a long-running inheritance dispute. When the mother of Mrs Heather Ilott died in 2004, she left her estate, worth just under £500,000 to three Charities, the Blue Cross, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) and the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). However she d...
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Senior Solicitor Claire McParland appeared on St Albans radio station Radio Verulam this morning to answer family law questions from listeners. These included one whose parents refuse to make a will and another who had a query about maintenance payments. The listener who said his elderly parents refused to make a will asked for advice and what would happen if they die without one. Claire explai...
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March 14, 2017
Managing Partner Kate Rayner has had an article published on Huffington Post to mark International Women’s Day. She wrote about working in the legal profession as a female solicitor. She pointed out that the majority of the Stowe Family Law’s solicitors are females. Nine of the firm’s Partners are females as are 29 of the firm’s 42 solicitors. Kate suggested that in the past, lawyers who...
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Press Release:  People in England and Wales are marrying later than ever before. The average age for men getting married in 2014 was 37 years old while for women it was almost 35, according to newly published data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS). This represents the highest average age on record. The total number of marriages rose in 2014. There were 247,372 marriages among heter...
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