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November 10, 2009
Leading divorce lawyer Marilyn ‘the Barracuda' Stowe has welcomed three new solicitors to her specialist family law practice. Mrs Stowe, who earned her nickname through her tenacious work on behalf of her clients, heads Stowe Family Law LLP, which has offices in Cheshire and Harrogate. The 43-strong firm is one of the UK's largest family law practices, with a national and international reputati...
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November 9, 2009
Plans to give millions of cohabiting couples better inheritance rights are being criticised by lawyers, the BBC has learned. The Law Commission for England and Wales wants unmarried partners to be able to inherit each other's wealth, even if they haven't written a will. But some lawyers argue unmarried people may prefer that their wealth to go to parents or siblings, not their partner. The Law ...
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November 6, 2009
Here come the girls - From left, Stowe Family Law solicitors Andrea Essen, Claire Glaister, Eleanor Webster, Marilyn Stowe, Sarah Barr-Young and Isabel Thornton Harrogate law firm Stowe Family Law has taken on two new solicitors as it prepares for expansion in 2010. Eleanor Webster, 27, was an award-winning student at Nottingham Law School and completed her training contract with a large firm in ...
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November 3, 2009
Cohabitants who have lived together for more than five years could be given the same rights on death as married couples under plans unveiled by the Law Commission. The proposals, out for consultation until 28 February 2010, suggest that if a cohabitant dies without a will and the couple do not have children, the survivor would have the same rights over the estate of the deceased partner as a surv...
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October 27, 2009
Yorkshire Post Appointments: Specialist practice snaps up legal duo Divorce lawyer Marilyn Stowe has welcomed two new solicitors to her specialist family law practice. Mrs Stowe, whose tenacious work on behalf of clients has earned her the nickname The Barracuda, heads Stowe Family Law, which has offices in Harrogate and Cheshire.   Eleanor Webster specialises in children cases while Sar...
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October 23, 2009
WE should all be raising glasses this week to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Divorce Reform Act 1969 gaining royal assent. The landmark statute made annulments easier, introducing what became known as "quickie divorces". It eliminated the previous extensive, fault-based procedure, was a milestone for women's rights, and its momentous implications are still being felt today. On the statute...
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October 16, 2009
Europe prenup law 'attractive model for reform', says Baroness Deech Frances Gibb, Legal Editor   European-style contracts between couples who are marrying should replace the discretion of judges in dividing a couple's assets on divorce, a leading family lawyer has said. Baroness Deech said that the continental system "presents itself as an immediate and attractive model for reform in this...
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September 26, 2009
Family lawyers say they have seen a tenfold increase in recent years in couples signing pre-nuptial agreements on dividing their assets after divorce. Resolution, a group of 5,700 lawyers, says the number has doubled in a year, a BBC Breakfast investigation found. The agreements are enforceable in Scotland but not in England and Wales, although courts are paying more attention to them in their r...
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September 18, 2009
    One of the UK's largest family law firms, Harrogate-based Stowe Family Law, is launching free clinics to provide advice and support to individuals facing the end of their marriage during this tough economic climate. Statistics showed the number of divorces went up during the last recession, as couples struggled with the increased tension and pressure caused by money worries. But...
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September 12, 2009
Divorce or destruction? When relationships reach the bitterest end Ending a marriage is never easy - but what happens if the man you once thought was the love of your life turns out to be your worst enemy? Anna Moore looks at the devastation that can be caused when divorce gets messy... Though Caroline Spencer  may be baffled and bewildered by her former husband Earl Spencer's behaviour during th...
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