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Curran v. Collins in the Court of Appeal 6-6-14

The appeal of Curran v. Collins (see my earlier post) is being heard by the Court of Appeal on 6th June 2014. Their Lordships may well use this opportunity to clarify the law in relation to “sole name cases” which a number of commentators believe to be unclear and sometimes unfair to the claimant. Watch this space!

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Intervening in “ancillary relief” proceedings

The involvement of third parties in proceedings for a financial remedy is becoming increasingly frequent, in my experience. Issues involving third parties can arise, for example, where elderly parents of the separating husband or wife have transferred their property to their son/daughter in law, with a view to mitigating the effect of inheritance tax, or

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Third edition of “Cohabitation and Trusts of Land” due out early 2015

I am currently working on the third edition of Cohabitation and Trusts of Land, alongside Christopher Wagstaffe QC and Laura Heaton. The new edition will cover all developments in the law relating to cohabitee including Jones v Kernott and the recent Jackson Reforms in respect of civil procedure. The Third Edition will be available early

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Increase in number of over-65s co-habiting

Recent figures released by the Office for National Statistics show that the number of unmarried over-65s living together has increased from 177,000 to 250,000 in eight years ie. by more than 40%. This is generally believed to be at least partly attibutable to a change in attitudes towards the “morality” of simply living together, as opposed

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Professional Negligence and Purchases of Property in Joint Names

Where property is purchased in the joint names of a couple but one has contributed significantly more to the purchase price, depending on the advice received at the time of the purchase, it may be possible to bring a claim in professional negligence. Read more at:- http://www.zenithchambers.co.uk/site/zenith_news/newsdetail/professional_negligence.html , .

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Aspects of Financial Remedy Proceedings and Cohabitation Seminar – Rudding Park 18th November 2013

I have just spoken at the Zenith Family Finance team seminar at Rudding Park, Harrogate, about the position of cohabitees in sole name cases. Other speakers included Joanna Hastie and Chris Rafferty on disclosure, Roger Bickerdike on costs allowances and Anthony Hajimitsis and Marisa Allman on freezing orders. Solicitor delegates included representatives from Ison Harrison, Hartley and Worstenholme,

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FLBA Annual Conference 16th November 2013

I will be attending the FLBA Conference on Saturday 16th November 2013 in Nottingham. Charles Geekie QC, joint Head of Chambers at 1 Garden Court, will be speaking with Malcolm Chisholm about “The young person with learning difficulties: a young person’s progress through the Court of Protection and care proceedings.” Of particular interest to family finance

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Cohabitation Bill 2013

Lord Marks, a Liberal Democrat peer, has recently introduced a new private members bill which aims to implement recommendations originally proposed by the Law Commission in 2007. The Coalition Government, however, has stated that it has no plans to introduce legislation for cohabiting couples within the current parliament and the bill therefore appears unlikely to be implemented.

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Cohabitation seminar LSE 24th October

I will be speaking on Cohabitation law as part of the FLBA Autumn lecture series. The title is “Cohabitation – what is the position in sole name case?” The seminar starts at 6.15pm and will be taking place at the New Theatre, East Building, Houghton Street, London. Drinks will be served afterwards in the Atrium.  

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