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What I learnt from Marathon Running

April 22, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

I could only cheer at the runners finishing London Marathon yesterday and remember what it feels like. It’s a while since I ran a marathon, well to tell the truth it was more like an ungainly shuffle round the streets of New York. Still the view was good and I did raise a lot of money for a good cause. I promised my children that if I completed the course I would wear my medal for a week. I did. Now the thing is that in NY the people came out and shook my hand, once I returned home the people in Waitrose stared and shook their heads at what they thought was showing off.  I suppose I was but ...

How Much !?!?!?!

April 15, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

It’s not enough for Legal Aid for family matters to have been all but abolished but it has to be trumpeted on every TV channel, News Station and Radio programme. You would think that the end of the world was nigh! Well not it’s not. Global warming and the chap in North Korea will see to that but probably not any time soon. It is however distressing and frightening for people in difficult relationships who really need to find a way out and who need some help in doing so.  If you believe all that you see on TV or read in the paper then you would think that every divorce, separation, family dispute costs hundreds of thousands of pounds in ...

Happy New Year

January 05, 2013  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

I often find it difficult to say that to people when I know that they are going through difficult times. Maybe thinking about separating from a long term partner or perhaps in the middle of a divorce. I know from experience that things will get better and I could go on and on about how being single isn't the worst thing in the world, time is a greater healer until you're really bored. You won’t believe me anyway so I will just leave this here and  Happy New Year.

New Beaconsfield – New Home

August 16, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

It's that time of year with the school holidays coming to an end and  with the prospect of long walks in the autumn leaves and home to log fires with our family that we look to our homes. Finding and moving into  a new house before Christmas to start the New Year in a new home is an exciting prospect Well we are a bit ahead of ourselves this year and we are very excited.  We found ourselves a new home in Beaconsfield and have moved in already.  We have grown our of our  offices in  Beaconsfield Old Town, which although very pretty and providing an excellent base  were too small to allow us to provide you with the variety of ...

The Kiss

July 10, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

The flame passed through Maidenhead today. We closed the office so we could all take part in this once in a life time event.  I have to admit I was a bit bah humbug about it but it was really quite emotional. So many people coming together to share an experience in joy and harmony. The nice plain clothes policeman explained that the torch handover is called The Kiss.  Kiss someone you like today.   Thanks to Karen and Vicky  for the pictures.

I love children but only my own

February 28, 2012  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Here’s the thing:  If you choose to wage an unholy war with your spouse or partner you will have to believe that there is a fair, impartial Judge who will see things from your point of view and decide what is best for your children. After all the Children Act 1989 puts the welfare of the child as paramount.  But the truth is even the most fair minded and experienced of judges don’t love your children can’t know your kids as well as their parents and while the answer is obvious to you, it may not be to someone who knows absolutely nothing about you, your spouse or your children. When you make an application to the court, unless there are ...

Living together legally speaking

November 10, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

  This week the Supreme Court published it’s long awaited decision in the landmark case Jones v Kernott. Ms Jones and Mr Kernott bought a house together, lived together but did not marry. Like many people who choose to buy property jointly, they did not enter into any formal agreement as to who owned what proportion of the property. The relationship broke down and Mr Kernott moved out. Ms Jones continued to maintain the property and to pay the mortgage as well as caring for the children. Many years later, Mr Kernott sought his share of the property.   Ms Jones and Mr Kernott disagreed on what was a fair share for Mr Kernott and seemingly so did several courts. ...

In which your intrepid blogger ventures out

October 10, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Last week I braved not only the M25 but the M11. Thankfully I wasn’t on the M25 on a day when it turns into a car park and I think there was a nice man in a bright yellow and black van on a bridge taking pictures of cars on the M11. I went up (or down if you are in the North or over if you are in the Midlands) to Norwich. It’s a very long way there. Come to think of it, it is a very long way from anywhere. It is also very flat. There are big skies and long views, very flat long views.  I went to see The Thin One. She lives in Norwich where she ...

What is a dog?

October 06, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Or a cat or a hamster or even a komodo dragon- should you be fortunate enough to find one in your kitchen one morning. Fido or Fifi are our fur children we love them, feed them, take them to the doctor (I don’t like to say V E T in front of D O G) tell them our troubles and care for them like a child. They have human names, Mr Smooth has a cat called Dave (vicious little darling – the cat not Mr Smooth). In many ways a pet takes more attention and is as a great a responsibility as a child. Fluffy or Fido or even Puff the komodo dragon are wholly dependent on us their human family for their very ...

What I did on my holiday

September 27, 2011  |   Posted by :   |   Blog

Well not actually my holiday but this past weekend. I would have been watching the rugby, walking the dogs, perhaps cooking up a storm. Instead, I spent the weekend in the company of some of the most eminent family lawyers, including 4 silks, a retired High Court Judge, a couple of District Judges, a selection of charming barristers, some pretty impressive solicitors and a Lord.  So what were the likes of Sir Hugh Bennet, Tim Scott QC, Valentine Le Grice QC, David Hodson, James Pirrie, Fiona Read, and Melanie Wilson among others doing in Bloomsbury Square on a sunny autumn weekend? Twenty of us in all were at the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators , becoming the first  Family Law Arbitrators in England ...


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