The value of a family business or business interest is treated as an asset and therefore part of the matrimonial pot to be distributed when it comes to negotiating a financial settlement on divorce or...
When meeting with clients to discuss their succession planning, many cannot recall whether their property is held jointly as joint tenants or jointly as tenants in common. The distinction is that with...
The increased workload following the creation of the Ministry of Justice on 9 May 2007 has been shared out as follows.
Lord Falconer Overall strategy; resourcing of his departments; major constitutional issues; appointments, including all judicial appointments; royal, church and hereditary issues and lord lieutenants; Privy counsellors; correspondence with cabinet ministers and the higher judiciary.
Rt Hon Harriet Harman QC MP, Minister of State Family justice; criminal justice; Her Majesty's Courts Service; implementation of the Constitutional Reform Act, the concordat and the Supreme Court judicial appointments commission; judicial diversity; coroner reform; Crown dependencies.
Rt Hon Baroness Ashton of Upholland, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State The Public Guardianship Office, including the mental capacity implementation programme, and the Official Solicitor's Office; human rights, including the Commission for Equality and Human Rights; European Union and international policy; international legal trade; Freedom of Information Act; national archives; data sharing and data protection; associated offices: the Statutory Publications Office.
Vera Baird, QC MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Civil and family legal aid; Law Commission; Legal Services Commission; civil law policy; criminal legal aid; women's penal policy; social exclusion; Land Registry; Equalities; better regulation.
Bridget Prentice MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Youth justice; reform of electoral administration; legal services; Legal Services Complaints Commissioner/Legal Services Ombudsman; asylum and immigration; compensation culture; devolution and regional policy.
Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Minister of State Penal and sentencing policy; oversight of prisons, probation, prisoner conditions and criminal law; Northern Ireland Court Service.
Gerry Sutcliffe MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State Prisons; probation; industrial relations; criminal law including the Corporate Manslaughter Bill; administrative justice including the creation of the Tribunals Service.