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Edward Bennett
Edward Bennett
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The green light has now been given to lawyers and others to act for both parties in drafting consensual family court documents. In a judgment on 20 January 2020, Mr Justice Mostyn has given a...
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Domestic abuse intervention project Drive, together with more than 70 organisations and experts, published a call to action to turn the tide on domestic abuse.More than 1.9 million adults experienced...
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Councils should review adoption practices so that potential adopters are not wrongly turned down from offering children a stable home.Councils are being urged to prioritise adoption and ensure...
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As of 31st December 2019, it is now possible for both same-sex and heterosexual couples to enter into a civil partnership. The institution was initially devised solely for same-sex couples through the...
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Powerful new orders coming into force as of 20 January 2020 will enable police forces to better protect victims of stalking.New Stalking Protection Orders (SPOs) will allow courts in England and Wales...
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January: a time of failed resolutions, precious little daylight, and money hangovers from the festive period. It’s no wonder so many people look to book their summer getaway in the early part of...
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20 January 2020

New QCs announced
The appointments of 114 new Queen’s Counsel have been announced.These appointments are made by Her Majesty The Queen on the advice of the Lord Chancellor, Robert Buckland QC, MP, following...
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A court fee refund scheme has been opened for applicants who wish to contest court services charges issued between April 2014 and March 2018. This comes as a result of a 2018 review in which it was...
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A number of family law practitioners have been recognised by the judges of the LexisNexis Legal Awards and included in the shortlist for a variety of awards, including the Award for Legal Services...
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16 January 2020

The intestacy rules
Clients often assume that their estate will pass to their spouse or civil partner automatically and so there is no need for them to put in place a Will. This assumption is not, in fact, accurate in...
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