As featured on BBC Money Box Live
Michelle Simpson, one of our excellent family lawyers, is still recovering from her recent appearance on BBC Radio 4’s Money Box Live. The show’s producers asked her to answer questions live on air after reading her no-nonsense blogs about divorce. Michelle was billed as the programme’s in-studio expert lawyer and spent half an hour answering […]
Splitting-up? Who owns the family home?
As the song goes, ‘Breaking up is hard to do.’ It can be a very upsetting experience when established couples split-up, married or not. You can tell just how bad it’s got when the partners completely disagree about who will get what from the wreckage. Who’s entitled to the house, the cars, the pets, the […]
Updates to the Consumer Rights Act
The Consumer Rights Act 2015 came into force in October meaning consumers can buy and businesses can sell to them with more confidence. Most of the changes to the Act are updates to existing laws, but there are also two new areas of law introduced. What does the Act cover? A customer has the right […]
Chelsea Employment Issue Highlights
Jose Mourinho, the beleaguered manager of Chelsea FC is finding life tough on the pitch at the moment. Now, it seems, it might be getting equally tough off it. Reports in the media suggest Mourinho is to be the subject of an individual legal claim from ex club doctor, Eva Carneiro. It is believed that […]
How to deal with domestic abuse
Domestic violence is never far from the headlines and whilst stereotypical examples of domestic abuse concentrate on women being the victims, some recent news stories have focused on males being the subject of abuse by their female partners. According to research, it is estimated that one in four women will be a victim of domestic […]
What will happen to your business after your death?
You’ve worked hard to make your business a success, but have you thought about how it will continue to benefit your family after your death? It’s important to consider your family dynamics and to identify who would be comfortable and capable of continuing to run the business successfully. It’s likely you will also have co-owners […]
“Grand-Parental Leave” on the Agenda
It was announced this week at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester that grandparents are to be allowed to take time off work and share parental leave pay to help care for their grandchildren. Chancellor George Osborne suggests more than half of mothers rely on grandparents for childcare when they first return to work after […]
Pre and post nups. The end of romance or a touch of realism?
For some reason, the end of this summer has brought about a dramatic upturn in instructions for pre- and post-nuptial agreements. Whether it’s as a result of the dismal weather, the end of the wedding season or a spate of romantic engagements in the soaps, I can’t say. Who am I, a mere family […]
How to get the best from your family lawyer
The legal system maybe complex but working with your lawyer shouldn’t be. Once you’ve decided you need the services of a specialist family lawyer how do you get the best from them? Communicate Don’t be afraid to ask questions Ask for clarification if you don’t understand what your lawyer is telling you Listen to advice […]
Thinking of a post summer split?
If the summer holiday left you considering separation do you know what steps to take? Michelle Simpson talks through some of the things you need to consider. A good starting point is to consider what it is you want from your separation or divorce and where you would like to see yourself in twelve months […]