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Indecently assaulted children fail in legal challenge against their mother’s estate

Three children have lost their legal challenge to the Will of their late mother on grounds of mental incapacity and undue influence. Mr and Mrs Ball had eleven children in total. In 1991, while their father was still alive, three of the children reported him to the police for indecently assaulting them when they were […]

New statistics show marriage and divorce on the rise for over 65s

The most recent data published from the Office of National Statistics reveals that the number of brides and grooms aged 65 and over went up by 46% in a decade, from 7,468 in 2004 to 10,937 in 2014. This is against the backdrop of an ageing population, with the number of people aged 65 and over […]

Directors’ duties in the face of financial difficulties

When a company is at risk of insolvency, the directors’ duties will involve having to make a number of difficult decisions, for example: (i) which creditors to pay; (ii) whether to accept deposits and how to treat them; (iii) whether to honour contractual agreements; (iv) redundancy decisions and so on. Directors must avoid continuing to trade if […]

New research on court applications involving children

The charity Women’s Aid and the court advisory service CAFCASS have recently published the findings of a joint research project which they have collaborated on. They looked at 216 cases where applications were made to the family court  about where a child should live or spend time with each parent. These applications are for a […]

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