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Grandparents’ rights through divorce

It is a sad fact of life that, when parents are going through an acrimonious separation, the children may suffer through the trauma of seeing their parents splitting up and pick up on the atmospheres and hostilities between them. Sadly, it is also common for separating parents to try and score points against the other […]

Japanese Knotweed: the liability of landowners

Japanese knotweed blights property owners wherever it grows. First brought to Holland by a German botanist, the Royal Botanic Gardens acquired a specimen by 1850 and it was widely used as an ornamental plant. The plant, however, is invasive and destructive, threatening properties up to seven metres away and smothering other plants. It can force […]

Directors’ fiduciary duties may not be breached if they act honestly

Directors’ fiduciary duties may not be breached if they act honestly¬†in what they consider to be in the best interests of the creditors. The High Court, in Francis Wessely and Peter Hughes-Holland (Joint Liquidators of Laishley Limited, in liquidation) v Richard White [2018] EWHC 1499 (Ch), has ruled that if a director has acted honestly […]

Family Court delays update

The combination of a high rise in couples wishing to divorce without legal representation, and court closures, is fuelling further court delays in the family justice system, new figures have revealed. Statistics obtained from the family courts indicate that there has been an 18 per cent rise in couples seeking divorce, showing 32,230 divorce petitions […]

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