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Monthly Archives: February 2015

Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the launch of Resolution’s manifesto which is calling for changes to law on divorce and separation.

As a family lawyer it is motivating and uplifting to hear that Resolution has launched a ‘Manifesto for Family Law’. It is intended to be wake-up call for current and future politicians to alert them to issues that need to be addressed in family law. It requests the next government to: Protect vulnerable people going... Read the rest of this entry →

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Employment Law Newsletter – February 2015

Welcome to our February 2015 Employment Law Newsletter, keeping you up to date with changes in employment law and informing you of recent case developments over the last month. CASE LAW DEVELOPMENTS Reasonable adjustments In the case of Doran v Department for Work and Pensions UKEAT/0017/14 Miss Doran was an employee of the department of... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on the centralisation of Divorce cases.

It is fair to say that many family practitioners will be apprehensive about the development that all divorces for the North West of England are to be issued in Liverpool Family Court. Where a divorce is undefended (agreed), the proceedings will remain at Liverpool but will be transferred to the parties’ local court in the... Read the rest of this entry →

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Anita Shepherd – head of the Family department – on family court judges being given the power to order DNA tests.

The availability of this power can only be a positive thing for the children involved. It is common for parents to have disputes over paternity and then for one of the parents to delay or frustrate proceedings by not cooperating with the paternity testing. This could either be the father not giving the required sample... Read the rest of this entry →

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