201709.15

“You’re being unreasonable” “No, I’m not!” “Yes, you are!”

In May 2015 Mrs Tini Owens, 65 years of age, filed for divorce from her multi millionaire husband, Hugh Owens, 78 years of age, after 40 years of marriage. In 2016, Judge Robin Tolson QC refused her petition, ruling that her reasons for seeking the divorce were deficient, concluding that her allegations were “of the…

201708.22

Debts? Going legal ? Read this first…

If you are in business, dealing with individuals who sometimes don’t pay, you may be thinking about “going legal“.  The County Court rules relating to debt claims are due to change in October 2017 and you must be aware of the new protocol to follow or the Court will impose sanctions. You can check out…

201706.20

“The Italian Job” …… re Spousal Maintenance

SHOULD THE UK COURTS FOLLOW THE ITALIAN SUPREME COURT ON SPOUSAL MAINTENANCE?  Will this case have any effect? According to “The Telegraph”, Vittorio Grilli, the former Italian Economy and Finance Minister (2012-2013) and his former wife Lisa Lowenstein, an American businesswoman, divorced acrimoniously in 2013.  Vittorio was ordered to pay his former wife the monthly…

201706.08

PRE-NUPTIAL AGREEMENT – “The Pre-Nup”

We often used to hear comments about Pre-Nuptial Agreements such as “Pre-Nups aren’t worth the paper they’re written on” or “They’re only for the rich”.  This is no longer the case and provided certain safeguards are observed, Pre-Nups will be upheld in a Court of Law. They are not just for the very wealthy and…

201705.09

“Neighbours…everybody needs good neighbours…..”

That’s true, not just in an Australian soap opera, but all over the world, so the worst thing we can do is fall out with our neighbours because, as we all know “good neighbours become good friends“… or at least they don’t start a war which ends up in Court as happened in this case – “BOUNDARIES,…

201704.18

Web Developers – want to stay out of Court ?

This time, more information from one of our business law specialists, Spencer Laymond, targeted at web developers. He’s written a handy guide entitled  “Web Development Agreements – 7 Steps to Staying out of Court” Avoiding litigation and staying out of court, does not have to mean elaborate terms and conditions costing significant amounts.  Whilst there are some special issues…

201703.28

Accountants – 7 pitfalls to avoid when buying Gross Recurring Fees

For my latest blog, I’m grateful to my colleague, Spencer Laymond for reference to his Report for Accountants “7 pitfalls to avoid when buying Gross Recurring Fees”.  This is just an extract from the much longer and more detailed Report which is available direct from Spencer on 0208 363 4444  or by email  spencer.laymond@curwens.co.uk “Introduction Buying a…

201703.07

PRE-NUP – WHAT’S THAT ? DO I NEED ONE ?

With the romance of Valentine’s Day now behind us, let’s talk again about the practical aspects of our relationships. With the unavoidable increase in divorce and separation rates, it means that more of us who are getting married or moving in together are not “first timers“. Not only that, either one or both parties may have…