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    • Sue Leadbeater

    • Associate Solicitor - Head of Family Law
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New Year Spells Divorce for Rocky Relationships

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While the start of January is traditionally when many people make a New Year’s resolution to get fit, quit drinking or give up smoking, for some couples it’s time to make a fresh start and call an end to their marriage. Head of Family Law Sue Leadbeater, who is also a trained dispute resolution solicitor, is calling for greater support for couples, based on a better understanding of outcomes.

Resolve to Have a Good Divorce

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Resolution, the organisation which promotes a non-confrontational approach to family law matters, has launched a new code of practice for its members. The organisation, which represents 6,500 family justice professionals who are committed to supporting...

Thinking of Taking the Leap this Year?

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Leap years are marked as a time when a woman can propose to the man in her life. For those of you who may be thinking of popping the question, we have a question of our own to ask. Although it is a very pessimistic thought, particularly when you are in love...

Tackling the Thorny Issue of Pensions on Divorce

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Pensions have been in the news a lot again recently following the major reforms George Osborne announced in last year’s Budget. Fundamentally the Chancellor changed how people can access their pension savings. Under the old system only those with a...

Advice for Family Businesses

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Family businesses are often described as the lifeblood of the economy and indeed there are around three million family businesses in the UK with a combined turnover of £1.1 trillion (in 2010). While many are hugely successful, running a business with...

Specialist Advice for Forces Families

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Family problems take many forms. The ending of any relationship can cause anxiety and uncertainty whether you are married or living with a partner. Forces personnel and their families tend to have particular problems to face by the very nature of...

Collaboration A better way to resolve disputes

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Relationship breakdown, particularly divorce, is a difficult area of law, where people are often emotionally raw and one party may feel hugely upset at being caught in the process at all. Expectations about what a court is able to deliver may be...

Can you avoid disappointment and upset in family disputes?

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James Carroll of the Law Society’s Family Law Committee said in response to a report that family law accounted for the highest number of complaints to the Legal Ombudsman; “Divorce is an inherently difficult area of law, where people are often...

Domestic Abuse

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Your Legal Rights Domestic abuse is defined as ‘any incident of threatening behaviour, violence or abuse (psychological, physical, sexual, financial or emotional) between adults who are or have been intimate partners or family members, regardless...

Clare's Law

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Disclosure of Criminal Records – could it prevent domestic abuse? In 2009 Clare Wood was murdered by her partner whom she had met through a social networking website. She did not know him before hand and was completely unaware of documented...

Living Together

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WHERE DO I STAND? When starting out in a relationship not everyone makes the decision that they want to get married. Often couples will live together, sometimes for many years, before they do decide to marry. Unfortunately, many unmarried couples living...

Does out of love mean out of business?

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Most people who are in business are also in a personal relationship or will enter into one at some point. Statistics say that 75% of private sector businesses in the UK are classed as family businesses. They account for over 40% of private sector...