The Road Ahead for the Family Courts

The Road Ahead for the Family Courts

In our latest series of blogs we have been documenting how the family courts have been able to remain operating whilst court buildings remained closed; as  Judges, barristers, solicitors, experts and court users embraced technology and used remote hearings. We have also touched on the proposed use of hybrid hearings where the judge, parties and […]

The biggest shake up to divorce law in over 50 years!

The biggest shake up to divorce law in over 50 years!

There are currently 5 facts that can be relied upon for divorce; adultery, unreasonable behaviour, desertion, living apart for more than 2 years – with your spouse’s written consent to the divorce, and living apart for more than five years – which does not require consent from your spouse, but which sometimes requires permission from […]

Obtaining Grant of Probate - The current situation

Obtaining Grant of Probate – The current situation

The coronavirus pandemic has seen countless businesses and service providers face fluctuations in demand and disruption, which has subsequently resulted in delays to their service provision. At Price Slater Gawne, we have been open for business throughout the COVID-19 lockdown period, with our employees working from home and contact with clients and third parties via […]

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Technology and the future of the Family Court System – Part 2

In our previous blog on this subject, we explored the impact of lockdown and technology on the future of the Family Courts and we reported that senior members of the judiciary have now commented that the use of remote hearings – Skype, Zoom, Microsoft Teams or hearings by telephone has been relatively successful. This has […]

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Support Bubbles – Life for Single Parent Families post COVID-19

On 10th June 2020, Boris Johnson announced the new easing of social restrictions at his daily press conference, in a move to alleviate loneliness among adults struggling on their own. [Read More] These guidelines applied from midnight on Saturday 13th June, meaning some grandparents have now been able to hug their grandchildren for the first […]

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How technology will likely impact the future of the Family Court System – Part 1

When the Covid-19 lockdown was announced on 23rd March 2020, the Lord Chief Justice, Lord Burnett made it clear that since the courts provide “a vital public service”, they, therefore, had an obligation to continue operating. Since all court buildings have been closed to the public, a significant shift has occurred, resulting in the vast […]

Wills, Trusts, Probate, Cheshire - June 2020

Departmental Focus: Wills, Trusts & Probate

Our Head of Wills, Trusts and Probate here at Price Slater Gawne is Laura Bywater. Laura has years of Private Client experience and assists clients in a variety of areas including: – capital gains tax planning – asset protection – complex wills – creation and administration of trusts (including Home Protection Trusts) – administration of […]

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What is considered a Lack of Capacity?

Once we reach adulthood in the UK, at the age of 18 years, we are generally considered to be mature enough to enter into legal agreements. At this point, we are presumed to be of sound mind and have an ‘inherent capacity’ to make our own decisions. However, should we ever lack the capacity to […]

Covid-19 Community Champion - Caz

Celebrating Our Community Champions Pt5

Our final Bank Holiday accolade goes to Caz Kirkwood, an administrator in our Court of Protection department, who has been extremely busy these last few weeks. Caz told us that she had started cooking Sunday lunch for her next-door-neighbour following a brief conversation about what food she liked to eat. A fabulous lady, 80 years […]

Covid-19 Community Champion - Michele

Celebrating Our Community Champions Pt4

Meet one of today’s Community champions, Paralegal Michele Gregory. Michele tells us how she has gone from ‘unfit to fab’ in just a few short months. Ultimately for a terrific cause. “Prior to lockdown I signed up to join a ‘couch to 5K’ running group. The group is open to people of all abilities and […]