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“I want a divorce on the ground of irreconcilable differences”

This is a phrase we all see used in magazines, newspapers, and films – which may explain why 85% of the population think this is an available ground for divorce in the UK. It is in fact a ground for divorce in America.

In the UK there is just one ground for divorce - that the marriage has “broken down irretrievably”. This is established by proving one of five facts:

We have successfully obtained an access injunction at trial over two days on 30th and 31st August 2017 in the County Court at Liverpool on behalf of Liverpool Mutual Homes (“LMH”) against a tenant pursuing a housing disrepair claim but failing to allow access for repairs to be completed.

LMH have been trying to complete repairs since February 2017 and have persistently been refused access by the tenant.

Prior to proceedings being issued:

It is established law that restrictive covenants in contracts of employment that try to prevent an outgoing employee from competing can be void if they are too broad.  The majority of the cases concerning these clauses concern the duration of the non-compete period, the geographical area where competition is restricted or the type of business that is considered to be competition.

In Tillman v Egon Zehnder Ltd [2017] EWCA Civ 1054, 21 July 2017 the Court considered a more unusual argument.

Channel 4 built anticipation for the Women’s Euros with the tongue in cheek tagline "Support a team that might actually win..." And that’s exactly what 4 million members of the British public did when they tuned in to watch the Lionesses semi-final against Holland.

Although the Lionesses lost 3-0, they raised the interest of a nation still hurting from the Men’s efforts last summer. What was perhaps most exciting about the tournament is that many of the top players, not just for the Lionesses but from across the continent, play their club football in the UK Women’s Super League.

The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents English and Welsh councils, has called upon the UK Government to simplify the public procurement rules for local authorities after the UK has left the European Union in order to promote local economic growth.

When it comes to selling dental practices, one of the key requirements of our clients is to ensure that the practice sale completes expeditiously. Delays are often not in the best interests of either buyer or seller.

In the recent case of Legg v Burton, the High Court has deemed thirteen separate wills to be invalid, as mutual wills were made beforehand which on first death bound the survivor’s estate.

In the recent case of Mezhdunarodniy Promyshlenniy Bank and another v Pugachev and others [2017] EWHC 1847 (Ch) (13 July 2017) the Court has clarified where a party can be compelled to disclose the source of litigation funding in the context of a freezing injunction.

Usually, freezing orders are sought to prevent a defendant from dissipating their assets until a judgment can be obtained and enforced.

Anyone involved with housing disrepair claims will be interested in Lord Justice Jackson’s further review of civil litigation costs, published in his recent report of July 2017 (“the Report”).

The Report marks LJ Jackson’s second review of civil litigation costs, the first of which was published in January 2010.

These earlier Jackson reforms impacted quite significantly on personal injury litigation, which has resulted, in part, in an increase in housing disrepair claims where there are currently no fixed costs.

Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK – more than doubling from 1.5 million in 1996 to 3.3 million in 2016. There are several possible reasons for this and wealth protection is almost certainly amongst them.  However, is simply steering clear of the wedding aisle enough to protect your assets?