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The Changing Scope for Mediation 29/04/16

In cases of separation, an idealist would have both parties reach amicable mutual agreement when it comes to assets and child arrangements. Though this often cannot be achieved, it remains the primary driver behind the prominence of the form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR), known as Mediation, in private family law. In mediation, two contending parties meet with an independent impartial third party and attempt to reach settlement through dialogue in good faith. The benefits of such resolution are clear as both parties stand to avoid time-consuming financial and emotional detriment. Continue reading The Changing Scope for Mediation 29/04/16

Being a Trustee 24/02/16

The world of Trusts is becoming ever more scrutinised and an inadequate service is unlikely to be tolerated. The modern Trust administrator faces a set of challenges. The landmark events that occur in the lifetime of a Trust, be it the need to raise cash for beneficiaries or reorganisation after a death, bring the need for professionalism into sharp focus. The increasingly important weight given to Trust assets in portfolios puts the Trustee on notice that independent, professional advice is necessary if the assets held in the Trust are to be dealt with properly. Continue reading Being a Trustee 24/02/16

Honesty in the First Instance 18/01/16

Divorce is often fraught with uncertainty for a myriad of reasons, care of dependants, financial settlement and imagining life post-divorce among them. The Court system seeks to mitigate this uncertainty by requiring full and frank disclosure from all parties so that reasonable provision can be made in line with an individual’s circumstances. In a recent landmark ruling, the Supreme Court has highlighted the importance of disclosure by overturning two Court of Appeal decisions. Continue reading Honesty in the First Instance 18/01/16