The Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill received its first reading on 13 June 2019. This is the biggest shake up of divorce laws in 50 years, aimed at reducing conflict and supporting children and families and introducing what’s to be known as …
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I am very impressed. All communication and correspondence has been of the highest standard.excellent. Clear advice and a very prompt service.Chambers UK 2018
Clarion fields a 'very strong and wide-ranging family team' that is viewed as 'the go-to firm for business people divorcing or with children issues.'Legal 500 2018
They get things done so much more quickly. I am really impressed with the progress and amazed by what we have achieved so far.Chambers UK 2018
They're a brilliant team that really looks after its clients.Chambers UK 2017
A client-focused culture which creates the right outcomes for the client, supported by the level of technical expertise and knowledge in the firm, which is truly exceptional.Chambers UK 2016
Sadness, anger and the confusion of divorce and family breakdown are inevitably hard to cope with but you are not alone. With respect, trust and reassurance, we’ll work with you to understand your situation and, backed by our in-house commercial team if required, protect your rights and achieve the best outcome for you.
One of the leading family law teams in Yorkshire, we offer a no obligation free first meeting where we’ll be able to assess your needs. Often dealing with highly emotive issues combined with complex financial and property arrangements, you can be assured of the right advice at the right time from highly approachable, experienced and hands-on professionals who care about what happens to you.
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- Dealt with English and Scottish cases including cases with clients in Dubai, Gibraltar, Spain, Saudi Arabia, India, Austria, Germany, Qatar, France, Sweden, Australia, Indonesia and Poland.
- Dealt with a number of cross-jurisdictional cases, including cases with clients in Dubai, Gibraltar, Spain and Poland and succeed in the High Court to use UK Jurisdiction.
- Often dealt with complicated financial settlements including multi-businesses, pensions, inheritances, pre-acquired wealth, and international assets. Our clients include sporting personalities; business owners; entrepreneurs, and professionals.
- A specialism in cases involving Confiscation Orders.
- Particular expertise in the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual and Transgender individuals (LGBT) Community.
- Successfully challenged the evidence in cases involving ‘hidden' assets, often persuading the court to take into account non-disclosed assets.
- As well as the traditional litigation routes, offered and encouraged alternatives, including collaborative law. This non-confrontational process is a commitment to an out of court settlement and involves ‘round the table' meetings and carefully negotiated settlements in association with our trained collaborative lawyers.
- Excellent skills to be sensitive inoften highly charged emotional situations. We are also careful to adopt a keen commercial approach. Working closely with our experienced in-house teams, especially Private Client and Corporate, we work hard to ensure that all your rights are protected and needs met.
Schools are getting ready to close for the summer break. Travelling with children can be tricky at the best of times but for those parents who are travelling with a child with a different surname, it can be even more complicated.
On Thursday 6 June, the Law Commission released their consultation paper on surrogacy reform, to better support the child, surrogates and intended parents.
Divorce is a notoriously difficult and emotional process to go through. It can also be overwhelming initially, so we have gathered together the seven most frequently asked questions to help you understand the divorce process and bust some common myths.
Adopting an adult is somewhat of an alien concept in the UK and rarely considered. Only children under the age of 18 can be adopted in the UK when both birth parents have provided their consent. Several other notable countries already allow adult adoption…
The biggest change in divorce law in 50 years has been announced, with legislation for ‘no fault’ divorce to be introduced as soon as parliamentary time becomes available. It is hoped the change will allow couples to split faster, and hopefull…
A regular enquiry that we receive relates to the co-ownership of property. This is an update to the options available.
While once thought to be needed by only the rich and famous among us, pre-nuptial agreements (prenups) are becoming increasingly common in England (different rules govern Northern Ireland and Scotland). We’ve gathered here together the sev…
Despite some of the legal and ethical complexities that exist around it, surrogacy is on the rise, both in Britain and internationally. Demand is strong - and growing fast. While many countries don’t formally record the number of children born via …
As a family lawyer over the years I have helped a number of grandparents who have questioned their rights and for various reasons have been stopped from seeing their much-loved grandchildren.
Every couple in England and Wales will, in future, be able to choose between a civil partnership and a marriage if they choose to formalise their relationship, the Prime Minster has recently announced.
The 'ideal' divorce may be one where the divorce financial settlement is agreed quickly and easily.
The recent well-publicised case of Owens v Owens has highlighted the ongoing debate about whether the government should introduce no fault divorce, to replace the current process.
While children will be looking forward to the summer holidays, for a separated parent the run up to the holidays can be a stressful time. Usually, the normal term time parenting plan agreement is suspended giving parents free rein to reach an arrangement…
The recent ruling (6th April) that a father, Jon Platt, who took his six year old daughter out of school for a holiday in Florida, should pay a £120 for her unauthorised absence raises some interesting issues from a legal perspective.
The Law Commission closed its consultation on whether to review UK surrogacy law on 31 October 2016.
We are proud to be part of Brighter Future - a group of trained collaborative family professionals based in the north of England, and focused on helping you achieve the outcome that is right for you in the most amicable and constructive way.
Formalising child arrangements including where a child shall live after parents separate can be a sticky subject as the recently publicised case involving Madonna, Guy Ritchie and their 15 year old son Rocco shows.
These days, couples whose relationship has broken down rarely find themselves shoe-horned into litigation. Thoughtful family lawyers do not present litigation as the first option to their clients. Instead, time will be spent at an initial appointment –
There are many different forms of families in the UK today, and cohabiting couples remain the fastest growing family type.
UK Surrogacy has been regulated since 1985 through the Surrogacy Arrangements Act which reflected societal attitudes towards surrogacy at that time.
Children almost inevitably suffer when their parents separate but research recently published by family lawyers’ group Resolution shows that the way the separation is handled rather than the separation itself is key to how children feel about it.
I am often asked whether or not one person can take a child out of the country, or whether some form of consent to the child travelling, something people often call ‘child travel consent’, is needed.
The division of assets in divorce is a hot topic at the moment, largely due to the recent and very high profile case of Sharland and Gohil.
One of the most thematic discussions in family law is the extent, if any, to which the state should be able to dictate the division of property during a marriage and divorce.
The necessity for parties to provide full and frank disclosure of their assets during financial proceedings relating to divorce has been strongly emphasised in two recent landmark cases at the Supreme Court.
Family run businesses are undoubtedly an important part of the UK economy, with two thirds of businesses being family owned.
Many people will not consider the legal implications of surrogacy but at Clarion we would always advise commissioning parents and surrogates to take specialist surrogacy legal advice before the conception of any child.
The president of the family division and the head of the family justice system , Mr Justice Munby, has rejected a single parent’s application for a Parental Order.
Although the term ‘prenup’ is frequently bandied around, many people don’t really understand what it involves or why it might be worth their consideration.
The most up to date statistics from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) confirmed that cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type in the UK, with a 29.7% increase between 2004 and 2014.
What rights do fathers have when they separate from their child’s mother and what can they do if they are unhappy with the arrangements for their child?
For many people engaged in family court proceedings, obtaining a final order is sometimes just the first step in a long and painful process to actually receiving monies due.
I was really interested to hear in the news today that a High Court Judge has ruled that a baby girl should be removed from her birth mother to live with her father and gay partner and in doing so ensure that the baby’s best interests remain paramount.
Gray -v- Work: Nuptial Agreements and Special Contributions
...old news for Clarion in Leeds
Family owned businesses have long been the lifeblood of the UK and, indeed, the Yorkshire economy. Here, we celebrate some of the leading family companies in the region which have survived generation after generation.
Is there a time limit after divorce for applying to court for a financial order?
You may have heard in the news last week of Parliament’s decision to approve legislation which could in effect provide for Britain to be the first country to create 3- parent babies.
As a family lawyer, I have come across many concerns from clients that their former partner will use intimate photos they shared during their relationship.
I read recently an article on the BBC Future website that questioned whether moving house was one of the most stressful events ever.
For most women, Valentine’s Day is an important day of the year. Not particularly because they need a day to show their love to their partners or vice versa but more because of peer pressure.
A high proportion of the work we do in the Family Team relates to the division of a couples’ finances upon separation or divorce.
The new regulations regarding converting a civil partnership formally come into force on 10 December, which is when the first conversions can take place.
Over half of the people polled, in a recent OnePoll.com survey, admitted to having a "plan B" namely a man who they can start a relationship with, if their current relationship turns sour!
This is not straightforward. The first point to establish is whether you are seeking to enforce a maintenance order in a European Member State or in what EU regulators call “third states.”
As a matrimonial lawyer, we often hear spouses complaining that once the children are grown up and have left home, the marriage is at an end, as they soon realise that they have nothing in common with their partner.
Recent articles in the press have told of a High Court Judge warning wives against entering new relationships following the breakdown of their marriage, whilst the marital finances are yet to be resolved. His comments have attracted interest as many…
The case of O v P was published in July 2014 and is a really interesting case concerning matters of jurisdiction.
A recent survey revealed that 54% of divorcees had second thoughts about whether, in fact, they had made the right decision.
I was surprised to read from the Office for National statistics the other week that a total of only 1,409 same sex marriages took place in England & Wales between March 29 and June 30 2014 and just over half of those were female couples.
It was with great pride that Clarion took part in this years Leeds Pride festival last weekend.
I read, with interest, some research undertaken by Serenta Flowers. They surveyed 2,000 women and asked them to describe what makes a “gentleman”.
As a Family Lawyer, I subscribe to an interesting and informative newsletter, namely Family Law Week.
I read, with interest, some research carried out by Interflora which polled 600 single women. It astonishingly revealed that two thirds of single females have had certain aspects of their wedding planned since they were young children.
I was very interested to read a summary of a recent survey conducted by Investment Management service Nutmeg. One statistic revealed by the survey was that 13% of people would marry for financial security; the rest of the survey seemed focussed on the inf…
Some savvy clients who are able to, shop around to find out which country is best to divorce in. We call this forum-shopping and it is a perfectly legitimate thing to do. In fact, some academics argue that the applicable European regulations encourage it.…
Following on from our blog last month in respect to legislative change and same sex marriage, I continue to be asked by family, friends and colleagues alike whether couples in civil partnerships will now also be able to benefit under the new law and …
For most people, the process of divorce or dissolution is a wholly alien concept and unfamiliar territory. The rules that regulate the processes are often considered to be out of date and unnecessarily cumbersome. This is why many people find it useful to…
Research commissioned by The Museum of London revealed that around 20% of women secretly keep items from their previous relationship; and that these keepsakes were hidden from their current partner!
New legislation received Royal Assent on 17 July 2013 which now means same sex couples can get married in England and Wales. The news, given by HoC Speaker John Bercow in the summer was reportedly greeted with cheers in the Commons chamber.
The final hearing in a high value divorce case is under way as Mrs Michelle Young seeks to establish the extent of her former husband’s wealth. Mrs Young has said she will settle for a £300 million lump sum together with payment of her legal costs.
A study of 2,000 adults in Britain has revealed we are more likely to marry a work colleague than other people we come into contact with. The study on workplace romance by CareerBuilder has found 14% of couples who meet through work end up getting married
That’s a question that has recently been raised by many divorce lawyers dealing with a new surge of couples deciding to separate and divorce in later life.
We have all heard recently in the news of the “quickie” divorce of Charles Saatchi and celebrity chef Nigella Lawson and the fact that the couple were able to reach a financial agreement between them amicably and quickly.
I was interested to read some research recently whereby a team of researchers were able to predict out of a sample of 80 married couples which couples would still be married 14 years later.
The latest figures from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) confirm that Leeds is the divorce hotspot for the Yorkshire region.
To answer the question posed above I looked at the website of the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators (IFLA). Arbitration is described as a form of dispute resolution where the parties enter into an agreement in which they appoint a suitably qualified per…
A survey, commissioned for the Co-Operative Legal Services by Onepoll, revealed that nearly one quarter of those divorced who were asked, admitted that they had tried to hide financial assets to “keep them secure”.
Some research undertaken by Skipton Building Society shows that after retirement, many people find that they can simply no longer live with their partner.
In reality are there really any consequences for failing to provide full and frank financial disclosure during proceedings for a financial order?
A question along these lines is one I am frequently asked after I have explained the procedure that is usually followed for divorce and financial matters arising on divorce. Clients are understandably looking for reassurance that their spouses will disclo…
I have just taken part in a radio interview for Radio Aire on 18th October 2012. You may have heard it?
I was drawn to some research in the HSE Annual Stats Report 2010/11. In there, it provides some statistics in relation to the cost of work related stress to British industry.
We are always interested, as family lawyers, to hear the news in our specific area and the latest news was regarding the Co-Op and their divorce for £99.00!
As a keen lover of statistics I was very interested to read some figures prepared following a study by Ohio State University. The study was based on research of 7,272 people who were aged 14-22 years, in 1979, and then who subsequently married.
The costs of divorce are notoriously high, and not only on a financial level. The emotional cost of divorce varies depending on the circumstances of each case, but it is acknowledged that the majority of divorces will impact upon the parties and any…
When a couple divorce, either party may apply for a financial order from the courts to resolve the financial position. The courts have the power to make various orders under s. 23-24 Matrimonial Causes Act (MCA) 1973. Where the assets exceed the ne…
The 2011 edition of The Legal 500 was published 21 September. This publication provides the most comprehensive worldwide coverage currently available on legal services providers, in over 100 countries. It is the bible of our industry! So y…
A famous family law case Barder v Calouori  AC 20, coined the term “Barder event” and in the words of Lord Justice Munby, this is now a case then “so well-known it hardly requires quotation.” The relevant facts were Wife kil…
An article in The Times on Saturday 15 January 2011 echoed a blog I posted on 6 January 2011. Sadly, each year we see an increased trend in the number of divorce enquiries we receive in the first part of the year. This year has been no exception, with a…
Considered by many as being unromantic and arguably being the last thing on the mind of potential newlyweds, entering into a prenuptial agreement can in reality be a very sensible and logical step to take before walking down the aisle.
The divorce of celebrity chef Marco Pierre White and his wife has recently been in the newspapers. According to media sources, Mrs White was forced to act in person in the divorce proceedings due to escalating legal costs and her inability to raise …
Head of Clarion’s Family Team, Justine Osmotherley, has been included in the 2019 Spear’s 500 – Europe’s most respected guide to the top private client advisors, wealth managers, lawyers and service providers for high net wort…
Family lawyer Jane Ingleby has joined Clarion’s family law team as a legal director. Jane is returning to Leeds after working in Manchester. Jane has significant experience across all aspects of family law including divorce, finances, nuptial agre…
The private client team at Clarion is continuing to grow with family lawyer Stephanie Douthwaite who is the latest to join the 18 strong team. Ms Douthwaite joins as an associate solicitor having spent six years with Blacks Solic…
6% locally have had to leave jobs after a split, or have a colleague who has; 13% have seen workplace hit by sick leave following stress of break-up; 15% say separation or divorce had a negative impact on productivity.
Justine Osmotherley, partner and head of private client services at Leeds law firm Clarion, has been awarded the title of Professional/Corporate Businesswoman at this year’s Barclay-Forward Ladies Women in Business Awards.