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Who owns Mariah Carey’s engagement ring now that the wedding is off?

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The American singer wants to keep the £8million that her former fiancé gave to her. Here is the legal situation. Engagement rings vary from the jelly confectionery ring to the specially commissioned diamond variety. It was once thought that the third finger of the left hand had a special vein leading to the heart, the […]


2016 Legal 500 ranks Fladgate across the board

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2016 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 27 rankings with a further 57 individual recommendations. Commercial contracts Eddie Powell led the advice to MLCG on the negotiation of a multi-year exclusive supply agreement with […]


Fladgate partners included in recently published Citywealth Leaders List 2016

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Fladgate is delighted that the following partners and consultants have been included in the recently published Citywealth Leaders List 2016, a guide to advisers within the private wealth management sector. Matthew Bennett Honours List Teresa Cullen Family & Matrimonial – Prominent Figure Simon Ekins Contentious Trusts – Prominent Figure Paul Howcroft Art Advisory Richard Kaufman […]


‘Tis the season…to reopen your divorce settlement?

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It emerged last week that a software error on the financial statement form (more commonly known as the Form E in divorce proceedings) produced by the Ministry of Justice (MOJ) – on their website, no less – may lead to thousands of financial settlements needing to be reopened as they are based on incorrect calculations. […]


It’s the most wonderful time of the year…

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It’s not yet December and we are inundated with the Christmas adverts ranging from dogs in woolly jumpers to the lonely old man on the moon saved by the cute, kind hearted little girl with her very own telescope. Whilst we may like to think that Christmas is always perfect, the reality, particularly for those […]


2015 Legal 500 continues to rank Fladgate across the board

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Fladgate LLP is delighted to have achieved across the board rankings in the recently launched 2015 edition of the Legal 500 Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The firm achieved 23 rankings with a further 48 individual partner recommendations. Commercial contracts – Recommended Fladgate LLP advises on a broad variety of contracts, such as the franchising […]


Having the final word…

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The recent case of Vince v Wyatt struck terror into the hearts of many an ex spouse. The Court allowed Mr Vince’s ex-wife to bring a financial claim against him in excess of 20 years after they had not only separated but gone through the procedure of divorce. Whilst the value of Mrs Wyatt’s claim […]


Is it Open Season on Ex-Spouses?

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The case decided in the Supreme Court yesterday left “poor” Dale Vince open to a claim from his ex-wife almost 20 years since the relationship with her had ended. Mr Vince lives with his new wife and their five year old son in an apparently rather lovely £3,000,000 18th century property in Gloucestershire. He owes […]


Private Client Adviser 60-second interview: Teresa Cullen

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Fladgate’s new family specialist, Teresa Cullen, says clients are focused on what the Law Commission’s matrimonial report means for them. What are the priorities of your new role? My immediate priority is to settle in as quickly as possible to ensure that the clients who came with me feel at home in their new environment […]


What is the law when parents abduct their children?

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According to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, the number of parental child abduction cases has more than doubled over the last decade, with two children being abducted each day. On 1 April 2014 Japan formally acceded to the Hague Convention on international child abduction. Japan had been subject to significant international pressure from the 90 […]


What divorcing couples can learn from Gwyneth Paltrow's conscious uncoupling

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Not all separating couples will want to head for the tranquil island of Eleuthera to mark their separation. But there is a lot to be said for encouraging divorcing couples who have children to think about their ongoing relationship. Everyone and his wife (pardon the pun) is wondering what to make of this phrase ‘conscious […]


"All days are nights...till I see thee"

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On 1 April 2014 Japan will formally accede to the Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction. The Japanese parliament approved the ratification of the Convention on Friday 24 January 2014, having been subject to significant international pressure from the other 90 countries around the world who are already signatories. The Convention sets […]