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Is it Open Season on Ex-Spouses?

Teresa Cullen |

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

Teresa Cullen |

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?

Teresa Cullen |

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

Teresa Cullen |

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"

Teresa Cullen |

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 […]


The arrival of same-sex marriage in England & Wales

Teresa Cullen |

As from 29 March 2014 a new law in England and Wales will recognise same-sex weddings. It allows same-sex couples to marry and for that marriage to have the same effect as it has in relation to opposite-sex couples. Scotland and Northern Ireland will not be included under the terms of this legislation. Scotland passed […]


"With 33.5% of my worldly goods I thee endow…" (Part II)

Teresa Cullen |

As was widely reported in the press the Law Commission’s report Matrimonial Property Needs and Agreements proposed that pre-nuptial agreements should be enshrined in law. At the moment pre nuptial agreements in England and Wales are not binding on the court, although they can be taken into consideration by the judge. Our cousins north of […]


"When beggars die…"

Teresa Cullen |

“When beggars die, there are no comets seen; The heavens themselves blaze forth the death of princes” (1) Continuing the Shakespearean theme of Helena Luckhurst’s article ‘Shall I compare thee to…a trust?’ there are a number of points to take into account when there are changes in your family situation. In the hope that you […]


Shall I compare thee to...a trust?

Helena Luckhurst, Teresa Cullen |

Novelty is usually a quality to be applauded but not necessarily in the law. When drafting documents, the temptation is to follow the tried and tested route. I was reminded of this recently when I was asked to clarify what type of trust had been created by a will containing the phrase ‘To my trustees […]


"With 33.5% of my worldly goods I thee endow…"

Teresa Cullen |

Prenuptial agreements (pre-nups) are to become legally binding, according to the report of the Law Commission, advance notice of which was given earlier this week. At the moment such contracts are not legally binding in England and Wales but they are given decisive weight following the case of Katrin Radmacher and her husband in 2010 […]


Fladgate appoints family specialist in boost to its private capital practice

Charles Wander, Teresa Cullen |

Fladgate LLP is delighted to announce a major boost to its private capital practice with the appointment of partner and family specialist, Teresa Cullen. Teresa was managing partner of Rochman Landau LLP between 1990 and 2011, prior to its merger with Ashfords. Teresa has a particular expertise in international and cross-border divorces and high value […]