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Family Law

Partner, Joanne Wescott returns to work with busy family law team

News article published on: 1st June 2020

Joanne specialises in high net worth divorce and finances, as well as children matters including disputes over child arrangements. Legal 500 featured Joanne as a rising star and next generation lawyer. Prior to her leave, Joanne represented Maria Mills in the widely reported Supreme Court case. She writes on family law matters and provides commentary […]

Care proceedings case: London Council named as Judge lifts ruling to prevent identifications

News article published on: 26th May 2020

Haringey Council has been named in a case involving parents of a 14 year-old boy with cerebral palsy and his brother who was twelve. Simone McGrath, at Osbornes Law, represented the father in a case that has generated wide press coverage of Haringey’s failures to take appropriate measures regarding safeguarding the two boys whilst their […]

Family Mediation by Zoom – the way forward?

News article published on: 20th May 2020

Like most mediators I have had to embrace distanced or remote mediations. I have been using Zoom, a video conferencing platform, although there are of course other options such as Skype. It is also worth pointing out that there are some concerns about Zoom and privacy and it is important that clients are made aware […]

Osbornes Law case news: Naming Local Authorities – should this happen when serious failings occur in social work practice?

News article published on: 19th May 2020

A recent article written by the Transparency Project http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/to-name-or-not-to-name-that-is-the-question/ discusses the question of whether Local Authorities should be named. Two recent judgments have dealt with this question in relation to care proceedings. Simone McGrath, consultant solicitor, at Osbornes Law acted for the father for one of the cases where the local authority was named. The […]

Life as a Trainee Solicitor in Lockdown

News article published on: 12th May 2020

Yesterday evening, trainee solicitor, Jessica Moore, was invited to connect with Women in Family Law over on their Instagram Live to discuss life as a trainee in lockdown. Osbornes is proud to support Women in Family Law (@WiFLaw) set up to connect, encourage and promote professional women across the field of family law in England […]

Family partner, Lisa Pepper answers divorce law question posed by leading website This is Money

News article published on: 24th April 2020

Questions posed regarding family law matters were answered by Lisa Pepper, an experienced specialist family law practitioner. Lisa included an explanation of the main stages in divorce procedure when a divorce is undefended. This is Money article   Osbornes Law once again, this year received the Best Times Law Firm 2020 award, for the second year running. […]

COVID-19: Legal update on child arrangements

News article published on: 20th April 2020

Many parents are understandably worried about the spread of COVID-19 and the impact of new social distancing measures upon them and their families. The Government have issued strict measures significantly restricting movement in order to seek to try and contain and suppress the spread of the virus, which includes closing schools and directing people to […]

Latest on UK divorce settlements

News article published on: 15th April 2020

On 11 April, The Financial Times reported on: challenges to settlements as finances become strained a surge in inquiries from individuals seeking to reduce maintenance payments due to Covid-19 Reporter Lucy Warwick-Ching explored how the coronavirus pandemic has affected stocks markets throwing them into chaos and resulting in rising unemployment. This is causing problems for […]

COVID-19: Alternative Dispute Resolution & Arbitration in family law cases

News article published on: 14th April 2020

The government guidance re social distancing means that the Courts can no longer accommodate personal attendance at hearings except in very exceptional circumstances. All Judges are now working from home and hearings are either being adjourned or heard remotely and urgent hearings are taking priority. Urgent being maintenance pending suit, interim maintenance, legal services payment […]

Supervised contact and Coronavirus

News article published on: 8th April 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has created a number of difficult challenges for separated families. The Government has been helpful in confirming that where parents do not live in the same household, children under 18 can move between their parents. This clarifies matters to a point and the key message is – where Coronavirus restrictions cause the letter of […]

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