Contact Law blog

February 2011

Divorcing couples face compulsory mediation

The government is introducing new measures that will require divorcing couples to undergo compulsory mediation in a bid to reduce the strain on the family courts and the number of contentious disputes that could be resolved by the parties themselves. (more…)

Pension provider Prudential in court over staff pension scheme

The Prudential Staff Pension Scheme trustees have taken Prudential to court over the new guidelines for the scheme issued in 2005 that were intended to plug the £379m deficit. (more…)

Sex offenders should have the right to appeal place on register, says Supreme Court

Sex offenders who are placed on the sexual offenders register for life are to be given the right to appeal after the Supreme Court ruled that denying them that right was a breach of their human rights. (more…)

Ex-Farepak directors face disqualification

Nine former directors of the failed Christmas hamper company Farepak are facing disqualification after the Insolvency Service started disqualification proceedings against them in the High Court last month. (more…)

Court of Appeal ruling alters divorce settlement rules

A Court of Appeal ruling in the divorce case of an oil technology millionaire has altered divorce law by simultaneously confirming the principle of sharing matrimonial assets equally and expanding the meaning of pre-marital assets. (more…)

Are Forced Marriage Protection Orders actually providing any protection for vulnerable young people?

Forced Marriage Protection Orders (FMPOs) were introduced to protect people, mostly young women from South Asian backgrounds, who are at risk of forced marriage from family members in 2008.

However, serious questions are being raised over the effectiveness of the orders and whether they are actually providing any protection at all. (more…)

Mexican viewer to sue BBC over Richard Hammond’s ‘racist’ comments

A Mexican viewer living in London has instructed her lawyers to bring a test case against the BBC for illegally broadcasting racist material under the new Equality laws. (more…)

Oxford law graduate sues tutors for ruining her career

Maria Abramova, 28, is suing her tutors for £100,000 for not giving her enough “tuition in exam technique” which caused her to fail her professional exams. (more…)

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