About Victoria Nottage

I am one of three professional support lawyers in the family team at Withers. I focus on undertaking high level legal research, providing technical advice, delivering legal training and managing and promoting knowledge sharing with our fellow family lawyers.

Full and frank disclosure is the first commandment…

In protection of the first commandment – the Court’s duty to draw adverse inferences.

In the most recent judgment in the case of Al-Baker v Al-Baker [2016], deputy High Court Judge, Nicholas Cusworth QC hearing the case, drew adverse inferences in assessing the extent of the matrimonial pot, where the husband had failed to provide full and frank disclosure of his assets in financial remedy proceedings. Continue reading

The Tortoise and the Hare: Why the rush?

The Tortoise and the Hare: Why the rush?This week I’ve been reading a book of Aesop fables (beautifully reinterpreted by Michael Morpugo) to my boys.  The other morning we enjoyed the Tortoise and the Hare; you will be familiar with the ‘moral’; a helpful one for a mother of too hugely energetic boys – rushing isn’t the key to success and having instilled them with this important life lesson before putting my suit on, I was further heartened to see that the ‘moral’ was also relevant in answering the first question in the EU Commission’s Consultation Paper on the functioning of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 – the skills learnt at home know no bounds! Continue reading