Online abuse – it’s no joke

A man who posted messages on Facebook threatening Tory MP Charlotte Leslie has been sentenced to eight weeks in prison. The MP voted in favour of British airstrikes in Syria but was then subjected to threats which even the defendant’s counsel in mitigation described as ‘despicable’ and as going ‘far beyond any sort of legitimate protest’. Continue reading

Another door closes on LLP members’ rights

My clients have often been surprised by how few rights they had as LLP members but delighted when I mentioned the most powerful weapon in the aggrieved partners’ armoury. Last week, however, the High Court inspected that weapon for the first time and concluded it did not work. Continue reading

Withers team take on Snowdon challenge

This weekend, a 15-strong team of adrenaline junkies from Withers will take on the challenge of conquering Mount Snowdon, the highest mountain in England and Wales.

However, this is no ordinary climb – one member of the team, Tim, is a wheelchair user and so this means they’ll be faced with pushing, pulling, climbing and wheeling to the summit and back down again.

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Revenge on revenge porn

Revenge porn is on the up – on both sides of the Pond. And in the US and the UK, steps are being taken to provide real remedies for the victims.

In February this year, the British Government introduced a new law to deal with this unfortunate trend. On the other side of the Pond, an American woman is bringing a landmark case in the ongoing battle against revenge porn. Who will win this war, victim or attacker? James Hockin and Amber Melville-Brown discuss.

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A work-life (social media) balance in the workplace?

A work-life (social media) balance in the workplace?Friday afternoon; stuck in the grey office looking out at the glorious sun, your weather app forecasts a weekend of cold and showers. What’s more, as others plan their Friday night fun, your boss has asked you to finish up a client report that is going to take hours. What do you do? Of course, you take to social media to vent about how your boss is – ahem – a bit of a nuisance. Continue reading

What makes a contribution special?

What makes a contribution special?When it comes to dividing matrimonial assets on divorce, one of the fundamental principles is that the court should not discriminate between the roles of homemaker and breadwinner – both are equally valid contributions to family life. As Lord Nicholls famously said: ‘Each in their different spheres contributed equally to the family’. Continue reading

We always want someone to blame…

Debunking the myth of the common law marriageLast week, Baroness Hale of Richmond repeated her call for a ‘no fault divorce’ procedure. It is as long as 20 years ago when she was at the Law Commission that she first made this plea, but it has continued to fall on deaf ears. Her proposal is that there is a year long cooling off period during which financial issues and issues relating to the children are resolved and then the divorce is granted. Continue reading