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Family Judge Grasps Nettle in Sending Baby Boy to Live With His Father

21st November, 2019 By

Family judges are always absolutely focused on the welfare of children and will not shrink from grasping nettles to give them the best chance of leading fulfilled and happy lives. That was certainly so in one case in which a judge ordered that a baby boy be taken from his troubled mother's care and sent to live with his father. The mother had been diagnosed as suffering from traits of a personality disorder and her two older children had already been taken into care and placed for adoption. Her history...

Vulnerable Witnesses Could Be Given Greater Protection in Civil Courts

18th November, 2019 By

Responses to a report from the Civil Justice Council (CJC) setting out proposed measures to better support and protect vulnerable witnesses and parties in civil proceedings are due to be considered following public consultation. The CJC wants to ensure 'a sufficiently proactive and consistent approach to enabling the proper participation in civil litigation of those who are, or may become through involvement in the process, vulnerable'. Its report considers vulnerable parties and witnesses in all types of civil litigation, but was spurred by a recommendation coming out of an independent...

Facing a Tax Investigation? Don't Bury Your Head in the Sand!

12th November, 2019 By Arman Khosravi

If you are facing an investigation by the tax authorities, your very first step should be to seek professional advice. One taxpayer who sadly chose not to take that course, instead burying his head in the sand, narrowly escaped a six-figure back-tax bill. Following an enquiry, HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) formed the view that the man had been trading in second-hand cars for years without declaring his profits for Income Tax purposes. Assessments were raised in respect of a 12-year period and, after late payment penalties were added, his...

Court Orders Must Be Obeyed

7th November, 2019 By Arman Khosravi

Public confidence in the civil justice system would collapse if court orders were not rigorously enforced – however agonising complying with them may be. The point was made by a case in which a divorcee who refused to move out of her home of 25 years came within an ace of being sent to prison for her defiance. Following lengthy and bitter divorce proceedings, the woman had been ordered to quit the home where she brought up her children so that it could be sold and the proceeds divided between...