Children, Challenge and Growth  

Published on 16 October, 2018 | Katie Dillon

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Twelve months is a long time in family law. In September 2017, I chose to join Hall Brown in order to lead its newly-established children’s team and have since been delighted in how its grown and how the service which it provides has improved. The division had been formed in response to a rise in […]

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  The Deterrent Effect of Divorce  

Published on 27 September, 2018 | Ellen Walker


At first glance, it might seem strange to find a family lawyer prepared to concede that divorce has something of a deterrent effect. However, years of being immersed in the fine details of couples’ marital difficulties has made it abundantly clear to me that there are men and women who prefer to remain in relationships […]

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  Clutch of Nominations Put Hall Brown Support Staff in Limelight  

Published on 26 September, 2018 | Sam Hall

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Administrative staff who have played a key role in the success of one of the UK’s most dynamic law firms have found themselves in the running for glory. Employees at Hall Brown Family Law have been nominated in a total of five categories at two of the most prestigious awards ceremonies for the North West’s […]

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  Miniature Disasters: Pop Stars and Pre-Nups  

Published on 25 September, 2018 | Sam Hall

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At a time when the nature of Britain’s commercial relations with its trading partners across the globe is under intense scrutiny, one industry is unlikely to be derailed by whether politicians in Brussels and London end up with a ‘hard’ or rather more constructive Brexit. The UK’s music industry might have been subject to the […]

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  ‘No-Fault’ Divorce Reform: Confrontation and Consideration  

Published on 18 September, 2018 | James Brown

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Given that the nature of Britain’s home life has changed so dramatically over the course of the last few decades alone, it may surprise some to learn just how inflexible the country’s divorce laws have been by comparison. Over the course of more than 160 years since a law was passed which transferred responsibility for […]

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  Pensions, “DIY Divorce” and the Changing Nature of Settlements  

Published on 06 September, 2018 | Abigail Lowther


Recent decades have seen a number of changes in the nature of domestic relationships across England and Wales. Two of the most notable have arguably involved shifts in when and how couples divorce. Although the ages at which marriages come to a legal end and how that process is administered might seem to be unconnected […]

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  Civil Partnerships, Cohabitation and Resolution  

Published on 24 August, 2018 | Laura Guillon

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Just over five years have elapsed since the passage of a law allowing same-sex marriages in England and Wales. The first ceremonies took place in late March 2014 and constituted something of a milestone, giving gay couples the same legal recognition as their heterosexual counterparts. A significant step on the road to same-sex marriage had, […]

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  Cohabitation and Complication  

Published on 21 August, 2018 | Sarah Moore

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For some years now, sociologists, politicians and family lawyers alike have debated about how best to solve the cohabitation conundrum. By that, I’m not talking about the actual formation of settled, domestic relationships by individuals who live together without marrying. Figures published only last month by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) illustrate how such […]

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  Spouses, Separation and More Momentum for ‘No-Fault’ Divorces  

Published on 30 July, 2018 | James Brown

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Marriage is a partnership which depends on both those involved being committed to making it work, regardless of their respective contributions. Over the course of their time together, many spouses experience ups and downs. Problems with jobs, children and finances can all, in fact, give rise to doubts about whether a relationship will survive into […]

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  Perception, Reality, Maintenance and Divorce  

Published on 18 July, 2018 | Andrew Newbury


The vast majority of divorces with which I’ve been involved over the course of my 27-year career as a family lawyer are resolved in relatively amicable fashion. Although many marriages end in disagreement of some sort, the main point of contention is often the issue of providing ongoing financial support to a former spouse. The […]

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