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  Teamwork Breeds Yet More Award Success for Hall Brown  

One of the country’s leading new law firms has attributed its latest award win to “hard work and teamwork”. Hall Brown Family Law overcame other, more established nominees to claim the Family Team title in this year’s Manchester Legal Awards (MLAs). It becomes the latest prestigious title picked up by Hall Brown in its first […]

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  SETTLEMENTS AND ‘STICK-ABILITY’  

It’s fair to say that the last four decades have not treated the institution of marriage terribly well. In the early 1970s, the introduction of divorce legislation prompted a dramatic increase in the number of spouses choosing to exit their marriages. By 1993, there were a record 165,000 divorces, more than twice the figure recorded […]

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  Prenuptial Predicaments  

Even as households across the country prepare to take down the Christmas tree and put away the tree and tinsel for another year, family lawyers like myself are already looking ahead to what the next 12 months will bring. One milestone is apparent: 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the peak in divorce numbers in […]

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  ‘Loyalty’, Prenups and Divorce  

Despite perceptions to the contrary, marriage is not exactly going out of fashion. Admittedly, the numbers of couples choosing to formalise their relationships in England and Wales each year is not exactly as large as the 426,241 who married in 1972. However, the near quarter of a million weddings in 2014 – the most recent […]

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  Wealth, Divorce and Delays  

In 1964, the then Leader of the Opposition, Harold Wilson (later, of course, to serve two terms as British Prime Minister), is said to have coined a very famous phrase about a week being “a long time in politics”. The point that he was trying to make, as his party’s – and, indeed, his own – […]

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  Out of Reach: First-Time Buyers and the “Cuckoo Couple”  

Regular readers of this ‘blog might recall how, earlier this year, I penned an article about a phenomenon known as the ‘cuckoo couple’. It followed myself and my colleagues observing the impact on the stability of middle-aged marriages by adult children returning home, often with a partner in tow. The pattern has become more frequent […]

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  Cuckoo Couples’ Upsetting the Step-Family Nest  

It is a well-established fact of modern life that many couples do not stay together for life. Whilst it’s difficult to know exactly how unmarried partners decide to separate, thanks to the Office for National Statistics (ONS), we do know that one-third of marriages in England and Wales have ended within 15 years of the […]

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  Breaking Down Break-Ups  

The end of any relationship can be a traumatic event for those involved, not least because emotion doesn’t distinguish between those couples who have married or not. Even so, according to one newspaper report, break-ups are more now likely among those individuals who haven’t tied the knot. It claimed researchers analysing data obtained from the Office […]

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  Andrew Newbury joins Hall Brown Family Law  

Hall Brown Family Law is proud to announce the appointment of Andrew Newbury, as a partner at the practice, as we continue to grow via hand-picked personnel from top-tier firms. Andrew was previously a partner at Pannone, heading up the largest family law department in Manchester from 2010 onwards, before the firm merged with Slater and […]

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  News: The Recent Stamp Duty Increases May Affect Divorce Settlements  

Following George Osborne’s decision for the Government to increase Stamp Duty from April of this year, this new surcharge is set to directly affect divorce settlements for separating couples. Couples who own buy-to-let properties or second homes are likely to be liable for thousands of pounds’ worth of extra tax if they are granted an […]

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