Can you keep a secret?

We certainly live in interesting times, so much so that it is hard to think that we will ever go back to “normal”, whatever that means. Whilst many of the changes are hard to deal with (I’m certainly missing regular quantities of Guinness, prosecco and gossip – although my liver may say otherwise!) others are […]

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Keeping it clean!

One of the many things I stopped doing during lockdown was reading the news. I still read professional publications such as law reports, and I read some financial news such as the FT and newsletters from organisations such as Hargreaves Landsdown, but I don’t do the popular press or social media any more, as I’ve […]

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The good, the bad, and the ugly.

It used to be said that there was no such thing as bad publicity. I’m not so sure that that is as true as it used to be, but I bet a guy called Waymouth is certain that it’s definitely not true, or at least not for him. In case you haven’t read about him, […]

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It’s been a pleasure and a privilege

Walking home with my son one day some years ago, when he was quite young, I asked him (as I often did) what he’d done that day. He very proudly told me that he’d evolted.  Eventually we’d established that he meant he’d evolved, but still the word is used in our household even to this […]

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And that’s final

A Judge’s word is final and you would hope so too otherwise what is the point in a final order? But what if circumstances change and your ‘final order’ is no longer fit for purpose? Let’s take divorce as an example, your final order states that spousal maintenance is to be paid to your ex […]

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A voyage of discovery

I’m sure that many people have a mistaken view of what legal work is like.  Probably many of them watch TV programs and Hollywood films where the hero bursts in to the court at the last minute with that all important missing document or key witness and blows the case wide open and the heroine […]

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What’s mine is mine and what’s ours is ours

Struggling to agree on who is entitled to what following divorce but want to avoid contested divorce proceedings? It is often hard for divorcing couples to come to an agreement as to the division of their assets, even if they have separated on good terms and are trying to come to an agreement amicably. In […]

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Plan-et Janet

  The older I get, the more I find myself planning to the point of obsession. For example, I have discovered that if I spend the time in the shower deciding what I’m going to wear that day, I can save myself a couple of minutes of time standing in front of the wardrobe. This […]

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To Loos

As an avid visitor to a wide variety of restaurants (in a wide variety of countries) I’ve come to the decision that there is some kind of competition going on between them. There is clearly a prize for who can come up with the most obscure way of marking the men’s and ladies’ toilets. They […]

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Did you know…..!

One of the downsides of having over 30 years knowledge and experience in law is that I often come across people who are very firmly of the view that they know what they are doing, and I have to politely explain to them that they are wrong.  Even worse is when I have to try […]

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