Will Sporting Genius Help Ryan Giggs Score in Divorce?

Privacy and Financial Remedy Proceedings in Divorce. Ryan Giggs, born in Cardiff and Manchester United legend has prominently been in the news with speculation about how his reputed £40 million fortune will be divided following on from the breakdown in his marriage. The Decree Nisi in the divorce proceedings was formally pronounced on the 11th of August 2017 between Giggs and his wife Stacey.  They were married in September 2007 and have two children. Giggs

Divorce Ruling Ends Era of Equal Division

Divorce Ruling Ends Era of Equal Division Couples who divorce after short marriages with no children cannot expect an equal share of marital assets following on from a ruling by Senior Judges in June.   In a case set to mark a radical departure from the approach of equal sharing, Appeal Judges ruled that a cheating husband whose City Trader wife made £10.5 million in bonuses in 5 years, was not entitled to an equal

Silence in the context of settlement – to mediate or not to mediate?

A recent Court of Appeal decision has sent a firm warning to litigants and their legal advisers in respect of the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) to resolve claims. The decision in Thakkar & Anr v Patel & Anr [2017] EWCA Civ 217 should be noted by all litigants as it confirms what the Courts expect of litigants regarding the use of ADR, mediation in particular, within the court process, especially when the leading

CASE STUDY – BRENDAN DASSEY

The recent series on Netflix, Making a Murderer has highlighted some of the significant flaws within the American Justice system. The series follows the trial of Steven Avery, who was charged and convicted for the murder of Teresa Halbach. He was previously exonerated after spending 18 years in prison for the rape, attempted murder and false imprisonment of Penny Beerntsen. During Steven Avery’s trial, his nephew, Brendan Dassey confessed to being a party to the

CASE STUDY – Stephen Downing

R. v. Stephen Downing [2002] EWCA Crim 263 In September 1973, Ms Wendy Sewell was attacked in Bakewell Cemetery, Derbyshire. She was beaten with the handle of a pickaxe around the head and was sexually assaulted. She died from her injuries in Chesterfield Royal hospital two days later without being able to reveal who had assaulted her. Ms Sewell was found by the cemetery groundskeeper, Stephen Downing who was aged 17 year old at the

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