Divorce settlements attacked

Divorce settlements attacked Practitioners expect a significant number of applications to vary divorce settlements on the grounds of an ex-spouse’s non-disclosure, after Varsha Gohil and Alison Sharland won their cases in the UK Supreme Court yesterday. In two judgments released in February and March 2014, the England & Wales Court of Appeal ruled that the…

MATRIMONIAL: Supreme Court decision may open floodgates for variation of financial awards 

Practitioners expect a significant number of applications to vary divorce settlements on the grounds of an ex-spouse’s non-disclosure following yesterday’s Supreme Court decision in the Sharland and Gohil appeals. The court ruled that Varsha Gohil and Alison Sharland’s original divorce settlements should be set aside on the basis that their husbands had concealed the true…

Chasing assets abroad 

INSOLVENCY: Bankrupt peer’s trustee can pursue offshore assets The England & Wales High Court has ruled that the trustee in bankruptcy of Rhodri Viscount St Davids can pursue the assets of an ‘elaborate corporate and trust structure involving an extensive array of companies spanning a number of different jurisdictions’, set up by the Viscount after…

New tax risk

ENFORCEMENT: Strict liability offshore evasion offence meets criticism Consultation on HM Revenue & Customs’ (HMRC) proposals for a new strict liability offence for offshore tax evasion by individuals closed last Friday, 9 October. Law firm Kingsley Napley says the proposals are ‘unclear, unworkable and ultimately unjust’, and criticises HMRC for failing to give any examples…

Ruling hits Facebook 

‘Bombshell’ data ruling hits Facebook and GoogleFrances Gibb and James Dean Last updated October 06 2015 2:08PM 1 of 2 Data transfers to the US breach the human rights of EU citizens, court rules DADO RUVIC The European Court of Justice has struck down an international agreement that gave US spy chiefs access to the…

Drinking judges

Old Bailey lunchtime tipple endedThe Old Bailey has brought to an end a 430-year-old tradition of serving wine to judges at lunchtime. Officials at the City of London stressed the move was a cost-cutting measure rather than a reflection on judges’ drinking habits. One long-serving Old Bailey barrister called the decision depressing: “A long, boring…

Selling the Prisons

The justice secretary will give governors new powers over budgets, education and even the perks offered to prisoners for good behaviour.In his first interview since becoming justice secretary, Mr Gove has revealed that he is also looking at extending the scheme under which inmates are allowed out of jail on licence in preparation for their…

Labour tax plans

Labour government would focus on corporate tax evasion Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell told his party’s conference that a Labour government would adopt ‘aggressive’ plans to balance the books. These would target corporate tax avoidance and introduce a more progressive taxation system. McDonnell said Labour ‘will force people like Starbucks, Vodafone, Amazon and Google and all…

Defending rights 

Judge defends wishes of mentally ill defendants A judge has said “proper weight” must be given to the wishes and feelings of people who lack the mental capacity to make their own decisions about medical treatment. Mr Justice Jackson outlined his thoughts at the Court of Protection in a ruling on a case involving a…