Vaughan v Vaughan [2010] EWCA Civ 349 (31 March 2010)

Appeal by wife against the termination of her periodical payments. Appeal allowed and husband ordered to make to the wife a lump sum payment of £215,000 on or before 21 July 2010 and, until payment thereof, interim periodical payments at the rate of £14,000 pa with effect from 3 November 2009.

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B (Children), Re [2010] EWCA Civ 324 (30 March 2010)

Interim care order made to enable a judge to remove children temporarily from their mother's care in order for an assessment to be made as to the mother's capacity to care for and protect the children. Mother applied for permission to appeal. Application granted, but appeal dismissed.

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Ahmed v Khan [2010] EWCA Civ 290 (23 March 2010)

Applications for permission to appeal by husband and associates refusal to strike out wife's pleadings that shares and assets in family companies were held on constructive trust for the husband. Applications refused.

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R (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 303 (9 February 2010)

Appeal by mother against shared residence order on the grounds that it may have been made as a result of procedural unfairness. Appeal dismissed.

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Barrett v Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council [2010] EWHC 467 (Admin) (12 March 2010)

Application by special guardian for a fresh assessment of the allowances payable to her. A new assessment backdated to March 2006 was ordered.

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Hewett v First Plus Financial Group Plc [2010] EWCA Civ 312 (24 March 2010)

Appeal by former wife against possession order on the basis of undue influence or misrepresentation, her former husband having failed to disclose to her an affair which led to their divorce, when persuading her to join with him in the execution of the mortgage. Appeal allowed and mortgage set aside.

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Wade v Baylis [2010] EWCA Civ 257 (23 March 2010)

Property in sole name of woman - man claimed 50% share - claim dismissed - man sought permission to appeal, primarily challenging the judge's findings of fact - permission refused.

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Lv K (Jud re Costs) [2009] EWCH 2213 (4 June 2009)

Judgment concerning costs in ancillary relief proceedings involving conduct, inherited wealth and post-nuptial agreements and where the husband had been convicted and jailed for sexually abusing his step-granddaughters. The husband was ordered to pay a £50,000 contribution to the wife's costs because of his conduct in the proceedings.

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L v K (Jud) (4 June 2009)

Judgment in ancillary relief proceedings involving conduct, inherited wealth and post-nuptial agreements where the husband had been convicted and jailed for sexually abusing his step-granddaughters and the main family wealth was inherited by the wife. There was no award made to the husband.

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S (A Child) [2010] EWHC B2 (Fam) (3 March 2010)

Hearing concerning arrangements for the transfer of the child from the mother to the father, following the making of a residence order in favour of the father. Order made providing for mother to deliver the child to the father, failing which there be a Collection Order empowering the Tipstaff to collect the child on the following day.

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R v R [2009] EWHC 1267 (Fam) (9 July 2009)

Judgment in big money ancillary relief proceedings following a 22 year marriage, involving substantial inherited wealth, family companies and partnerships. The wife was awarded roughly £7.5m.

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C (Children) [2010] EWCA Civ 239 (4 February 2010)

Application by father for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, order in private law proceedings requiring him, at a scheduled hearing, to disclose information relating to communications and meetings with his local MP. Application granted, appeal refused.

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S (A Child) [2010] EWCA Civ 219 (21 January 2010)

Application for permission to appeal by mother against an order transferring residence of a child to the father, primarily on the grounds that there was no evidence to sustain the judge's change of attitude on the matter. Application refused.

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N (A child) [2009] EWCA Civ 1563 (2 April 2009)

Appeal against findings of fact where the appellants had been found to be possible perpetrators of injuries to a child of a friend. Appeal dismissed.

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D v D [2010] EWHC 138 (Fam) (11 March 2010)

Ancillary relief application involving a company effectively owned by the husband, and valued at between £6.5m and £8.4m. In a long judgment Mr Justice Charles considered the difficulties associated with such an asset. He held that the underlying premise of the award should be that the company is to continue to trade and be managed by the husband. He further held that the company could not fund an immediate clean break. The husband could raise a lump sum of £1.5m. Accordingly, an award was made comprising a transfer of the matrimonial home (worth £945,000) to the wife, the payment of a lump sum of £1.5m to the wife, and the payment of periodical payments at the rate of £44,000 per annum to the wife.

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A v L [2010] EWHC 460 (Fam) (11 March 2010)

Unreasonable behaviour petition by wife. Husband defended and sought to have the hearing vacated on the grounds that he had already obtained a divorce in Egypt. The court refused to recognise the Egyptian judgment and granted the wife a decree nisi.

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Doctor A & Ors v Ward & Anor [2010] EWHC 538 (Fam) (15 March 2010)

Amendment of earlier order under the 'slip rule'.

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Birmingham City Council v AG and others [2009] EWHC 3720 (Fam) (6 March 2010)

Judgment in care proceedings relating to threshold criteria where one of six children in a family had been suspected of starving to death.

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W v W [2010] EWHC 332 (Fam) (4 March 2010)

Application by father for return of three children to the Republic of Ireland under the Hague Convention. Application failed.

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Wakefield MDC v The Media and others [2010] EWHC 262 (Fam) (5 February 2010)

Application by parents of adopted children to lift or vary injunctions preventing them from publicising what they consider were the injustices they had suffered.

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Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission v Beesley & Anor [2010] EWHC 485 (Ch) (11 March 2010)

NRP entered into IVA under which his creditors would receive a total of 27p in the pound over a period of 5 years in full and final settlement of his liabilities. 94% of his debts were represented by arrears of child maintenance. Held, CMEC was a creditor for the purposes of the IVA, but an Order made pursuant to IA, s.262 revoking the approval given to NRP's IVA proposal on the ground that the terms of the IVA were unfairly prejudicial to CMEC.

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Francis v Francis [2010] EWCA Civ 182 (9 February 2010)

Application by husband for permission to appeal a second time an order in ancillary relief proceedings. Application granted in part on the ground that it raised an important question about the nature of a rehearing and when to apply Barder rules.

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Marano v Marano [2010] EWCA Civ 119 (23 February 2010)

Appeal by wife against a lump sum order in ancillary relief proceedings where the value of the husband's property developments had fallen dramatically between filling of Form E and the trial. Appeal dismissed.

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Lyons v Lyons [2010] EWCA Civ 177 (21 January 2010)

Application by wife for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, an order in ancillary relief proceedings where, in a clean break, the husband was allowed time to rearrange security charged against properties owned by the wife. Application granted and appeal allowed in part.

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Agbaje v Akinnoye-Agbaje [2010] UKSC 13 (10 March 2010)

Appeal by wife against decision of Court of Appeal to dismiss the wife's order for financial relief under Part III of the Matrimonial and Family Proceedings Act 1984. Appeal allowed.

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A (A Child) [2009] EWCA Civ 1548 (14 December 2009)

Application by father for permission to appeal, with appeal to follow, orders in contact proceedings including a s91(14) order. Permission was granted and the appeal relating to the s91(14) order was allowed.

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W (Children) [2010] UKSC 12 (3 March 2010)

Appeal to the Supreme Court by father in care proceedings relating to five children. At issue were the principles guiding the exercise of the court’s discretion in deciding whether to order a child to attend to give evidence in family proceedings. Appeal allowed.

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K v L [2010] EWCA Civ 125 (15 January 2010)

Application by husband for permission to appeal an order in ancillary relief proceedings in circumstances where he had been found guilty of sexually abusing his step grand daughters. Application refused.

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Di Matteo v Marcus Lee & Co [2010] EWHC 312 (QB) (21 January 2010)

Claim for damages arising from an alleged failure by the claimant’s solicitors to serve proceedings in time in an action for negligence against two firms of solicitors who had advised him in ancillary relief proceedings. The claimant was awarded £15,000.

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Jayasinghe v Don Liyanage [2010] EWHC 265 (Ch) (18 February 2010)

Appeal against decision of a Deputy Adjudicator of the Land Registry cancelling the appellant's application for registration of a restriction on a property on the grounds that she was the sole beneficiary under a resulting trust. Appeal dismissed.

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Imerman v Tchenguiz [2010] EWCA Civ 126 (27 January 2010)

Application for permission to appeal order concerning restraint on disclosure of irregularly obtained confidential information for use in ancillary relief proceedings. Application granted.

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