Published: 10/03/2022 09:44
Ashley is the most experienced specialised divorce and financial remedy junior barrister and private FDR judge in the North West. Having been the first on Circuit to specialise exclusively in such work almost three decades ago and a Recorder in crime and family cases for 27 years, he has been recognised nationally as a leading barrister in high value financial remedy work and an innovator in practice generally. He also has many published articles in leading law journals to his name and is the author of the acclaimed section on Prenuptial Agreements in the standard legal textbook “Cohabitation, Law, Practice and Precedents” and has presented seminars both in this country and abroad.
Honesty – a Barrister’s Primary Code of Conduct
In financial remedy work, negotiating with opposing counsel is a daily occurrence and essential to the exercise is the premise that neither barrister will seek to mislead the other in the process.
The Duty to Advise – Analysis of Lewis v Cunningtons Solicitors  EWHC 822 (KB)
The frequency of solicitors' use of client signed disclaimers has increased over the last decade. The form and practice of doing so is not consistent nor is it often preceded with a full understanding on either side of the legal standing or effect of what is being signed. Accordingly, the recent 50-page judgment in Lewis v Cunningtons Solicitors will be of particular interest for practitioners.
- Client-Signed Disclaimers
Things lawyers believe they know, but sometimes don’t – the ‘without prejudice rule’
Recent experience in practice shows that there remains at times some real misunderstanding within the profession as to when before the court it is permissible to refer to a ‘without prejudice’ offer made between parties and when it is not.
- Without Prejudice
Pre-Nuptial Agreement Drafting: Is the Profession Earning ‘an Honest Shilling’?
IntroductionIn the same year when the Law Commission published its report Matrimonial Property, Needs and Agreements and recommended that there be ‘statutory confirmation of the contractual validity of marital agreements’ (1.32), Coleridge J, in his addre…
- Nuptial Agreements
- Pre-Nuptial Agreements
A Short Childless Marriage Lasting Just Months – an Award Too High?
Analysis of VV v VV – Peel J.
- Premarital Cohabitation
Time Out: Abide By the Rules – or Else! Analysis of WC v HC  EWFC 22 (Peel J)
IntroductionWhen the former President announced a number of years ago the ambition of creating a Financial Remedies Court, it was clearly stated that the intention was to produce a modern and efficient justice system. At the same time, there was a warning…
- Efficient Conduct
Caroline Norton – Family Law’s Forgotten Heroine
Every young girl should learn the name of Caroline Norton.