It seems like only yesterday that the nation was gripped by the news of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s engagement. The big day has now been and gone, and between the Givenchy dress, the celebrity guests and the usual pomp and circumstance of a Royal occasion, there are still plenty of pictures and commentaries for us all to pore over. Since the engagement it seems there has been no shortage of headlines for this special event, and this is no more so than earlier this year when it came to light that the couple had decided not to enter into a pre-nuptial agreement.
Today the UK Supreme Court will hear the English family law case of Owens v Owens. The Court will be asked to decide whether a woman, Mrs Tini Owens, can divorce her husband, Mr Hugh Owens, despite his refusal to consent to their divorce. Whilst the facts of this case are not extraordinary, they have led to this case reaching the highest Court in the United Kingdom, which is quite unusual.
It is estimated that there are 4.8 million family businesses in the UK (Institute for Family Business Report 2017-18), making up 87% of private sector firms in the UK and 92% of private sector firms in Scotland.
Depending on the plans for the business, the principals may well be taking professional advice on succession planning, such as continuity of the business in the event of sudden death or the most tax-efficient way to pass the business on to the next generation etc. But how often is the impact of divorce of one of the partners or shareholders considered?
Along with millions of other viewers throughout the UK, MacRoberts’ Family Team sat down on Tuesday night to watch the second instalment of the BBC’s new legal drama, ‘The Split’.
You might ask yourself why a team of family lawyers, at 9pm on a Tuesday evening, would sit down to watch a BBC drama about the issues that they deal with day-to-day. The truth is, it is fascinating to see how your profession is portrayed on television, and discover whether the show has a good grasp of the realities of the job.
MacRoberts has strengthened its corporate team with the appointment of corporate lawyer Louise Mahon. Continue Reading
A rise in the number of people getting married or divorced in later life has led to concerns over the possibility of a corresponding rise in the number of pension benefits being paid to the wrong person. The issue has been highlighted by mutual insurer Royal London, which is concerned that people may not remember to update the named beneficiary on their pension policies when their marital status changes.
MacRoberts, has strengthened its family law team with the appointment of Marika Franceschi as a partner. This appointment is the first step in the firm’s three year strategic plan to grow their private client and family law teams across Scotland.