Surrogacy – Case of Re Z [2015] – Parental Order

The law regarding surrogacy is a complex area and one which is now shifting towards reform. This was illustrated in the recent landmark case of Re Z [2015] EWFC 73 which concerned an application by a single father for a Parental Order. This case involved a single father’s sperm and a third party donor’s eggs…

What is conduct in financial proceedings?

Financial proceedings in divorce refer to the three stage process the courts adopt in determining how a couple’s finances are separated. During this process, the court must have regard to a number of factors. One factor the court must have regard to is the conduct of each of the parties and whether that conduct is…

Divorce Ruling: Women misled by ex-husbands in Court

Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil have won their application to the Supreme Court. They argued that they were misled by their ex-husbands in original divorce proceedings as to their wealth and therefore should be allowed to re-open their original divorce settlements. Both women successfully argued that their ex-husbands hid the extent of their wealth when…

Taxpayer alarm at demand for old records

Conduct of HMRC is not relevant in deciding whether documents should be produced Alarm bells are ringing after a tax tribunal has decided that it was “reasonable” for HMRC to demand copies of certain documents that taxpayers had already provided eight years earlier. The case involved Whitefields Golf Club and associated companies. A restructuring of…