John Hooper & Co are pleased to be recognised once again by The Legal 500 as a “Top Tier” Practice for Family Law
The firm has been acknowledged for its wide-ranging expertise representing divorcing spouses/separating cohabitees and praised for being “vigorous yet compassionate and for providing an outstanding service to clients”. Commenting on this year’s rankings, the Principal, John Hooper, says “I am proud of our achievements over the last 12 months and we look forward to […]
Will I have to sell my business on divorce?
It is unusual for a business owning spouse to be forced to sell their business on divorce. The Family Court has the power to make an Order for the shares in a company to be sold. However, in most cases, there are other alternatives which usually mean that the sale of the business can be […]
I’m not happy with my lawyer – can I instruct a new one?
The phrase “I’m not happy with my current lawyer, can you help?” is one which we are all too familiar with at John Hooper & Co. We frequently work with clients who have had disappointing experiences with their first solicitors. In our experience, the reasons for wanting to move solicitors tend to fall into three […]
Capital Gains Tax – Potential changes on the horizon for Separating Spouses or Civil Partners
Capital Gains Tax – Potential changes on the horizon for Separating Spouses or Civil Partners The government has recently published draft legislation which, if formally adopted, would introduce significant changes to the rules that apply to transfers of assets between spouses and civil partners who are in the process of separating. Current Rules Where there […]
The rise in the Cost of Living, Maintenance Orders and Inflation
On divorce (and dissolution of a civil partnership) the court has the power to order one spouse to pay spousal maintenance (otherwise referred to as periodical payments) to the other spouse on a monthly or annual basis for a set period of time or indefinitely. This is an important power of the court particularly if […]
Why do I need a Financial Order when I get a Divorce/Dissolution?
The new Divorce Laws and the online system make it easier than ever for people to obtain a divorce without the need to pay for a lawyer. However, this situation comes with a caution not to overlook the financial aspects of your relationship breakdown. Many people incorrectly assume that the Final Order of […]
Co-Parenting: what are “nesting arrangements” and how do they work?
The phrase “nesting arrangement” refers to a situation whereby the children remain living in one property after their parents separate, and the parents take it in turns to live in that property and care for the children. Nesting arrangements are most commonly used as a short-term solution on separation. These arrangements enable the children […]
The Recession Bites (or does it?)
The press is awash with talk of recession. My mind is cast back to 2009 when the great financial dip caused many people to reveal that the tide had gone out and they did not have their bathing costumes on! In other words, many people had not prepared for the downturn and were […]
Guidance issued to Judges on Fact-Finding Hearings and Domestic Abuse in Private Law Children Act Cases
On 5th May 2022 the President of the Family Division approved new guidance for Judges and Magistrates concerning the use of Fact-Finding Hearings in Private Law Children Act cases in the Family Court. The short guidance is an essential read for all practitioners and people who find themselves in Private Law Children Act cases. […]
‘Gaslighting’ acknowledged in the High Court for the first time
The term ‘gaslighting’ has been used and published for the first time ever in the High Court case of Re B-B (Domestic Abuse: Fact-Finding) on the 20th January 2022. This has been regarded as a milestone judgment which has set a precedent for the use of the term in the Family Court. Gaslighting is the […]