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Financial Remedies Journal Publication

April 27, 2022

Caroline Norton

Family Law’s Forgotten Heroine


At the cemetery at Lecropt Kirk[1], Bridge Allan, Stirling, Scotland, Caroline Elizabeth Sarah Sheridan Norton (22.03.1808 to 15.06.1877) lies in rest in the Stirling Maxwell vault nearby the grave of one of her three children William Charles Chapple Norton (26.08.1833 to 12.09.1842). 

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Family Flyer 100

April 27, 2022

Time Out – Abide by the Rules – Or Else! – analysis of WC v HC [2022] EWFC 22 – Peel J


When 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 that whilst its introduction would require a transitory period of bedding in for practitioners, there would come a time when the Court would expect strict compliance with its Rules and Procedure. That time has now arrived.

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Family Flyer 99

April 27, 2022

The New Financial Remedies Journal / Blog – At Least Someone is Listening

In 2000, in “Judges and Ancillary Relief” (2000) Fam Law 577 and, again, in 2008  “Appealing from District Judges: Cause for Concern” (2008) Fam Law 675, I raised my concerns about the lack of an efficient and specialised Court system to deal with what were then known as ancillary relief and now financial remedy cases. In the event, it was to be over another decade before the current Financial Remedy Court was to emerge as a realistic prospect. 

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Family Flyer 98

April 27, 2022

Toughening of Financial Remedy Court Procedure following Farqhuar Report

When the concept of a Financial Remedies Court was first canvassed by the former President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, a number of years ago now, it was made abundantly clear then that the aim was to have an eventual Court system with an unrivalled reputation for quality and efficiency and that, in consequence, the same may well eventually require the imposition of penalties for lack of compliance for affected parties and professionals alike.

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Family Flyer 97

April 27, 2022

2022 – Some Observations on Financial Remedy Law and Practice in General

Entering 2022, I now approach my 48th year as a barrister on the Northern Circuit. I came to the Bar a year after the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973 hit the statute book and the year the UK had joined the Common Market. In that time, I have been struck, when mainly practising exclusively in what was then called “ancillary relief” and is now financial remedy work with the, yet incomplete, struggle for equal treatment – in what we would term our civilized society – which women have had upon divorce division. 

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Family Flyer 96

April 27, 2022

Pensions – “A Little Knowledge is a Dangerous Thing” – T v T (variation of pension sharing order and underfunded schemes) [2021] EWFC B67


H and W cohabited 1992 and married 1995. H a commercial director and W a hospital administrator had 2 children (20 & 25). They had separated in 2013 when H left the Fmh and their decree nisi was in 2013. The DJ made a final financial remedy order in 2015. The order provided for the Fmh to go to W and H to retain his own home bought post separation with a 40% PSO to W of H’s company pension (£826k ce) and both keeping their other pensions. The 40% PSO reflected the DJ’s broad assessment of balancing value for W gaining the whole of the Fmh value.

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Family Flyer 95

April 27, 2022

The Private FDR – in indelible ink – AC v CS (2021) EWHC 34 Mostyn J.

If there had been any thought by matrimonial practitioners that the provision for Private Financial Dispute Resolution (“PFDR”) in divorce financial remedy proceedings was a passing fad – then think again. 

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Family Flyer 94

April 27, 2022

Consent Orders – A Guide to Interpretation – an analysis of Derhalli v Derhalli [2021] EWCA Civ 112

Introduction:Interpretation of Consent Orders is an exercise often embarked upon a considerable time after an order was made and invariably after the financial geography of the respective parties has altered considerably from that which formed the basis of the negotiation leading to the order in the first place. Such changes can result in the party worst affected by the subsequent changes to take up stances as to the meaning of the words used in the Consent Order which would have been untenable if raised at the time.

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New Ranking

October 25, 2021

“Ashley has now uniquely on the Northern Circuit completed over 2 decades of being consistently placed year by year in Band 1 as Matrimonial Finance Counsel by both of the National Professional Legal Directories: Chambers and Partners 2022 and Legal 500 2022.”

“Band 1 Ashley Murray – Specialises in advising on divorce and related financial remedy issues.  He regularly advises clients on complex prenuptial agreements and represents high-profile individuals in ancillary relief cases.

Strengths: “Ashley is an absolute pleasure to deal with: always thoroughly prepared, his bedside manner puts clients immediately at ease and his knowledge of the law is second to none.”  “He has meticulous preparation and his attention to detail is phenomenal.  He has such a good grasp of the law; if he says something, judges will go with it.” – 2022, Chambers and Partners

Family Law Journal [2021] March 331

April 22, 2021

The impact of FPR 2010 Part 4.6 on Financial Remedy Applications for Permission to Appeal Out of Time

The process of an application to proceed out of time – has long been presented in family cases as a review of “all the circumstances”, not least, the merits of the substantive application succeeding. MG v AG now coalescences the CPR and FPR approaches when dealing with such applications in financial remedy cases.

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