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First probate registry closes as application delays drag on


Birmingham probate register office is the first to shut under HMCTS' £1bn reform programme.


Court upholds 'older died first' principle in inheritance dispute


Evidence on decomposition no basis for displacing the statutory presumption that the older person died first.

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Appeal allows stand-still agreement on claim 17 months out of time


High Court decision on inheritance case overturned as Court of Appeal judges give their backing to lawyers' agreement.

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Court slashes £25k costs for superfluous QC


Appeal judge comes down hard on party whose entire legal team arrived for costs hearing after family case.

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Did council owe claimants a duty of care?

24 June 2019By Malcolm Johnson

Latest in child protection.

Child and guardian

Parental alienation in criminal cases

2019-05-29T09:47:00+01:00By June Venters QC

It is not a matter confined to the family court.

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Orders in family proceedings: appeals


Mother’s appeal against findings of fact made against her in care proceedings, made on basis of fresh evidence suggesting her account of events had been plausible, was dismissed.

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Orders in family proceedings: disclosure to police


Court ruled appellant parents failed to establish central ground of appeal against care proceedings order based on ‘right to silence’.

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Letters roundup - 5 August 2019

5 August 2019

Cruise missiles, price transparency, and MoJ inefficiency: your letters to the editor.


Letters roundup - 15 July 2019

15 July 2019

Local law societies, frivolous marriage, and the Welsh language: your letters to the editor.


Letters roundup - 8 July 2019

8 July 2019

Rogue firms, interpreters, and lapses in judgement: your letters to the editor.

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DAVID ALFONSO ROBINSON of 10 Steep Hill, London, SW16 1UL, formerly of 90 Morin Road, London SW17 8DL. Died on 14th July 1997. Anyone knowing the Solicitors who managed the above estate (Will/Trusts, etc.) please contact or telephone 0114 2511111.

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