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Parental Alienation

At the end of a relationship, there can often be animosity between the parties. This can sometimes spill out into arrangements for childcare. In recent years, there has been a high level of media attention around the concept of ‘parental alienation’, leading many of our clients to mention this when they first contact us. Many

Beautiful data: analytics can help us ask ourselves the right questions

Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (February 2019 issue). Stockholm, October 2018. I’m at the IBM University Analytics conference, sitting in on an analytics session, surrounded by data scientists. What possible relevance could data analytics have for English family law? The journey that took me to Stockholm began two years earlier when I obtained a

What do family lawyers sell?

There is a popular story in business schools which goes something like this: The new CEO of Black & Decker asked his board of directors what their business did.  He held up a drill – “is this what we sell?” he asked.  “Yes,” said the directors, nodding; “that’s one of ours; that’s what we sell”. 

What can divorcing parents do to help their children?

Children depend on their family unit for stability and support. If that unit is to be changed as a result of divorce then careful consideration needs to be given as to how that can be managed to limit any detrimental impact on the children. In this blog we explore some top tips to minimise the

How can you mediate if you don’t know what the assets are worth?

That was the question that was put to me by another lawyer recently after I expressed astonishment that legal costs in the long-running Quan v Bray divorce had reached £7m. “You know what doesn’t cost £7m?” I asked. “Mediation.” “I wonder whether it’s possible to mediate without establishing the factual matrix and asset base” he replied. On the face

Such a lonely word: reinventing honesty

Alan Larkin writes for Solicitors Journal (January 2019 issue).  It struck me, at the end of a recent strategy team day, that the word ‘honesty’ had inserted itself on flip charts and peppered our discussions, alongside the usual suspects of ‘trust’ and ‘vision’.  Honesty towards clients, colleagues, legal peers in other firms and with oneself.