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The law on parking penalties following on from ParkingEye –v- Beavis

On the 4th November 2015, the Supreme Court gave its judgement in respect of the combined cases of Cavendish Square Holding -v- Talal El Makdessi and ParkingEye Ltd -v- Beavis 2015.  The appeals gave the Supreme Court an opportunity to review the law on parking penalties as it has become something of a fraught area. 

Barry Beavis, 47 from Chelmsford, Essex, is a Chip Shop owner who was pursing litigation clearly, as a matter of principle so far as he was concerned.  He had also been the recipient of an £85 charge for breaching a 2 hour limit in April 2013, which he argued was “unfair and disproportionate”.  He did not, in principle, dispute that he had overstayed a free parking period by nearly an hour.


Will robots be taking over the legal profession?

The area of pensions has always been of critical importance in divorce. The area has, however, become even more important given the recent pension changes and particularly, the new pension freedoms now potentially available to the over 55’s who may be in a position to surrender substantial policies early. There is now the new danger that appropriate financial settlements may be endangered by assets being removed without appropriate disclosure being provided and indeed, where assets are liquidated, that no appropriate legal remedy may be available.

In addition, pioneering “robo-advisers” are helping over 55’ struggling to make the most of new pension freedoms by offering access to low cost retirement advice.


Is marriage going out of fashion?

Figures released on the 5th November 2015, show that cohabiting couples continue to the fastest growing family type in the UK in 2015.

The Office for National Statistics (ONS), have provided a Report showing that cohabiting couples in the UK have now reached 3.2 million. This in fact, represents an increase of nearly 30% between 2005 and 2015.


Impact of dishonesty and/or non-disclosure in divorce cases – important ruling by the supreme court

The Supreme Court has unanimously allowed the appeals of two ex-wives in the landmark cases of Sharland v Sharland and Gohil v Gohil.

In these two cases, the Supreme Court has made it clear that there will be zero tolerance for non-disclosure or indeed, dishonesty in financial proceedings arising from the breakdown of the marriage. In both of these cases, the former wives were seeking to have their divorce settlement set aside on the specific grounds of non-disclosure or dishonesty by their former husbands.


Score at mediation – rejecting the culture of winners and losers

Sporting events such as the recent Rugby World Cup captivated millions. Whether they watch on TV screens or for those lucky enough to have tickets in stadiums, the prospect of glory can be truly hypnotising.

Major sporting tournaments have existed for generations, but now fuelled by 24 hour news and media, today’s hype surrounding speculation of “who will win” is unprecedented. It can be strengthened by omnipresent betting websites adverts, by twitter or by a single click on a mobile that keeps everyone involved in the action whatever they are doing. There is just one winner, who will take it all, as the song has it.