Sarah French of Godwins Solicitors LLP presents to the National Resolution Conference

Every year family law professionals from around the country gather for the annual Resolution National Conference. Resolution, previously called the Solicitors Family Law Association, is a community of family law practitioners who commit to follow the Resolution Code of Conduct. This promotes an amicable and constructive…

The Split and what are Nesting Arrangements

The BBC’s drama, The Split, is one of my favourite TV shows! If you have not yet watched it, spoiler alert, do not read on unless you are happy to know an outline of the plot!

Of course, as a family law solicitor and mediator myself I am drawn to its plot, with Hannah Stern, an amazing family lawyer, going through her own marriage breakdown and divorce. Her husband Nathan, himself…

Sarah French joins Godwins, bringing a suite of enhanced Family Law services

Sarah French, an experienced family law solicitor, family mediator and collaborative lawyer, will be welcomed on board as an Associate Member and Head of Family Law at Godwins Solicitors LLP, from 4th May 2021.

Sarah’s move to Godwins will bring a new level of choice and control…

Good move for Godwins as talented team steps up as Members

We are delighted to share the news that Fiona Fox and Annabel Evans have accepted the invitation to become Members at Godwins Solicitors LLP, from 1st April. The team is extremely excited about this move, which…

​Racing Driver's Inaccurate Will Leaves His Heirs with Unwelcome Headache

The task of administering your estate after your death will be made all the harder if your will is not drafted with the precision that only a professional can provide. That was certainly so in one case concerning a retired racing driver's will which failed accurately to identify the good causes he wished to benefit.

The man's estate was…

​Getting Remarried? Children by a Previous Relationship? Read This

Finding love again following a failed marriage or the death of your spouse is a happy event but it can also have major legal implications. A High Court case illustrated the difficulties in respect of inheritance that can arise in so-called 'blended' families which include children from previous relationships.

The case concerned a man who…

Clerical Errors in Your Will or Codicil Can Create Discord After You Are Gone

Even apparently obvious or trifling clerical errors in a will or codicil may provide fertile ground for dispute and that is why it is so important to have such documents drafted by a professional. In a High Court case on point, a straightforward mathematical blunder came close to defeating a deceased scientist's wishes.

By his will, the man divided his residuary estate – which was worth…

​University IT Worker Impermissibly Penalised for Trade Union Activities

Trade union representatives perform an essential role and penalising them for doing their duty is a surefire way for employers to land themselves in legal hot water. That was certainly so in the case of a university which took disciplinary action against a representative who objected to a shift in its emailing policy (University College London v Brown).

​Severe Menopausal Symptoms Can Amount to a Disability, ET Rules

The word 'disability' may summon images of people suffering from grave physical incapacity but, in employment law terms, it has a much broader meaning than that. In an employment case on point, a woman who was suffering from the ill effects of the menopause met the statutory definition of disability (Daley v Optiva).

The woman, who was…

​Sacked Superyacht Captain Can Pursue Unfair Dismissal Claim in UK

An unfair dismissal claim brought by the former captain of a superyacht provided an opportunity for the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) to give guidance on the perennially thorny subject of the territorial reach of UK employment law (Crew Employment Services Camelot v Gould).

The man resided in the USA, the yacht on which he worked was registered…