Welcome to our news section. Keep up to date with all the latest press releases and legal news from Trethowans.

Can I Skype the Judge?

November 16, 2018

As part of the Dispute Resolution Briefing Autumn edition, Kelvin Farmaner looks at how cases in the court room could one day be a thing of the past.

Cohabitation law –The present position

November 16, 2018

Part of the Dispute Resolution Briefing Autumn edition, various Trethowans contributors have come together to provide insight into their specialist areas of Resolution.

A gaslighter in divorce: extinguishing the self-doubt and questioning

November 16, 2018

Emilie Holland and Nikki Emerton from BeU look at how to deal with a psychologically manipulative partner in separation or divorce.

Trethowans receives industry accolade as it continues to expand

November 14, 2018

Law firm Trethowans has received an impressive 43 mentions in one of the UK’s top legal directories.

Trethowans raises the curtain on community theatre partnership

November 6, 2018

Law firm Trethowans has raised the curtain on a new partnership with Bournemouth Pavilion.

Contemplating separation? Think of the children!

October 31, 2018

Article written by Amy Trench for Forum Publications. Amy answers some questions specifically about the impact on children when parents separate and/or divorce.

Legal 500 Recognition

October 30, 2018

The Family Team at Trethowans has again been acknowledged across the South of England for its expertise in dealing with complex high net worth financial provision; intricate private children cases as well as advising on surrogacy and fertility.

Divorce – The Reality

October 29, 2018

Tabloid headlines recently declared that TV personality Ant McPartlin’s infidelity was so intolerable that his wife could not continue to live with him and their marriage was dissolved in a matter of minutes.

No Fault Divorce

September 20, 2018

Earlier this month Justice Secretary David Gauke announced the Government’s intention to launch a consultation on the introduction of “no-fault” divorce after a sustained campaign from Resolution (whose membership comprises family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of family disputes in a non confrontational environment) and, in light of the high profile…

Challenges encountered with Cryptocurrencies in divorce settlements

August 28, 2018

It is fair to say that reaching a financial settlement in divorce cases can be a challenging journey for the parties involved. Regardless of which process the parties wish to embark on, most cases start with basic disclosure.

Trethowans Calls For Speed-Up In Law

August 8, 2018

Solicitors at Trethowans have backed calls to speed up legislation that will stop domestic abuse victims having to face their abusers in court.

Common Law Spouses

August 3, 2018

All too frequently we hear that phrase “common law spouse”. What many people do not appreciate is that legally, there is no such thing. The only way you will be considered a spouse, and therefore have full financial claims against the other on divorce, is to be legally married to or in a civil partnership with that person.

Grandparents’ Rights

August 2, 2018

A question that family lawyers are often asked is what rights do grandparents have to see their grandchildren?

High profile divorce case prompts calls for changes to the law

July 30, 2018

The Supreme Court has this week rejected an appeal by a woman who wants to divorce her husband of 40 years because she says their marriage is unhappy.

Mrs Owens Refused Divorce

July 30, 2018

In order to secure a Decree of divorce, the party issuing the Petition (“the Petitioner”) must satisfy the Court that the marriage has irretrievably broken down. To do so, the Petition must be based on one of five facts which are defined in legislation brought into effect 45 years ago.

Trethowans Sponsors Chalke Valley History Festival

July 10, 2018

The Chalke Valley History Festival, now in its eighth year, has proved to be yet another successful event.

Solent business Growth Summit 2018

July 6, 2018

Secrets of Jo’s sweet success

Family lawyers put best foot forwards for hospice

June 21, 2018

Ten members of our Family team recently raised more than £2,500 for charity by pulling on their walking boots and putting in a marathon fundraising effort.

Trethowans acts on the sale of Armstrongs Builders Merchants

June 20, 2018

The Corporate Team at Trethowans has acted on the sale of Armstrongs Builders Merchants to Anglesey based builders merchants, Huws Gray.

Trethowans Solicitors acts on the sale of Sealock Limited

June 5, 2018

The Corporate Team at Trethowans has acted for the shareholders of Sealock Limited on their disposal of the entire issued share capital to Follmann Chemie GMBH, a German based company.

Proud sponsors of Salisbury Cathedral School Junior Entrepreneurs

May 29, 2018

Trethowans Solicitors acts for Golden Wolf on minority stake

May 18, 2018

Trethowans Solicitors acts for Golden Wolf on minority stake taken by New York based creative studio, Psyop.

Prince Harry Chooses Not To Say “I Do” To A Pre-Nup

May 17, 2018

It has been many years since a wedding has garnered as much attention as the impending nuptials of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle. In light of the high profile nature of this union, and Harry’s parents’ own acrimonious divorce, it may come as a surprise to many that the Prince is rumoured to have declined to enter into a Prenuptial Agreement.

Do the Contributions of a ‘Genius’ Impact on a Divorce Settlement?

May 5, 2018

What if one party to the marriage has made a stellar or special contribution? Can that party argue that their ‘genius’ should result in an unequal sharing of the family wealth during separation, particularly if such wealth results from his / her endeavours?

It’s All Relative: Spousal Maintenance

April 23, 2018

The issue of spousal maintenance is something which is divisive and cases such as Mrs Waggott's this feed both the tabloids and the broadsheets. This includes the now ever familiar headlines of “Meal ticket for life backfire” (The Telegraph) and “£10M divorce pay-out wasn’t enough” (The Sun). With emotive headlines and eye watering sums of money involved it can sometimes be difficult to get the…

Divorcing Couples Urged To Consider Court Orders For Financial Settlements

April 20, 2018

Experts from leading law firm Trethowans are emphasising the importance of dismissing financial remedy claims with a court order within divorce proceedings.

Trethowans sponsor Badbury Rings Point to Point

April 17, 2018

Trethowans were delighted to sponsor the Badbury Rings Point to Point on 8 April.

Trethowans celebrate the leading self-catering accommodation providers in Dorset

April 11, 2018

Trethowans Solicitors revealed the winners of their sponsored category the ‘Self-catering Accommodation Award’ at the 2018 BAPTA Ball Awards Ceremony. Winners of the brand new category for 2018 were Burnbake Forest Lodges based in Wareham.

Late payment problems

April 4, 2018

Failing to receive payment on time can be a real issue for any business as it affects cash flow, business development and the general growth of the company in question.

Fundamental Dishonesty in Personal Injury Claims

April 3, 2018

A 2018 High Court decision provides a useful clarification as to when a dishonest Claimant’s personal injury claim will be dismissed in its entirety, even if parts of the claim were valid. This is likely to mean a more robust stance can be taken by many insurers or others facing such claims when fraud is suspected.

Why exchanging contracts can take your conveyancer all day

March 23, 2018

Why exchanging contracts can take your conveyancer all day, if not two days.

Separation and Presumption of Involvement

February 26, 2018

In the sad and unfortunate event that parents separate, they have a duty and responsibility to their children to ensure that they are able to maintain a meaningful relationship with both of them.

The Good Work Plan

February 7, 2018

In the wee small hours of this morning I was pottering up the A303 to Basingstoke (sunrise over the Festival Centre is well worth seeing) and heard the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy extolling his departments “Good Work Plan”. It sounded impressive but I found myself wondering about its substance so I looked it up. It turns out the plan is in fact a 5 page press…

Lasting Power of Attorney

February 5, 2018

Have you made a Lasting Power of Attorney which was registered with the Office of the Public Guardian in the last 5 years? If so, you may be owed some money.

A Family Lawyers Guide to a Good Relationship

February 3, 2018

So what factors does Cupid need to take on board when considering what is likely to make a long and lasting relationship. One which will stand the test of time? With February comes Valentines Day, considered to be “the most romantic day of the year”, having its origins in a Roman festival where Cupid the god of desire and son of Venus the goddess of love would match and pair off couples with a…

New Beginnings

January 29, 2018

Family Law Partners, Emma Wilders-Pratt and Juliet Mayhew recently held a fabulous New Beginnings Workshop for those who are contemplating separation.

Karl marks first of many key appointments in 2018

January 29, 2018

Law firm Trethowans has kicked off the new year with a senior appointment at its Southampton office.

Trethowans announces Bournemouth Office Expansion

January 22, 2018

Trethowans has announced its expansion into Bournemouth with the opening of a new office in early 2018.

Prohibition of surcharges

January 19, 2018

New rules, which came into effect on 13 January 2018, prohibit traders from applying a surcharge on consumers, in addition to the advertised price of the goods or services in question, on the basis of a consumer’s choice of payment method.

Trethowans rounds off 2017 with new partner

January 10, 2018

Trethowans has rounded off a record-breaking year with the appointment of another partner.

Trethowans announces association with the BAPTAs

December 22, 2017

Trethowans have joined forces with the BAPTAs – the tourism awards which cover the whole of the BH post code area and are on the look-out for entries and nominations for the ‘Self-Catering Accommodation Award’, a brand-new category for 2018.

Trethowans is listed in Headway’s Head Injury Solicitors Directory

December 6, 2017

Trethowans has been listed in the 2018 edition of Headway’s Head Injury Solicitors Directory. The personal injury team across Salisbury, Southampton and Poole, meet the appropriate criteria set by Headway when dealing with brain injury personal injury cases and all three offices have been accredited by Headway.

Myth Busting Guide for Co-habiting Couples

December 1, 2017

Cohabiting couples have become the fastest growing family type in the UK but a new survey has revealed that two thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe common law marriage laws exist when dividing up finances. The survey, by Resolution, found many people thought they would be entitled to money if they split up when, in reality, they wouldn’t be.

Stamp Duty abolished for First Time ‘Buyers’ – is it really that simple?

December 1, 2017

As of 22 November 2017, certain individuals who buy a residential property in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, at a price up to £300,000 can claim a complete exemption from stamp duty, and a flat rate of 5% stamp duty on the portion from £300,001 to £500,000.

There is no such thing as a ‘Common Law Marriage’

November 30, 2017

A 2017 Resolution survey of family lawyers revealed that 89% of those surveyed found that when advising unmarried couples they were surprised to learn they have no legal rights. Regularly people reference “but I’m his common law wife” or “but we have been together for over 10 years and so he is as good as my husband”. There is no such thing as a common law husband or wife. It is a myth that has…

Will your home move coast dangerously into the Christmas break?

November 30, 2017

Typically from the 1st of December there is the annual danger that the professional foot is distracted by the forthcoming Christmas break, and is removed from the home moving accelerator – leading to a slow coast into a Christmas break.

Social care compliance scheme

November 24, 2017

The scheme was launched on 1 November to address the challenge facing the care sector following the EAT’s ruling about working time and sleep-overs. Links to my previous pieces on this topic are here:

Trethowans guide on how to have the best Christmas office party ever

November 23, 2017

Trethowans have released an eight-point guide to having the best-ever Christmas office party.

Night of magic and prizes raise thousands for charity

November 22, 2017

A night of fun hosted by Trethowans has helped to raise more than £4,700 for charity.

Law firm gears up for Christmas with festive good deed

November 20, 2017

Trethowans is starting the season of goodwill early, with a £1,000 pre-Christmas boost for local nominated charity, Naomi House & Jacksplace.

Family team acknowledged in industry guides

November 20, 2017

Last month The Lawyer acknowledged that Trethowans was the fastest growing Legal Firm in the UK with a turnover of £24m. Its net profit was up 27.2% with the Firm only one of three Firms in the UK 200 to produce turnover growth of 20% or more.