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Leora Taratula-Lyons - promoted to Associate

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Burgess Mee is pleased to announce Leora Taratula-Lyons' promotion to Associate. Leora joined Burgess Mee in November 2020 and advises on a wide range of family law issues, including divorce and private children law cases - High net worth...

In/Fertility in the City: Part 2

Jacqueline  Marcus
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On 7 July 2022, Burgess Mee’s own Natalie Sutherland and CEO and Founder of Mimoza Fleur, Somaya Ouazzani, hosted In/Fertility in the City: Part 2 to a packed room of 120 people in Stephenson Harwood’s offices in London. This followed an...

Proposed Change to Tax Regime for Separating Couples

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The Government has proposed a change of rules applying to the transfer of assets between spouses and civil partners who are separating. The proposed changes ensure fairer tax rules that give spouses more time to transfer assets between one another without...

National Surrogacy Week Blog Series - blog 3

Natalie  Sutherland
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X v Z (Parental Order Adult) [2022] EWFC 26 In our third and final blog in the National Surrogacy Week ( https://surrogacyweek.co.uk/ ) series, we look at the first ever Parental Order that was made in respect of a surrogate born child who is now an...

National Surrogacy Week Blog Series - blog 2

Natalie  Sutherland
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H v United Kingdom In our second blog in the National Surrogacy Week ( https://surrogacyweek.co.uk/ ) series, we look at a European Court of Human Rights case which involved a young girl born through surrogacy. She took the UK Government to Strasbourg...

National Surrogacy Week Blog Series - blog 1

Natalie  Sutherland
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Jennings v Human Fertilisation and Embryology Authority [2022] EWHC 1619 (Fam) National Surrogacy Week https://surrogacyweek.co.uk/ runs from 1 to 7 August 2022. Throughout the week we will be publishing a series of blogs highlighting recently reported...

Burgess Mee ranked in Chambers HNW

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The firm is thrilled to have been ranked in Band 3 for Family/Matrimonial: High Net Worth in Chambers and Partners HNW 2022. Chambers and Partners have 200 researchers who conduct research across 200 jurisdictions, interviewing thousands of people,...

Best Boutique Family Law Firm - eprivateclient Excellence Awards

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Burgess Mee named Best Boutique Family Law Firm at eprivateclient Excellence Awards Burgess Mee is delighted to have been named Best Boutique Family Law Firm at the eprivateclient Excellence Awards last night at a black tie gathering at The Langham Hotel...

Pride: LGBTQ Estate Planning

Emily Robertson
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Pride was a riot – a fact that often seems to be forgotten during this month’s sea of rainbow flags and merchandise. Pride month is celebrated on the anniversary of The Stonewall Riots. They were largely started by transgender women of colour at...

Something has changed... so can I change my financial order?

Suzanna Brown
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Whilst the team at Burgess Mee are regularly contacted to help resolve the financial aspect of a separation, they are also often approached after the event when a court order is in place but one party’s circumstances have changed to an extent that they...

Fertility treatment: Preparing for the worst

Natalie  Sutherland
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First published by Family Law Journal (Legalease) in May 2022. Natalie Sutherland is a partner at Burgess Mee and a trustee of Progress Educational Trust Natalie Sutherland looks at posthumous conception and issues of consent and legal parenthood ...

Peter Burgess and The Cross Check nominated for Resolution Award

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Peter Burgess, partner and co-founder of Burgess Mee Family Law, has been shortlisted for a prestigious Resolution Award which celebrates family professionals who have championed the Resolution Code of Practice and played a part in creating a better family...

Divorce week: Single lawyer advice services

Peter Burgess
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Welcome to the next blog in our series of articles about supporting couples in the week that no-fault divorce changes the family law landscape. There are now quite a few services which offer a “ one lawyer, two clients ” type service. ...

Divorce week: Hybrid Mediation - What is it?

Peter Burgess
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In part three of our look at how best clients can use the new no-fault divorce legislation to try to remove acrimony from the process of separating, this article will talk a little more about ‘hybrid mediation’. Although hybrid mediation...

Divorce week: Happy Co-Parent

Peter Burgess
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In part two of our look at how couples can remove the acrimony from their separation process, we are looking at co-parenting. Around two years ago at Burgess Mee we realised that what was lacking from the information and resources available online was...

Divorce week: No-Fault Divorce: Separation in the 21st Century

Suzanna Brown
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No-fault divorce, arguably the biggest reform to the law governing divorce in England and Wales in over fifty years, comes into force on 6 April when the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 becomes law. The Act received royal assent on 25 June...

Fertility in the Workplace

Natalie  Sutherland
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Rob Hanna , of Legally Speaking Podcast , hosts the miniseries Fertility in the Workplace .  He is joined by Natalie Sutherland of Burgess Mee Family Law and Somaya Ouazzani of Mimoza Fleur in four discussions: How Can Law Firms Do...

Burgess Mee launches The Cross Check

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Burgess Mee launches The Cross Check to offer clients holistic advice on navigating the legal, financial and emotional aspects of relationship breakdown Burgess Mee Family Law today announces the launch of The Cross Check , a comprehensive and...

How to leave a toxic relationship

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First published by Newsweek on 6 March 2022 Peter Burgess is quoted in Newsweek's article 'How to Leave a Toxic Relationship', by Tom Fish.   Peter emphasises on making a plan when deciding to leave a toxic relationship. Click ...

LGBTQ+ History in the UK

Vikkie Chetcuti-Gee
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LGBTQ+ history month takes place in February each year and was initiated in the UK in February 2005 by Schools Out UK (though it was founded in 1994 in Missouri). The intention is to raise awareness of and combat prejudice against LGBTQ+ people and their...

Burgess Mee appoints fertility officer

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It came as a welcomed, yet unexpected surprise, that our appointment of a fertility officer would get a much needed conversation started.  Natalie Sutherland , who has been the driving force behind this initiative, has been contacted by various...

Finances and the breakdown of a relationship

Kirsty Morris
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First published by What Investmen t on 8 February 2022. Relationship break ups need not be hard to do - Kay Ingram advises on finances on finances including pensions, property, and debt. Marriage in England & Wales has declined from 36 per 1,000...

Cohabitation and marriage - new year, new us?

Kirsty Morris
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With the new year comes a renewed focus on aims and objectives for the year ahead. In addition to thinking about holiday plans and home renovation projects, attention can be turned to ‘relationship goals’. One question the Burgess Mee team is...

Firm promotion

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Congratulations to Sarah Bunn who has been promoted to Associate! Sarah joined Burgess Mee in February this year.  Sarah has worked very hard since she joined us and the promotion is thoroughly deserved.  To read more about Sarah, visit her...

It's Christmas, all over... again

David Lillywhite
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We are approaching the time of the year when parents should be considering and trying to agree the arrangements for their children over the Christmas holidays. December can be stressful at the best of times, especially with the ever-present pressure to have...

Ukrainian Surrogacy journey for UK intended parents

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Please join a discussion about the Ukrainian Surrogacy journey for UK intended parents with Natalie Sutherland , family solicitor and Partner of Burgess Mee Family Law , Louise Riding, Co-Founder of Ukrainian Surrogacy Agency Nest and Co , Alexander...

Burgess Mee ranked in leading UK legal directories

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Burgess Mee Family Law is pleased to have been ranked once again as a leading law firm in the 2022 edition of Chambers UK , which was published today. The firm is recommended for family/matrimonial law, while Burgess Mee partners and co-founders, Peter...

Reform of UK fertility laws - ripe for change

Natalie  Sutherland
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First published by Today's Family Lawyer  on 7 October 2021  -  Reform of UK fertility laws – ripe for change On 6th September, the Government announced an overhaul of the UK’s fertility laws, with plans to extend the...

The importance of language and inclusivity to LGBT parents

Natalie  Sutherland
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The ‘traditional’ family unit consists of a mother and a father, who are respectively female and male, and that heterosexual gender-conforming couple bringing a child into the world will likely do so without ever thinking that ‘the...

Cohabitation in 2021 - Information for the Modern Family

David Lillywhite
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Cohabiting couples are the fastest growing family type according to official figures. . Apparently the number of cohabiting couples has more than doubled between 1996 and 2016 (from 1.5 million to 3.3 million), representing 1 in 5 families who share this...

LPAs, Capacity And Silver Splitters - The Practitioner's Perspective

Leora Taratula-Lyons
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First published by WealthBriefing on 16 August 2021 -  August Big Read: LPAs, Capacity And Silver Splitters – The Practitioner’s Perspective Written by Peter Burgess and Leora Taratula-Lyons In July the UK government announced...

Surrogacy & Donor Conception

Natalie  Sutherland
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Surrogacy & Donor Conception - w/ Natalie Sutherland, Mr Divorce Coach & Fay Petcher - The Divorce Coaching Podcast Ep19.  First published by Divorce Coaching Podcast on 2 August 2021. Partner at Burgess Mee, Natalie Sutherland, joined Tom...

Introduction to Surrogacy

Natalie  Sutherland
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Introduction to Surrogacy, first published by Family Law Week and hosted by Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers , gives and introduction to surrogacy law in England and Wales and looks at some interesting cases in the family court.  Rachel is...

Court is not the only option

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A Short Guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution Two of the most common concerns clients express at the initial meeting with our solicitors are the potential legal costs which will be incurred and the time and energy required to resolve their situation....

Considering donor conception? Consider taking legal advice - part 2

Natalie  Sutherland
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Part 2: When things go wrong. In Part 1 of this blog series, I looked at why you should obtain legal advice before conceiving using donor gametes and how that affects legal parenthood. In Part 2 I will consider what happens if you discover after...

Considering donor conception? Consider taking legal advice

Natalie  Sutherland
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Part 1: Legal Parenthood. If you are considering building your family through donor conception, chances are you have already travelled a long road of infertility or perhaps you are a same sex couple where donor conception is something you have come to...

What makes a marriage?

Kirsty Morris
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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent interview with Oprah brought up many issues, one of which was whether they enjoyed a valid marriage ceremony before their much-publicised wedding in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle. Meghan stated that...

Same-sex parents and parental responsibility - getting advice early

Polly Faithfull
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When same-sex couples become parents, they are faced with a number of important issues which makes taking proper legal advice essential to avoid issues arising in the event that they unfortunately separate. This was highlighted in the recent judgment of FC...

Trans rights in family law - is the law evolving too slowly?

Vikkie Chetcuti-Gee
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LGBT+ History Month takes place every February, to promote equality and diversity and increase awareness of the LGBT+ community.  We thought it would be useful to put a spotlight on two recent cases affecting the transgender community. Family law is an...

Rock My Age

Natalie  Sutherland
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First published by Rock My Age on 11 February 2021. Erika Uffindell speaks to Natalie Sutherland about the complexities faced in surrogacy but they also look at the rewarding feeling that comes from helping others start or grow their family. ...

Can I be Forced to Vaccinate my Child?

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Vaccinations have been a controversial topic for some time and disputes over the merits of vaccinating children have garnered much media attention. Given the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and the work of the scientific community, these are likely to become...

Brexit: How does it affect my divorce?

Natalie  Sutherland
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With the news being dominated by Covid-19 for the last 9 months, we have had a bit of a break from hearing about ‘Brexit’. But, like it or not, Brexit will happen and the laws that we apply to family law issues come January 2021, will be very...

'Tis the Season to communicate better....

Peter Burgess
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We are approaching the time of the year when parents need to have considered and agreed the arrangements for their children for the Christmas holidays. December can be stressful at the best of times, but there are going to be further complications this year...

Modern Family

Natalie  Sutherland
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#30 Finally Pregnatn x Modern Fmaily Bonus Episode - Surrogacy Law , first published by Finally Pregnant on 27 November 2020. Cat Strawbridge  speaks to Natalie Sutherland  about surrogacy law in the United Kingdom. Click here to to listen...

UK intended parents considering a US surrogacy journey

Natalie  Sutherland
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UK intended parents considering a US surrogacy journey -  First published by  Patriot Conceptions   on 23 November 2020 What you need to know Family building through surrogacy is a complex and time consuming process in normal...

Arbitration - suddenly more appealing

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There are many different ways to resolve issues arising following the breakdown of a relationship. Now, more than ever before, there is a renewed emphasis on alternative forms of dispute resolution which are often quicker and cheaper than using the courts....

An update on the 'blame game'. Can I get a 'no fault' divorce?

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You may have seen the recent news surrounding “ no fault ” divorce over the last few years following the Supreme Court’s decision in Owens v Owens , and the subsequent Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill which made its way...

Private FDRs

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When a divorcing couple are trying to reach an agreement as to how to share their finances, it can often be the case that the two parties have very different opinions as to what this agreement should look like. This can be for many different reasons. It may...

Update - maintenance in England while divorce proceeds in Scotland

Kirsty Morris
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The recent Supreme Court decision in Villiers v Villiers [2020] UKSC 30 has raised the issue of spousal maintenance claims in England and Wales in the national press once again. The English courts are already generally viewed as a generous forum for...

Arbitration: A beginner's guide

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UPDATE 22.01.2021: Following the Court of Appeal case of Haley v Haley [2020] EWCA Civ 1369 , the circumstances in which you can appeal an arbitration award have changed. You can read about those changes here . In these uncertain times, the...