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The battle lines have been drawn for what is set to be one of the biggest and most high-profile divorce cases in over a decade.

Having fled Dubai in June, Princess Haya has sought refuge in London, and it has been reported that she is seeking political asylum in the UK on the basis that she is a former Jordanian official and is allegedly seeking diplomatic immunity.

Princess Haya is married to the ruler of Dubai, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid al-Maktoum. who has a personal wealth estimated in the region of £4.5 billion.

The Princess has issued applications in the High Court in London in respect of her children, specifically protection from forced marriage, and is also seeking the protection of the Court by way of a non-molestation order. The Sheikh is challenging these applications made by his wife.

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Tuesday, 20 August 2019 15:22

WHAT PRIDE MEANS TO ME

Having recently marched with my firm, MSB Solicitors, in the Liverpool Pride celebrations, it gave me the opportunity to think more about what Pride really means to me.

The festivities on the day itself are great and a lot of fun to be a part of. I was inspired to see the number of people that had turned out (despite the rain) and it was encouraging to see so many children and families in attendance.

As much as the Pride events are an opportunity to celebrate how far the LGBTQ+ community has come in the quest for equality, they are also a great chance to witness how the world could be if everyone just accepted each other as the individuals they are. The Pride celebrations are open to people from all walks of life, whether they be gay, straight, black, white, it doesn’t matter, everyone is welcome to join in the fun. In a world that is becoming more and more polarised, this is a fantastic and uplifting thing to witness.

The Pride events are also vital for the younger generation, who may be struggling with their own identities, to experience at least one day of the year, unity between all communities. They can have the opportunity to identify with their own feelings and find comfort in knowing that it is ok to be who you are and love who you want to love. Our differences are what make us.

Working for MSB, a firm that prioritises equality and inclusion for all of its employees, gives me a personal sense of Pride. It is important for me to work for a company that allows me to be my true self and to know that everyone is given equal opportunities for career progression. Unfortunately, in the world we live in, this is still not commonplace.

MSB offers a full range of legal services to the LGBTQ+ community, including an increasing amount of cases involving surrogacy and adoption, which our family team have a particular interest and expertise in.
If you need support, get in touch with our team on 0151 281 9040.

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Parental abduction and wrongful retention –where a child has been taken to or kept in a foreign country following an overseas trip without the appropriate consent – are not issues that any parent wants to consider. However, unfortunately as the summer holidays draw to a close, many parents are having to face them as a life-altering reality. Most commonly, retention of a child abroad takes place following a separation or divorce and is carried out by the parent who is the primary carer of the child.

According to Missing Children Europe’s latest report, out of 1,246 new cases opened on the hotlines in 2018, just 18% were returned to their parent at home following abduction by another parent. In 1.2% of the cases, children were found to have died. In addition, 64% of children who are abducted by a parent have no contact with a parent left behind during the abduction.

These shocking statistics reinforce the importance of preventing this happening where possible and expeditious resolution when it does occur. By seeking legal advice at an early stage, parents can avoid tragic circumstances such as this and ensure the best possible outcome for both parent and child.

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Thursday, 01 August 2019 14:14

THE PRE-ACTION PROTOCOL

And what it means for Creditors
The new Pre-Action Protocol (PAP) came into force in October 2017 and it affects ALL businesses who are dealing with sole traders or private individuals. The Protocol does not affect Limited Companies or Partnerships.

What is the objective of the Protocol?
The objective of the protocol is to encourage creditors and debtors to attempt to resolve matters or at least attempt to narrow down any issues, before bringing the matter before the Court so ensuring that litigation is a last resort.

So how is the Protocol different?
Prior to October 2017, if you were struggling to get your invoices paid, it would have been sufficient to simply send to the debtor a letter before action giving them 7 days to pay, or you would issue a claim against them, at Court. Since the implementation of this new legislation, it is no longer sufficient to do this and you now have to send a fairly detailed letter before claim and give a minimum of 30 days notice before issuing a claim at Court.

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