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Celebrity is a powerful drug - the more celebrity you have, the greater the craving for more, by Marilyn Stowe

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Marilyn Stowe was the senior partner of the UK’s largest family law firm which she founded from a converted shop in East Leeds in 1982. She worked nationally and internationally until February 2017 when she sold her firm to private equity and left private practice.
During her career she represented thousands of clients, including some of the best known in the country, gaining a reputation as one of the top family lawyers in the UK. She appeared regularly on national TV radio and across the media for over 30 years.
In this post she considers the cult of celebrity and pursuit of fame.
Celebrity is a powerful drug. The more celebrity you have, the greater the craving for more.
It can start off easier nowadays with the advent of reality TV. Many new celebrities are literally plucked from obscurity and incredibly, become famous overnight going on to earn a lot of money.
They appear on TV and social media with increased regularity, until the celebrity seems to live thei…

News Essentials: 17th February 2020

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A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week: NEWS Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2020 These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010. Amendments include: Rule 7 inserts a new rule 5.7 into the FPR setting out requirements in relation to correspondence which is …

Internet Newsletter for Lawyers January/February 2020

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The latest issue of the  Internet Newsletter for Lawyers  is now published. In this issue: Internet law – As we leave the EU, Graham Smith of Bird & Bird takes a snapshot of where we are with internet law and what lies in store Resources – Paul Magrath of ICLR reviews Public Information Online fro…

Law School launches Support at Court initiative to help families navigate the court system

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Support at Court is a new initiative being launched by the University of Hertfordshire to provide free help and guidance to people attending a First Hearing Dispute Resolution Hearing (FHDRA), the first court hearing to deal with disputes between separated parents about their children. From March, l…

Open again!

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The blog is back open for business! Things may be a little different around here... Photo by  Alex Knight  on  Unsplash

Closing Down (well, partly...)

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Just a quick post to say that Family Lore , Family Lore Focus and the Family Lore Focus Newsletter are closing down. I will not be posting here any more. Family Lore Focus will be shut down shortly (I will no longer be posting links to family law news, cases, articles and blog posts), and the Newsle…

My posts this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog

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News Essentials: 16th December 2019

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A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week: NEWS Family Court Statistics Quarterly: July to September 2019 Quarterly data on the volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved. Full story:

New by me this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog

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My posts this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog included: A Presidential account of our developing knowledge of child abuse - Looking at the inaugural Baroness Butler-Sloss Family Law Lecture. Supreme Court considers ‘divorce tourism’ case - In the  Villiers case. Financial order set aside after findin…

Online legal advisors are giving parents biased and potentially damaging advice, new research finds

Vulnerable people representing themselves in court are being given biased and misinformed advice by online legal advisors, new research has found. A study carried out by Dr Tatiana Tkacukova, Senior Lecturer in English Language at Birmingham City University and Professor Hilary Sommerlad, Leeds Law …

News Essentials: 9th December 2019

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A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week: NEWS Transparency order templates The Courts and Tribunals Judiciary has published the following templates for the benefit of the judges and practitioners who will be making the template orders. Full story: Family Law Week

My posts this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog

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My posts this week on the Stowe Family Law Blog included: Latest divorce statistics may not be as significant as they appear - The reason for the drop may be a little more prosaic than some might think. Can divorce really be ‘contagious’? - I seek to answer that question. President gives overview of d…