Tuesday, June 23, 2009

McFarlane: Relevant?

I started reading the report in McFarlane v McFarlane yesterday. But I didn't finish it. I will, but I kept thinking "why am I reading this?" The husband's income far exceeded the income of any spouse in any case that I or most solicitors have ever acted for. In fact, it far exceeded the income needs of both parties, even where those needs were put at £150,000 per annum each. Any esoteric legal arguments in such a case can surely have little bearing on the work done by the vast majority of family lawyers?

As I said, I will finish reading the report, and I may be proved wrong, but I doubt whether many of us will be changing the advice we give to our clients as a result of Mrs McFarlane's latest jaunt to the High Court.

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