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A High Court Judgement handed down last week by Mr Justice Tugendhat in favour of Mr Cruddas in his libel battle against the Sunday Times has crushed the newspaper and blown their defence completely out of the water.

The old cliché of lawyers being risk averse is true…of most lawyers. But find a lawyer that is more of a businessman (or woman), who views the law as a vehicle for driving their own business forward, who recognises the need and importance of keeping up with the times, the importance of change and the importance of marketing and social media, and you would have sourced a very important business ally.

When things eventually come to the ‘crunch’, when all the talking is done, inevitably divorce proceedings are issued and you are immediately faced with the overwhelming task of dividing your matrimonial assets with your soon to be ex-spouse, in order to achieve the right financial settlement for you. Where do you start?

When things eventually come to the ‘crunch’, when all the talking is done, inevitably divorce proceedings are issued and you are immediately faced with the overwhelming task of dividing your matrimonial assets with your soon to be ex-spouse, in order to achieve the right financial settlement for you. Where do you start?

The ruling issued by the High Court today in the matter of Sally Bercow versus Lord McAlpine strikes a number of critical cords where the issue of online defamation is concerned.

The libel claim brought by London businessman David Hunt against the Sunday Times shows that cliché’s concerning London ‘gangsters’ may often be more than simply cliché’s, they may actually be defamatory.

Established trusts have been successfully used in recent divorce cases to achieve favourable outcomes for divorcing husbands – the recent case of Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors v Prest [2012], being an example. However, in this case, we have a clear and obvious example of trusts being used for tax efficiency reasons, but where they have resulted in a husband losing significantly in his divorce settlement.

The recent FA charge given to Ryan Bennett, for breach of FA rule E3 should act as a warning to all other professional footballers – your social media behaviour is judged against a higher bar than that of the general public.

Ryan Bennett’s example, i.e. being punished for using threatening/improper words on Twitter shows that a footballer’s social media behaviour is under the FA’s magnifying spotlight.

If you think that it is possible to go online, create a blog anonymously to defame your competition and get away with it… YOU ARE WRONG, SO THINK AGAIN!

A staggering £15 million divorce settlement brought to an end this widely publicized divorce case which has been going on for the past four years.

John Spyrou named as a feature blogger for TwentyFour7 Football Magazine. Click below to read his latest articles on his legal twist to Football related issues.

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According to the Legal Ombudsman, some solicitors are failing to advise clients who are getting divorced to settle their courtroom battles before costs rise out of control because of the "emotional rawness" of those involved.

The Legal Ombudsman’s report claims that nearly a fifth (18%) of the 7,500 complaints resolved last year involved divorce or family law-related cases, making it the most complained about area of law in England and Wales.

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