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Tony Hawkin Financial SettlementThe legal press is often filled with people fighting acrimonious and lengthy Court proceedings to ensure they get “every penny they are entitled to”. However, former maths teacher, Tony Hawkin is separating from one of Britain’s wealthiest entrepreneurs after 21 years of marriage because he does not like being rich and “isn’t in the habit of spending money”.

The parties met on a blind date whilst Mr Hawkin was a teacher and Ms Xiu Li was a student. It seems that the marriage continued happily until 2011 when Ms Xiu Li’s idea of building shopping centres in disused Chinese air raid shelters had earnt her an estimated £1.1 billion. This placed her in the Sunday Times Richlist.

It appears the parties immediately traded up from their semi-detached home in South Norwood and bought a £1.5 million mansion in Surrey. Despite this, it seemed that Mr Hawkin continued to prefer to lunch in the local Wetherspoons, buy books from the local charity shops and shun the lifestyle of the rich and famous. It is reported that Ms Li is now worth in the region of $1.2 billion. Yet the parties have been able to negotiate an amicable resolution to their separation which leaves Mr Hawkin walking away with $1 million. When the law goes to such extent to ensure that there can be an equal division of assets upon the termination of long marriages, Mr Hawkin’s approach has to be admired to a certain extent. In divorce proceedings, we always talk about “needs” and how these can be “generously assessed”. It must make a refreshing change to all for someone to be genuine and honest about how their needs can be met on a modest amount.

Financial Settlements: Not everyone is after all they can get!

Date: April 25th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The legal press is often filled with people fighting acrimonious and lengthy Court proceedings to ensure they get “every penny they are entitled to”. However, former maths teacher, Tony Hawkin is separating from one of Britain’s wealthiest entrepreneurs after 21 years of marriage because he does not like being rich and “isn’t in the habit… Read the full article

Family Arrangement Orders – more terminology or a real change?

Date: April 23rd, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

We all remember terms such as “custody and access”, which were replaced with the new legal framework of “residence and contact”. The hope was to bring a more positive view on the arrangements concerning children. The Children and Families Bill has now proposed that the terminology of Residence and Contact Orders will change and be… Read the full article

Getting funding for the weaker party in litigation: A perplexing problem

Date: April 21st, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

It is said of some countries that you can obtain, “the best justice that money can buy.”  This expression is not necessarily referring to flaws in the Court system but the fact that the financially stronger party hires a costly and expensive legal team who have the ability and can spend the preparation time necessary… Read the full article

Would our divorce be quicker in England than in Ireland?

Date: April 18th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Client Question: I separated from my wife two years ago and moved to England to be with my family (I am actually Irish, but many of my family members live in England).  I have decided to divorce my wife which I suspect she will not want to do even though we are no longer together. … Read the full article

Lawyers don’t always mean litigation

Date: April 16th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

In recent years there has been endorsements from the Courts and profession of mediation as a means of trying to resolve difficulties divorcing couple’s financial affairs.  What is less well known is that there are other forms of resolving disputes that also do not involve Court proceedings. I recently attended what is known as a… Read the full article

Sharia Law and the law in England and Wales

Date: April 12th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

England and Wales do not apply Sharia law.  Although Muslims are freely able to take part in a Nikah (Islamic marriage contract) performed in England and Wales the ceremony is not considered a valid marriage under the law in England and Wales.  The parties are treated as if they were cohabitees on the breakdown of… Read the full article

Am I entitled to a share of my husband’s pension if we divorce?

Date: April 11th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

Client Question: My husband and I have been married for 25 years and we are amicably talking about divorcing. We both work and have two children who have grown up and left home.  I always worked, though for some years when the children were young I worked part time.  I have my own pension but… Read the full article

Would you trust a supermarket to carry out your divorce?

Date: April 9th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

In 2012 the Solicitors Regulation Authority began authorising alternative business structures (ABS).  Previously ownership of legal service providers was only restricted to lawyers.  Courtesy of the ABS structure, provided a company is deemed “fit or proper” they may now provide legal services. In early 2012 various businesses were approved to begin providing legal services.  The… Read the full article

International Quandaries and Same Sex Marriage

Date: April 8th, 2014 - Written by: Brookman Solicitors

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) 2013 entered into force in England and Wales on Saturday 29th March 2014. Much publicity was give to this move which puts England ahead of many other countries in the developed world. The media immediately relished the opportunity to show same sex couples in viewing their nuptial festivities. From a… Read the full article


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