Family Brief

Housing Need: A Plea for Change

The key evidential issue in most financial remedy claims is housing need: not, admittedly, the ‘big money’ cases that grace the law reports; but in the more typical case where more modest assets must somehow be fairly divided so as to meet needs. Anyone who has bought a property will know that the golden rule […]

Financial Remedies, Controlling & Coercive Behaviour

Originally published by Thought4Leaders HNW ( It is a truth universally acknowledged that, save for the most egregious cases, the courts do not take misconduct into account in financial remedy claims. The s.25(2) checklist of relevant factors includes “…(g) conduct… if that conduct is such that it would… be inequitable to disregard it”, but for […]

The Return of Inflation and Maintenance Orders

Behavioural economists have a joke: “Consider a turkey that is fed every day”. “Every single feeding will firm up the bird’s belief that it is the general rule of life to be fed every day by friendly members of the human race ‘looking out for its best interests,’ as a politician would say”[1]. The point […]

New Year, New Rules

All financial remedy practitioners should be aware of a raft of important new guidance, issued by Mostyn J and HHJ Hess, as Lead Judges of the Financial Remedy Court, with the approval of the President of the Family Division (see link): An amended Statement on the Efficient Conduct of Financial Remedy Hearings, which applies to […]


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Alexander Chandler QC

I am a Queen’s counsel at 1KBW, specialising in financial remedies, TLATA and Schedule 1. I sit as a Recorder, private FDR judge and arbitrator (MCIArb).

Disclaimer: posts do not constitute legal advice, copyright 2021.

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