WS v WS: Pensions experts' review 05 February 2016 In the recent case of WS v WS  EWHC 3941 (Fam), a judgment was made to offset the value of a defined benefit pension scheme using the Duxbury formula. The decision was made without reference to an expert pension report, the husband's request for one having been refused. How might the input of a pension expert have influenced the decision-making process in this case?
INHERITANCE: Burns v Burns  EWCA Civ 37 Hearing Date: 28 January 2016 Lord Justice Longmore, Lord Justice Treacy and Lord Justice McCombe Court of Appeal The appeal from a decision finding that the deceased had testamentary capacity and that the will was valid was dismissed.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: Aburn v Aburn  EWCA Civ 72 Hearing Date: 4 February 2016 Lord Justice McFarlane, Lord Justice Vos and Lord Justice Simon Court of Appeal The husband's appeal from an order providing for an automatic rise in periodical payments to the wife upon the child ceasing secondary education was allowed.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: BG v BA  EWHC 3947 (Fam) Hearing Date: 18 December 2015 Mr Justice Bodey Family Division The judge held that the French tax liability should be taken from the husband's share of the assets following financial remedy proceedings.
PUBLIC LAW CHILDREN: Re M (Children)  EWCA Civ 61 Hearing Date: 02 February 2016 Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Simon Court of Appeal The appeal by the adoptive parents from a care order in respect of their younfer son was allowed and the case was remitted for rehearing.
FINANCIAL REMEDIES: Azizi v Aghaty  EWHC 110 (Fam) Hearing Date: 13 January 2016 Mr Justice Holman Family Division The wife's appeal from a financial remedies order was allowed.
PRIVATE LAW CHILDREN: F v M and Others  EWHC 3601 (Fam) Hearing Date: 10 December 2015 Mrs Justice Pauffley Family Division In the judgment F v M and Others  EWHC 3601 (Fam),  FLR forthcoming, Pauffley J was concerned with a couple who conceived a child as a result of fertility treatment at a licensed clinic.
JURISDICTION: E v E  EWHC 3742 (Fam)E v E  EWHC 3742 (Fam) Hearing Date: 04 December 2015 Family Division Mr Justice Moylan The wife's divorce petition was dismissed and the jurisdiction of the French court was plainly established.
Legislation & Guidance
The Special Guardianship (Amendments) Regulations 2016 (SI 2016/111) 05 February 2016 These Regulations amend the Schedule to the Special Guardianship Regulations (2005) ('the 2005 Regulations') which prescribes the matters to be dealt with by local authorities in reports they prepare for the courts in applications for special guardianship orders.