Andrew Newbury

Mention the Sixties to many people and, regardless of whether they were alive or not, their minds conjure up images of England winning the World Cup, man landing on the moon, psychedelia and 'free love'.
The breakdown of any romantic relationship is seldom free from emotion. When that relationship is a legal partnership, such as marriage, the need to factor finance and possible family into the equation can make for an incredibly fraught time for all concerned. That is why I believe that recommendations just published by the Law Commission are so welcome.
Even before we learn what the Commission supports - and, importantly, how ministers react to its suggestions - we already know that there is a potential risk. Attempts to provide clarity in Family law can sometimes create problems of their own.
The proportion of foreign cases being heard in London remains high, even if there is evidence that the kind of settlements being awarded are slightly less generous than they were in previous years.
In the last decade or so, the divorce courts of England and Wales have won the reputation of being among the most 'wife-friendly' around. A number of high-profile and high-value cases have highlighted a significant shift in how settlements were calculated. Historically, the principal factor in dividing marital assets had involved meeting the needs of the financially weaker spouse.