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Ancillary Relief


Family and social welfare

In stock

6 November 2009

Law Society Publishing


Paperback + CD-ROM
234 x 156 mm
272 pages

Ancillary Relief
Practice and Precedents

Andrew Newbury, Ann Corrigan and Shona Alexander


The law relating to ancillary relief is necessarily flexible to enable the courts to achieve fairness in settlements. Depending on the case, the settlements can be more complex than the divorce or dissolution itself.

Ancillary Relief provides an authoritative and straightforward guide to the law. Written by three ancillary relief specialists, the book provides a concise description of the appropriate black letter law but also deals with the practical, day-to-day issues that practitioners may encounter. The book includes coverage of recent cases relating to pre-nuptial agreements (Macleod and Radmacher v Granatino) and Barder appeals (Myerson v Myerson, and Walkden v Walkden). Ancillary Relief:

  • follows the course of a typical case, from meeting the client through to costs and tips on drafting
  • includes a separate chapter dealing with more complex issues such as substantial assets and short marriages, taking into account recent case law
  • is accompanied by a free CD-ROM comprising easily customised pro forma letters, forms, and precedents (including letters of instruction, an offer letter, an initial letter of advice, and checklists).

The book takes into account recent developments in case law in respect, for example, of pre-nuptial and post-nuptial contracts and the ongoing uncertainty an interpretation of Section 25 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973.


"This is a book that every family lawyer should have readily to hand. The CD is especially welcome. [It is] a clear, concise handbook to the vexed and complex areas of ancillary relief and a welcome addition to the modern Law Society library."

Phillip Taylor, barrister, Richmond Green Chambers

"This important new edition...sets out the current law and applies it both to typical cases and complex ones and includes a useful section on experts and valuations."

The Practical Lawyer


1. First meeting with the client;
2. Disclosure;
3. Ancillary relief procedure;
4. Powers of the Court;
5. Experts/valuations;
6. Agreement between the spouses;
7. Special/unusual considerations;
8. The route to settlement;
9. Interim application/orders;
10. Costs;
11. Future applications;

About the Authors

Andrew Newbury is a partner at Pannone LLP, a Resolution accredited specialist and a trained collaborative lawyer. He was chair of Resolution, Manchester region, chair of Resolution's Training Committee, and a member the National Committee.

Ann Corrigan is a Partner at Phillips Solicitors, a member of the Resolution Training Committee and is an ADR qualified mediator and a Resolution qualified collaborative lawyer.

Shona Alexander is a partner at Forsters, chair of the Training Working Party for Resolution and a member of the Skills Committee.