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  • The family section of the Magistrates Court where family cases are heard by a bench of Magistrates supported by a Legal Adviser.

  • An accident causing the death of one or more of those involved.

  • A Financial Dispute Resolution hearing relates to finances and takes place where the parties are encouraged by the court to come to an agreement.

  • Can be sorted out by agreement, or by Order of the Court upon application, but will not automatically be dealt with by the court.

  • A Lasting power of attorney document that relates to the donor's property and financial affairs.

  • Financial proceedings relating to property, money and pensions within divorce, civil partnership and dissolution or Judicial separation.

  • The terms of agreement in relation to the finances between a husband and wife usually following a divorce.

  • A hearing when the court decides whether or not certain facts are proven on the balance of probabilities eg. whether or not domestic violence has occurred.

  • A standard form where the seller sets out all those items in the property which they have agreed to leave as part of the sale price and which is attached to the contract.

  • A fixed-term contract is one which either:

    • lasts for a specified time, set in advance;
    • ends with the completion of a specified task;
    • ends when a specified event does or does not take place.

    Unless there are special circumstances that can be justified, fixed-term employees must be treated in the same way as comparable permanent employees.

  • This arises when part of one property is built on top of part of another, and so the upper property owner does not own the building or land underneath the “flying” part.

  • A lengthy pre-printed form which you may have to complete if there are financial proceedings.

  • A layman’s term for an Injunction Order made pursuant to S37 Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. It will stop a party from disposing of money or assets pending a final decision being made by the court about distribution of that money or assets.

  • This term is normally used to refer to the method by which a solicitor’s costs are to be paid. For example, funding by a conditional fee agreement or by legal expenses insurance.

  • Claims for damages are normally calculated in relation to those losses and expenses that occurred up to the time of the settlement of the claim or trial, and those that will occur after that date. The latter losses and expenses are referred to as the future loss. This may typically include claims for future loss of income and the cost of future care and accommodation.

  • Future loss of earnings are often included in a claimant’s schedule of loss if their claim includes dismissal.

    Although there is nothing preventing a claimant from claiming one year’s loss of earnings, tribunals often limit future losses to a maximum of six months future loss of earnings and in any event, the claimant must always show that they have made efforts to mitigate their losses by trying to find alternative employment.