With headlines such as “Liam Payne calls in divorce lawyers to advise how to protect his £54m from Cheryl and still have access to his son…”, it is not surprising that there remains confusion about unmarried couples’ rights. So what is the position when a couple who are not married separate? Is there such a thing as “common law marriage”?
As Tom Daley has discovered, UK law is a minefield and not supportive of commercial arrangements; the same cannot be said for his husband’s homeland, the USA, where in many states commercial surrogacy is legal.
Chair of the Trustees of the Schemes – Robin Ellison – an eminent pension lawyer and expert – is appearing before the Works and Pension Committee today to face questions on the Trustees’ actions.
Surrogacy is an increasingly common way to have a child. However, anybody in the UK who is planning to have a child through a surrogacy arrangement should bear in mind that whilst surrogacy is legal in the UK, it is under a very different culture and is enshrined in a philosophy that surrogacy should not be commercial.
It is not just the main Carillion companies that may now find themselves in severe financial difficulties. Smaller subcontractors may find themselves having to consider their position with regard to the Pension Protection Fund (PPF) and the Pension Regulator.
Since covering the deficit that the Carillion schemes are facing — we take a quick trot through the pension ‘lifeboat’ scheme and what it might mean to the 28,000 members of the 13 Carillion schemes.
As the dust continues to be stirred up following the Carillion collapse, and with a £587m shortfall, now seems a good time to set out what we know so far in relation to the pensions aspects.
Last week Google’s Project Zero team published details of serious security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, which affect almost every modern computer, and could allow hackers to steal sensitive personal data.