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26 March 2021

Alarming increase in domestic violence due to lockdown - Nick Manners for The Times

Commentary by Nick Manners, Partner in the Family department at Payne Hicks Beach, on domestic violence cases increasing during lockdown as shown in official court figures published by the Ministry of Justice on 25 March 2021.

Cases between October and December have increased 21 per cent compared with the same quarter in 2019. Nick describes the rise in domestic violence cases as the most concerning feature of the latest statistics and calls for this toxic by-product of lockdown to be addressed as a priority, not just in the courts, but also with early intervention to protect the most vulnerable. First published in The Times online on 25 March 2021 and in print on 26 March 2021, and reproduced with kind permission. via a paywall

Nick is a specialist family lawyer who focuses on all areas of family law, including issues arising from divorce, cohabitation and the financial consequences of a relationship breakdown. Nick also regularly advises on children disputes involving contact, residence and relocation (including international relocation), as well as pre and post-nuptial agreements. He works for a variety of HNW and UHNW clients on both contentious and non-contentious matters, including those with a complex international angle. He also has experience of advising clients upon the breakdown of civil partnerships and Inheritance Act claims. Nick has been involved in a number of high profile and reported cases at first instance and the Court of Appeal.

For further information, please contact Nick Manners by email or on 020 7465 4300

Click below to read Nick's comments in The Times

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