Denise Woodward

Denise Woodward

We are sad to announce the death of Denise Woodward, Consultant Solicitor, on 22nd April 2023.

Denise was a valued member of our Family Law Team and a hugely popular member of staff. Denise will be sorely missed by all her work colleagues and the legal fraternity in Chester and beyond.

Darlene Storrar, Managing Partner, says:

"Denise was an excellent Family Law Solicitor and a highly valued member of our team. Denise was dedicated to her work and her many clients and we will miss her enormously. Denise was always cheerful and engaging. Our thoughts are with her large supportive family at this very sad time."


Significant change to Ear-marking Orders in matrimonial proceedings

27 May, 2015

The Daily Telegraph reported on 20 May 2015 that a large number of women who were relying on regular payments from their ex-husband’s pensions payable under Ear-marking Orders may be left with nothing in old age as a result.

Ear-marking Orders were designed to ensure a fair division of the pension income when one spouse had built up a larger pension than the other during their marriage.

When Ear-marking Orders were made there was an obligation that the pension lump sum would be used to buy an annuity and provide a regular income on retirement.  That is no longer the case.

It is important therefore that if you have an Ear-marking Order that you obtain legal advice immediately as any amendment to the Order can only be made before the fund is depleted.

For further information please contact a member of our Family Law Team who will be pleased to discuss this with you.

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