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Hughmans settle significant matrimonial case

1st May 2013

Peter Black has achieved settlement in a case involving the tension between Restraint Orders under the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 and proceedings under the Matrimonial Causes Act 1973. This is a specialised area of law in which Hughmans are regularly instructed.

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The extraordinary saga of Operation Cotton – the first prosecution by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) – came to an end with the failure of the FCA to secure convictions across the board against all defendants. The FCA prosecuted 8 defendants for offences relating to the fraudulent sale of land to members of the public […]

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