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Family analysis: James Pirrie, director at Family Law in Partnership, gives an overview of the possible consequences of the decision in Hakki in relation to child support.
Hakki v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions  EWCA Civ 530,  All ER (D) 05 (May)
The Upper Tribunal (Administrative Appeals Chamber) (UT) found that the claimant professional gambler was obliged to pay child support maintenance on the First-tier Tribunal’s (Social Security) factual findings that he was ‘gainfully employed’ as a ‘self-employed earner’. The claimant appealed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in allowing the appeal, held that, on the facts, it could not be said that the claimant had had a sufficient organisation in his poker playing to make it amount to a trade or a business. However, it noted the Secretary of State’s comment that there might be a way to compel him to make such contribution by making a ‘departure direction’.
What is the significance of the decision in Hakki?
This is an early straw ‘in the wind’ as to the difficulties that the reforms to the Child Support Act 1991, that are now fully in place, will throw up. We are likely to see increasing
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