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CICA win for victim of domestic abuse

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

The majority of the work I do involves victims of sexual abuse.  This week, however, it was nice to obtain a favourable decision for the victim of domestic abuse. Client J suffered at the hands of her husband for many years.  She eventually had the courage to leave her husband and report matters to the… Read more »

Sep 22


Grandparents’ rights to see their grandchildren

By Angharad Bentley in Children (family law)

Grandparents are more often than not called on as carers for their grandchildren when the parents go out to work or have other engagements.  As a result grandparents develop and share important bonds with their grandchildren. When a parent’s marriage or relationship breaks down grandparents often fall victim of that separation.  With no automatic legal… Read more »

Sep 18


Inquest into nurse’s death after hoax call

By Nicole Bridgman in Inquests

Inquest into the death of nurse, who was found hanged after providing information about Kate Middleton’s condition to a hoax caller, to begin. Westminster Coroner’s Court is set to hear an inquest into the death of Mrs Jacintha Saldanha who was found dead in her home after taking a hoax call which led to confidential… Read more »

Sep 17

Men sentenced after 18 kilograms of cocaine found hidden under ice cream

By Sian Hall in Serious Crime

Three Eastern European men living in London and Bristol have each been sentenced for 20 years imprisonment for their roles in a conspiracy to import high purity cocaine into the UK. Sdamet Gjorllaka, originally from Albania, Sadri Lika, also originally from Albania, and Adriatik Spahia, originally from Kosovo, were arrested in October 2013 following an… Read more »

Sep 16


Choking death ‘could have been avoided’

By Kelly Darlington in Inquests

A recent Inquest into the death of a 76 year old care home resident has revealed a series of failings by staff, both at Laurel Court Care Home in Didsbury, Manchester, and at Manchester Royal Infirmary (MRI). Mr John Forrest, a former clerk at AstraZeneca, had been a resident at Laurel Court Care Home for… Read more »

Sep 16


Financial struggles for people with hardship loans

By Mark Skinner in Bankruptcy UK

Recent figures have just been released by StepChange, the debt advice charity in relation to hardship loans. They state that the number of people suffering hardship with Pay Day Loans has increased by over 40% in the last 12 months. To combat this trend the debt charity says the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) should put… Read more »

Sep 12

Fraudulent funded fun fizzled out?

By Sian Hall in Fraud and Business Crime

In a case that hit the news recently, Frank Onyeachonam was recently sentenced in the Old Bailey to serve an eight year prison sentence for fraudulently obtaining huge sums of money from elderly and vulnerable people. Mr Onyeachonam, known as ‘Fizzy’ due to his champagne lifestyle, encouraged his victims to set up what they thought… Read more »

Sep 11


Shared parental leave, what employers should consider

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Following the introduction of new legislation regarding a change in employee entitlements over maternity and paternity leave, employees expecting a child due on or after the 5th of April 2015 may be entitled to Shared Parental Leave in the first year of the child’s life. This will allow parents to share 50 weeks of leave… Read more »

Sep 10


Minister petitioned over rules restricting civil partnership conversion

By Barry Bunyan in Civil Partnership

A campaign has been launched in an attempt to change the rules which govern the civil partnership conversion regulations. Currently, the legislation which is to be introduced on the 10th of December will allow couples to convert their civil partnership into marriage. Those wishing to convert their civil partnership to a marriage will be denied… Read more »

Sep 08


Choosing the right investment for your business

By Alex Singer in Corporate Finance

The small business, Lost My Name, recently made headlines on Dragons’ Den after securing the largest deal in den history, departing with £100,000 in exchange for a 4% stake of the company. The deal highlighted the importance of choosing the right investment for your business. This blog sets out a few things to consider if… Read more »

Sep 05


Divorce and Cohabitation – the statistics

By Angharad Bentley in Family / Divorce

The Office of National Statistics published findings in February 2013 in relation to the percentage of marriages ending in divorce. The figures concluded that 34% of marriages are expected to end in divorce by the 20th wedding anniversary.  6% of marriages end by the 20th wedding anniversary because of the death of a spouse. This… Read more »

Sep 03


Top football man wins damages and apology from The Daily Mail

By Daniel Draper in Sports & Media Law

Associated Newspapers Ltd, publishers of the Daily Mail and Mail Online, has agreed to pay damages and publish an apology to Mike Kelly, following a wholly inaccurate article about the sale of his memorabilia collected over a long and distinguished career. Mike Kelly, who was England’s Goalkeeping Coach at two World Cups and who worked… Read more »

Aug 29

Rotherham Council could face raft of compensation claims

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

I have listened with interest over the past couple of days to the various present and past members of Rotherham Borough Council apologising for their failings in preventing the abuse of 1,400 children in the Rotherham area. As a lawyer specialising in abuse claims, particularly against local Councils, it occurs to me that there are… Read more »

Aug 28

Further details of ‘appalling sexual exploitation’ in Rotherham revealed

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

We reported yesterday on the shocking revelations that were published into child sex abuse in Rotherham. Since the report came out, a number of further details have been disclosed into what has been described as ‘appalling sexual exploitation’ of up to 1400 children in the town. Following the report into the child abuse scandal Rotherham… Read more »

Aug 27

Startling similarities between Rotherham and Rochdale abuse victims

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Professor Alexis Jay has today delivered her Report into the sexual abuse of children in the Rotherham area between 1997 and 2013. She has concluded that at least 1,400 children were subjected to appalling sexual exploitation with children as young as 11 being raped by multiple perpetrators. The similarities between the Rotherham Report and the… Read more »

Aug 26

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