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Domestic violence injunction fees set to be abolished

By Angharad Drew in Family / Divorce

The government has announced plans to abolish the £75 fee charged for taking out a domestic violence injunction from 22 April onwards. The plans form part of an overhaul of the fees charged in civil and family courts in England and Wales and it is hoped that the move will help vulnerable domestic abuse victims…. Read more »

Apr 16


Inquest reveals serious failings by mental health trust in care of paranoid schizophrenic patient

By Kelly Darlington in Inquests

On the 7th April 2014 the Coroner at the Inquest into the death of 67 year old Sidney Waller returned a narrative verdict. Mr Waller died on 28th July 2008 after receiving multiple stab wounds whilst working as a semi-retired joiner at a block of flats in Manchester. He was attacked by a resident, Mr… Read more »

Apr 15

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Patients should be told when doctors make mistakes

By Rhian Lowe in Medical Negligence

An investigation carried out in light of the failings at Mid-Staffordshire NHS trust has recommended that patients should be told when treatment provided by the NHS has caused them serious harm. The duty should also extend to a patient’s personal representative if the harm has led to or caused the patient’s death. The Francis Report,… Read more »

Apr 14

Things heat up in the boiler room : surge in investment fraud schemes reported

By Sian Hall in Fraud and Business Crime

In February of this year 110 individuals were arrested for money laundering and fraud offences as a result of an operation led by British and Spanish forces investigating boiler room fraud across Europe and the United States of America. Boiler Room Fraud, or investment fraud, is where shares are offered for companies that are either… Read more »

Apr 11

How many more names will be ‘dragged through the mud’ before anonymity is granted?

By Sian Hall in Serious Crime

In May 2010, the coalition government agreed to reintroduce anonymity for rape suspects following its removal in 1988. However the idea was dropped five months later as there was ‘insufficient reliable empirical evidence’. With the rise of ‘celebrity’ historical abuse allegations, is it time to reconsider? A recent five week trial at Preston Crown Court… Read more »

Apr 10


Online divorce to come under scrutiny

By Clare Foster in Divorce

The legal consumer watchdog is preparing to take a closer look into online divorce documents. The research planned by the Legal Services Consumer Panel aims to assess the risks and challenges of accessing divorce legal services online. The cuts to legal aid mean that funding for family law cases is largely no longer available and… Read more »

Apr 07


MoJ compromise on cuts – but will access to justice remain compromised?

By Paul Schofield in Criminal Law

Over the last few months, criminal barristers have staged two days of action and implemented a ‘no-returns’ policy in protest of the government’s plans regarding legal aid reform. Last week, however, the Criminal Bar Association agreed to drop plans for further action following the decision of the government to impose temporary concessions in the battle… Read more »

Apr 06

More conspiracy to defraud arrests in LIBOR scandal

By Sian Hall in Fraud and Business Crime

Following the announcement from the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) in July 2012 that it would accept the investigation of the allegations of manipulating LIBOR for profit, three further people have been charged with conspiracy to defraud, bringing the total number to nine. The SFO is an independent governmental department which is responsible for investigating and… Read more »

Apr 04


Farleys client DMACK receives national coverage

By Debbie King in Business / Share Transfers

We were delighted to see Farleys client DMACK Tyres feature in the Daily Telegraph’s business section last week. The article, ‘Top tyres for the wheels of fortune‘ featured an interview with Managing Director Dick Cormack on the company’s growth and expansion into road tyres after securing external investment.   The £3.5 million investment deal, for… Read more »

Apr 01

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Do you need to bring a personal injury claim on behalf of your child?

By Rhian Lowe in Personal Injury

All parents know that looking after a sick or injured child can be stressful, frightening and often downright unpleasant. It can be particularly upsetting if a child becomes ill or is hurt when they are being looked after by somebody else. As and when children are old enough to start nursery and then school, it’s… Read more »

Apr 01

Coach company brothers jailed after smuggling heroin in coach wheel arches

By Sian Hall in Fraud and Business Crime

Two brothers from the North East have been jailed after pleading guilty to charges of conspiracy to import heroin at Newcastle Crown Court. Glen and Gary Wheatley co-owned a travel business, G&G Travel, based in Hetton Le Hole, North East. The brothers used a coach owned by the business to smuggle heroin into the UK… Read more »

Mar 31


Wife of software millionaire fails in bid for new settlement

By Nicola Rushton in Divorce

The former wife of a software company founder has failed in her bid to secure a new financial settlement despite the husband’s failure to disclose important financial information. In a recent reported case, Alison Sharland and her husband divorced in 2012, after 19 years of marriage. Mrs Sharland ran an Autism charity whilst her husband… Read more »

Mar 28


Mediation continues to decline as parents increasingly turning to the courts

By Karen Frankland in Family Law

A Freedom of Information request from the legal resource Family Law has uncovered that more and more parents are shunning mediation in favour of a court imposed settlement. Rather shockingly, the statistics have revealed that between April and September 2013, nearly half of all parties involved in child related court proceedings were unrepresented. The changes… Read more »

Mar 28

Ground breaking research in respect of Mesothelioma

By Nick Molyneux in Accidents at Work

The National Institute for Health Research have launched a survey that is aimed at a better understanding of mesothelioma diagnosis and the treatment that follows. Families of those affected by the deadly disease have been asked to provide their input to aid future clinical research. The survey, which has been supported by the British Lung… Read more »

Mar 24

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Reporting workplace injuries – know the facts

By Rhian Lowe in Accidents at Work

Did you know that if you suffer an accident in the workplace, your employer is required by law to record what happened in a document known as an accident book? Your employer must also enter information about any other type of ill health caused to any employees as a direct result of being at, or… Read more »

Mar 11

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