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Legal Aid Cuts, a family lawyer’s perspective one year on

By Angharad Bentley in Family / Divorce

On the 1st April 2013, changes to the law under The Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012 came into being.  From a family law perspective, the Act restricted the availability of legal aid to ‘life and limb’ situations.  From April last year legal aid was only available for representation in care… Read more »

Jul 24

The importance of wearing a seatbelt

By Nick Molyneux in Car Accident Claims

The beautiful weather we have been having of late means that more of us are getting out and about to enjoy the beautiful delights of our Lancashire countryside, and rightfully so. The nights are lighter and the days are longer. However, just because the sun is shining down on us does not mean that any… Read more »

Jul 22


Credit card debt at worrying levels

By Mark Skinner in Personal Insolvency

A  recent survey carried out by lending group Zopa shows that the average Britain has £4,500.00 of credit card debt.  The average interest rate or APR of 17.9% means it would take as long as 17 years to pay off this debt if only the minimum repayment on a debt of £4,500.00 were paid each… Read more »

Jul 21


High Court judge orders fresh inquest into soldier’s death

By Kelly Darlington in Inquests

The High Court has quashed an open verdict that was made in 1995 into the death of Private Cheryl James, one of four soldiers who died amid bullying claims. There is to be a fresh inquest into her death following the ruling in the High Court today. Private James, who was 18 at the time… Read more »

Jul 18


Crazy stupid love? Cheryl shuns pre-nup as she marries French husband

By Antonia Love in Family / Divorce

It has been revealed that Cheryl Cole, or as she may now be known Cheryl Fernandez-Versini, refused to sign a prenuptial agreement ahead of her wedding to new husband Jean- Bernard. Cheryl, who is reported to have got married in a small ceremony on a beach in Mustique earlier this month, met Jean-Bernard in May… Read more »

Jul 17

Law enforcement agencies and computer companies unite against vicious malware

By Sian Hall in Fraud and Business Crime

Law enforcement agencies and private sector companies are joining forces in an international operation which will attempt to tackle a type of malware currently being used by criminals to steal cash from bank accounts. The malware, known colloquially as ‘Shylock’ or the ‘Shylock Trojan’ due to its code containing excerpts taken from Shakespeare’s Merchant of… Read more »

Jul 15


No refund on rent without a clear provision in the lease, Court of Appeal rules

By Ian Liddle in Commercial Property

The court of appeal has overturned last year’s controversial ruling in the High Court which would have seen Marks and Spencer entitled to a refund of over £1m in overpaid rent following the exercise of a break clause in its lease. The decision relates to the exercise by Marks and Spencer of a break option… Read more »

Jul 14


Female board representation increases for the third year running

By Debbie King in Corporate Law

Lord Davies has recently published his third annual report on the number of women on the boards of UK FTSE companies. The reported highlighted good progress over the past year, with FTSE 100 companies collectively on course to meet their 25% target. In his original report in February 2011, Lord Davies recommended a target of… Read more »

Jul 11


Taking employees on under fixed term contracts – the pros and cons

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Managing staffing levels can be one of the most difficult elements of growing a business. You will want to stay lean in terms of staff numbers in order to be able to reinvest in the business’ growth, but this can leave you short-staffed during busy periods or when staff are absent. One way of managing… Read more »

Jul 10

What should I do if I have a car accident?

By Nick Molyneux in Personal Injury

If you have the misfortune of being involved in a road traffic accident, there are certain steps you should take before leaving the scene. First of all, you should make a note of the time and date as well as the weather conditions and visibility. Write down exactly what happened at the point of impact,… Read more »

Jul 09

Biggest ever enquiry into child sex abuse likely to trigger many more claims

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

The Government have today announced their biggest every enquiry into child sex abuse following the high profile cases involving Jimmy Saville and Rolf Harris and the looming scandal which will potentially involve MPs. I have been helping the victims of abuse since the 1990s and one common feature is the cathartic effect of publicity. My… Read more »

Jul 08


Deeds of variation – things to consider

By Rachel Conroy in Wills Trusts and Probate

Being left a gift in someone’s will, whether it be property, shares, or a cash sum, comes with mixed emotions. You will often be feeling bereaved for the deceased person and whilst the bequeathed gift may be a welcome boost to your finances, it can sometimes bring issues. For one reason or another, you may… Read more »

Jul 07


New rules introduced to speed up the adoption process

By Barry Bunyan in Children (family law)

A new package of adoption regulations is due to come into force this month; aimed at speeding up the adoption process and reducing delays. The changes are intended to reduce delays for black and ethnic minority children and give adopters a much more active role in finding children they might be suitable to adopt. The… Read more »

Jul 04


The myth of Common Law Marriage

By Antonia Love in Divorce

Unfortunately for unmarried couples who live together, the concept of ‘common law marriage’ is a myth. Regardless of how long you have been together, the law does not recognise you as a married couple or afford you equal rights. Nobody likes to think about death. The fact is, however, that in the UK, two thirds… Read more »

Jul 03

Extent of Savile abuse confirmed in report

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

The NHS last week published reports into the abuse perpetrated at the hands of disgraced celebrity, Jimmy Saville, in 28 different NHS facilities, including Leeds General Infirmary and Broadmoor Hospital, between 1962 and 2009. The investigation process has been overseen by a former practising barrister, Kate Lampard QC, and a separate report has been produced… Read more »

Jul 02

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