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In the latest statistics released from the Ministry of Justice, Employment Tribunal Claims have tripled in the 3 months between April and June 2018. It is reported that the number of single claims reaching the Employment Tribunal has more than doubled when compared with the same quarter in 2018. Statistics reveal there were more than...
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Racially aggravated offences In recent years legislation has been enacted to ensure that crimes demonstrating a hostility towards certain groups of people are treated more seriously than before. If an offence is said to be racially aggravated, then you should expect a heftier sentence.   What does it mean? An offence is racially aggravated if,...
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On 21.07.18 The Home Office announced that £8m will be made available to support children who have been affected by domestic abuse. Domestic abuse ruins the lives of its victims each year.  NSPCC statistics show that as many as one in five children in the UK are witness to or exposed to domestic abuse. This...
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What are the duties of company directors and what are the implications if they are breached
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When completing the Property Information Form during the process of selling a house, you are required to state whether or not the property is affected by Japanese knotweed. It is essential that you answer truthfully. If you answer untruthfully “no” or “don’t know” your buyer can come back to you and either rescind the contract...
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Manslaughter – New Sentencing Guideline The Sentencing Council, responsible for setting sentencing guidelines in England and Wales, has recently issued a new guideline in relation to manslaughter offences. Which offences are covered? The guideline covers: • Unlawful act manslaughter – a common law offence • Gross negligence manslaughter – a common law offence • Manslaughter...
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It is good news that we are all living longer, but this can present fresh challenges when it comes to the issue of capacity and caring for our loved ones. It can be the case that the parent/child relationship reverses and it can be difficult to help a loved one with their finances or health...
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New domestic abuse sentencing guidelines first published on the 22nd February 2018 are due to come into force next month. The guidelines will give the courts up to date guidance emphasising the seriousness of this type of offending. The guidelines identify the principles relevant to the sentencing of cases involving domestic abuse, outline how the...
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When advising clients about matrimonial assets within divorce proceedings, they often don’t realise Pensions form part of those assets. It can be the case that one person may have a modest pension, or even no pension at all, compared to their former spouse, especially when one person has given up their career or had gaps...
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There were changes to legal aid in recent years which prevented individuals from accessing justice. It would appear that this matter may be reconsidered and MPs are urging for the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) to be reviewed. The changes to legal aid impacted on family legal assistance. It is hoped...
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