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Sophie Lamont
Boris Johnson has responded recently to Women’s groups and confirmed that the Government will reconsider the reintroduction of the domestic abuse legislation. This was first considered by Parliament in July 2019. Mr Johnson announced on the 12th September 2019: ‘Domestic abuse shatters lives and tears families apart. We are fully committed to tackling this horrific...
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It has been reported in the press that 500 people have been arrested while drunk on a plane at British airports in the last three years. For many people a holiday begins once cases have been checked in, and what is the harm in that? It is clear that drunkenness has become an issue. The government...
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The Fatal Accidents Act 1976 is a mechanism by which individuals can seek compensation when a husband or wife dies as a result of an accident. As the Legislation currently stands the Act excludes cohabiting couples from claiming statutory bereavement damages. Despite the fact that it has been deemed to be incompatible with the European...
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We all know that the use of mobile phones is banned whilst driving. Or are they? The answer, according to the High Court’s recent decision in Director of Public Prosecutions v Barreto [2019] EWHC 2044 (Admin), is that it depends what you’re doing with it. What did Mr Barreto do? Ramsey Barreto had been convicted in...
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When considering the enforceability of restrictive covenants in employment contracts (also known as post-termination restrictions) they will be deemed void unless they go no further than is necessary in order to protect the employer’s legitimate business interests.  What is considered reasonable will vary on a case by case basis but will include consideration of a...
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Since 1 December 2015, those who have never owned or held an interest in a property (first time buyers) have been able to save towards buying their first home using the Government Help to Buy: ISA scheme.  Official statistics reveal that over one million Help to Buy ISA accounts have been opened since the scheme...
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I didn’t need a solicitor because… …the policeman said I didn’t need one …I was innocent and I had nothing to hide …nothing much was going to happen to me anyway AND NOW? And now many people find themselves facing imprisonment or their lives and reputations ruined because they did not realise what could happen...
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Following recent case law, the issue of Special Guardianship Orders and placement before making of an order has been in the forefront of most decisions, particularly in respect of timetabling care proceedings. Following on from recent case law, there has been Guidance handed down by the Family Justice Council, and approved by the President of...
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The government’s new Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill will help end the ‘blame game’ for separating couples, the Law Society of England and Wales said as their written evidence to the bill committee was published on 5th July 2019. “With an estimated 42% of marriages ending in divorce, this bill has the potential to transform...
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Since the Gas Safety (Installation and Use) Regulations 1998, Landlords have been required to make sure that all gas appliances fittings and flues in a let property are safe for tenants to use. A Landlord is also responsible to ensure that any installation and repair/maintenance work to gas appliances are undertaken by an engineer who...
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