By

Sophie Lamont
The government has recently approved a proposal to reform the disclosure of criminal records. A review of the sentencing system found that a critical element in reducing offending was having access to employment. Having unspent convictions can be a barrier to gaining employment, so the proposal is to change the law to reduce the number...
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Have you served the appropriate reactivation notice to your tenants or are you a landlord who has experienced difficulties with tenants during lockdown? There may be light at the end of the tunnel. With the rules on evictions changing again on 20 September 2020, 200 extra judges have been drafted to help with housing possession...
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In March, nearly 50% of courts were closed, and jury trials were halted to reduce interaction between court users dramatically. Although 90% of courts have re-opened there is a backlog of cases.  The government has announced a series of new measures to address the current delays in criminal courts. Although some lawyers would argue that...
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A pre-nuptial agreement (commonly known as a ‘pre-nup’) is made prior to marriage and indicates what is to happen to your assets should your relationship break down. There is a misconception that pre-nuptial agreements are only for the rich and famous. However, anyone can enter into a pre-nuptial agreement if they wish and it is...
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The pandemic has given rise to a whole new world of conflict when it comes to child contact arrangements between separated parents.  So what are your options and how can we help?  What is the position when you already have a child arrangements court order in place? Child arrangements court orders must be complied with...
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The news that two of the bigger mortgage lenders – HSBC and the Halifax are going to be fully using the online conveyancing portal –LMS, means that it will be easier to obtain mortgage offers and request mortgage funds.  The old system meant we had to receive mortgage offers through the post and request mortgage...
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In many cases, despite the fact an offence is serious enough for a custodial sentence to be imposed, this can be avoided if the court can be persuaded to suspend the prison sentence. Which length of sentence can be suspended? The sentence must meet these rules: For those aged 21+ at conviction, the term of...
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The government announced on 25 July 2020 that new legislation would be introduced in September 2020 that will mean that all Wills signed “remotely” from 31 January 2020 will be deemed legally executed. The current rules on will signing are contained in the Wills Act 1837 which sets out that the testator (the person making...
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It has been reported that the number of care proceedings being issued by Local Authority’s has increased since the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic. It is believed that this is a combination of lockdown leading to families spending more time together in a confined space, increased drinking by some parents and money worries which is...
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In a recent Employment Tribunal case a hairdresser won the right to claim notice pay, holiday pay and redundancy pay in what is being called a landmark case in employment law. Meghan Gorman worked as a self-employed hairdresser for 6 years. The employment tribunal in Manchester found that the level of control she retained over...
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