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Sophie Lamont
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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All landlords and tenants of domestic premises should be aware of a recent amendment to the Landlord and Tenant Act 1995 that requires residential rented accommodation to be provided and maintained in a state of fitness for human habitation. The new Act comes into force on the 20th March 2019 and amends the Landlord and...
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Although many of the rules relating to consumer rights are based on EU directives, reassuringly, most are also enshrined in UK law. The standards required of goods, services, and digital content, and the remedies if they are breached, as consolidated in the Consumer Rights Act 2015, are a mix of EU and domestic provisions. On...
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The legal term for this is dying “intestate” because your estate (the assets that you own when you die) will be distributed in accordance with the laws of Intestacy. Intestacy may not be ideal for various reasons: 1.       Unmarried couples are not treated the same as a legal spouse 2.       Children will receive their inheritance...
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In February 2019 Sally Challen’s murder conviction was quashed by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal have ordered a re-trial after hearing that she suffered four decades of controlling behaviour and humiliation at the hands of Richard Challen, her husband of 31 years. Mr Challen was killed in August 2010. Sally Challen, a...
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In claims for unfair dismissal brought before the Employment Tribunal, awards of damages made to successful claimants generally fall into two categories – a basic award and a compensatory award. The basic award is calculated by reference to a specific formula which is based on the employee’s level of pay, age and number of complete...
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Parental alienation is a form of emotional abuse. It is a phenomenon that occurs specifically in the context of separated families where there is high conflict between the parents, the child is often caught in the middle of this conflict. The motivational factors include the following: 1.       Revenge 2.       Fear of losing the chid 3.      ...
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Direct Line Insurance has published research indicating a 6% increase in wills that were challenged in 2018. The Probate Registry has also revealed that applications to take out Probate were blocked on 8,159 times in the same period. From the research undertaken by Direct Line the indication is that 12.6 million people would be willing...
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