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Fireworks and the Law As we approach Bonfire Night, the night sky is brought alive by the vibrant explosions of noise and colour, but as always, lurking in the background is a risk that failing to deal with fireworks safely and responsibly can bring you to the attention of the police. Retailers who are thinking...
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The Government is being urged to make legal aid available to bereaved families to be represented at Coroner’s Inquests. Legal aid is currently only available in exceptional circumstances. High profile cases such as the inquests arising from the Hillsborough disaster have highlighted the unfairness of bereaved families struggling for representation when facing hospitals, police and...
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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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Over the last four years Hewitts have committed to the development and learning of young people by employing over twenty people aged 16 to 18 years on an apprenticeship scheme. During their one year apprenticeship they have the opportunity to learn a variety of skills in both business administration and accounts. Twelve of those apprentices...
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Following a Ministry of Justice announcement on 4 December 2017, the Legal Aid Rules affecting victims of Domestic Abuse will be amended as of January 2018. The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that it will be removing the time limit on evidence that has previously been required by victims of Domestic Abuse, which required them...
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In December 2016 two men were convicted of manslaughter following an avoidable brake failure that resulted in the deaths of four people, including a young girl. Neither of the men drove the vehicle, but they were ultimately responsible, as the haulage boss and mechanic. One was sentenced to 7 ½ years, the other to 5...
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What is an employment settlement agreement? A settlement agreement is a legally binding agreement between an employer and employee. Usually the employee will receive a severance payment in return for their agreement not to pursue a claim in a court or employment tribunal against the employer. Do you need to see a solicitor? Yes –...
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