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Why hasn’t Michael Gove been arrested?   A question on many people’s lips since the former Justice Secretary admitted to using cocaine several times earlier in his career.   So, could he face the legal consequences of this?   Cocaine is a Class A drug, the most serious category. Drug offences are governed by the...
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What is Criminal Injuries Compensation? The Criminal Injuries Compensation Scheme is a government funded scheme designed to compensate blameless victims of violent crime in Great Britain. The Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA), administer the Scheme and decide all claims. The rules of the Scheme and the value of the payments awarded are set by Parliament....
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From 1 October 2015, big changes were made to section 21 Housing Act 1988 for tenancies in England. Extra requirements were introduced whereby a section 21 notice (two months no fault notice) could not be served unless an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC), gas safety check certificate and the government’s How to Rent Guide had been...
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The High Court recently ruled in Canary Wharf (BP4) T1 Ltd v European Medicines Agency [2019] on whether a commercial lease could be frustrated because of Brexit.   A contract is frustrated when an event which, through no fault of either party, occurs after the formation of the contract.  It must be an event which...
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Established in 1936, the National House Building Council (NHBC) sets standards for its registered house builders and works to improve the construction quality of the homes they build. This is ultimately for the benefit of homeowners.   We ensure that when buying a new home that NHBC (or similar) is in place.   NHBC can...
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With much fanfare, ‘Finn’s Law’ came in to force on 8th June 2019, following the implementation of the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019.   The 2019 Act makes a straightforward amendment to section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006.   What was the problem?   Section 4 of the Animal Welfare Act creates...
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‘Upskirting’ now a Criminal Offence in UK The Voyeurism (Offences) Act 2019 has now made ‘Upskirting’ a criminal offence in England and Wales. The new law came into force on the 12th April following a long campaign by activist Gina Martin. Gina Martin started a campaign after a picture was taken up her skirt at...
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An article published in community care, an online resource for social workers, has highlighted the difficulties those involved with children’s services and any subsequent care proceedings are faced with in light of the recent cuts to services. The article refers to a debate held in April of this year and hosted by Bristol Senior Family...
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There has been wide coverage in the media of the potential increase to Probate fees. However, as we stand today this has not been implemented and there has been no fixed date for this.  Under the proposed plans, which have been opposed by many such as the Law Society, Probate fees would be linked to...
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A property chain is a number of linked conveyancing sale and purchase transactions that are all reliant upon each part of the chain to complete. Chains can be short, i.e. you are selling your property to a first time buyer and you are buying a property that is empty.  Chains can also be quite long...
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