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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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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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Many people convicted of driving with excess alcohol leave court with a pretty clear idea as to the length of their driving disqualification, but for a significant number, there is a shock further down the line. Contrary to popular belief, there is no ‘right’ to hold a driving licence merely by having passed a driving...
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You’ve had an offer accepted on a property you want to buy so the only thing that matters now is getting to a completion date as quickly as possible, right? So how long will it take? This is a question that we are asked frequently.  If there is no chain involved, the time from initial...
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If your child gets in trouble with the police, it will be traumatic for all involved. Our guide below explains what happens and what you should do. The police have 2 options if they think that your child has been involved in criminal activity: 1. Ask them to a voluntary interview, or 2. Arrest them...
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A two part documentary on BBC2 last month highlighted the struggles addicted parents face in keeping their children in their care. ‘Addicted Parents: Last Chance To Keep My Children’, which aired on BBC2 in July, followed the struggles of addicted parents trying to get clean for the sake of their children. The documentary goes inside...
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If cash in hand jobs were abolished it would raise an additional 6 billion pounds in tax revenue and would benefit the working economy, says a new Government report commissioned last month. The report suggests that rather than paying cash in hand to workers such as window cleaners, plumbers and other traders that there should...
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A major consideration when setting up a new business is the recruitment and retention of good staff. One thing to be mindful of is the requirement of the Equality Act 2010 which protects individuals against work-related discrimination. This includes job applicants as well as staff, contract workers and partners. When recruiting staff, employers must not...
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