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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 there...
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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 a...
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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 unless...
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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 funds,...
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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 imprisonment...
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