Miscellaneous

Posted 16th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

The recent Coronation Street storyline about the suicide of terminally ill Hayley Cropper has sparked a fierce debate about the individual’s right to die. In the soap, the much-loved character takes a fatal cocktail of drugs rather than let her condition worsen until she is no longer physically able to end her own life. She… Read more »

Posted 16th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

A new campaign launched by the Law Society is appealing to members of the public to seek proper legal advice when needed. The ‘Use a Professional. Use a Solicitor’ campaign hopes to dissuade people from turning to unofficial alternatives in legal matters that can cause multiple problems and cost much more in the long run…. Read more »

Posted 14th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

If the Daily Mail’s prediction (3rd February) is to be believed, proposals will soon be on the table to make pre-nuptial agreements legally binding. The paper is predicting that the Law Commission report upon such agreements, not due to be published until 27thFebruary 2014, will propose that they should be made legally binding, subject to… Read more »

Posted 14th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

Recent reports in the press tell us that the Secretary of State for Education, Michael Gove, wants there to be no difference between private and state funded education.  For those of us who choose State funded education – whether that decision be financial or otherwise – the first real difference facing us is admissions. It’s… Read more »

Posted 14th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

The first ever National Offer Day for Primary School places is almost upon us.  This coming Wednesday, 16th April 2014, parents across the country will discover at which Primary School their children have been given a place. In years gone by, there was no co-ordination between the Local Authorities in offering places and this National… Read more »

Posted 14th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

In the recent divorce case of American Hedge fund tycoon Christopher Hohn and his wife Jamie Cooper-Hohnwhich, the largest divorce case to be decided in the English courts a High Court Judge has decided against a reporting restriction which means everything in the case is to be made available to the public. The couple have… Read more »

Posted 11th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

The government’s last-minute decision to increase compensation for some mesothelioma victims is to be welcomed. However the move – which will see sufferers and their families receive 80% of the compensation they are entitled to, rather than 75% as previously planned – does not go far enough. Most people who contract mesothelioma – a fatal… Read more »

Posted 11th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

Since April 2009 employers, employees and workers who were involved in workplace disputes were able to elect to use the ACAS Pre-Claim Conciliation Service, to see whether the issues could be resolved without the need to pursue an Employment Tribunal Claim. This extended the existing and continuing provision of conciliation by ACAS following submission of… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

Couples who are just finding out now that they are expecting a baby will be the first to benefit from new rules on shared parental leave. Eligible women who are due to give birth on or after 5 April 2015 may be able to share their maternity leave with their partner, allowing them to return… Read more »

Posted 08th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

On 22 April 2014 the Children and Families Act came into force. The Act followed a review of the whole family justice system in 2012 when it was decided everything was too complicated and slow. Basically the government decided children and families were not getting the service they deserved. The review panel spent a year… Read more »

Posted 07th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

The amount of compensation paid out to certain Mesothelioma victims is due to increase in line with inflation under new draft legislation. Under the draft Mesothelioma Lump Sum Payments (Conditions and Amounts) (Amendment) Regulations 2014, compensation payments under the 2008 Diffuse Mesothelioma Scheme – which provides for lump sum compensation payments to be paid to… Read more »

Posted 06th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

For anyone still fortunate enough to receive them this is often the time of year when bonuses are paid. But what if the person due to get the bonus has separated from their spouse but is not divorced? Unfortunately bonuses can be a source of problems for two main reasons in a situation like this…. Read more »