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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 12th December, 2014 under Employment Law, Personal Injury by

A father who suffered devastating injuries when he was run over by a car transporter has been awarded a six-figure sum in compensation. David Ritchie was working as a HGV driver for Autologic when the accident happened, on 1 February 2012. He was among several other drivers who were loading cars onto large transporter vehicles… 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 10th December, 2014 under Education by

Sending your child to a school where you know they are unhappy can be a very distressing experience for all concerned. Bullying can have a devastating effect on a child, their education and their family. It can occur any period during their school life. Occasionally, it is a short lived transient period, but sometimes it… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Criminal Law by

A short blog and a timely reminder… As we approach the season of the office Christmas party and morning after the night before. It may seem a little disconcerting to address the probable pain and misery of a thumping post-party head, but there are other, less obvious issues to consider. What will you be doing… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Family Law by

Christmas can be the toughest time of year for separated parents and their children. Someone, be that Parents, siblings, or grandparents will undoubtedly feel they are missing out on seeing a loved one at such a special family time of year. Agreeing who spends time with the children at Christmas can be challenging. Family Law… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Employment Law by

The shadow Welsh secretary Owen Smith has made calls for a workplace pledge to protect workers’ rights, as well as making several harsh criticisms of workplace culture and the state of employment in Britain today. Also supporting him for the pledge is Hugh Lanning, the Labour candidate for Canterbury. The proposed pledge would cover six… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2014 under Employment Law by

Sports Direct, the UK’s largest sporting retailer, has been forced to revise their hiring practices after legal action brought by a former employee. Zahera Gabriel-Abrahem left the Croydon branch of Sports Direct in July of last year, after suffering panic attacks due to the oppressive conditions of her employment under a zero-hours contract. The company,… 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 »