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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 »

Posted 06th December, 2014 under Criminal Law by

Nick Hardwick, the chief inspector of prisons, will be stepping down from the post after refusing a request from the justice secretary to reapply for the job. Mr Hardwick has held the job since 2010, which is an independent position tasked with advising the Ministry of Justice on the state of UK prisons. His regular… 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 »

Posted 06th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

Equal pay claims against local government and the NHS (large public sector employers) have dominated the headlines for a long time. The basis of these claims was that women who were doing like work to male colleagues were paid less. As the roles were similar, the only reason for the difference in pay appeared to… Read more »

Posted 06th December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

A Judicial Review Judgement handed down today in the Royal Courts of Justice has halted Government plans to increase legal costs for the victims of the asbestos related cancer mesothelioma. This is an extremely aggressive disease usually affecting the pleura around the lungs, life expectancy after diagnosis is approximately nine months and the only known… Read more »

Posted 03rd December, 2014 under Miscellaneous by

You don’t need to be a lawyer to know that the festive period can have its highs and lows.  There are pressures to buy presents that are ‘the perfect gifts’ and pressures to have a ‘great time’. When the clock strikes midnight to mark the start of the new year, supposedly bringing with it a… Read more »