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Posted 19th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Staff at Felling drinks wholesaler Waverley TBS were left “completely shocked” in October when bosses informed them, without any form of consultation, that they no longer had a job. The firm had gone into administration and, when a buyer could not be found, workers were told at a meeting just six days later that they… Read more »

Posted 15th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

A DELIVERY driver who was left disabled after breaking his ankle at work has won a payout from his employer. Walter Kitch loved his job delivering eggs across the North East, but he was left devastated after breaking his ankle on ice when his boss failed to put grit down. He was forced to take… Read more »

Posted 13th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

As anyone who has ever bought or sold a house will know, the conveyancing process can sometimes seem frustratingly slow. Even if there is no chain, the sheer volume of documents that need to be shared and agreed between solicitors, estate agents and lenders often mean that things can take a long time. Of course,… Read more »

Posted 12th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

About 45% of marriages end in divorce these days with one in three children experiencing parental separation before they are 16. Not surprisingly the breakdown of a relationship can have a significant impact on the physical and mental health of all those involved.  This is not necessarily limited to the couple and their children but… Read more »

Posted 11th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Help to buy blog for week commencing 14.10.13 Following the launch this week of the second stage of the Government’s Help to Buy scheme, expert opinion is divided about the impact it will have on the housing market. Whilst critics of the scheme cite the easy availability of debt, which they say will inflate house… Read more »

Posted 09th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

News that the government has rejected plans by insurers to change the way Mesothelioma claims are handled is welcome news indeed, but the fight to achieve justice for victims is far from over. Following consultation with victims’ groups, the plans – which were proposed by the very insurers who have to pay out when a… Read more »

Posted 08th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

The Naked Rambler has lost his appeal against his conviction under section 5 of the Public Order Act (behavior likely to cause ‘harassment, alarm or distress). Notwithstanding the appellant’s article 10 right to freedom of expression a conviction under section 5 Public Order Act 1986 was proportionate when the appellant chose to walk through a… Read more »

Posted 07th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

The Equal Pay Act, 1970 came into force on 29 December 1975, following the strikes at Ford’s Dagenham site by machinists who were paid significantly less than their male colleagues for comparable work. In the Act the UK recognised and made a commitment to addressing pay inequality for women. The Act has since been replaced… Read more »

Posted 06th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Being arrested and taken into police custody can be a terrifying experience. It invariably happens without warning and the deprivation of your liberty is something that is incomprehensible until it happens to you.  Criminal law is, in many ways, indiscriminate. During the initial stages of arrest and detention, you will be given your rights and… Read more »

Posted 06th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

Following the conclusion of any proceedings the perennial problem of property always seems to raise its head. If you have been taken into custody, the police may have taken personal items from you when you reached the police station; also, items may have been seized from your house or some other building. If the police… Read more »

Posted 05th December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

The government has recently announced proposals to extend the scope of parental leave. This will enable eligible mothers and their partners to share up to 52 weeks of leave to care for newborn children. Up the 39 weeks of parental leave will be paid, similar to the current maternity leave and pay provisions. Mothers will… Read more »

Posted 03rd December, 2013 under Miscellaneous by

In the recent case of Tufail v Riaz (2013) EWCH 1829 (Fam) Mr Justice Holman, High Court Judge, has highlighted the effect of legal aid cuts on the legal system and the impact on the family court. The case concerned a contested divorce. The wife who was the Petitioner in the case was residing in… Read more »