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Posted 28th July, 2017 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie

After a four year legal battle we can finally say goodbye and good riddance to Employment Tribunal fees, and welcome back to fair and improved access to justice. On 29 July 2013 the government introduced controversial Employment Tribunal fees which saw Claimants paying up to £1200 in order to bring a claim to enforce their… Read more »

Posted 19th July, 2017 under Health and Safety by

Why is asbestos still being found in the work place in the UK? We have made improvements since asbestos was heavily used in the building industry and shipyards. Thanks to research regulations are now in place to prevent workers from exposure to this deadly substance. Unfortunately Mesothelioma, a type of cancer caused by asbestos exposure, is… Read more »

Posted 19th July, 2017 under Criminal Law by

As the glorious summer weather continues, interspersed with the odd thunder storm, the urge to go outside and soak up the sun becomes increasingly hard to avoid…. What could be more civilised than a cool beer in a sunny beer garden? Well, nothing.. as long as you’re not driving home.. Despite numerous campaigns, drink drive… Read more »

Posted 05th July, 2017 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie

The introduction of Shared Parental Leave in April 2015 was meant to create choice and to enable families to decide who takes time off to look after children that best suits their personal circumstances. The reality is that very little has changed in terms of who takes time off, with recent TUC analysis finding that… Read more »

Posted 22nd June, 2017 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie

The Summer is finally here and so is the sunshine…for now! With increasing temperatures comes an increasing number of questions about safe working conditions during periods of warm weather. One common myth is that if temperatures reach a certain point that employees have to be sent home. In fact, The Workplace (Health, Safety and Welfare)… Read more »

Posted 26th April, 2017 under Family Law by

A recent survey suggests that 3 in 5 people in Britain believe that Civil Partnerships should be open to all couples. At the moment same sex couples can get married or into Civil Partnerships but mixed sex couples can only get married.  There was a case at the Court of Appeal that rules that the… Read more »

Posted 26th April, 2017 under Family Law by

At the moment the only ground for a divorce is that the marriage has irretrievably broken down.  The Court then has to be satisfied that the person applying for the divorce can prove one of five facts.  These are adultery, unreasonable behavior, desertion, 2 years apart and both parties agreeing or 5 years apart and… Read more »

Posted 25th April, 2017 under Criminal Law by

It will not have escaped anyone’s attention that the Government has brought in further changes to the penalty point system today. From 24th April, those caught significantly over the speed level will see fines rise from 100% of their weekly income to 150%. For instance, those caught doing 51 mph or above in a 30mph… Read more »

Posted 25th April, 2017 under Employment Law by Sara Devennie

Everyone has the right to go to work and to feel safe in their working environment. If the way you are being treated at work means that you do not feel safe, you should make your employer aware of this. This will give it the opportunity to deal with any issues and hopefully tackle any… Read more »

Posted 13th February, 2017 under Criminal Law by

The practice of asking potential suspects to attend a police station ‘voluntarily’ is becoming an increasingly popular alternative to arrest. Instead of arresting a potential suspect that they wish to interview, police are contacting them and requesting that they attend the police station at a time and date to be agreed. Going to a police… Read more »

Posted 25th January, 2017 under Criminal Law by

Most motorists are aware that using your mobile phone while driving is an offence, in fact it’s been an offence since December 1st 2003. Despite this, there are still common misconceptions that motorists regularly fall foul of. Initially, the definition of what constitutes an offence seems simple; you are on the phone and you are… Read more »