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‘Clearing the Fog of Law’, a response.

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On 8th July 2015

The recent report from right-wing think tank Policy Exchange Clearing the Fog of Law. Saving our armed forces from defeat by judicial diktat proposes three ways in which military law should be reformed:
(1) Revive s10 of the Crown Proceedings Act 1947, thus making it impossible for any soldier to bring a claim in tort against the Ministry of Defence (MoD);
(2) Legislate to amend the Human Rights Act 1998 (‘the HRA’), thereby reversing the decision in Smith v Ministry of Defence; the case that accorded British soldiers the rights and protections of the European Convention on Human Rights (‘the ECHR’) whilst serving in conflicts abroad, such as in Iraq or Afghanistan;
(3) Develop a scheme to provide compensation to injured personnel without the need for them to establish legal liability for the injury, an idealistically named ‘no fault, full compensation’ scheme…

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Getting probate services from your accountant

Chun Wong

Posted by Chun Wong | Partner
On 6th July 2015

Since the Legal Service Act 2007 came into force on 30th October 2007, the provision of legal services is no longer the prerogative of lawyers. It has been dubbed ‘Tesco Law’ for opening up the provision of legal services from potential organisations such as supermarkets…

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Action Mesothelioma Day, Friday 3 July 2015

Isobel Lovett

Posted by Isobel Lovett | Partner
On 6th July 2015

Attending this year’s Action Mesothelioma Day event in London, organised by the London Hazards Centre was, as ever, a sad reminder of the awful legacy left by asbestos in this country. The widespread use of the mineral, particularly between the 1960’s and 1980’s, has resulted in the needless loss of many thousands of lives, mainly through occupational exposure to asbestos dust and fibres…

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Are co-habitants going to be recognised by the law?

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On 1st July 2015

Earlier this year the Office for National Statistics (‘ONS’) published the ‘Families and Households, 2014’ which found that cohabiting families were the fastest growing type of family in the UK with numbers increasing by almost 30% to 3 million between 2004 and 2014, however, cohabitants do not enjoy many rights which spouses and civil partners benefit from.

The Cohabitation Rights Bill was introduced to parliament last year, and had it’s first reading in the House of Lords on 4th June 2015…

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