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Signing up to keep fit?

Hina Modha

Posted by Hina Modha | Partner
On 19th January 2016

It is that time of year when your waistline regrets the over-indulgences of Christmas and New Year’s resolutions are made. For many this involves joining a gym or taking up other physical pursuits…

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Out with Pereira. In with Hotak. Was it all worth it?

Daniel Fitzpatrick

Posted by Daniel Fitzpatrick | Partner
On 12th January 2016

It has been almost 8 months since the Supreme Court Judgment in Hotak ([2015] UKSC 30) and others that redefined the test for establishing vulnerability and thus Priority need. Now that the dust has settled somewhat it is worth taking a step back and considering whether the new test is more benevolent than its predecessor, as many in May 2015 perceived it would be and just how well local authorities are grappling with it…

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Memorial to Derbyshire Victims of Asbestos

Isobel Lovett

Posted by Isobel Lovett | Partner
On 8th January 2016

The Derbyshire Asbestos Support Team (DAST) has won a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund for a project which will record the ways in which asbestos has affected workers in a variety of industries and their families. The project aims to record the myriad uses to which asbestos was put from 1945 until 1999 when new use of asbestos was banned in the UK…

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Residence – the new nine tenths of the law?

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On 7th January 2016

The proposal by the government to introduce a residence test to determine whether individuals qualify for civil legal aid is back on the agenda after a recent ruling in the Court of Appeal. In order to satisfy the test, an individual would have to prove the following;

They are lawfully resident (expressly defined as meaning those who require leave to enter or remain must have it) on the day the application for civil legal service is made;
In the United Kingdom, the Channel Islands, Isle of Man or a British Overseas Territory;
Have resided for a period of 12 months at any time in the past from the date of the application (excluding absences of up to 30 days)

The exceptions to this are if the individual is less than 12 months old or within the armed forces…

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