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Changes in precedent orders within private children proceedings…

The President of the Family Division has announced a complete makeover of the standard orders (CAP01 to CAP04) which were used within private children proceedings. The standard orders being used…

March 1, 2016
Opinion

Life’s A Drone

Drones are fast becoming one of the must have gadgets since their launch. It is predicted that the drone industry will create as many as 150,000 jobs in the EU…

February 26, 2016
Opinion

Court finally rights a mathematical wrong

In the fatal mesothelioma case of Knauer v MOJ [2014] EWHC 2553 (QB) the trial judge held that he was bound to follow the approach adopted by the House of...

February 25, 2016
Opinion

Sufferers of domestic abuse benefit from determination of Rights of Women Charity

The charity Rights of Women has succeeded on appeal in its challenge against restrictions to family legal aid for survivors of domestic abuse. The challenge arose in the context of…

February 24, 2016
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DIY Law

Time and time again we are instructed on cases that are already half way through proceedings. Sometimes this can be due to the client wanting to change solicitors. But most…

February 23, 2016
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The Growth of Obesity in the UK and Weight-Loss Surgery

Whether we like to hear it or not, obesity is now of epidemic proportions in the UK with over 15 million Britons classified as obese. More than 6 out of…

February 19, 2016
Opinion

The Residence Test – 800 years of principle at stake

Access to justice has suffered a further setback following the recent ruling by the Court of Appeal relating to the so-called Residence Test.

February 19, 2016
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Parents with learning difficulties – keeping the focus on the children’s best interests

A recent Judgement from the President of the Family Division highlights once again the difficult issues surrounding cases involving parents with learning difficulties. In this sad case which has a…

February 17, 2016
Blog

“Won’t somebody please think of the children”

It’s well known that in the UK, homelessness amongst children is on the rise, with little to no real effort being made to remedy this. This is not simply about...

February 17, 2016
Opinion

Triumph for a cohabitee in an inheritance act claim

This week the court made history by awarding Ms Joy Williams, a half share in her deceased partner’s house. Ms Williams had lived with Mr Norman Martin, for nearly 20…

February 17, 2016
Blog

Adding Insult to Injury: asbestos related lung cancer sufferers face further setback

The Court of Appeal decision in Heneghan v Manchester Dry Docks Ltd and ors has been hailed as a victory by insurers.

February 15, 2016
Blog

Property? Check. Passport? Check. Right to Rent…..?

From the 1st February 2016 a new “right” has been created. Alongside the right to free speech and private and family life, there now stands a right to rent. Surely…

February 12, 2016
Opinion

Systemic change is needed to ensure our health services learn lessons from the deaths of vulnerable patients in their care

The shocking failure of Southern Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust to investigate the deaths of over a thousand patients with learning disabilities or mental health issues made headlines at the end…

February 12, 2016
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Disposable Women? Transnational marriages – time for a change?

Southall Black Sisters are instrumental in the commission of a report highlighting the abuse, violence and abandonment in transnational marriages.

February 11, 2016
Opinion

Restraint orders: Reasonable suspicion and reporting

On 1 June 2015 a number of provisions took effect as a result of the implementation of the Serious Crime Act 2015 (SCA). One of the most notable changes was...

February 11, 2016
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Cherwayko v Cherwayko (No 3): Imprisoned for contempt of court…well almost…

In the recent case of Cherwayko v Cherwayko (No 3) the Husband was given a custodial sentence for contempt in financial remedy proceedings. He was sentenced to nine months imprisonment...

February 10, 2016
Opinion

Court of Appeal legal aid ruling is a blow for civil liberties

Judges in the Court of Appeal dealt a considerable blow to civil liberties in this country last month with a ruling that will make it more difficult for victims to...

February 9, 2016
Opinion

Growth in plastic surgery procedures and 1 in 10 are for men

It seems that with the rise of social media and the pressure that that brings to some to look different or halt the ageing process, there has been yet another...

February 9, 2016
Blog

Mefloquine – time for change as inquiry hears evidence of harmful side effects experienced by those in the armed forces

The distressing psychiatric side effects of anti-malarial drug mefloquine have long been known, yet the drug has been routinely issued to British soldiers since 1993.

February 8, 2016
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As pressures on the NHS increase inadequate supervision of junior doctors is putting patient safety at risk

Junior doctors continue to hit the headlines having decided to take the drastic step of going on strike. Morale amongst doctors is said to be at an all-time low as...

February 4, 2016
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