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Beware the ‘easy’ will that doesn’t say what you mean

7th November 2017

Nicola Waldman, private client partner responds to the Law Commission’s current consultation on wills. “The Law Commission’s consultation, which ends this month, aims to review the way we make wills, not least to encourage the 40 per cent of us who do not have one to step up. “So far, it has focused on what…

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New guidelines on arresting children only make sense if officers use them

2nd November 2017

By Caroline Liggins, criminal defence lawyer from London law firm Hodge Jones & Allen “Every week, I and numerous other criminal defence lawyers, battle with the police and custody sergeants to ensure that children taken into police custody are properly treated. The current statutory obligations clearly state that any child arrested and charged should not…

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Clair Hilder response to the publication of Dame Elish Angiolini’s report into deaths in police custody

31st October 2017

Commenting on the report Clair Hilder, Senior Associate in the Civil Liberties team said: “We welcome the publication of the review (Independent review of deaths and serious incidents in police custody) and the recommendations made, including the call for non-means tested funding for bereaved families so they can be properly engaged in investigations following deaths…

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As divorce rates creep up, why bother to get married at all?

19th October 2017

Every year, the Office for National Statistics releases the divorce figures for England and Wales and last year, in 2016, that number increased by nearly 6 per cent on the year before. Most of those opposite-sex couples getting divorced were men aged between 45-49 and women in their thirties. But, as the report points out,…

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Latest inquest into prisoner death at HMP Winchester finds more failings

19th October 2017

The jury at the inquest into the death of a 27-year-old man from Hayling Island in Hampshire at HMP Winchester has concluded that the prison’s failure to instigate appropriate self-harm support measures contributed to his death, citing widespread insufficient and inadequate training and a lack of accountability in the training of agency staff. The jury…

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