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Government fails in bid to close Islamic faith school over safeguarding issues

22nd June 2018

The Secretary of State for Education has today failed in an application to close Darul Uloom School in Chislehurst over safeguarding issues. Following a hearing at City of Westminster Magistrates’ Court, the school has been told it will not be removed from the independent schools register after lawyers told the court of significant changes to…

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‘It’s not fair!’: Divorce from the view of the financially stronger partner

7th June 2018

This week, the Supreme Court considered whether businessman Graham Mills should have to increase maintenance to his former wife 16 years after their divorce. The case focuses on the vital issue of whether divorce maintenance should have a time limit. Currently, in England and Wales, maintenance payments can be for life depending on the circumstances,…

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Too many evictions could be avoided, says housing lawyer

Farzana Chowdhury

7th June 2018

A recent report (April 2018) by the Housing, Communities and Local Government Select Committee highlighted the shocking imbalance of power between tenants and landlords. Nearly half of tenants (44%) interviewed said that fear of eviction prevented them from raising issues with their landlord, such as disrepair to the property. Social housing lawyer Farzana Chowdhury from…

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Tips to navigate the surrogacy minefield

6th June 2018

Tom Daley, who announced in March that he and partner Dustin Lance Black are expecting a baby born via a surrogate later this year, described the process as a ‘minefield’. The Law Commission is currently conducting a three-year review into surrogacy (with the Scottish Law Commission) and has already identified areas of concern around parental…

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New SFO chief will need to know what fights to pick

John Hartley

4th June 2018

John Hartley, criminal defence partner at Hodge Jones & Allen solicitors, says: “The main challenge for Lisa Osofsky as the SFO’s new chief will be in guiding the agency to know what fights to pick. Like an over-excited child in a sweet shop the SFO has historically scrambled for the biggest prize they can see….

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