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Serious Violence Reduction Orders (Pilot Scheme 2023)

Posted: 25 May

April 2023 was the start of the Serious Violence Reduction Orders (SVRO) pilot program. This included four forces: Thames Valley, West Midlands, Merseyside and Sussex. This program will trial the new stop and search powers to target those who...

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Is there a difference between a McKenzie Friend and a Litigation Friend?

Posted: 25 May

Friends like these… Explaining McKenzie Friends and Litigation Friends Any person in Court proceedings who is not legally represented (known as a litigant in person) has the right to have reasonable assistance from a layperson. This person is sometimes...

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Pre-Nuptial Agreements – are they necessary?

Posted: 19 May

When Pre-Nuptial Agreements, or ‘Pre-Nups’ are mentioned, people often think of celebrities safeguarding their millions. In America, Pre-Nups are more common as they hold great weight in American Courts. In the UK, Pre-Nups are not quite as powerful yet...

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Lasting Powers of Attorney – How to be an Attorney

Posted: 11 May

A Lasting Power of Attorney (“LPA”) allows an individual to appoint Attorneys to make decisions for them either under their instruction or when they are unable to make them due to a lack of mental capacity. Mental capacity for...

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New rules for IDVAs & ISVAs

Posted: 24 April

Practice Guidance has been issued in relation to new rules on the attendance of Independent Domestic Violence Advisers (IDVAs) and Independent Sexual Violence Advisers (ISVAs) at Hearings in the Family Court, which came into force on 6 April 2023....

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Changes to Family Legal Aid

Posted: 13 April

From 1 March 2023, changes to Family Legal Aid came into effect. Means-free Legal Aid will now be available for parents and those with parental responsibility when opposing applications for placement and adoption orders in public family law proceedings...

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Changes to Separated Parents Information Programme

Posted: 05 April

The Separated Parents Information Programme (SPIP) ceased from 29 March 2023, following the programme being subject to a research and evidence review. This led to a redesigned model which was more focussed on the child, contained updated content, and...

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Public Law Outline (PLO)

Posted: 27 March

‘Take this letter to a Solicitor Now’ – Letter Before Proceedings Public Law Outline (PLO) If you have parental responsibility for a child and receive a letter from Social Services saying they are concerned about your child or children...

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Putting it simply- What is Health and Safety Law?

Posted: 07 March

Health and Safety Law is made up of acts of parliament and regulations. The main piece of legislation is the Health and Safety at Work Etc. Act 1975. However, many specific work activities such as construction work, working...

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Health and Safety when working at home- things to consider as an employer.

Posted: 07 March

With an increase in flexible working, it is important to understand the risk to health and safety associated with working from home. Employers have the same responsibilities for people working at home as any other worker. This applies to...

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Suspended Sentences

What is a Suspended Sentence? A suspended sentence is a custodial sentence where the...

- 07 June 2024

Deprivation of Liberty Applications within Family Proceedings

“Liberty” is a right conferred by Article 5 of the European Convention of Human...

- 07 June 2024

The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024

Everything there is to know about The Leasehold and Freehold Reform Act 2024 In...

- 07 June 2024