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Contact At All Costs
‘Contact’ at all costs? The new protocol that must be applied by all Judges and family law practitioners in relation to Child Arrangements Orders where there is an allegation of Domestic Violence or Domestic Abuse. Domestic Abuse whether it be against men, women, or children is, according to the President of the Family Division, Sir … [ Read More ]
When family members step in to care for children When Social Services become involved with children due to concerns about the care they are getting from their parents, they have a duty to look at all extended family options before they consider foster care. There are huge numbers of aunts, grandparents and other relatives who … [ Read More ]
Should I appoint a financial Lasting Power of Attorney?
A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA), formerly known as an Enduring Power of Attorney, is a legal document that allows a person (the Donor) to appoint a person to make decisions on their behalf when they do not have the capacity to do so themselves. According to statistics released by the Office of the Public … [ Read More ]
5 tips to keep your affairs in order
5 tips for your affairs Make a will Making a will is the single most important step every adult should take, particularly if you are unmarried or have children under 18. Around 50% of adults die every year without having made a will which can result in heartache for your loved ones. Making a will … [ Read More ]
Updated Home Office Guidance on Employers’ Right to Work Checks
On 16 August 2017 The Home Office published updated Guidance on right to work checks which all employers need to be aware of. The link to the new Guidance is here. The Guidance replaces the previous version which was last updated in July 2016 and applies to checks required from 16 May 2014. It is illegal … [ Read More ]
Released under Investigation
Contact our crime department 24/7 on 07764929487 or call our specialist police station adviser Hannah White during office hours on 0191 243 8148 “You’re being released without bail… but remain under investigation”. “So, what happens now?”, you may ask. This is an uncertainty that many suspects now face since new bail provisions were introduced, changing … [ Read More ]
Can I make an electronic will?
Making a will is one of those things that we all know we should do, but many of us don’t. It has been suggested by the Law Society that a staggering 40% of adults in England and Wales die without having made a will. In our experience, the main reason clients say they haven’t prepared … [ Read More ]
Mary Shaw wins Family Lawyer of the Year Award 2017
Huge congratulations to our Partner and Family Lawyer Mary Shaw who won an award at the 15th LALY Awards in London. Mary won the ‘Family Private (including Mediation) Award,’ sponsored by Resolution which celebrates the excellent work undertaken by family lawyers across the country. Mary recently celebrated 30 years with David Gray Solicitors and has … [ Read More ]
Beyond letter writing…
Alex Davies from Cripps takes a light hearted look at an innovative workshop ran by Mary Shaw from David Gray Solicitors and Georgie Hall from Prettys at the 2017 Resolution conference. Alex states ‘The world is changing in front of us. And perhaps it’s time we found new ways to change it.’ Click below to … [ Read More ]
Government policy paper on rights for EU citizens
Post-Brexit rights for EU citizens – the Government sets out it’s position. On 26 June 2017, the Government published it’s policy paper on the position of EU nationals living in the EU and UK nationals living in the EU. The paper contains more information about what rights EU nationals and their families will have upon … [ Read More ]