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Treatment of domestic violence victims

The BBC's Victoria Derbyshire show reported today (15.05.19) that more than 120 MPs have written to the government asking for an inquiry into how family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic violence. They report at least four children have been killed...

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Death and the Digital

The recent case of Rachel Thompson has once again emphasised the importance of making a will and keeping it up to date. Mrs Thompson’s husband sadly died without having made a will aged only 39. She wanted her daughter Matilda to be able to look at his digital assets,...

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Will my criminal record ruin my life?

Clients who are investigated for the first time often worry that if they are given a caution or are convicted, then they might never be able to get a job because they will have to disclose the caution/conviction or worry that they have a criminal record.  An...

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Ban it like Beckham

As you may well be aware, David Beckham got banned from driving yesterday (9 May 2019). Being banned from driving can happen to anyone, and the rich and famous are not immune from traffic law (contrary to how things appeared when the same man was acquitted for...

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What should I do if I receive a PLO letter?

What is a PLO letter? PLO stands for ‘Public Law Outline’, a set of rules outlining the duties of the local authority when they are concerned about the welfare of the child and are considering making an application to the Court to request that the Court make an order...

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Upskirting is now a criminal offence

Upskirting is the taking of surreptitious, sexually intrusive photographs.  This is now a specific criminal offence in England and Wales punishable by up to two years in prison after a campaign was started by a woman who was targeted at a music festival. The Campaign...

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No fault divorce is coming

The Government have announced today that they will be changing the law to allow no fault divorce.  This comes on the back of years of campaigning by Resolution, an organisation of family lawyers and other professionals committed to the constructive resolution of...

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My ex-partner won’t leave me alone, what can I do?

First things first, if you think you are at risk of harm, it is important that you inform the Police.  You may also be able to secure long-term protection by way of a Non-Molestation Order. What is a Non-Molestation Order? It is a civil Order which can prohibit a...

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Legal aid for family law cases

“There is no legal aid in family cases anymore” – the incorrect myth that makes every family lawyer want to scream from the rooftops. Whilst the guidelines that govern family legal aid were drastically reformed in April 2013 by the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment...

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Contact rights of grandparents

Grandparents Rights: The rights grandparents have for contact with their grandchildren is something that has become a topical issue again recently as it was raised in the Commons this week. The Children and Families Act 2014 inserted a presumption into the Children...

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Creating A Will: Just Do It!

Statistics show well over half (60%) of UK adults do not have a Will. Putting a Will in place is not something which many consider to be at the top of their to-do list.  However, it is essential that even from the age of 18 your wishes are clearly set out in the event...

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What is Arbitration?

Arbitration offers a different way of resolving disputes. It is a form of dispute resolution where both parties to the dispute agree to arbitrate and the decision of the Arbitrator is contractually binding.  An Arbitrator is in effect a private Judge who can make...

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David Gray Solicitors 40th birthday!

Happy 40th Birthday to.....us! 14th February 2019 marks 40 years since David Gray first opened it's doors to the people of Newcastle.  The firm has grown steadily, adapted to the ever-changing legal landscape and even moved around the city a bit.  However, one core...

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The end of cross-examination by perpetrators

The government published the draft domestic abuse bill on the 21 January 2019. A number of measures are included in the bill including bring “economic abuse” into a statutory definition of domestic abuse and establishing a domestic abuse commissioner. Perhaps the most...

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Has the 1983 Mental Health Act been ripped up?

In May 2017, Theresa May pledged to “rip up the 1983 Act” by commissioning an independent review into the Mental Health Act with a view of modernising it. In December 2018 the Independent Mental Health Act Review published its final report. Proposed changes for...

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