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Separating: choosing the right process

From 26 to 30 November 2018, Good Divorce Week will focus on how separating and divorcing couples can put their children’s needs first and limit the impact of any conflict. Resolution has timed this week to take place during the period for the government’s divorce law...

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Ending the blame game

Good Divorce Week 2018- ending the Blame Game and putting children first. It’s not uncommon to hear people talk about children coming from a “broken home.” But when parents separate, if they deal with their separation issues well, children will maintain a strong sense...

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After Tier 4…

... there are several post study visa options on the basis of a relationship. There are a number of options potentially available to Tier 4 students who want to to remain lawfully in the UK after studying, including skilled work (Tier 2) or entrepreneur (Tier 1)...

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Cross-examination by alleged offenders

In the Family Court, alleged offenders of domestic abuse are currently able to directly cross examine their victims. The All Parliamentary Working Group on Domestic Violence highlight that, ‘As well as being a traumatic experience for a survivor of domestic abuse,...

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Chambers 2019

Once again several of our departments and solicitors have been recognised in the annual rankings from Chambers & Partners. The family team are one of only two companies listed as Band 1 for Newcastle with 4 solicitors gaining individual rankings. Managing Partner...

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Top Solicitors in Newcastle

David Gray Solicitors has once again been ranked as a Top Tier firm in the prestigious Legal 500 2019 directory. The Family and Crime teams were ranked as Tier 1 departments in the North of England category. The crime team are recognised in both the fraud and general...

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They don’t look old enough!

Three of our Partners celebrate their 20 year anniversary of working at David Gray this month. Elspeth Thomson (Family), Brian Hegarty (Crime) and Cliff Veitch (Property) joined the firm in 1998 and have seen a huge number of changes across their two decades with the...

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EEA Regulations Changes – July 2018

On 24th July 2018 the Immigration (European Economic Area) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 came into force. These key changes are outlined below: Following the decision of Lounes, dual nationals can now rely on EU law so long as they exercised treaty rights before they...

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The Police Interview Process

For many of us, the prospect of a Police interview under caution is extremely daunting and you may not know what to expect or how the process works. The reason you are being interviewed under caution is because the Police suspect you to be responsible for a criminal...

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The truth about cautions

Coronation Street viewers may have noticed a major legal blunder on a recent episode when it came to the issuing of a Police caution to Tim Metcalfe. Tim was arrested following an allegation of assault on Duncan Radfield, after he set wife Sally up following a fraud...

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What is Family Arbitration?

Read our Q&A on Family Arbitration to find out more or visit our dedicated family arbitration page. We have two Chartered Institute of Arbitrators qualified family solicitors here at David Gray - Lucy Mead & Elspeth Thomson - who are here to help if you have...

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The Thorny Question of Spousal Maintenance

The recent case of Mills –v- Mills as brought to the forefront again the ongoing problem of “how much maintenance and for how long”. The Mills divorced in 2002 and Mrs Mills received a capital sum to enable her to purchase a property free from...

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Solar Buyback – Is it worth it?

Thomas Edison said “I’d put my money on the sun and solar energy… I hope we don’t have to wait until oil and coal run out before we tackle that.” There are currently 1.5 million homes in the UK with solar power systems, putting Britain fourth in the European solar...

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Getting on the property ladder

How to buy a house with no deposit Often one of the biggest barriers to owning your own home is getting that all important deposit together. The Post Office believe they have come up with a solution to this, helping first-time buyers get on the housing ladder. The...

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