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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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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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