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What is the Court of Protection?

What is the Court of Protection?

The Court of Protection is a court that deals with decisions or actions taken under the Mental Capacity Act. The Court performs a vital function by advocating on behalf of people who are deemed mentally incapable of making their own decisions by making decisions for...

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The Criminal Justice system during COVID-19

The Criminal Justice system during COVID-19

As the COVID-19 lockdown continues, our criminal defence team provides an update in relation to the Criminal Justice system and the action being taken to reduce the spread of COVID-19: Court Hearings Only urgent court hearings are proceeding at this time. A hearing is...

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Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (updated)

Domestic abuse and COVID-19 (updated)

Where does the Government’s advice to self-isolate and lockdown leave survivors of domestic abuse? 4 June 2020 Leaving the house in lockdown There has been much debate in the media recently about whether Dominic Cummings, the Prime Minister’s chief political adviser,...

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Children in foster care during COVID-19 lockdown

Children in foster care during COVID-19 lockdown

My children are in foster care – can I still have contact/family time during the Covid-19 pandemic lockdown? The North East local authorities (Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Durham) have issued the following...

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Moving House in a Lockdown

Moving House in a Lockdown

The nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 (cornoavirus) is increasingly slowing and freezing the property market. While we find many clients wish to press on and are reluctant to change plans there are now significant and growing obstacles to buying, selling and moving...

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Impact of COVID 19 on contact arrangements

Impact of COVID 19 on contact arrangements

Update: 25 March 2020 Children, contact and Coronavirus The government’s announcement on the evening of the 23rd March was clear: only leave the house unless you absolutely need to. However, a question for many separated parents will inevitably be, what does this mean...

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COVID 19 – family court hearings

The President of the Family Division issued some guidance on 19 March 2020 in relation to court hearings. The aim of the guidance is to “Keep Business Going Safely”. The guidance says that the courts should continue to function as normally as possible in light of the...

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Right to Buy

Right to Buy

The Right to Buy Scheme... ...allows council tenants to buy their properties at a big discount. This scheme was introduced in the 1980’s and allows you to apply to purchase your council house if you meet the following criteria: It’s your only home; Its self-contained...

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Love is in the air

Love is in the air

Valentine’s Day is upon us; supposedly one of the most romantic days of the year.  We are also in a Leap Year – according to an old Irish Legend, this is the day when women can propose to men. February may, therefore, lead to more engagements and plans to marry than...

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Legal Update: Voyeurism Laws Clarified

Legal Update: Voyeurism Laws Clarified

Landmark ruling from the Court of Appeal determines that those who film their partner during sex without obtaining consent first are guilty of voyeurism. This week the UK’s Court of Appeal was asked to decide whether or not sexual activity in a bedroom amounted to a...

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Stalking Protection Orders

Stalking Protection Orders

What are Stalking Protection Orders? Stalkers could face up to five years in prison for breaching new court orders which not only ban them from contacting alleged victims but also impose new obligations. Earlier this month, the Stalking Protection Act 2019 came into...

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The Future of the Mental Health Act

The Future of the Mental Health Act

Mental Health Act Reform In her speech following the recent General Election, the Queen outlined how the Government will continue to work to modernise and reform the Mental Health Act. The key objective appears to be to ensure that patients get the support they need,...

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

A name is something, that for many people is a key part of their identity and illustrates their connection to loved ones. However, there are many reasons why a person may wish to change their name. A person may wish to change their name to symbolise a new chapter of...

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Update on settled and pre settled status scheme

Update on settled and pre settled status scheme

This blog on EU immigration is likely to change frequently, please check back regularly for updates or visit our immigration pages. 10 January 2020 Since posting the blog below, the Government’s Withdrawal Agreement Bill has passed through the final stage in the House...

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