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Now, I’m a proper grown up!

Now, I’m a proper grown up!

A recent wills client kindly wrote a step by step guide of how her wills experience was - Like most people have a will was something I had often thought about especially since my husband and I have two children. However, there always seemed to be something else to do...

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Crime, Court and COVID!

Crime, Court and COVID!

CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM UPDATE May 2020 Police Stations Evidence from the Duty Solicitor Call Centre, through whom all requests for representation in the police station must go, shows that arrests are at approximately 60% of pre-lockdown levels. Our experience is that...

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Elspeth and The House of Commons!

Elspeth and The House of Commons!

Our Managing Partner, Elspeth Thomson spoke with The House of Commons this morning (4 May 2020) about family law during COVID-19. Elspeth is a National Committee member and co-chair of the Legal Aid Committee for Resolution, the national body for family lawyers....

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Mike Bishop Retirement

Mike Bishop Retirement

Mike Bishop, Head of our Mental Health team here at David Gray retires today (30 April 2020) and we wanted to say a huge Thank You! Mike has worked at the firm for over 30 years and he will be a huge miss not just amongst colleagues and his fellow partners but...

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Family Arbitration Scheme

Family Arbitration Scheme

Family lawyers were scheduled to gather last month to hear about developments to the family arbitration scheme. Social distancing rules meant that could not happen and instead the launch of the change to the scheme took place via Zoom on 27 April 2020. Sir Andrew...

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Will my family court hearing go ahead?

Will my family court hearing go ahead?

Update 29 April 2020 The video below explains first hand how the family court is running remote hearings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gXNDWNzMHFc&t=1s As a result of the coronavirus pandemic, lots of family courts are now closed in order to follow Government...

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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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