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David Gray Set for Success!

David Gray Set for Success!

David Gray Solicitors has started October with a record number of Trainee Solicitors in post. Seven people are embarking on the next stage of their journey to becoming a fully qualified solicitor. The firm has five main departments – Family, Crime, Immigration,...

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. World Mental Health Day takes place every year on 10th October. The global event aims to raise awareness, provide support and encourage us all to try and take care of our own mental health. This year’s focus is on suicide prevention....

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I’ve lost my driving licence, do I need a solicitor?

I’ve lost my driving licence, do I need a solicitor?

We recently had a client who came to us after he represented himself in the Magistrates Court and was convicted of two counts of failing to provide driver information, for which he received 6 penalty points each meaning that he accumulated 12 points and, having that...

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Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors (FLOWS)

David Gray are excited to be a part of FLOWS – Finding Legal Options for Women Survivors a new project by the Family Team of RCJ Advice, in partnership with Rights of Women. FLOWS enables front line workers working with survivors of domestic abuse to access legal...

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Domestic violence killings reach 5-year high

Domestic violence killings reach 5-year high

New domestic abuse bill A Bill on protection measures for victims of domestic abuse is planned to be re-introduced in the Queen’s Speech on 14th October 2019. There had been worries that the Bill could be dropped after Parliament was prorogued earlier this month....

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UK Immigration System – update September 2019

UK Immigration System – update September 2019

Update 23 December 2019: Since the time of writing the Conservative party won the general election on Thursday 12 December 2019. For further information on the Conservatives plans for immigration law, please see our updated blog. Update: 12 December 2019 Since we...

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“Help to Buy”: Is it helping?

“Help to Buy”: Is it helping?

Help to Buy Options For many home buyers one of the biggest hurdles to becoming a home owner is gathering that vital deposit together. Help to Buy mortgage schemes were introduced to overcome this and to give thousands of people a foot onto or up the property ladder....

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Surrogacy Law Consultation

Surrogacy Law Consultation

The current surrogacy laws have been described as “outdated and not fit for purpose” anymore by Sir Nicholas Green who is chairing a consultation which is considering making changes to the current problematic surrogacy laws. Current Situation Surprisingly, at present...

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Update on settled and pre-settled status scheme

Update on settled and pre-settled status scheme

Update on EU Settlement Scheme & Post BREXIT UK Immigration System for EU/EEA Citizens Updated: 27 August 2019. The settlement scheme is now fully open for EU / EEA citizens and their family members to apply for settled or pre-settled status.  More than one...

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When can previous convictions impact new relationships?

When can previous convictions impact new relationships?

Something Old and Something New When can previous convictions impact new relationships? Previous convictions represent highly sensitive personal data and are ordinarily confidential, disclosable only in very limited circumstances. However, under the Domestic Violence...

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The dangers of DIY divorces

The dangers of DIY divorces

Online divorces - a DIY divorce “Quick, easy and affordable online divorce services” - the ‘quick fix solution’ that could come to bite you in years to come. Although divorce rates are at their lowest rate since 1973 (ONS) a lot of divorce petitions are now going...

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Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage

Same Sex Marriage As Northern Pride Festival returns to Newcastle this weekend we take a look at the progress made for same sex marriage:  Here is a timeline of recent changes: 2004, same sex couples could enter into Civil Partnerships, this was reserved only for same...

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Nearest Relative vs Nominated Person

The Independent Mental Health Act Review published their final report in December 2018, the contents of which may be of interest to you if you are detained in hospital under the Mental Health Act or if you are a relative of a patient. Currently, the Nearest Relative...

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Password Protected

Password Protected

Can I be forced to give police the password to my phone or laptop? Our crime team, takes a look at the police’s powers when accessing electronic devices. Police in England and Wales can formally demand passwords and unlocking codes to phones, laptops or any other...

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The Tenant Fees Act 2019

The Tenant Fees Act 2019

With the average house price sitting around £125,397, in the North East, it is no surprise that the market has created a generation of renters.  Insufficient levels of home building has succeeded in driving up the price of a first time home to something not easily...

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Treatment of domestic violence victims

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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