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Top Met Police Detective responsible for the incarceration of serial killer Levi Bellfield to be played by Martin Clunes in new ITV drama Manhunt

Top Met Police Detective responsible for the incarceration of serial killer Levi Bellfield to be played by Martin Clunes in new ITV drama Manhunt

A former senior Met Police Detective whose team solved the murders of Marsha McDonnell, Amelie Delagrange and Milly Dowler will be played by actor Martin Clunes in a new ITV drama. Detective Chief Inspector Colin Sutton told Blaser Mills that being played by an actor on TV felt “odd but quite exciting” and revealed that […]

LIAR: A search for the truth

LIAR: A search for the truth

Liar, ITV’s new 6-part drama, is gripping the nation. People are already reaching their own conclusions as to whether Laura, played by the actress Joanne Froggatt (better known for her role as Anna Bates in Downton Abbey), is telling the truth when she accuses surgeon Andrew Earlham of raping her. For most of us, this […]

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside

The prospect of owning a home by the sea is a tantalising one. With over 11,000 miles of coastline here in the UK, there are plenty of places to choose from. You will find fabulous beaches, breath-taking views and clean fresh sea air. It is no wonder that so many choose a staycation over the […]

CPS to crack down on social media hate crime

CPS to crack down on social media hate crime

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) has today circulated new guidance on how it will prosecute hate crime and toughen sentences for offences committed using social media. Hate crimes perpetrated over Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms will now be treated as seriously as offences committed offline, in recognition of the growth of online crime. The […]

Is it true that Lasting Powers of Attorney do not have adequate safeguards?

Is it true that Lasting Powers of Attorney do not have adequate safeguards?

In the news this week, retired senior Judge Denzil Lush has warned of the lack of safeguards in the Power of Attorney system in England and Wales. Lucy Pankhurst, Senior Associate in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team, responds to these comments. A Lasting Power of Attorney (‘LPA’) is a document that allows you to […]

How do you get divorced when no one has done anything to blame?

How do you get divorced when no one has done anything to blame?

Seeing the emphasis placed by celebrity couple Chris Pratt and Anna Faris in dealing with their separation amicably, would appear to give positive impetus to the case for no-fault divorce. Earlier this week, the couple announced that they are separating after eight years of marriage in joint statements shared on social media.  The statement said […]

A New Sentencing Code

A new consultation on the law of sentencing procedures has been launched by the Law Commission. The plans do not affect the length or type of sentences but seek to bring greater clarity to the guidelines to enable defendants to better understand the language. It is not often clear how the various parliamentary acts, some […]

The importance of making a Will

The importance of making a Will

With 51 million adults living in the UK, 27 million (a huge 53%) do not have a Will. Have you made yours? Making a Will can be a very straight forward task, but is one that many people put off. However, if you die without a valid Will, you will be dying intestate and your […]

“Please release me” … undertakings and mortgages on the former family home

In many divorce settlements, it is impossible for the divorcing couple to both rehouse separately in purchased properties – two purchased homes cannot always be financially achieved from the one former family home and resources available from the marriage settlement. In these circumstances, an option that the divorcing couple and Court may reach is for […]

BREAKING NEWS: The Government is to repay up to £32 million to claimants after the Supreme Court has declared employment tribunal fees to be unlawful

The Fees Order (The Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013) was introduced by the Government with effect from 29 July 2013, where employment tribunal claimants and Employment Appeal Tribunal appellants had to pay Court fees to issue a claim and for the claim to proceed to a final hearing. This was […]