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GDPR – what does it all mean?

GDPR – what does it all mean?

The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) replaces the current Data Protection Act and comes into force 25 May, 2018. GDPR relates to how businesses store, manage and process personal data across all platforms including servers, PCs, phones, emails databases etc. Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, is quoted as saying, ‘This is the biggest change […]

The New Electronic Communications Code – Considerations for Landlords

The New Electronic Communications Code – Considerations for Landlords

The substantive provisions of the new Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) will come into force on 28 December 2017, following the passing of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2017. The Digital Economy Act 2017 is intended to demonstrate the government’s commitment towards the UK’s rapidly advancing digital industry in a post-Brexit economy. […]

Manipulation of test results at Trimega throws hundreds of Court decisions into doubt

Manipulation of test results at Trimega throws hundreds of Court decisions into doubt

It has emerged that Trimega, a company that specialised in hair, blood and urine tests for drug and alcohol use, may have manipulated test results between 2010 and 2014. The consequent impact could be wide-reaching as many family law practitioners relied upon the forensic services of Trimega in children cases. Indeed, the Court often relies […]

Getting to know… Laura Webster

Getting to know… Laura Webster

Laura is an Associate Solicitor in the Family & Divorce, who qualified into this area in 2016 following 6 months in the department. To get to know Laura better, we asked her a few questions… Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer are you? Unlike most lawyers, I didn’t actually set […]

Children in Care – Taking the Local Authority to Court for more contact

Children in Care – Taking the Local Authority to Court for more contact

My colleague, Laura Webster, recently wrote about the difficulties with contact between separated co-parents, but what about if your co-parent is the Local Authority? Parents may be able to get Legal Aid to take the Local Authority to Court for more contact with a child in the care system. Local Authorities are under a duty […]

Getting to know… Anna Ferro

Getting to know… Anna Ferro

To get to know Family and Divorce Solicitor, Anna Ferro, our resident reporter asked her a few questions. Anna has over 20 years’ experience in Family and Divorce law, and has a reputation for providing the advice and representation of the very highest quality. Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer […]

Drink Driving: National anti-drink drive campaign launches today

Drink Driving: National anti-drink drive campaign launches today

As the holiday season begins, police officers across the country join forces to support a national anti-drink driving campaign. Forces throughout the UK are preparing for a spike in the numbers of those tested and arrested for drink and drug driving offences as the renewed police campaign launches today (1 December 2017). During the month […]

Settling children disputes: A new Court pilot scheme

Settling children disputes: A new Court pilot scheme

The Court have been using pilot schemes to help come up with new ways to make the judicial system quicker, simpler and open to all. They have tested centralising application centres (good for saving public money), late-night Court opening hours (not so good for tired Court staff and busy parents) and an online system for […]

Child Arrangements over the Christmas period  

Child Arrangements over the Christmas period  

Christmas is a very special time of year and for most people it is about spending quality time with family. However, for separated parents and children alike, the festive season can be marred by bitter disputes over contact and how a child’s time should be divided over the holiday period. What should be a happy […]

Getting to know… Naim Qureshi

Getting to know… Naim Qureshi

Naim Qureshi is a Senior Associate in the Family and Divorce team, practising exclusively in the field of family and matrimonial law for over 17 years. To get to know him a bit better, we decided to ask him a few questions… Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer are you? I grew […]