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Help with Care Proceedings: Not Just for Parents

Help with Care Proceedings: Not Just for Parents

If your Local Authority Children’s Services are applying to Court to take your grandchild, niece, nephew or cousin into care, you are likely to be as anxious as the parents about what this means for your family and loved ones. You are also likely to feel pushed out of the process and unable to help […]

Supreme Court judgment: Police no longer immune from being sued for negligence

Supreme Court judgment: Police no longer immune from being sued for negligence

The police will no longer enjoy blanket immunity from being sued for negligent acts committed in the course of operational duties. A landmark Supreme Court judgment, handed down last week, has removed the so-called ‘Hill principle’, a doctrine effected by the case of Hill v Chief Constable of West Yorkshire [1989] A.C. 53. The Hill […]

Serious Fraud Office trial of former Tesco boss collapses after four months

Serious Fraud Office trial of former Tesco boss collapses after four months

The serious fraud trial of three former Tesco executives, which has lasted for more than four months, collapsed yesterday after the presiding Judge put an end to the trial before the close of the defence case. The prosecution against Chris Bush (Tesco’s former UK boss), John Scouler (former commercial food director), and Carl Rogberg (former […]

Cryptocurrency: Essential knowledge for business

Cryptocurrency: Essential knowledge for business

The latest free guide in our business knowledge series looks at the increasingly important world of virtual currencies and transformative blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin and Ethereum, have hit the headlines over the last 12 months, as unprecedented demand has led to exponential growth in market capitalisation, transaction levels and value. This, in turn, has […]

“Knowing [MEES], Knowing You” – A Guide for Commercial Property Landlords

“Knowing [MEES], Knowing You” – A Guide for Commercial Property Landlords

On 1st April 2018, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will come into force. The regulations will herald a significant change for the commercial property market and will impose Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) on property owners. The backdrop to this change results from UK Government carbon reduction targets. Guidance […]

Police complaints overhaul: IPCC replaced by new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

Police complaints overhaul: IPCC replaced by new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

A nationwide overhaul of the police complaints system comes into effect today (8 January 2018) aimed at making the process of complaining about police conduct quicker and more effective. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which has acted as the principal reviewing body for complaints against police forces throughout England and Wales, is being replaced […]

Buy-to-Let purchases – in good Company?

Buy-to-Let purchases – in good Company?

Following the implementation of the Stamp Duty surcharge for ‘buy-to-let’ and second home purchases, it was anticipated that the number of buy-to-let purchases would decline. Whilst the number of investment purchases by individuals has dropped*, we have at the same time seen a considerable rise in buy-to-let purchases by Limited Companies. The reason for this […]

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 […]