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Criminal cases dropped due to data manipulation by forensics labs

Criminal cases dropped due to data manipulation by forensics labs

Thousands of criminal cases may have been affected by failings and deliberate manipulation of evidence by two forensic labs in Manchester over a seven-year period. Several employees of forensic laboratories Randox Testing Services (RTS) and Trimega Laboratories have been arrested and interviewed by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) as a result of the alleged manipulation of […]

The Budget Report 2017- The Impact on Family Law

The Budget Report 2017- The Impact on Family Law

The Budget announcement yesterday wasn’t especially dazzling news in the family law arena. Chancellor Philip Hammond restated that the Ministry of Justice (the government department responsible for protecting and advancing the principles of legal justice) will have to make £600 million in savings by the end of 2020. The government did announce that it would […]

Guide to motorists – what to do when you receive a police request for driver details.

Guide to motorists – what to do when you receive a police request for driver details.

Around 35 million vehicles are licensed for use on the roads in Great Britain with four people every minute being caught for speeding offences. If you are the registered keeper of a vehicle caught exceeding the speed limit, you can expect to receive a Notice of Intended Prosecution accompanied with a section 172 form requiring […]

UBER Data Hack: A warning to businesses about the dangers of online fraud

UBER Data Hack: A warning to businesses about the dangers of online fraud

An estimated 57 million customers and drivers had their personal data stolen by hackers last year in a cyber attack kept under wraps by the private taxi company Uber. Uber’s Chief Executive, Dara Khosrowskahi, acknowledged yesterday (Tuesday 21 November 2017) that the company had failed to notify regulators and affected individuals and confirmed that it […]

Even if my name isn’t on the property deeds, do I have any rights?

Even if my name isn’t on the property deeds, do I have any rights?

Where an individual is not named on the title register to a property but has paid towards the purchase price, mortgage or renovation costs together with their partner, who is the registered owner, does that individual have any property rights? The short answer is yes, you may well have rights. Where property is held in […]

What happens to pensions on divorce?

What happens to pensions on divorce?

Divorced women are losing out on £5 billion pounds every year because they are unaware that they are entitled to a share of their husband’s pension. According to a recent press release from Scottish Widows, 70% of couples who divorce don’t even consider pensions. We can understand why. Thinking about saving for the future and […]

Successful Enforcement: Knowing your Defendant

Successful Enforcement: Knowing your Defendant

If you’re owed money, and are thinking of going to see a solicitor for help in recovering the monies owed to you, it is important to know as much as possible about the party who owes you money (“the defendant”) before formal Court proceedings are issued. This will ensure that you improve your chances of […]

Getting to know… Jolene Hutchison

Getting to know… Jolene Hutchison

Family and Divorce Partner, Jolene Hutchison, has risen the ranks from Trainee Solicitor, to Partner, to Head of Family and Divorce. To get to know Jo a bit better, our resident reporter asked her a few questions… Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer are you? Ally McBeal! What initially ignited […]

Beware of deposit payments on “off plan” property purchases

Beware of deposit payments on “off plan” property purchases

The High Court has recently considered a situation where a company had plans to develop a site in Nottingham with 131 flats above a ground floor commercial unit. Before construction commenced, contracts were exchanged with buyers in respect of most of the 131 flats and each buyer paid a deposit of 50% of the purchase […]

Cohabiting couples fastest growing family type

Cohabiting couples fastest growing family type

Figures recently published by the Office for National Statistics show that the cohabiting couple were the fastest growing family type in the UK. In 2016, those who were cohabiting had increased to 9.8% of the population from 6.8% of the population in 2002. The number of cohabiting families had reached 3.2 million in 2015 with […]