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Getting to know… Dominic Widsom

Getting to know… Dominic Widsom

We are thrilled to announce that Dominic Wisdom has joined the Family and Divorce team from a well-known Legal 500 law firm based in Oxfordshire. To find out a bit more about Dominic, we asked our resident reporter to ask him a few questions… Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer […]

Animal cruelty defendants now face up to five years imprisonment

Animal cruelty defendants now face up to five years imprisonment

The Animal Welfare Act 2006 and Sentencing Council Guidelines currently limit custodial sentences to six months’ imprisonment. However, the Government is now proposing to raise this to five years in response to calls to correct the issue of proportionality and to bring the law in England and Wales into line with other countries’ policies on […]

Marriage and divorce on the rise for the over-65s

Marriage and divorce on the rise for the over-65s

It’s official – according to figures recently published by the Office of National Statistics, marriage rates among the over-65s increased by almost a half between 2009 and 2014, in contrast to a general decline in the popularity of marriage in the population as a whole. Divorces among people over-65 in England and Wales are also […]

Cryptocurrency: A brave new world

Cryptocurrency: A brave new world

The latest development in cryptocurrency, Gitcoin, launched yesterday. It aims to provide a smart market for developers and programmers to exchange ideas and develop technology projects, and receive payment in virtual currency Ethereum. Developers will publicly advertise work on the platform, which connects coders to suitable projects, eliminating the need for a third party. The […]

The form has changed but the law has not! – The new divorce Petition

Almost a month on from its debut, applicants completing the new divorce form, which came into force from 4 September 2017, should beware that while the divorce petition form has changed, the law has not. Although the form of divorce petition has expanded from seven to fifteen pages, the new form has been aimed at […]

Prevention is the key – International Child Abduction

Prevention is the key – International Child Abduction

This month has seen Reunite publish two further international child abduction guides following its publication in July of a ‘Guide to International Child Abduction and Poland’. The latest guides (click here) relate to India and Pakistan. These are the first of a proposed series of guides that explain the options available when a child has been […]

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 […]