Judge calls for divorce to be made quick and easy

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court of England and Wales, recently spoke at a news conference held at the Royal Courts of Justice. He asserts that judges should be replaced by registrars in uncontested divorce cases. This would result in a process similar to the registration of births and… Read more »

Child contact: Compliance with orders is mandatory

It is an absolute fact that in the majority of cases, children benefit from a close relationship with both parents. Unfortunately, for a variety of reasons that is not always easily arranged between separating parents where one can refuse to allow contact to take place. Applications to court for orders for contact (previously known as… Read more »

SAS Daniels LLP supports Alzheimer’s Society’s ‘Will to Remember’ scheme

Leading North West law firm, SAS Daniels LLP, has joined forces with Alzheimer’s Society to support its latest initiative, ‘Will to Remember’, a subsidised voucher scheme for will writing and wealth planning. The ‘Will to Remember’ scheme enables users to confidentially select a local solicitor from Alzheimer’s Society’s approved participating solicitors and receive a discount… Read more »

Be careful what you wish for

It is common practice in commercial contracts, particularly in construction and manufacturing, for the parties to limit or exclude their liability or pre-determine what compensation should be paid following a breach of contract. The latter clause is called a Liquidated Damages Clause. For those of you not familiar with exclusion and limitation clauses, the former… Read more »

Disputes concerning children: removal of legal aid

A recent report has shown that the removal of legal aid for disputes concerning children has had a direct effect upon the justice system with a significant rise in the number of people acting without legal representation, known as ‘Litigants in Person’. This has created an adverse impact upon the courts’ administration and efficiency, and… Read more »

Transfer of property on death: it may not pass to your co-owner!

There are two ways of owning property and land in the UK for co-owners. Both use words that are commonly connected with landlords and tenants but that is misleading as it suggests such a relationship when none exists. The two ways are: Tenants in Common (TIC) Forgetting the landlord and tenant issue, one way of… Read more »

The World Cup 2014: Are you ready to take on the employment issues?

In less than a month, 32 teams will begin their challenge for the World Cup title in Brazil. With England’s first match taking place on 14 June, now is the time for you to start considering the possible effects this month-long sporting event could have on you as an employer. Annual leave requests Due to… Read more »

Lawyer – Supported Mediation: affordable, legal advice for families

Following the introduction of the Family Court on 22 April 2014 mediation is compulsory for many more married and unmarried couples dealing with separation. The withdrawal of legal aid has left many unable to afford access to legal advice at a time when they need it most. Lawyer–Supported Mediation launched in the Manchester and Stockport… Read more »

Fines for employers who lose at employment tribunals

From 6, April 2014 employers may face financial penalties when losing in an employment tribunal. The Employment Tribunals Act 1996 has been amended to allow an employment tribunal to make an order where the employer pays a financial penalty to the Secretary of State – when they conclude that the employer has breached the workers rights… Read more »