Article Category: Private Client

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 »

Cheshire STEP seminar homes in on latest legislation changes

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) will be hosting its regional business seminar on 22 May at Chester Racecourse, headed up by Chair of the Cheshire branch, Helen Kelly, a partner at leading North West law firm, SAS Daniels LLP. The organisation, which brings together professionals dealing with family inheritance and succession planning,… 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 »

I do, I do, I do!

We all hope to be able to find the one, get married and settle down! However, sometimes when we don’t get it right the first time, our happily ever after is given a second or even a third chance, if we’re lucky that is. In those cases there are usually children involved and it is… Read more »

The new Family Court to simplify and speed up proceedings

The new Family Court comes into force today (22, April 2014) in England and Wales as part of a major shake-up for the family justice system. A single Family Court will replace three separate tiers of courts that currently deal with family proceedings. The changes This means that couples will have a single gateway into… Read more »

Living together successfully

New statistics released by the Office for National Statistics show a dramatic increase in couples choosing to cohabit rather than remarry, raising 10% in the last 10 years, with particular increase showing in the over 40 age group. The figures show that the trend is increasing even for people who have never married, with a… Read more »

STEP introduces new will writing code

The Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) is an international organisation recognised across the world as a leading organisation of professionals who deal in all aspects of trust and estate legal work. Following on from the government’s decision last year not to regulate will writing services in England and Wales, STEP have developed their… Read more »

Proposed changes to Lasting Powers of Attorney

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) has recently consulted on its proposals to remove the need for a physical (or ‘wet’) signature to be made on Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) forms. It proposed new legislation which would allow the donor and witnesses to sign electronically. The intention is that this will make it… Read more »

SAS Daniels builds for the future with trainees and apprentices

North West law firm SAS Daniels LLP has appointed its first apprentices, under a new scheme being run in conjunction with the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce and Manchester Metropolitan University. The firm, which has taken on five apprentices, has also hired two trainees. The apprenticeship is completed over two years, with the opportunity to… Read more »