Month: November 2019

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Focus On Pro-Bono

The benefits of pro-bono work have existed throughout history, not just for clients who are unable to afford legal advice and who’s lives can be changed by a solicitor providing a service for free; but also to the solicitors dispensing the advice, knowing what a difference they can make.  The Law Society encourages all legal professionals to […]Read More

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Family Law Awards 2019

Tonight, 27th November 2019, saw the Family Law Awards take place at the prestigious Ballroom South Bank in central London. It was a night for hundreds of family law professionals to network and celebrate the ‘important work of family lawyers and celebrate their many successes and outstanding achievements.’ This year’s winners were chosen by a […]Read More

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UK Falling Behind In Gender Recognition 

Last week saw the release of a report published by IGLYO, Dentons and Thomson Reuters Foundations, exploring the laws on legal gender recognition, focusing on the rights of young people in eight European countries.    The report aimed to identify some of the good practises in legal framework adopted by different countries and set them against examples where reforms had […]Read More

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Today’s Family Lawyer Is Excited To Announce Their First Roundtable

Following a successful launch of Today’s Family Lawyer back in the summer and the overwhelming response, we have received from family law professionals since we are delighted to announce our first family law roundtable.  Today’s Family Lawyer, which gives a fresh look at the industry by keeping the sector informed of key changes, challenges, developments and […]Read More

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How Do We Score Your Mystery Shop?

Getting feedback is a great way for businesses to learn and improve on areas that they may be struggling in. Many sectors have mystery shoppers, and the conveyancing sector is no different. In a highly competitive market, it’s vital that your team is at the top of their game, when it comes to asking for […]Read More

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The Rise Of Fake ID Documents

It is estimated that property fraud has cost the UK Land Registry more than £73million over the past 18 years, with an average pay-out to a victim costing upwards of £100,000. Property fraud and the rise of fake ID documents is on the rise, with more onus being put on solicitors involved in property transactions […]Read More

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Ensuring Full And Frank Disclosure

It is not surprising to any divorce lawyer that when it comes to splitting finances in a divorce, things can become ugly very quickly.   Surprisingly, large numbers of cases involve some form of distorting figures.  There are currently stories in headline news where there are allegations of hiding business assets and purposefully reducing income to decrease […]Read More

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“Fairness For Families” – Resolution Asks For Election Manifesto Pledges 

With the election manifestos being released this week, Resolution has been eagerly awaiting responses to their letter to all political parties, ‘urging them to prioritise much-needed family justice reforms in their election manifesto’.  In their letter, dated the 14th November 2019, National Chair Margaret Heathcote and the Chair of the Family Law Reform Group, Jo Edwards, called on all […]Read More

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A Look Into Children’s Welfare News On World Children’s Day 

November 20th marks World Children’s Day, a day to raise awareness of and support for children’s welfare across the globe; it highlights “the importance of a healthy childhood, and how we need to protect the rights and freedoms of children in order to ensure that they can grow into happy, healthy adults,” states the National Children’s Day UK. In honour of the […]Read More

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Latest ONS UK Families Trends Offer Insight To Family Experts

The latest Office for National Statistics (ONS) report on ‘Families and Households in the UK: 2019’ makes insightful reading for the family law community which highlights the changing trends in Brits’ living arrangements, including families.  Family professionals discuss the ONS’ insights and give their views of what it could mean for family law.  Deborah Jeff, Partner and Head of Family at Seddons, comments:  “The […]Read More

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75% Of Law Firms Have Had Their Passwords Stolen

Law firms are failing in their efforts to tackle the rising risk of cyber crime. Even with £millions continuing to be fraudulently redirected, with the associated reputational impact and knock on effect on professional indemnity insurance premiums, most law firms have not implemented even the most basic cyber security measures. The research has been undertaken […]Read More

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The Pros & Cons of Cyber Essentials Accreditation

Cyber Essentials is a Government backed accreditation scheme, that protects your organisation, whatever its size against a range of the most common cyber attacks. With cyber attacks becoming an increasing blight on society, with more being reported on in the news, understanding what options you have when it comes to cyber security is important. Why […]Read More

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Barlow’s Cohabitants and the Law, 4th edition (Part 2)

Part II of the 2018 edition of this book published on 18 May 2018 deals with the impact of relationship breakdown. Developments in the law relating to domestic abuse are discussed in Chapter 7, together with reforms to the homelessness legislation affording better protection for victims of such abuse. Domestic Violence Protection Notices (DVPNs) and […]Read More

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