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No fault divorce - urgent need for reform

No fault divorce - urgent need for reform

It has become increasingly apparent that divorce laws in England and Wales urgently need reform and this need for reform has been highlighted in the recent case of Owens and Owens which has been widely reported in the press. Under the current law to obtain a divorce couples are legally required to assign blame for the relationship breakdown unless they have lived apart for more than two years. The current law requires that blame be assigned either for unreasonable behaviour or by alleging that the other party has committed adultery. This requirement to assign blame... Read full article

The ever-increasing importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney...

The ever-increasing importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney...

Corrine Seabourne, Chartered Legal Executive at Alsters Kelley talks about the ever-increasing importance of having a Lasting Power of Attorney. The Alzheimer’s Society have recently published staggering figures which states that around 850,000 people in the UK suffer with Dementia and this figure looks to increase to one million by 2025. With this increase in people being diagnosed with Dementia, I have been thinking about why a person would not want to put a Lasting Power of Attorney in place. I have had the privilege of working with the elderly for over 10... Read full article

Have you been charged with a motoring offence without your knowledge?

Have you been charged with a motoring offence without your knowledge?

Unfortunately, more frequently people are discovering that they have been charged and convicted of road traffic offences without their knowledge.  In some cases, people may have been driving whilst disqualified without even knowing, which is an imprisonable offence. The most common reason for this happening is the police or court writing to an incorrect or an old address to advise someone they have been penalised for speeding or another type of motoring offence, but the driver no longer resides at the address on record. Therefore, some drivers would have no idea... Read full article

Child contact and domestic abuse

Child contact and domestic abuse

The safety of children is paramount, particularly in cases where domestic abuse has been witnessed or perpetrated by one or both parents. So, when a parent wishes to see their child after separation, it is essential that our legal system protects them from direct physical, psychological and/or emotional harm. This is why we were delighted with changes last year which greatly enhance the safety and wellbeing of children in domestic abuse cases, when it comes to deciding arrangements for their future care. Practice Direction 12J Sir James Munby, Judge and President... Read full article

Right to Rent Scheme

Right to Rent Scheme

The Right to Rent scheme was introduced in the Immigration Act 2014 and it applies to people who are subletting their property or taking in lodgers.  The scheme requires landlords and or agents to check the immigration status of all new prospective tenants in order to make sure they have the right to rent property in the country. In effect, if the prospective tenant fails to provide evidence that they have a right to remain in the United Kingdom (UK), the landlord and or agent would decline their application; thus, denying them access to private rented accommodation... Read full article

Modern Slavery Act 2015

Modern Slavery Act 2015

The Clinical Negligence team at Alsters Kelley solicitors were recently successful in renewing their Legal Aid tender and in addition, can now act for anyone affected under the Modern Slavery Act 2015. The Modern Slavery Act 2015 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It is designed to tackle slavery in the UK and consolidates previous offences relating to trafficking and slavery. The Act extends to England and Wales. It will give law enforcement the tools to fight modern slavery, ensure perpetrators can receive suitably severe punishments for these... Read full article

Breast Cancer Screening - NHS Failure

Breast Cancer Screening - NHS Failure

The Government recently announced that an independent enquiry is going to take place following the realisation that 450,000 women in England have been failed by the NHS as they were not sent out their final routine breast cancer screening when they should have been, at around the age of 70. Out of those 450,000 women, it is believed that 309,000 are still alive. Alarmingly, it has taken over a decade for the appalling error to be picked up and has been blamed on a computer failure and possibly a variation in the way local services send out the invitations. Jeremy... Read full article

Windrush Generation

Windrush Generation

The British Nationality Act 1948 enabled citizens of Commonwealth countries to become citizens of the United Kingdom (UK) and Colonies – an automatic right to remain. As a result of this the ‘Windrush generation’ are not in the UK illegally as they came to the UK under provisions made by the British Nationality Act 1848. The Windrush generation refers to Commonwealth citizens who came to the UK between 1948 to 1972 – named after the ship which brought the Caribbean workers to the UK. However, subsequent rules and legislations changed this... Read full article

Alsters Kelley to support Estate Planning Seminar - Thurs 24th May

Alsters Kelley to support Estate Planning Seminar - Thurs 24th May

An Estate Planning and Tax Mitigation Seminar is being hosted by Craig Saxton, Principal of Craig Saxton Wealth Management on Thursday 24th May at Chesford Grange Hotel, near Leamington Spa. The purpose of the event is to help increase awareness of the importance of tax planning and to highlight the problems that doing nothing can cause those we care about most. There will be several specialists there to talk about a number of topics including: Inheritance Tax Planning Leaving a Legacy Protecting Your Estate from HMRC Other Tax Planning Opportunities. In... Read full article

George Eliot ‘inadequate hospital’

George Eliot ‘inadequate hospital’

Following an inspection carried out earlier this year by the Care Quality Commission, it has come to light that George Eliot Hospital in Nuneaton requires improvement. It is extremely worrying to hear that inspectors have considered that the standard of services has declined since their last inspection. The hospital was under special measures in 2013 and during that time, the hospital admitted that it needed a partner organisation, yet it remains to be an independent organisation to this day. It is difficult to understand why the hospital has been able to... Read full article

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