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Consent Orders...Revisited?

Consent Orders...Revisited?

When parties reach agreement in respect of financial arrangements arising from divorce they enter into a Consent order to provide clarity as to the agreement reached and to provide the parties with certainty that the arrangements agreed form a full and final settlement of all financial claims arising out of their marriage. However, in a recent case that has come before the Supreme Court Birch and Birch (2017) UKSC53 a decision has been made that certain circumstances could allow parties to revisit the agreements made. This could lead to a lack of certainty for divorcing... Read full article

Should potential Inheritance be taken into consideration in financial settlement upon divorce?

Should potential Inheritance be taken into consideration in financial settlement upon divorce?

…a case which is currently being heard within the Court of Appeal raises this very question. The parties in this case are Hossam Radwan and Hayat Alireza who were married for 14 years and have three children. Husband is a former Goldman Sachs banker and wife has been a home maker throughout the marriage. In 2015, the High Court dealt with financial settlement and accepted that the husband should pay his wife a lump sum of £2million with the right to remain in the family home until the death of her father. This was on the basis that the Court accepted... Read full article

Investigation into Tragic Bus Crash in Coventry Completed

Investigation into Tragic Bus Crash in Coventry Completed

The police have now completed their 18-month investigation into the tragic accident, where a bus driver crashed into the Sainsbury’s in Coventry city centre killing two people and injuring others. The bus driver has been charged with two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. Our Personal Injury team have successfully represented one of the injured passengers in this incident who suffered a haematoma and other injuries, which were caused by the impact of the accident. Compensation was obtained for the injuries our client sustained and we are pleased to say... Read full article

Ian Paterson update - sentence appealed

Ian Paterson update - sentence appealed

Ian Paterson, the disgraced breast surgeon who was jailed for carrying out unnecessary cancer operations, recently appealed his 15 year jail sentence. In April 2017 Paterson was found guilty of 17 counts of wounding with intent. Mr Paterson appealed this decision last week and the three Appeal Court Judges increased his jail term from 15 years to 20 years. The Judges held that the original sentence had been lenient and the Jurors also convicted Mr Paterson of 3 further wounding charges. At the original trial, the Jury and public were made aware that Mr Paterson... Read full article

NHS Admin Blunder

NHS Admin Blunder

According to a report by a BBC health correspondent on 27th June 2017, more than 1700 patients have been put at risk due to an NHS administrative blunder. These patients may have been harmed due to the fact that thousands of patient records in England were left to pile up in a warehouse. The number may rise beyond 1700 patients as only two thirds of the 700,000 sets of notes found had been checked. This could include cancer test results not having been passed on to GPs. The National Audit Office also said that there were serious questions to answer about the handling of... Read full article

Government to consult on new build market selling properties as leasehold

Government to consult on new build market selling properties as leasehold

Following the BBCs announcement that the Government were consulting on the new build market selling properties as leasehold and not freehold we can confirm that we would always advise our clients of their obligations under a leasehold property. Normally leases relate to flats as there are ‘common’ areas which are maintained jointly.  This is normally done by a managing agent or management company and each flat owner pays a service charge to cover the costs. However, some house builders are selling their properties under 99 or 125 year leases. ... Read full article

Grenfell Tower: An Immigration Perspective

Grenfell Tower: An Immigration Perspective

There have been many issues arising from the tragic fire incident which engulfed the Grenfell Tower (the Tower) - many of them political and very controversial. One such issue the immigration status of residents who resided at the Tower. The Tower was occupied by British nationals and foreign nationals. It is however indicated that the foreign nationals who resided at the Tower were either lawfully present and or settled in the United Kingdom (UK) or were undocumented persons - (i.e. foreign nationals who did not have the requisite leave to remain in the UK). With... Read full article

Increased Fines for Speeding Motorists – Don’t be caught out!

Increased Fines for Speeding Motorists – Don’t be caught out!

In April a new set of regulations came into force to punish speeding motorists.  There will be a significant increase in fines for the worst offender although for those who are a couple of miles over the minimum, nothing will change. This follows the approach from the new laws in relation to using a phone whilst driving that were brought into force in March 2017. Prior to the 24th April 2017 the minimum penalty you could receive for speeding was £100 fine and 3 penalty points. The Courts now have powers to impose higher fines in order to make drivers think... Read full article

Ian Paterson, Disgraced Breast Surgeon Jailed

Ian Paterson, Disgraced Breast Surgeon Jailed

Ian Paterson, the disgraced breast surgeon has been jailed for 15 years for carrying out unnecessary cancer operations over a period of many years. Jurors at Nottingham Crown Court heard during the trial that Paterson had exaggerated or invented the risk of cancer to justify the surgery he performed. Compensation has already been paid out to a number of patients who had surgery in the NHS at the hands of Ian Paterson and a large number of private patients are seeking compensation against him. Paterson and the hospitals concerned at Little Aston and Parkway... Read full article

Drivers Beware - penalty points doubled for using a mobile phone whilst driving!

Drivers Beware - penalty points doubled for using a mobile phone whilst driving!

Penalties for holding and using your Mobile Phone while driving have increased from the 1st March 2017.  Using a handheld mobile device while driving is illegal.  You could now be given 6 points on your licence and fined £200.  Newly qualified drivers will have their licence revoked due to these tougher penalties. Anyone who accrues 12 points on their licence will face magistrates court, disqualification and higher fines. It is not illegal to use a hands free mobile phone but our advice is put you phone away before driving to avoid temptation,... Read full article

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