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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

Mr El-Maghraby – Local Coventry brain surgeon faces concerns over his operations

Mr El-Maghraby – Local Coventry brain surgeon faces concerns over his operations

It was recently reported by BBC’s Inside Out West Midlands that Mr Hussien El-Maghraby, a local Consultant Neurosurgeon, who is employed by University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust, has been stopped from performing two different surgical procedures pending further training and mentorship, following a Royal College of Surgeons inspection. Concerns have come to light following surgery performed by Mr El-Maghraby, on Mr Stephen Bridgman to remove a benign tumour, which left Mr Bridgman in a vegetative state as his brain had been irreparably... Read full article

Employment law dates for 2018

Employment law dates for 2018

From January 2018 individuals and those applying for basic criminal records check for a job in England and Wales can apply to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) for a certificate.  From 17 January 2018 Disclosure Scotland will no longer be dealing with applicants from England and Wales who are applying for basic disclosure.  1 April 2018   -  Increases to statutory rates and limits    National Minimum Wage (NMW) (per hour)    NLW -£7.83    Standard Adult rate (21+) -... Read full article

Inheritance Tax and Adult Social Care Funding

Inheritance Tax and Adult Social Care Funding

There have been two interesting announcements recently which a lot of our clients should have on their radar. The first was a request by the Chancellor to the Office of Tax Simplification to review Inheritance Tax.  In the request, it was acknowledged that the current Inheritance Tax regime is particularly complex and the Chancellor is interested to hear of any proposals for simplification of the system to ensure that it is fit for purpose and any such review should focus on the technical and administrative issues relating to Inheritance... Read full article

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