Mediation may become a requirement for separating couples new laws would say

‘Challenging circumstances’ may come as defence for employers who have failed to comply with requirements of redundancy

Adoption and child care

Defence of ‘disproportionate force’ rippled with many loopholes

Defence of ‘disproportionate force’ rippled with many loopholes

Child support and the new scheme

Three motions of regret over LASPO in The House of Lords

Public bodies should be greatly shy to give cross – undertakings says Supreme Court

Increased reporting of domestic violence cases was a welcome sign says Scottish Border police

Legal aid divorce UK

Government planning ad campaigns to deter Bulgarians and Romanians from flocking into Britain

Basic degree required for becoming a Solicitor or an accountant would not mandatory for some school leavers

UKBA warns immigration advisers risking losing their practice if they jump queue

Hastening adoptions causes damage to children says senior judges

Fifty percent of take home pay is being spent on rents in the capital and south east says a survey

Local MP support the couple who shot two suspected burglars reigniting debate over householders rights

Cutting clothes of female prisoners while force strip search was done is not acceptable says a prison watchdog

UKBA’s campaign to tackle visa abuse result in 2000 overstayers sent home

New powers and tougher penalties will make it difficult for benefit fraudsters

Insolvency at its lowest in England and Wales since 2003 according to official figures

DWP has introduced new rules to stop employers from inducing workers out of their gold plated pension plans

In its 16 years of existence the National Fraud Initiative claim to have saved nearly £1bn of taxpayers' money

The new Bill on defamation cases would see abolishing of costly jury trials and is aimed at tightening other loose ends

A charter is being drawn where requirements of landlord and tenant would be simplified

A teenager wants residents not to object to new affordable housing in South Lakeland

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New ways are being devised by the government to put solicitors out of business. As if reforms were not enough in legal aid funding separating couples have been subjected to find out ways to settle disputes away from the courtroom if the new laws currently going through Parliament become law.

 

 

 

In a EAT judgment in the case of AEI Cables Ltd v GMB the tribunal has provided a useful guidance on how employment tribunals should determine the length of any protective award for breach of an employers’ duty to inform and consult its workforce as enshrined under section 188 of Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 – TULRCA

 

 

 

As the number of children in care continues to rise and stands at 67,000 the numbers being adopted has been declining in 2010. There were 3600 children under the age of 1 in care but only 60 were adopted the reason being cumbersome process involved.
The government has been of late taking measures to simplify the adoption system to encourage more people to adopt and make sure children are placed swiftly with a family where their best interest lies.

 

 

 

The new laws which were supposed to give householder the right to fight back against burglars has been condemned as farce because it seem to be riddled with loopholes.
The new defence of disproportionate force’ which has come into force last week would not be applicable in many cases and official guidance to that effect has been sent to judges, prosecutors and police. Homeowners cannot use such defence:

 

 

 

The new laws which were supposed to give householder the right to fight back against burglars has been condemned as farce because it seem to be riddled with loopholes.
The new defence of disproportionate force’ which has come into force last week would not be applicable in many cases and official guidance to that effect has been sent to judges, prosecutors and police. Homeowners cannot use such defence:

 

 

 

The changes to child support under the new scheme which has come into force on September 10, 2012 and the formula for maintenance is based on gross income data as supplied by HM Revenue and Customs.
The new formula works as under:

 

 

 

The House of Lords has passed three motions of regret over LASPO, highlighting the impact of the cuts on disabled people, domestic violence victims and welfare claimants.

Baroness Grey-Thompson's motion regretted that the new civil legal aid regulations would not be able to give a wider access to legal aid for disabled persons. The motion also said that the category of 'exempted person' was defined too narrowly under the regulations.

 

 

 

The Supreme Court has said that public authorities, such as the FSA, should generally not give cross-undertakings to cover costs and losses incurred by third parties as a result of injunctions.

Unless there was a circumstance which justified a different position such cross undertakings should not be given Lord Mance said.

 

 

 

The increase in reporting of domestic violence incidents has been welcomed by the Scottish Borders police
A total of 720 incidents of domestic violence were reported to local police between April and December last year compared to 620 to the same period in 2011.

 

 

 

When you cannot afford to pay legal costs or part of legal costs, incurred in a legal dispute and subject to the condition that you can prove it along with the proof of merit of the case you are eligible for legal aid. At times you may have to return a part of the Legal aid back to the government if you have won your case and received money or property through a settlement.

 

 

 

It has being confirmed at the Downing Street that Ministers were making plans to deter Bulgarians and Romanians from coming into Britain so as to control UK immigration system following lifting of restrictions this year.
There has been predictions from various immigration campaigners that around 250,000 people from the two countries were expected to get into Britain in the next five years.

 

 

 

The present system of churning out qualified professionals such as a solicitor, accountant or an insurance professional means putting in typically three years at the university, then job training and then going for professional qualifications. But if one has to go by new plans of the government school leavers would become lawyers and accountants without first getting the required degrees.

 

 

 

The UK Border Agency has warned that immigration lawyers who help clients jump queue in appointments system for work permits would risk sanctions that could end their practice.

 

 

 

High Court judges have told the Guardian that children in care were being threatened with separation from siblings and other family members because local authorities were trying to rush through adoptions without any proper checks and against the expert evidence of their official guardians, family court advisers and independent social workers.

 

 

 

A survey by Rightmove says about 30% of tenants in the south-east were spending more than 50% of their take-home pay on rent.
The rental market was overheating as a third of tenants in the South-east and London were paying more than 50% of their take-home pay to landlords according to the property website Rightmove.

 

 

 

The rights of householders has come into focus once again when the debate about their rights has been reignited after the arrest of a ‘law abiding’ couple over the shooting of two alleged burglars.

The relatives and neighbours of Andy Ferrie, 35, and his wife Tracey, 43, the couple who were arrested, have said that the couple had been target of repeated raids at their isolated cottage.

 

 

 

The prison inspectors have condemned the cutting of women’s clothes while being forcibly strip-searched in jail. They termed it as .unnecessary and unacceptable’.
When behaviour of women in prison had caused concern, such treatment, still amounted to ‘excessively punitive’, a inspector’s report on New Hall Prison in Wakefield, West Yorkshire said.

 

 

 

Operation Mayapple which was launched to crack down on illegal staying students and other migrants in the UK beyond their permitted period has seen more than 2,000 overstayers living in London return to their native homes.
In May the operation was launched by the UK Border Agency as a campaign to tackle visa abuse.

 

 

 

The biggest fraudster who cheated taxpayer out of a total of £317,000 tops the list of 10 most creative benefit fraudsters who between them have defrauded the public purse off £1.8million a figure has revealed yesterday.

All the nine have cheated more than £100,000 each which the officials have vowed to claw back after their sentencing.

 

 

 

England and Wales has seen the lowest level of Bankruptcy with number of people who declared themselves bankrupt showing at its lowest since 2003. In the past year it had shown a drop of 27% as individuals with smaller debts opting for lower-cost debt relief orders, according to official figures.
Overall, insolvencies have dropped to a four-year low. There were 27,390 personal insolvencies in England and Wales in the second quarter of 2012, a decrease of 10.2% on the same period a year ago.

 

 

 

In the past five years there was a trend where in cash incentives worth thousands of pounds were being offered to workers in return for swapping their final salary scheme to cut price plans which saved the employers huge sums in payouts.
But now the Department of Work and Pensions has introduced rules which would stop this practice of ditching their final salary pensions for cheaper alternatives.

 

 

 

The Audit Commission, an independent watchdog on public spending said that the Government departments were not joining a fraud-busting initiative even after ministers had promised to clean up fraud in illegal benefit claims and other wastes of public money.
It claimed that the National Fraud Initiative had saved nearly £1bn of taxpayers' money from the time of its inception 16 years ago, and more than a quarter of that in the last two years alone.

 

 

 

A draft defamation bill which was subject to close scrutiny in the last parliamentary session is now become a fully developed proposals before this years legislative agenda.
The Bill was aiming to abolish costly jury trials, curb online defamation, reduce 'libel tourism' and to protect responsible journalism.

 

 

 

Communities minister Grant Shapps today said it will consider drawing a charter of requirements aimed at simplifying the private rented housing sector.
The document, intended for both landlords a

 

 

 

Ambleside resident Shelby Halliday believes the 6,000 proposed new homes for the area give hope to hundreds of youngsters who want to live and work where they grew up.
The 16-year-old Lakes School

 

 

 

Governments generally appear unable to resist tampering with the justice system. The introduction of a unified tribunal system through the Tribunals, Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (TCEA) which, broadly speaking gathered together a large number of tribunals and appeal processes under one roof, and then formulated common rules to govern them . . .

 

 

 

The Government believes strongly that those convicted of crime should make a contribution to some or all of their publicly-funded defence costs. By ensuring that finite legal aid resources are better targeted at those individuals who most need them, means testing will help to put the legal aid budget on a more sustainable footing.

 

 

 

With increase in number of divorce cases, issues related to family law, crime, debt, landlord-tenant disputes, and many others in the UK, the services of legal lawyers are in great demand. A large number of people, who don’t have adequate legal knowledge and time to handle the legal issue themselves, avail the services of the lawyers.

If you wish to benefit from this current market trend, you may take up a career in law and assure yourself of a secure and promising future. However, to be a lawyer, you must have the intellectual ability to understand the complexities of legal cases and you should have the willingness to work with and for the people who are going through bad phase in their life like divorce, accident, criminal accusations, and so on.

 

 

 

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