Family Law – Where Do Grandparents Stand?

Having grandchildren is something we all look forward to as we get older. For many, their grandchildren define the later years of their lives. They can bring families closer together and bring an enormous amount of joy.

Unfortunately, with an increasing number of marriages ending in divorce and many more children being born outside of marriage, parental rights are more complicated than ever. For parents this causes a huge amount… Continue reading...

What Constitutes A Frivolous Claim?

The UK is famous for its, so called ‘compensation culture’. When looking at the figures for compensation claims in any of the last 5 years, it is understandable why.

Recent figures highlight the problem even further. Last year the UK taxpayer had to pay £27 million in compensation just in payouts to public sector workers. Though this figure is just short of last year’s £28 million, it still brings the… Continue reading...

BBC2 Series Highlighting The Importance Of A Will

Most of us see writing a Will as one of those morbid pieces of paperwork that we will eventually get around to doing. Most of us won’t even think about making a will until we start to get old. Some women, confident in the knowledge that most wives outlive their husbands, don’t ever think about making a will until they really have to.

This isn’t the best way to… Continue reading...

What’s Your Work Status?

When trying to understand your employment rights, you first need to understand your employment status. There are many different types of employment status and each comes with its own rights and responsibilities.

The main three types of employment status are that of an employer, an employee and someone who is self employed.

Employer, Employee or Self Employed?

Your own work status is very important. This status affects both the… Continue reading...

The Rise In Childbirth Negligence Payouts

In a recent case a boy has been awarded nearly £6 ½ million due to the negligence of a hospital birthing centre.

Theo Kramer, who is now 8, suffered brain damage whilst being born. This brain damage now means that Theo cannot sit up properly, can’t walk and has severe learning difficulties. The judge ruled that these difficulties were caused by the negligence of the Edgeware birth centre in London.… Continue reading...

Parents To Be Given More Options

Recently, the new government has submitted proposals to drastically change the maternity and paternity leave systems in the UK.

The Current System

At the moment, mothers are eligible to take up to one year off work as maternity leave when they have a child. The first 6 weeks of this maternity leave is paid at 90% of the mother’s salary. The following 33 weeks are paid at a minimum of… Continue reading...

Why Should You Have A Will?

For most of us, a Will is something we only think of as we get old. As the end of our life approaches, we naturally think of those we leave behind. These days, it is very rare for younger people to have a Will. Admittedly, the chances of your life coming to an unexpected end are far smaller when you are 30 than if you were 70 or 80 years… Continue reading...

Divorce Service or Divorce Solicitor?

A quick search on the internet will quickly show the many different ways to go about getting a divorce. Given that 1 in 3 marriages end this way, it isn’t surprising that people have tried to cash in on society’s need for what can be a very simple process.

Divorce Services

In response to the demand, there are now many online divorce services which appear to manage the whole divorce… Continue reading...

Huge Cuts In Legal Aid Over The Next Four Years

At the moment the government funds a large number of cases where people aren’t able to fund their own legal representation. The legal aid fund most commonly funds cases of divorce and clinical negligence. For many, this aid is the only thing that makes it possible for them to fight for justice.

Legal Aid To Be Cut

Due to the heavy strain felt by all of the UK’s public services… Continue reading...

Intellectual Property – A Basic Introduction

Intellectual Property (IP) can be any sort of creation. Whether it is a group of words or a fully developed invention, intellectual property laws give you the tools to protect your ideas so that you can use them as you wish. Many people see intellectual property as something which can’t ever be fully protected. Whilst intellectual property laws are by no means perfect, they do go a considerable way… Continue reading...