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Action against climate change: is it a protected characteristic?

Climate change has dominated our newspapers, news sites and social media feeds in recent years. From emotional pleas from David Attenborough, to Extinction Rebellion protests blocking our motorways and COP26,...

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The importance of a correctly drafted witness statement

The President of the Family Division recently issued updated guidance on how witness statements should be prepared for use in family courts. Sir Andrew McFarlane said clear instructions were needed...

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Defending an Inheritance Act 1975 claim could now become troublesome for Defendants

Following Hirachand v Hirachand (2020), bringing an estate dispute claim under the Inheritance (Provision for Family and Dependants) Act 1975 may be easier for Claimants, but will no doubt carry...

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Childcare arrangements at Christmas

For many, the Christmas period is for spending quality time together as a family. However, if parents have recently separated or are struggling to agree on child arrangements after separation...

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What is the Breathing Space scheme?

The Debt Respite Scheme, also known as the Breathing Space scheme, came into force on 4th May 2021 and gives those who owe money further legal protection from their creditors....

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What would a lease extension mean for leaseholders?

Leaseholders in England will soon be able to extend their leases by a maximum of 990 years, without paying ground rent, if plans announced by Housing Secretary, Robert Jenrick, go...

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How do I change my child’s name?

You can change your child’s name at any time, as long as they are under the age of 18. You don’t have to have a specific or valid reason for...

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Changes to the Highway Code: what road users need to know

The Highway Code has recently been updated to give more priority and protection for pedestrians and cyclists, and other vulnerable road users. First published in 1931, the guidance has undergone...

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Dealing with divorce and finances online: what does this mean for me?

HM Courts & Tribunals Service (HMCTS), which is responsible for the administration of family courts in England and Wales, has trialled a digital process for dealing with divorce finances online....

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Cancer Research study finds delays in referrals for breast cancer symptoms

A retrospective study, funded by Cancer Research UK and published in the BMJ Quality and Safety Journal, found that only 40% of patients with red flag signs and symptoms of...

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Baby Loss Awareness Week 2021

Baby Loss Awareness Week takes place every year on 9th – 15th October. Now in its 19th year, the week aims to raise awareness about how pregnancy and baby loss...

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Covid-19: commercial premises update

The coronavirus pandemic, and the necessary restrictions the Government introduced in the commercial property sector, represent unprecedented times for both tenants and landlords. Whilst the majority of these restrictions have...

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