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How to avoid a Christmas break-up

Talking and teamwork to tackle Christmas divorce  Divorce rates have fallen to their lowest level since the 1970s but Christmas break-up continues to spike after the festive season, and professionals are encouraging couples with rocky relationships to focus on talking to each other in the run up to the festive period.  Many attribute the stress…

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Is electronic signature legal in UK?

Don’t put your footer in it when it comes to contracts Forget the ink, the courts have ruled that an automatic email signature can count when it comes to the dotted line  Companies are being urged to review their electronic procedures after a court ruled that an automatic email footer could be enough to conclude…

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What is classed as Private Fostering?

In 2000, the country was shocked to the core by the murder of 8-year-old Victoria Climbié. She was privately fostered with her great aunt, who had arranged a fostering agreement with the child’s parents. After this tragic case, legislation was swiftly introduced to stop another tragedy by ensuring that vulnerable children were placed in safe,…

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What to do when a tattoo goes wrong

Tattoos have never been more popular, and when created by truly skilled tattoo artists, are genuinely astonishing and beautiful works of art. However, not everyone who wields a tattoo machine is as good as they’d like to think they are, and the sheer number of truly awful tattoos is just as high as the examples…

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What are the rules for houses in multiple occupation?

Landlords who have not responded to legislation introduced last year to protect tenants in multiple occupancy properties are facing massive fines.  The latest involved a property in Lincoln, where landlord Julie Churchill was fined £40,000 for not having a licence for houses in multiple occupation and for failing to ensure the property was safe for the tenants. …

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Is Trick or Treat legal?

The legal lowdown on our most horrible holiday Whether you regard it as an unwelcome American import, or the chance to be downright naughty for an evening and dress up as a little devil, Trick or Treat is part of the UK’s culture. Every October 31st you’ll see hordes of ghoulies and ghosties and long-legged…

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Is an Electric Fence illegal?

If you’re lucky enough to live in the countryside, you may have your own land, animals or buildings outside your home.  Rural estates tend to be bigger than their urban counterparts, meaning there is a much larger area to secure and a different array of dangers to protect it from.  The go-to security measure in…