The government has put plans forward in parliament to add on an extra £23million for criminal defence advocacy fees. The Ministry of Justice has also announced that it will launch a wide-ranging review of criminal legal aid payments, too. The news has been welcomed by The Law Society, and by the legal profession in general,…Details
The news that you’re unable to have children of your own can be devastating for parents, especially if it’s all you can think about. Same-sex couples may also face challenges when it comes to starting a family. Other than adoption, one of the most logical answers is surrogacy. But what is the legal position on…Details
The number of companies being held to account by their employees/contract workers is growing. First, Deliveroo and Uber were put through the legal mill and their workers gained a slew of rights and assurances. Now, courier and minicab giant Addison Lee is in the gig-economy spotlight, after its minicab drivers gained ‘worker’ status with all…Details
In April 2017, the Criminal Finances Act was given Royal Assent. It was primarily introduced to bring online the two new corporate criminal offences of failure to prevent criminal facilitation of tax evasion and has been designed to tighten up several existing loopholes in the current legislation. Here is a quick guide to the law…Details
Emergency worker assault – are the NHS, the Fire Service and the Police doing all they can to protect first responders?
It seems inconceivable to most of us that anyone would wantonly attack, injure or in any other way assault a nurse, fire officer or police officer. Yet every day our emergency services and front-line NHS staff face increasing levels of violence, physical harm, and aggression. In September, in a bid to try and stem this…Details
First-time buyers who bought a shared ownership property in the last twelve months should check if they are due a refund on any stamp duty paid. That’s because when Chancellor Hammond extended the stamp duty relief available to first-time buyers of shared ownership property in his Autumn 2018 budget, he also applied the extension…Details