Families of murder victims to get more support – Crown Prosecution Service

Posted January 19th, 2017 in families, murder, press releases, victims by tracey

‘Relatives of murder victims where an individual is acquitted after a trial will be offered enhanced support under a scheme launched today (17 January). Justice After Acquittal (JAA) has worked with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) and police to draw up new National Standards of Support (NSS). JAA is a voluntary organisation set up to provide support to families who suffer the double trauma of the murder of a loved one and the subsequent acquittal of the alleged perpetrator.’

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Crown Prosecution Service, 17th January 2017

Source: www.cps.gov.uk

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Finance and Divorce Update, January 2017 – Family Law Week

Posted January 17th, 2017 in divorce, EC law, families, financial provision, legal aid, legal services, news by tracey

‘Claire Molyneux, Senior Associate and Naomi Shelton, Associate, both of Mills & Reeve LLP, analyse the news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during December 2016.’

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Family Law Week, 12th January 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Police and council pay damages to children kept in care too long – BBC News

Posted December 21st, 2016 in children, damages, families, fostering, local government, news, police by tracey

‘Two children who were kept in care for too long have been awarded damages from a police force and council.’

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BBC News, 21st December 2016

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Foreign Adoptions: how and in what circumstances should they be afforded recognition? – Family Law Week

Posted December 20th, 2016 in adoption, families, foreign jurisdictions, human rights, news by tracey

‘Michael Jones of Deans Court Chambers examines recent important decisions concerning the recognition of adoption orders made abroad.’

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Family Law Week, 16th December 2016

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Demand for free legal advice spiralling upwards, charity reports – Legal Futures

Posted December 20th, 2016 in families, law centres, law firms, news, pro bono work, reports by sally

‘There is fast-growing growing demand for free legal advice, with family law now the most requested area of law, according to the experience of LawWorks, the solicitors’ national pro bono charity.’

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Legal Futures, 19th December 2016

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

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Woman guilty of Letchworth casserole dish murder – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2016 in burglary, families, murder, news, perverting the course of justice by sally

‘A woman who killed her half-sister with a chicken-shaped casserole dish while disguised in a goatee beard and wig has been found guilty of murder.’

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BBC News, 19th December 2016

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Family solicitors welcome call for tougher enforcement powers – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted December 19th, 2016 in enforcement, families, financial provision, Law Commission, news by sally

‘The Law Commission has called for a cultural change to ensure family financial orders are enforced more effectively, estimating that millions of pounds go unpaid every year as a result of non-compliance. The report has been welcomed by family practitioners.’

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Law Society, 19th December 2016

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Transgender teen who cut parents out of his life wins payout after council let slip his new identity – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 19th, 2016 in damages, families, gender, human rights, mental health, news, transsexuals by sally

‘A transgender teenager who used human rights law to cut his parents out of his life has won thousands of pounds in compensation after a council official let slip his new identity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th December 2016

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Sharia courts have no place in UK family law. Listen to women who know – The Guardian

Posted December 14th, 2016 in families, family courts, islamic law, news, women by sally

‘There must be no religious arbitration in family matters. It leaves minority women vulnerable to control by fundamentalists.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2016

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British couple suspected of trying to join Isis allowed to keep children – The Guardian

Posted December 13th, 2016 in care orders, children, families, news, proscribed organisations, terrorism by sally

‘A British couple have won a legal fight to be reunited with their children after being arrested on suspicion of trying to travel to Syria to join Islamic State.’

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The Guardian, 12th December 2016

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Children: Public Law Update (December 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted December 8th, 2016 in adoption, appeals, care orders, families, fostering, legal representation, news, witnesses by tracey

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in the field of public children law.’

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Family Law Week, 7th December 2016

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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Birmingham pub bombings: Families call for government funding for legal fees – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2016 in explosives, families, inquests, legal aid, news, victims by sally

‘Relatives of the Birmingham pub bombings victims have said they cannot understand why they are having to fight to get funding for their legal fees.’

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BBC News, 28th November 2016

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Parents fear transgender children will be taken away after court ruling – The Guardian

Posted November 22nd, 2016 in care orders, custody, families, news, transsexuals by sally

‘Parents of transgender children fear their ex-partners will sue them for custody of their children after the high court ruled that a seven-year-old child who identified as transgender should be removed from the care of their mother.’

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The Guardian, 22nd November 2016

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Is There A Human Right To Cryogenically Freeze Your Body? – RightsInfo

‘The mother of a dying girl has been given the right to cryogenically freeze her daughter’s body after her death, in the hope that she will one day be resurrected and cured. What are the human rights implications?’

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RightsInfo, 18th November 2016

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Hillsborough inquests: Families’ legal fees were £63.6m – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2016 in costs, families, health & safety, inquests, legal aid, legal representation, news, police, sport by tracey

‘Legal costs for the families at the inquests into the deaths of the 96 Hillsborough victims totalled £63.6m.’

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BBC News, 2nd November 2016

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Family: financial needs on divorce – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted October 31st, 2016 in divorce, families, financial provision, news by sally

‘In June the Family Justice Council published Guidance on ‘Financial Needs’ on Divorce. It has been disseminated among judges and is essential reading for all practitioners undertaking financial remedy work.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 31st October 2016

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Families of Birmingham pub bomb victims granted legal aid – BBC News

Posted October 27th, 2016 in families, inquests, legal aid, news, terrorism by sally

‘Some of the 1974 Birmingham pub bombing victims’ families have had a legal aid request granted, days before inquest proceedings are due to begin.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2016

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Time, distance & suitability – Nearly Legal

Posted October 10th, 2016 in children, domestic violence, families, housing, local government, news by sally

‘Tower Hamlets owed Ms B, and her four children then aged 10, 8, 3 and 2, the full housing duty. She had moved to the borough to stay at a refuge in September 2013, following long term domestic violence, and the children had begun school in the borough in October 2013. One of the children had a diagnosis of severe ADHD.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th October 2016

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How the 96 were finally given justice – Legal Voice

Posted September 23rd, 2016 in bereavement, families, health & safety, inquests, news, police, sport by sally

‘The Hillsborough inquest took two years and a million pages of evidence. Two of the lawyers involved explain that, despite the scale of the task, they were determined to put the deceased and their families at the heart of the case.’

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Legal Voice, 22nd September 2016

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Woman tried to do son out of £10m inheritance by ‘taking advantage’ of husband’s Alzheimer’s, judge rules – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 15th, 2016 in families, harassment, mental health, news, wills by tracey

‘A farmer’s wife “took advantage” of her husband’s Alzheimer’s in a bid to do their son out of his promised £10 million inheritance, a judge has ruled.’

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Daily Telegraph, 14th September 2016

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

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