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Beach Day In Birstall 10.08.19 – Summer Hamper Competition

Get yourselves down to Birstall on the 10.08.19 for a family fun packed day - there will be a Beach and deckchairs by the library, donkey rides, stalls and so much more. We are having a Summer Hamper Competition and tickets are £1.00 each and can be purchased now from our Birstall Office or on …

Laws for Landlords and Tenants

Coming into force from 1 June 2019, the Tenant Fees Act aims to ensure that tenants will be able to see at a glance what a given property will cost them in the advertised rent with no hidden costs. The new rules also mean that deposits will be capped at five weeks’ rent (or six …

Points to Consider When Buying a Second Home

Ten key points to consider when buying a second home for your own use or as a buy-to-let investment To buy-to-let or not to buy-to-let, that is a difficult question! It can be quite a conundrum for people with capital to invest who are dithering between the stock market or bricks and mortar. Since April …

Professional Negligence – Divorce Cases

It is an unfortunate statistic these days that more and more people are getting divorced and as part of the divorce process it is a very difficult and stressful time to “unravel” couples finances to try and ensure a fair division of the assets that have built up during the marriage. Sometimes one of the …

AN OVERVIEW OF BUSINESS LITIGATION

Litigation in business is something that will always exist. When business contracts are entered into, a relationship is formed between parties that like another relationship, can have its ups and downs. Businesses often find themselves in dispute with other businesses and / or individual consumers when something does not go according to plan… Often, a …

Be careful who you suspend

It has long been the practice of employers to suspend employees usually immediately, when there is a suspicion of gross misconduct. The justification for the suspension has always been that suspension is a ‘neutral act’ and simply takes place to allow the employer to carry out an investigation while the employee is not within the …

On Yer Bike

A pedestrian launched a bid for compensation blaming a cyclist for the accident - despite a court hearing she was staring at her phone when she walked on to the road. The Cyclist is now liable to pay out because "cyclists must be prepared at all times for people to behave in unexpected ways", Judge …

Parental Alienation

  Unfortunately, when parent separate, parental alienation can occur.  This is where a child has been manipulated, coerced or otherwise pressured to side with one parent over another.       Parental alienation is not always obvious and can be difficult to spot, but its effect on children is highlighted by CAFCASS as abusive and …

Parental Responsibility

Parental responsibility is defined under 3 (1) Children Act 1989 as being: “all the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property”. But what does that mean in practical terms? Parental responsibility (PR) can be acquired in different ways. Generally …