February 21, 2020
There can be numerous reasons why someone may want to appeal a legal verdict. It may be that something affected or prejudiced the case, or new evidence may have recently come to light. Whatever the reason, knowing how the appeals process works can make it easier if you need to appeal a verdict. Request You need to send your request within 28 days of your sentence or conviction (although it may be possible to do so later if you can prove why you need an...
February 14, 2020
For decades, asbestos was thought of as a low cost, flame retardant material. Unfortunately, as we now know, it has been proven to be deadly, producing serious conditions that have been affecting people for decades. This is why companies not only need to take asbestos removal seriously but make sure it is done as effectively as possible. Why it’s a concern It is estimated that asbestos kills 5000 people a year. The difficulty is that once people are exposed to these fibres, it can be...
February 7, 2020
The European referendum resulted in the UK voting to leave the European Union. Leaving the political implications of that vote, it does open the question as to what legal framework will replace EU law once the transition period is over. In this article, we will be looking at ways in which Brexit will (or could potentially) affect UK law. Laws The first thing to clarify is that leaving the EU does not mean the end of EU law. What has changed since the vote is...
January 31, 2020
The term “trust fund” is often associated with rich people and the idea of protecting younger people until they are ready to access money. However, there are various types of trust funds, and a lot of people can both create them and benefit from them. Equally, there are legal issues to be aware of when setting them up. What is a trust? A trust is some money that is set aside for different purposes. Often, it is kept aside for when someone is ready to...
January 17, 2020
Child custody is an issue that can happen due to various reasons. It can be as a result of the death of a parent or parents, or as a result of divorce. It is important to be aware of the rules around child custody, so you are aware of your rights, as well as your responsibilities regarding the rights and needs of your children. Residency In recent years custody is more commonly referred to as “residency.” Ideally, an agreement will be arranged so that an...
January 3, 2020
Sometimes relationships cannot be retrieved. In this instance, a divorce may be necessary. For around fifty years, the laws around divorce had some fundamental issues, and as of April 2019, this has now been changed. Fault One of the problems with UK divorce law has been that in order to achieve a divorce quickly, there has to be some kind of fault assigned to one party. This has led to what has been referred to as “empty shell” marriages as it can take up to...
December 30, 2019
For a lot of businesses, you may extend credit in order to encourage business. Unfortunately, sometimes people can run into difficulties getting this money back, which is why it is important to be aware of the legalities and issues around debt recovery. Prevention A big part of avoiding issues around debt is to prevent people from getting in trouble to start with. Clear invoices and notices for when payment is due will help people avoid getting into problems beforehand. In some cases, there may be...
December 19, 2019
On a basic level, trusts are a means of making it easier to control assets and managed. It is important to know how to set them up and what is most appropriate. Benefits In the past, trusts were set up in order to reduce tax liabilities. Recent changes in tax rates have meant this is not so much the case now. There are other benefits. One reason is that it provides more effective inheritance planning and transference of assets. It can also be useful for...
December 12, 2019
In many respects, a town or village green is something often associated with Britain. The idea was that this area gave people their own space to enjoy leisure time. In the year 2013, the Growth and Infrastructure Act was brought in, offering significant changes to the 2006 Commons Act. It is important to be aware of these rules, as it will affect whether or not you can apply for an area to be used as a town or village green, or in some cases if...
December 5, 2019
Increasingly people are becoming more aware of environmental impact, both in terms of individuals and organisations. The Waste Strategy for England and Wales was first published in 2000, and since then, the policy on this subject has shifted several times. Therefore, it is important to be aware of environmental and waste law. Waste hierarchy The laws on waste are based on what is known as the waste hierarchy- this starts with preventing waste, preparing items to be used and recycled, and finally, disposal. Prevention is...