World Suicide Prevention Day

Every 40 seconds, somewhere in the world, someone loses their life to suicide. In 2018, in Britain alone, 6,507 people sadly took their own life; an increase of 11.8% compared to 2017.Of this, three quarters were men. Whilst mental health has become less of a taboo subject and more support networks have been put in […]

Blue Badge Scheme

Blue Badge Scheme – Changes coming into force today

In August last year, we discussed that the Blue Badge scheme, operating in England was set to undergo significant changes in 2019. – These changes have today come into force. The most significant amendments to the scheme will see people with ‘hidden disabilities’ being granted access to a Blue Badge, including those who: Cannot undertake […]

back to school

Counting down the days to September?

The school summer holidays – six weeks of sunshine, holidays and fun family days out… or so they are often portrayed. The reality for some families is far from this. Pressures on couples are often increased during school holiday periods as the challenges of childcare, financial demands and a desire to provide exciting and memorable […]

Football

Shining Light in Dark Corners – Chelsea FC Abuse Report

A report into allegations of grooming and sexual abuse against Eddie Heath; a former Chief Scout at Chelsea Football Club has found that he was a dangerous and prolific paedophile. Allegations started coming to light when ex-players made reports about abuse that had taken place in the 1970s – the victims being players who were […]

Delays with Probate Registry

Nationwide delays at the Probate Registries this year have been causing frustration to the public and legal practitioners alike. It is now typical to face a wait of up to thirteen weeks for probate to be granted from the date that the application was first submitted to the registry. A recent article published by the […]

Assault abroad

When summer sun is not so fun

It’s summer time… a time when groups of friends, families, couples and individuals travel abroad in search of sun, sea and sangria. A time for escaping the British weather to spend time relaxing, exploring or even partying. – Making memories that last a lifetime. Unfortunately however, for some people, their summer holiday memories aren’t always […]

Travelling with children – Passport, permission and proof

The school six weeks holidays have arrived, families are busy planning their summer holidays and ensuring that they don’t forget any essentials, sunglasses – check, sun cream – check, passport – check, but is that enough? In the UK, it is extremely common for families to be made up of members with different surnames. – […]

Discount Rate

The Discount Rate – What does it mean and how will it affect claimants?

When a person has suffered a significant injury and has been awarded a financial settlement following a claim, this payment is awarded as either a lump sum or continuous payment for a specified time period. In the event of a lump sum being awarded, this payment is adjusted to account for potential changes to the […]

Snowdrop - A symbol of hope, purity and rebirth

Abuse in rural areas in the UK is going unreported and unsupported

Last week, the National Rural Crime Network published a report into domestic abuse. The report follows 18 months research into rural Britain and has identified a multitude of factors that have led to victims being, what they have identified as, failed by the system, isolated, unprotected and unsupported. The research was gathered from in depth […]

Significant life changes

When do I need to update my Will?

Making a Will is vital. – If you have a Will in place you can be sure that your wishes will be carried out and your loved ones will be secure. It is therefore crucial  to ensure your Will is updated following significant life changes so that it continues to  reflect your circumstances and wishes. […]