Do Grandparents have rights too?
by Donna Gibbons
It is obvious to all that the breakdown of a relationship leads to heartache for the parents and the children concerned. Grandparents can often feel overlooked in the whole process, despite it affecting their contact with their grandchildren. They often sit back, not wanting to upset an already fragile situation.
The cost of taking a holiday
by Lara Murray
Do you regularly work overtime? You may not know, but at the end of last year, an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) established that some types of overtime now have to be included in the calculation of statutory holiday in order to comply with the Working Time Directive and Working Time Regulations 1998.
New drug driving offence
In March 2015, Parliament will enact a new law to make driving with a specified amount of certain drugs in your body an offence. It is already an offence to drive whilst unfit through drink or drugs but, up until now, there has been no specific offence of driving with a specified amount of a drug in one’s body matching the specific offence of driving with more than the prescribed limit of alcohol.
Thousands helped to buy
Thousands of first time buyers have been helped to get a foot on the housing ladder through the government’s Help to Buy initiative, according to new figures.
The rise of the litigant in person
There is currently an enormous amount of pressure on the family courts with the rise of litigants in person. A ‘litigant in person’ is an individual who exercises their right to conduct legal proceedings on their own behalf. Many parties, particularly fathers, have had no choice other than to become litigants in person after the major reduction of legal aid provision from April 2013. The abundance of free online information means that more and more parties have made a conscious decision to act as litigants in person. However, a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing and litigants in person can often feel overwhelmed by the court process, especially where the other party has legal representation.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld a tribunal decision that a clause entitling an employer to deduct a month’s salary if an employee fails to work their notice period was not a penalty, despite the employee not receiving their notice pay.
by Jeremy Sirrell.
All of us are familiar with the concept of ‘drink driving’, or driving with more than the permitted level of alcohol in your body. However, what is not so clearly understood is the closely related, but very different, offence of being in charge of a motor vehicle with excess alcohol. Although this offence is much less common than driving with excess alcohol, there are still a number of people prosecuted for this crime.
On 22nd April of this year, Section 10(1) of the Children and Families Act 2014 came into force. This subsection provides that before making a ‘relevant’ family application a person must attend at a mediation information and assessment meeting (“MIAM”). This only applies to those applying to the court (Applicants) but Respondents are still expectedto attend.
Child Arrangement Orders
There have been a number of recent, significant changes which seek to ‘modernise’ family law.
Changes to Court Bundles
New guidelines have been released in respect of Court bundles to ensure consistency across the new “Family Court”.