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Government rejects posthumous pardons for homosexuality convictions

July 23, 2014 0 comments

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The government has rejected calls for men who were prosecuted for homosexuality before its decriminalisation to be posthumously pardoned. Liberal Democrat peer Lord John Sharkey proposed an amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill currently being debated in Parliament. Under section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885, the so-called ‘Labouchère amendment’, homosexuality…

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Legal aid ‘pays for itself’

July 23, 2014 0 comments

Legal aid

Legal aid saves significant sums of public money, effectively paying for itself, new research from the Low Commission suggests. The Low Commission (not to be confused with the Law Commission) is an organisation affiliated with charity the Legal Action Group, working to devise a strategy on “social welfare law”. Economist Dr Graham Cookson and Dr…

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Expediting the decree absolute by John Bolch

July 23, 2014 2 comments

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I vaguely recollect an occasion many, many, years ago when I was at the Royal Courts of Justice in London and I witnessed something slightly unusual. I can’t now recall why I was at the court, but I think I was waiting for the case I was involved in to come on. Whilst waiting, I…

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Social media prenups: a good idea?

July 23, 2014 0 comments

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Social media has become a huge presence in modern life. Millions of people around the world access various social sites on a daily basis. It has made sharing information with the world as easy as pressing a button or tapping a screen. There is, however, a darker side to social media use which is becoming…

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Serious case reviews should be simplified, report claims

July 23, 2014 1 comment

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Serious case reviews (SCRs) should be shortened and simplified, a new report has declared. SCRs are held by local authorities whenever a child living in their area dies or comes to serious harm as a result of abuse or neglect, with a view to establishing better ways to vulnerable youngsters. A total 114 SCRs were…

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Mother allowed to take daughter to China

July 22, 2014 0 comments

UK, China, flags

The Family Court has given a mother permission to take her daughter on holiday to China. In JXN (A Child), the Chinese born mother has lived in the UK for 12 years. She became a British citizen in 2010. She sought permission to take her daughter, identified as ‘J’ in the judgment, to China in…

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Update: Russian couple finally divorce

July 22, 2014 0 comments

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Back in May, I wrote about the case of a Russian couple whose divorce was not considered ‘valid’ in the UK despite the fact that the wife has since remarried. Now though, they have finally managed to get a divorce. In Solovyev v Solovyev, the husband applied to the English Family Court for a divorce…

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Infidelity, adultery and your bank account

July 22, 2014 0 comments

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During my recent visit to the US, I took a little time out to talk to a reporter from Fox News. She was writing a piece on the financial aspects of the biggest of all relationship bombs – infidelity. Specifically, she was interested in the financial clues that an unfaithful partner might unwittingly leave behind….

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Child support variations by John Bolch

July 22, 2014 0 comments

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A recent Upper Tribunal decision on child support dealt with the issue of a non-resident parent diverting part of his income in order to reduce his liability for child support, which is one of the grounds for varying a child support maintenance calculation. After reading the report of the case I thought it might be…

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