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Mounting fears over Family Court representation

Recently published Government figures highlight the increasing number of private law family cases involving litigants in person which has in turn prompted calls for the Government to heed further warnings given about the state of the family justice system. There is a significant increase compared to previous years in the number of private law applications…
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Support for victims of domestic violence and taking abusive partners to Court

From the 8th January 2018 changes to the previous legislation/law have come into effect with regarding private law family disputes. Previously, there was a time limit on the evidence of abuse, requiring evidence to be provided from only the last five year period. There are also limits as to the nature of the documentary evidence…
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Legal Aid Evidence Requirements Relaxed for Domestic Violence Victims

Our Family Law team at Clarkson Hirst has experience in assisting the most vulnerable of clients, and we can advise you as to whether legal aid is available to your specific case. From the 8th January 2018, new rules have come into play whereby the legal aid requirements for evidence of domestic violence have been…
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Fathers’ Rights

When you’ve split up with your ex-partner it’s important to know what your rights and responsibilities are as a father. It can often be the case when couples separate fathers are left in the dark in regards to the rights of the child / children. The most important thing is to determine whether or not…
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Lasting Power of Attorneys

A Lasting Power of Attorney allows you to decide what can happen and who can make decisions for you if you become physically too frail or mentally unable to manage making decisions about your own affairs, whether related to finances or welfare. The Lasting Power of Attorney is a legal document that allows you to…
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Ethical Personal Injury Solicitors

Our personal injury solicitor Matthew Winder is a senior litigator member of the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers a position he has held for over 10 years. The Solicitors Regulation Authority regulate the conduct of solicitors. The Solicitors Regulation Authority have highlighted certain standards that the customer should expect of a solicitor. They highlight the…
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Legal Aid For Critical Moments

The Law Society Gazette has recently reported that the Ministry of Justice insist that Legal Aid should be available for the most critical moments in an individual’s life following MP’s being inundated by constituents with concerns about the lack of available Legal Aid. There continues to be calls for Legal Aid to be restored to…
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Parental responsibility – Who has parental responsibility?

Mothers automatically have parental responsibility for children at birth. A father usually gets parental responsibility if he is either married to the child’s mother and is the biological parent of the child, or is listed on the birth certificate after a certain date depending on when the child was born. If parents are not married…
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Clarkson Hirst Solicitors Awarded Lexcel Full Re-Acrreditation

We are pleased to announce the Law Society has confirmed our Firms Re-Accreditation to Lexcel for the period from 31st March 2018 to 30th March 2021. Lexcel is the Law Society’s Legal Practice Quality Mark for Practice Management and Client Care. Lexcel sets required standards in seven different areas including: Structure and Strategy Financial Management…
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Pre-Proceedings Meeting

When a Local Authority, or social services, has genuine concerns about the welfare of a child, they will send a letter to the parents and/or anyone with parental responsibility at the time inviting them to a ‘pre-proceedings meeting’. The meeting is ideally used as a way to carry out any actions considered necessary and avoid…
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