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Clarkson Hirst Solicitors

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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Resolution First For Family Law

Resolution are a family law group, previously known as the Family Law Group, consisting of an organisation of solicitors and Barrister working in the field of family law and campaigning for best practice, as well as changing and reforming family law to improve access to justice for members of the public. The Resolution Group have…
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Revenge Porn – What is it?

Recent Court proceedings have focused attention on the subject of revenge porn wherein individuals acting in retaliation following the end of a relationship upload to social media intimate pictures or revenge pornography videos by means of retaliation, often linked to annoyance or distress at the end of a relationship. A YouTube celebrity, Chrissy Chambers, has…
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What is Clare’s Law?

Clare’s Law is a domestic abuse disclosure scheme designed to give members of the public a formal mechanism to make enquiries about people who they are in a relationship, or someone who is in a relationship with someone they know, where a concern arises that that person may be abusive towards their partner. Anyone can…
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UK Judges No Longer Required To Rule On Removing Life Support

UK Judges will no longer be required to rule on removing of life support. At the present time Judges have to be consulted when doctors or relatives of patients in a vegetative or minimally conscious state agree that life support treatment should end. A ruling in the Supreme Court earlier this year could now affect…
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Government Plans Probate Fees Increase

Government has indicated plans to change probate fees which mean that some people will pay significantly more and some people will pay nothing at all. At the moment families applying for a grant of probate play a flat fee of £215.00 if they apply for probate direct of £155.00 if they apply through a solicitor…
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