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Landlord Possession Claim Reforms

The Government have very recently re-affirmed their intention to proceed with the abolition of so- called no fault evictions, using the Section 21 procedure. Whilst the Government have, for some time, been talking about introducing this change to the Law, a Bill to effect the change is now being laid before Parliament and it is expected to become Law in due course. There will be some exceptions to the general rule that the tenant no fault evictions will be abolished, [...]


Myth-busting the age-old question: How can you defend someone you know is guilty?

All criminal law advocates are asked this question at least once in their career. Interestingly, however, people never ask: “How can you prosecute someone you know is innocent?” Barristers are subject to the Bar Standards Board Code of Conduct and it would be unethical and illegal to knowingly mislead a court. If a client tells their barrister they are guilty, that barrister simply cannot tell a court they are innocent. When advised upon the strength of the prosecution case and the [...]


The importance of Lasting Powers of Attorney

The recent Tonight programme which focused on elderly theft saw more than 2,000 over 50s interviewed – more than three quarters revealed they had not made any formal legal plans about their finances or welfare. Some of the reasons stated were that they did not like to think too far ahead and they accepted it was something they kept “putting off” – click here www.itv.com/hub/tonight/1a2803a1083 to view the programme. A large part of the narrative in the programme was around about [...]


When is a parent a parent?

Author – Holly Bates As we continue our Pride in Hull celebrations we are looking today at the rich and varied make up of modern families across the country. They come in many forms; those of heterosexual couples, same-sex couples, trans parents, combinations of parents and step-parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles and in many cases siblings raising younger family members. The modern family has many potential compositions, all with their own idiosyncrasies but all of which add to a richness in family life [...]


The foundations upon which emancipation came

Author – Rosalind Smith It is now 50 years since the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. Previously, it was a criminal offence punishable by prison. Thousands of men were routinely found “guilty” of being gay and jailed. However, the introduction of the Sexual Offences Act 1967 meant two consenting men over the age of 21 would be exempt from prosecution. While the legislation did not go far enough, it did lay the solid foundations which have since supported the continuous [...]