Former Police Constable Guilty of Indecent Assault

31st October 2016

Former West Midlands Police Constable Allan Richards appeared before Birmingham Crown Court on 21 October 2016 and was found guilty by a jury of nine counts of indecent assault against boys between 1982 and 2003.  Richards had been convicted in June 2016 of thirty one offences against boys including rape, misconduct in public office, gross […]

Police Officer Jailed Over Sexual Assaults

28th October 2016

On 4 October 2016 the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) reported that a former West Midlands Police Officer had been sentenced to 4 years imprisonment after admitting sexually assaulting women while on duty. Steven Walters committed the offences against two women between February and April 2015.  He previously denied two counts of sexual assault but […]

National Trans Youth Conference 2016

27th October 2016

The National Trans Youth Conference 2016 is taking place on Saturday 12th November. As supporters of both young people’s rights and trans rights we are proud to be involved in this event. Partner Cris McCurley and specialist LGBTQ Solicitor Lui Asquith will be attending and speaking at the Conference. For more details or if you […]

The “Turing Bill” for the Living and the Dead

You will have noticed the ‘Turing Bill’ headlines over the past few days and no doubt many of you will probably be confused; one day there was jubilation and declarations of the government’s proposal Bill being a “momentous” moment – the next day, there was an outcry of ‘shameful!’ in Parliament and the finger being […]

Police found a knife in my bag. What can I do?

19th October 2016

Question: I was arrested the other day for theft. When the police searched my rucksack there was a small pen knife in there and I was arrested about this. I didn’t know it was there – I think it was my brothers as he had borrowed my bag. I told the police this but they […]

Legal Aid and Health and Social Care Law

13th October 2016

Is Legal Aid still available to get advice about the services a person with disabilities, or their carer, is entitled to receive from the Council’s social services, or the NHS? Rumours of the death of legal aid have been slightly exaggerated. This area of the law is known as ‘Community Care’ or ‘Health and Social […]

Hate Crime Awareness Week: LGBT Hate Crime

12th October 2016

National Hate Crime Awareness Week 2016 started on Saturday 8 October and will run until this Saturday 15 October. During the week organisations across the country will get involved and raise awareness about hate crime. This year is likely to see a surge in activity because since the EU Referendum result in June, reported hate […]

World Mental Health Day – 10th October 2016

10th October 2016

Monday 10 October 2016 marks World Mental Health Day which is observed on the same day every year with the objective of raising awareness of mental health issues. The theme this year is “psychological first aid” which covers both psychological and social support particularly relating to people who find themselves in a helping role such […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 5

7th October 2016

Day 5 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about being future focused. “What does the future look like for me?” It’s inevitable that divorce will feel like the end of something, but the way you divorce can help you see a way forward and feel instead that you are approaching the start of something new. […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 4

6th October 2016

Day 4 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about maintaining dignity. “Is there ever really such a thing as a dignified divorce?” It is said that bad divorces never end; the conflict goes on forever and can affect families and friends – not to mention the separated couple themselves – for years to come. So […]

How can I stop my child being taken abroad?

5th October 2016

Question: My ex and I split up 2 years ago, we were married for 4 years and we have a 5 year old son. Once we split up my ex made it difficult for me to see my son and I have only seen him 5 or 6 times over the past 2 years, this […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 3

 Day 3 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about keeping control.  “I feel powerless” – how to stay in control of your separation One of the things we hear a lot as lawyers when couples are divorcing is that they feel powerless, and not in control of what’s happening to them. Letting a court decide […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 2

4th October 2016

Day 2 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about staying out of court. “I only want what’s fair. But who decides?” If you presented the same information to six different people and asked for their opinion, what are the chances that their responses would all be the same? The same applies when it comes to […]

Collaborative Family Law Week Day 1

3rd October 2016

Day 1 of Collaborative Family Law Week is about working together. “Sit around a table with my ex to work out our divorce? You’ve got to be joking…” This often the initial reaction we get from people when we first mention the idea of collaborative law and whether it could be right for them. And […]

Using Plain English in Family Law

1st October 2016

Any dealing with the law can be stressful, especially when it involves your children. It therefore doesn’t help that the law often uses a lot of language which is difficult for anyone to understand. But it doesn’t have to be this way. A recent judgment by Mr Justice Jackson [Lancashire County Council v M & […]