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Divorce lawyers brace themselves as summer holidays come to end

Divorce lawyers brace themselves as summer holidays come to end As August comes to a close and we look to the children heading back to the school, many divorce lawyers are bracing for a busy September. But why? Couples typically think that having the summer holidays will enable them more time together to work on…
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Child Homelessness: ‘office block kids’

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Domestic abuse: What is Gaslighting

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Council tenants need to make sure they aren’t doing this!

Council tenants need to make sure they aren’t doing this! A Council tenant has been fined over £100,000 for airbnbing his London home. He has also been evicted. Westminster City Council took legal action against the tenant. The court ruled last summer that he had breached the terms of his tenancy. A possession order was…
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Never event – Medical mistake leads to circumcision

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5 Divorce Myths dispelled

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Nearly 150 people died in accidents at work

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3 reasons you should consider family mediation when separating

3 reasons you should consider family mediation when separating Separating from you partner can be an emotionally difficult and daunting time. At a time when emotions are heightened, you then have to have difficult discussions regarding finances and children. Samantha Lee is a qualified family mediator who says that family mediation can help. In most…
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One thing families need when they suffer from medical negligence

One thing families need when they suffer from medical negligence “Those who suffer as a result of medical negligence often want an apology so they feel understood and recognised for failing they have endure,” says Melanie Lidstone-Land. Melanie works in our Medical negligence team, and she explains that apologies can mean so much to a…
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