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First, an important warning. Under section 1(2) of the Protection from Eviction Act 1977 (“the 1977 Act”) it is a criminal offence for any person to unlawfully deprive (or even attempt to deprive) a residential occupier of any premises of his occupation…

The legal jargon involved in divorce and financial proceedings can be difficult to understand. We have summarised and explained some of the most frequently used legal terms to help you understand what they mean. An expert family barrister can help guide you…

In the second part of our series on criminal proceedings, we examine the differences between proceedings in the Crown Court and the Magistrates’ Court. Read part one here. I’m pleading not guilty to an either way offence, should I chose a trial…

Criminal law proceedings can be complex and it is sometimes difficult to know at which stage you might need the services of a legal professional. We have put together a two part series explaining some key aspects of criminal proceedings and how…

In the case of family disputes, arbitration is a method of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) whereby you ask a qualified independent third party to make a decision for you and agree to be bound by that decision. Arbitration offers benefits in that you…

Family proceedings can be stressful and as well as learning to navigate the legal process there is also a whole set of jargon to understand which can add to your anxiety. You’ll find below some of the most frequently used legal terms…

Children Arbitration is a process where you choose the judge who is to make the decision about your family dispute and agree to be bound by that decision. Whilst going to the Family Court is an option, arbitration offers the same benefits…

Under section 3(1) of the Children Act 1989, Parental Responsibility (‘PR’) is the legal term meaning the rights, powers and authority of an individual concerning a child, as well as the responsibilities and duties of the individual towards that child. Section 2(5)…

Most people dread the prospect of going to court to resolve disputes about children. Courts are intimidating places and both the process and the drain on your bank account seem endless. The Children Arbitration Scheme, regulated by the Institute of Family Law…

There’s a housing shortage. New homes need to be built. But what are your rights if a developer with planning permission to build 20 homes next door to you wants to build 30 instead? Should you make a legal challenge or use…

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