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Kate Richmond was invited by the University of Sussex Aspiring Barristers Society to speak to students yesterday about pursuing a career at the Bar. Kate shared her experiences of the Bar Professional Training Course and the Inns of Court as well as…

Scott Storey recently succeeded in opposing the registration of a lasting power of attorney in the Court of Protection (‘COP’). Under subsections 22(3) and (4) of the Mental Capacity Act 2005, if the COP is satisfied that the donee of a lasting…

Family agreements can end in tears. Families sometimes make agreements and put them in writing. Years pass and there are uncertainties about whether the agreements are valid and enforceable and what they mean. Paul Ashwell recently advised where a family which had…

What is a Statutory Demand? A statutory demand is a demand for payment by someone who is owed money [called “the creditor”] by an individual or a company. A special form must be used. The form depends on when the debt is…

What does a will mean? Sometimes families write their own wills. The language they use could mean one thing or another. Even wills drafted by lawyers can be difficult to interpret. A recent case was about who should be counted as living…

A Non Molestation Order is an order that prevents a person from ‘molesting’ another person. Person A can apply for an order to prevent Person B, who is connected to them, from molesting them or a child who is connected to them….

Love is a wonderful thing. But it can cloud judgement. A lady came to Direct Access Barrister Paul Ashwell for advice. She had sold a share in her home to her former partner for less than it was worth. She had signed…

Commercial dispute mediation [“CDM”] is a way of resolving commercial disputes as an alternative to taking a claim to court for a judge to decide. It is one of the means of alternative dispute resolution [“ADR”]. Other means of ADR are negotiation…

When a loved one lacks mental capacity to make their own decisions it can be an incredibly distressing time for members of their family. The Court of Protection in English law is a superior court of record created under the Mental Capacity…

R (on the application of Steinfeld and Keidan) (Appellants) v Secretary of State for International Development (in substitution for the Home Secretary and the Education Secretary) (Respondent) [2018] UKSC 32 Link to judgment here: Judgment on BAILII (HTML version) In a unanimous…

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