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New offence of Grooming

Grooming offences are a hot topic for the media and are even being played out on our soaps.  In a digital world children have become more vulnerable to grooming. Section 15A of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA)  makes it a  criminal offence for anyone aged 18 or over to intentionally communicate...

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Probate Registry proposed increases for grant of probate applications

Probate Registry proposed increases for grant of probate applications  The government is planning rises in probate fees according to the value of the property left by an individual in their will. The current flat fee will change to a banded approach, proportio...

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Ending Football Banning offences Early.

  Ending Football Banning Orders Early A Football Banning Order is a civil order designed to prevent football hooliganism, often imposed following a conviction for a football related offence although they can also be applied for even if a person is not convicted of...

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DNA & fingerprint records

Can the Police keep my DNA, Fingerprints and photograph forever? This is a question we are routinely asked by clients. When a person is arrested, the police will generally take a DNA sample, fingerprints and a photo. As we all know though, many clients are arrested for offences which they ...

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Football stadium offences

Football Stadium Offences The football (offences) Act 1991 created a number of offences relating specifically to incidents at football matches. In particular, it prohibits the throwing of missiles, racialist or indecent chanting and going onto the pitch or the surrounding area. ...

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Using a phone whilst driving

New laws come into effect on 1 March 2017 which will see penalties for mobile using motorist’s double – meaning people can be handed six points on their driving licence and a £200 fine. Motorists will no longer be offered the opportunity to go on the driver awareness course after 1 March 2017. ...

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Cheap Conveyancing .CON

Cheap Conveyancing?  Does it really exist? Or is Cheap Conveyancing a con? We would never recommend simply picking your Conveyancing Solicitors because they are cheap.  We say this because we recently received this telephone call from somebody to whom we had given a quote ...

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Knife offences

New minimum prison sentences for 'second strike' Knife offences

On 17 July 2015 minimum prison sentences for those who are caught carrying a knife on more than one occasion came into force. The law states that it an offence to carry a bladed article in a public place. This applies to...

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Accidents involving untraced or uninsured drivers!

Accidents involving untraced or uninsured drivers

It is estimated that there are more than 1 million uninsured drivers on the road in the United Kingdom. You may then wonder what your prospects are in seeking compensation if you were to be involved in an accident with an uninsured d...

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Police powers and your rights

Stop and Search- Police powers and your rights A common question from our clients is in relation to stop and search. The bottom line is that the police have powers to stop and question you at any time but they can only search you in certain situations. Often the first thing an officer will do is...

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