Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles

The Guardian today reports that lack of no-fault divorce in England and Wales is forcing separating couples into unnecessary and unsuccessful courtroom battles to establish who caused the breakdown, according to a report by the Nuffield Foundation. In my experience as a mediator, this is very true but not just for couples divorcing but forContinue reading “Mediation is key to avoiding the blame games that leads to futile and costly court battles”

Good news for those appealing conviction arising from the Magistrates’ Court

The Judicial Appointments Commission (JAC) have worked very hard: 133 new Recorders being appointed & taking office with effect from 4 April 2018. “It is anticipated that more appointments will be announced in the coming months.” Why is this significant? Recorders often sit with two Magistrates listening to appeals from the lower court (Magistrates’ Court).Continue reading “Good news for those appealing conviction arising from the Magistrates’ Court”

The Probate Service is now accepting online applications (no more need for intermediaries)

The Probate Service is now accepting online applications from personal applicants based on the criteria below: 1 applications where up to 4 executors are applying 2 there is an original will available even if the person who died made up to 4 changes to that will (these changes are known as codicils) 3 the personContinue reading “The Probate Service is now accepting online applications (no more need for intermediaries)”

Confidentiality and the grievance procedure explored

There is no such thing as a typical grievance – each one’s different and this means that it’s far more difficult for employers to make plans in advance. However, there are underlying themes to any grievance and one of the most important is confidentiality. Grievance procedures involve matters that, whilst relatively ro — Read onContinue reading “Confidentiality and the grievance procedure explored”

Appeal against the refusal on the part of the ET to grant a witness order. Appeal allowed.

The Claimant claimed that the reason for his dismissal was not, as the Respondent said, because his performance was unsatisfactory, but because of the racial dislike of the Claimant on the part of his line manager. The line manager no longer worked for the Respondent but had been in communication with them concerning his partContinue reading “Appeal against the refusal on the part of the ET to grant a witness order. Appeal allowed.”

Potentially defective divorce petitions/decrees (and a note on the future of online divorce)

Information about the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary of England and Wales. Read the latest judgments, news and speeches. — Read on http://www.judiciary.gov.uk/publications/defective-divorce-petitions-decrees/

“Children don’t appreciate they are in court, not on a computer game” | Penelope Gibbs | LinkedIn

“Children don’t appreciate they are in court, not on a computer game” | Penelope Gibbs | LinkedIn — Read on http://www.linkedin.com/pulse/children-dont-appreciate-court-computer-game-penelope-gibbs/

Man who lost job over immigration status has right to be in UK confirmed | UK news | The Guardian

Case of Michael Braithwaite, who has lived in UK since 1961, was expedited after media exposure — Read on amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/apr/18/michael-braithwaite-man-who-lost-job-over-immigration-status-has-right-to-be-in-uk-confirmed

Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night – The Enquire Blog

Systemic Violence and the ‘Wanted Unwanted’: Migrant Workers in the Urban Night – The Enquire Blog — Read on blogs.nottingham.ac.uk/enquire/2018/04/17/systemic-violence-wanted-unwanted-migrant-workers-urban-night/

In Defence of the Lay Bench. – MINTED LAW

“You. Yes You. Don’t drink from that. This is not a Public House”. It was a London District Judge at Bexley. (A DJ – a professional not a lay magistrate). Startled I looked around to find the beer swilling/cider drinking miscreant. But there was none to find. I suddenly realised that the offender… — ReadContinue reading “In Defence of the Lay Bench. – MINTED LAW”

Tell us why you think young people in Britain are so unhappy | Society | The Guardian. Get it off your chest…..

With research saying that the happiness of young Brits has never been lower we’d like to hear what you think — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/apr/06/tell-us-why-you-think-young-people-in-britain-are-so-unhappy

Poorest priced out of justice by legal aid rules, says Law Society | UK news | The Guardian

Study finds low-income families cannot afford representation due to freeze in means test threshold — Read on amp.theguardian.com/uk-news/2018/mar/20/poorest-priced-out-of-justice-by-legal-aid-rules-says-law-society

Exempt kinship care households from the 2 child restriction on child tax credit – Petitions

There are around 200,000 children being raised by kinship carers across the UK. Kinship carers are grandparents, older siblings and other relatives and friends who step in to care for children, many of whom would otherwise be in the care system. Exempt kinship care households from the 2 child restriction on child tax credit –Continue reading “Exempt kinship care households from the 2 child restriction on child tax credit – Petitions”

These are the therapist behaviours that are helpful or harmful, according to clients – Research Digest

These are the therapist behaviours that are helpful or harmful, according to clients – Research Digest — Read on digest.bps.org.uk/2017/11/23/these-are-the-therapist-behaviours-that-are-helpful-or-harmful-according-to-their-clients/amp/

Be careful what you say when shouting and swearing at an employee: it can a manager into allegations of harassment.

Paralegal subjected to f-word tirades by senior partner wins harassment claims – Legal Futures — Read on http://www.legalfutures.co.uk/latest-news/paralegal-subjected-f-word-tirades-senior-partner-wins-harassment-claims

Seneca on Overcoming Grief, Facing Death, and The True Nature of Life

The Consolatio is a broad literary genre encompassing various forms of consolatory speeches, essays, poems, and personal letters which was very popular in antiquity and its origins date back to the… — Read on medium.com/@MustaphaItani/seneca-on-overcoming-grief-facing-death-and-the-true-nature-of-life-1bb2ad495b57