Modern Slavery in the UK

We may think of slavery as a deplorable practice that was, thankfully, stopped in the 19th century. However, although it takes different forms in our current world, the practice still exists. Today it may include people that are ‘trafficked’ from one country to another and are victims of, among other things, sexual exploitation, forced labour

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Landlords’ Health and Safety Responsibilities

A recent prosecution brought by City of Lincoln Council against a landlord has put the issue of landlord responsibilities under the spotlight. The case resulted in the landlord receiving a fine of over £400,000, believed to be one of the highest penalties ever imposed in such instances. The Leader of City of Lincoln Council said:

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Assisted Dying: Can I help a relative to end their life?

A recent decision by the Court of Appeal upheld an earlier High Court decision to deny a man, suffering from motor neurone disease, assistance in ending his life. Noel Conway’s condition means that he must rely on a ventilator to breathe for up to 23 hours per day. He also has severely restricted mobility, with

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The secrets of Secret Trusts revealed

Secret Trusts are formed for several reasons. Most commonly they are used to provide for illegitimate children, mistresses, tax avoidance, and by the implication of law where a person tries to dispose of his/her property or sets up a trust orally and ignores the formalities. Full Secret Trust and Half Secret Trusts A full secret

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Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

Following media revelations regarding sexual harassment and other related offences in Hollywood, many other individuals from all walks of life have come forward to speak of similar experiences that they have endured. Online support such as the #metoo movement has led to many people speaking out against abuse. Many prominent figures from actors to politicians

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Here is what you need to know about the Stamp Duty

Stamp Duty A buyer has to pay a compulsory stamp duty on the purchase of the property. Stamp duty is self-assessed tax and charged on all land transactions. Buyer has 30 days from the effective date of the transaction to submit the land transaction return along with the payable stamp duty to HMRC. Often the

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Defence Lawyers Accused of Bad Practice in Drink Driving Cases

The issue of drink driving has been in the spotlight recently, following several cases of celebrities being caught over the limit. In some cases, those accused of drink driving have sought to clear their name through the use of legal representation. This has led to the government’s forensic science regulator criticizing the way in which

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The Sexual Offences Act explained

The Sexual Offences Act 2003 sets out the law regarding offences of a sexual nature in the UK. The Age of Consent In the England and Wales the age of consent to all forms of sexual activity is 16. This applies to both men and women. It applies to sexual activity between people of the

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