Duncan Lewis

Family Law

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Vince Cable the Business Secretary has said that his opposition to “fire at will” employment laws was there to stay and that he was going to oppose the Tory calls for no-fault sackings.
Mr Clarke also said that there should be cuts to red tape in the matter of complex immigration and tax rules rather than allowing ‘no fault dismissal’. He said also stood for increase in tax on the wealthy.




Many men and women who are abused at places where they should be feeling safe such as workplace often do not tell their employers fearing being spurned or overlooked for promotion. It is believed seventy five percent of victims are targeted at work often via phone calls or threatening messages.

One in four women and one in six men are affected by domestic violence which apart from the pri




Nearly 400 criminals every week commit another crime while they were supposed to be doing community service. A shocking figure has revealed that more than 20,000 criminals who were let off or given soft sentences instead of being sent to jail had again committed a crime.
A similar number failed to comply with the terms of their punishments and had to be hauled back before the courts meaning o




The governments sweeping budget cuts to forces across the country has raised the fears that the cuts were suffocating their ability to keep Britain safe even more after the revelation that a police force had not bothered to investigate 36,000 crimes which they were not sure of solving.
It amounted to 40% of the reported cases.
Devon and Cornwall Police dropped 11,000 incidents of criminal




Older women are bearing the brunt of individual insolvencies, says Wilkins Kennedy LLP, the UK’s 21st largest accountancy firm. While the number of insolvencies in all other age and gender group fell, for women who are over 45 it rose in 2009-2011. With the exception of men aged over 65 which fell over that period.
According to the latest available data from the Insolvency Service, women have




The new childcare commission, set up by David Cameron last month, will officially release a call for evidence and ideas on how to increase childcare provision and cut the cost.
Possible proposals include extending the school day and cutting the red tape imposed on the childcare industry by the last Labour government.
Ministers were concerned that the high cost of childcare was acting as a




A hard hitting report on 120,000 problem households has revealed that those responsible for antisocial behaviour have a trait of high number of incest and sexual abuse, physical violence and a spiral of alcohol abuse and crime.
The study by Troubled Families boss’ Louise Casey has found that the hopeless families over generation took pregnancies as just happening thing even when their own chil




In the instant case the court decided that section 31 of the Adoption and Children (Scotland) Act 2007 was not compatible with Article 8 of the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
The appellant was the mother of the child who was the subject of adoption proceedings. She was opposed to the proposed adoption and refused to give consent. The respondents were the prospective adoptive parents.




The government has launched a campaign Right to Choose’ aimed at creating an awareness among young people that they might not admit that they are at a risk but forced marriages do happen and sitting silently was not the answer.

Early this year the Foreign & Commonwealth Office staff working abroad was called upon to provide assistance in 46 cases of forced marriage of which more than hal




The new plans for child maintenance system in Great Britain have been unveiled by the Government. The regulations would strengthen the details which are set out in the Command Paper, along with the Impact Assessment and Equality Impact Assessment would be published on the 19 July 2012 and the consultation period would run from that day until the 26th October 2012.
Ministers believe the current




A consultation is being closed on August 7 on the issue of third party harassment with the Government planning to scrap the protection provided by the Equality Act 2010.

The reforms would result in employers facing claims just after one instance of employee abuse by clients or customers.

The present regulations need three instances of harassment which is known as ‘three strikes’




Government’s plans to fight sexual exploitation of children in care homes by gangs have been published which has been acted upon the recommendations by the deputy children’s commissioner in a report on the issue of sexual exploitation.
Following the conviction of nine men in the Rochdale child sex ring had raised a lot of concerns about the child safety at care homes.
Tim Loughton the Chil




Child abusers who were getting away with crime against the vulnerable children would now face 10 years in prison. The new law would be applicable to abusers of vulnerable adults too.
The new law which would be effective from Monday will see that hitherto abusers who were taking shelter under a legal loophole avoiding prosecution has been closed according to Justice Secretary Kenneth Clarke.




A woman with two children who was entangled in a divorce battle was ordered, nearly two years ago by a district judge overseeing divorce proceedings, to live in a specified address but the same was overruled by the Family Division of the High Court.
For legal reasons the woman was not identified by her name.
Mr Justice Charles lifted the restriction after ruling that that woman should be




In a new initiative the government has come up with a plan to give separating couple ‘divorce app’ to help them through the process of painful separation.
The web based application would provide guidance to the couple on how to divorce without making the whole process a painful affair. The advice would try and see that the couple have an amicable settlement and also suggest on how not to quarr




Mr Glenford Warner, a retired teacher who lived with his wife under the same roof for more than 30 years got the shock of his life when he received a letter telling him that his wife had divorced him.
He told the London’s Appeal Court that he had not inkling that his wife had split from him especially since she was still staying with him under the same roof.
He admitted that his marriage w




The report said that similar cases of grooming which happened in the Rochdale, Lancashire, were happening all over the country.
The report stated that the pedophiles most often had more knowledge about the children care homes in their areas than the police because of data protection and human rights rules.
Unwillingness by different agencies to share even the most basic information, such




First time a six month pilot at Northamptonshire Magistrates is being set up to try more numbers of successful prosecutions solely to deal in domestic violence cases
The special court would sit every Thursday and is supported by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).
Northamptonshire Police said it investigates around 200 high-risk domestic violence cases each month.
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These problem families numbering around 120,000 were not taking responsibility of their own lives which was causing chaos resulting in £9billion a year cost to the country.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has said that such an attitude be not be tolerated and there would be less understanding for such families and a new initiative by the government would try to bring down the absenteeism le




The speculation in relation to criminalising forced marriages would be laid to rest when the Prime Minister will announce whether forced marriages should be outlawed.

The announcement is expected any time this week by David Cameron when he would make it clear whether forced marriages would become a criminal offence with a maximum prison sentence of up to five years.

The prime min




Sir Daniel Bethlehem QC a former legal adviser at the Foreign Office who was the first senior lawyer appointed to the Foreign Office from outside the government legal service in 2006 has said that the legal issues at the heart of the Government were not being addressed effectively as they should have been. He said that the Prime Minister was not having a legal advisor in his immediate circle of ad




The definition of domestic abuse says that the victims must be 18 or over meaning people who are under 18 would not be able to access the support or services which were designed to support women in violent relationships such as independent domestic violence advocates, multi agency risk assessment conference and refuge provision.
The case of Emily Longley had repeated references of control and




Home Secretary Theresa May hosted a reception in Number 10 for campaign groups, celebrity supporters and families of missing children where a European hotline for reporting missing and abducted children was launched.

Kate McCann mother of Madeline has hailed the launch of the website as 'lifeline' for families like hers.

Speaking at Downing Street yesterday, she said that cases s




Works and Pensions Minister Maria Miller has announced that as of yesterday lone parents would start getting the help they need to look for work earlier rather than staying on benefits.
Those lone parents who are able to work, and are on Income Support whose youngest child is aged five or over will have to shift from Income Support to Jobseeker’s Allowance where they would receive extra help t




Hitherto the standard policy for buy to let lenders not to lend on properties until the homeowner had owned it for six months unless the funds were for the original purchase. This criterion was hard to emulate especially for the cash purchasers of auction property and development projects where the six month waiting period caused delays.
The policy was brought into force after the credit crunc




Works and Pension Secretary Iain Duncan Smith has said that with the implementation of the reforms the abuse and fraud involved in the benefit system will be curtailed to an extent that would see more than half a million people losing disability benefits.

In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, the Work and Pensions Secretary said that he was firm in the introduction of radical reforms




Under proposed plans to change laws selling video games rated for the over 12’s to younger children could well be punishable by up to six months in prison along with a £5,000 fine.
The government is endorsing the 12 rating enforceable on video games.
Ministers were also proposing a single classification system under the supervision of a new Video Standards Council (VSC).
The VSC will




The kingpin aged 59 whose name has not been given has been sentenced for up to 19 years.
The nine men received heavy jail sentences at Liverpool crown court, as the judge said they were driven by lust and greed and treated victims as 'worthless'. They have been found guilty of child sexual exploitation and grooming young vulnerable girls in Rochdale.
The trial, which ended on Tuesday, hear




Peter Bint, 20, has started writing for Limelight, a magazine which was given £5,000 by the fund to help teach job skills to the young and unemployed

Since its launch in 2010, the Dispossessed Fund has raised more than £8.3?million to support charities and initiatives that work with excluded or disadvantaged individuals.

Mr Bint admitted that he was doing nothing but getting into




An engineer from Huddersfield who has had both his legs amputated due to meningitis was asked how far he could walk when he applied for disability living allowance (DLA)
John Bower, 45, applied for the benefit in February following a dreadful five months for him and his wife, Jayne, 48.
The couple had told the Huddersfield Examiner that Mr Bower became ill in October last year and was take