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19th February 2018
The devastating loss of a loved one killed through someone else’s fault is a situation that, frankly, our law struggles to deal with: what value should be put on the loss of a life, and how should compensation be calculated? The dreadful answer is that, although financial costs such as funeral expenses can successfully be claimed, in law a life in itself has no financial…
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09th February 2018
Most people, when asked to name a symptom of dementia, automatically think of memory loss - yet there is so much more to dementia than impaired memory. Dementia is not a natural part of our ageing process, it is a disease of the brain that can affect a person’s visual-spatial skills, orientation, emotions and language, as well as their ability to organise. In the UK…
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15th January 2018
Relate, the UK's largest provider of relationship support services, has recently published a report on how single people in the UK feel about being single. Having polled a representative group of 4,000 single people, Relate's data provides interesting indications of how society views being single versus being in a relationship. With some exceptions, especially perhaps during the Christmas period, people do generally enjoy each other’s…
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04th September 2017
It is no secret that the UK is a nation of pet lovers. Many of us think of our pets as integral members of the family. But what happens to our furry friends when families break up? While the average length of an English marriage is 11 years, most domestic dogs and cats will live longer than this and, in some cases, much longer. So…
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25th July 2017
In today’s digital environment, advanced technology is becoming increasingly available to the general public – just recently a major bank introduced biometric technology to allow customers access to their online accounts via retinal scan identification. Not so long ago, technology of this sort was the stuff of spy thriller story-lines; now it is available to anyone with access to a computer or a smartphone. Developments…
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25th July 2017
Now this year’s series of Love Island on ITV has drawn to a close, I am left thinking about what it means to be in a ‘relationship’ in the 21st century. Whether or not we are willing to admit it, millions of us have tuned in to watch a television show that brings the pursuit of love, sex and the inevitable explosive breakups directly from…
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15th June 2017
Not everyone gets excited about data protection – until, that is, it comes to light that miscellaneous personal information has been captured and secretively stored, or is being used in an alarming manner. You may be surprised to learn that the UK’s current electronic information legislation dates back to the last century: the oft-quoted Data Protection Act was passed in 1998, no less than 19…
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05th June 2017
The family law community has reacted with shock to a recent Court of Appeal judgement upholding an earlier court decision that refused to grant Mrs Owens a divorce despite a hostile and protracted court case. The highly unusual case involving a multimillionaire mushroom farmer and his wife centred around Mrs Owens’ claim that her husband had behaved unreasonably. Mr Owens defended the divorce petition, arguing…
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05th June 2017
How lovely to see cute little Prince George stealing the show at his Aunty Pippa’s wedding this spring. Come September, he is expected to attend Thomas’s Battersea, a London preparatory school where fees start at just under £6,000 per term. Now you may gasp at the cost, but today’s reality is that many ordinary families are deciding to invest significant sums in a private education…
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05th June 2017
According to divorce and marriage data released by the Office of National Statistics (ONS), it seems the ‘silver generation’ is once again bucking the trends: the ONS reports a significant increase in divorces amongst the over-50s in 2013, while in 2014 there was an increase in marriages between the over-65s. Although the average marriage age is 37.0 years for men and 34.6 years for women,…
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