Date: 1 November 2017

Sorry, seems to be the hardest word….

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Sorry, seems to be the hardest word…. Or, at least it does according to Elton John. But in criminal law, sometimes a simple act of contrition, genuinely felt and communicated, can alter a case outcome significantly. A timely admission and expression of sorrow can make the difference between a formal resolution such as caution or charge, and persuade the police to consider an out of court community resolution. Restorative justice is a popular out of court disposal and preferable to almost all other outcomes when guilt is not in doubt. Research shows that the process has benefits for both victim and…

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Date: 19 October 2017

Government Signals Tough Sentencing Changes

Over the last few days, the government has announced proposals to introduce new offences and increase sentencing for a range of other offences. Our expert criminal lawyer Vanessa Saxton explains the proposals. Knife crime Knife crime increased by 20% in the last year, prompting the government to look again at key legislation. Possession of a knife has in the same period increased by 23%. New laws will make it an offence to deliver to a private residential address a knife sold online. All future online purchases will have to be delivered to a collection address where the age of the purchaser…

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Date: 1 October 2014

Inheritance Law Changes Come into Force

With the changes in the intestacy rules which come into place today it is more important than ever to make a will. Alison Leversidge comments, ‘At Best we always advise our clients to make a will in order to ensure their final wishes are carried out. The new changes make this especially significant in cases where a marriage/civil partnership have broken down.’ If you have any questions regarding today’s changes or any aspect of Family law feel free to contact us for advice. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-29436533

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Date: 13 August 2014

Child Maintenance Landmark Reform

Government ‘landmark’ reform to the child maintenance system launched this week! The launch of a new self-service facility enables separated families to keep a track of payments as well as manage their own maintenance arrangements. The format will resemble that of online banking facilities, allowing 24 hour access to their accounts. https://www.gov.uk/government/news/new-child-maintenance-system-fit-for-the-21st-century-starts-today    

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Date: 18 July 2014

Stephen Taylor highlights conveyancing issues

High Quality, Low Cost Conveyancing  Although research has shown that the anxiety of moving house is one of the most stressful life events, it can also be one of the most exciting times if you plan ahead and understand the process.  Whether representing a first time buyer or an experienced property developer one of the most important decisions that will be made in buying or selling a house is the firm of solicitors to undertake the work.  Stephen Taylor, Solicitor and Head of Conveyancing at Best Solicitors tries to highlight some of the issues to consider when choosing your Conveyancing Solicitor….

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Date: 10 July 2014

Best Recognised for High Standards

The Lexcel practice management standard is only awarded to solicitors who meet the highest management and customer care standards. The Partners at Best are delighted to receive re accreditation of the Lexcel quality mark. Vanessa Saxton comments, ‘it confirms our belief the staff at Best work to the highest standards and always strive to maximise client care.’

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Date: 16 June 2014

New Forced Marriage offences

As of today, 16th June 2014, new criminal offences come into effect for Forced Marriages. The new law is the Anti-social Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014. The offences relate to breaching a forced marriage protection order as well as making it a criminal offence to use violence, threats or any other form of coercion for the purpose of causing another person to enter into a forced marriage. There will be a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment for committing a forced marriage offence and a maximum penalty of five years for breach of a forced marriage protection order.  

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Date: 17 July 2013

National Acclaim for Sheffield Solicitor

The skills of Stephen Taylor a family solicitor at Best Solicitors have been recognised by the UK’s leading family law group – Resolution.  Stephen Taylor has recently gained Resolution accredited specialist status. Stephen, who has been qualified for Seven years, undertook his law degree at Sheffield Hallam University and his Legal Practice Course at Sheffield University.  Stephen joined Best Solicitors in November 2004 where he completed his training contract before qualifying into the family team in 2006. Stephen has passed his examinations in Financial Provision, and in Domestic Violence to gain his specialist status under the Resolution scheme. Originally set up…

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Date: 23 May 2013

Japan launches pilot scheme to provide legal advice to left behind parents

Japan launches pilot scheme to provide legal advice to left behind parents in cases of abduction to the country. http://www.mofa.go.jp/policy/page3e_000019.html?dm_i=YN0,1I71J,4O3TBJ,54ATE,1  

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Date: 26 April 2013

Happily ever after?

From data published by the Office of National Statistics it is estimated that up to 32% of marriages will end in divorce by the 20th wedding anniversary. In 2011 the highest number of divorces was among men and women aged 40 to 44. Wendy Bailey, senior solicitor and Head of the Family Department at Best Solicitors said in response, “It is important that the impact of divorce proceedings upon families is never underestimated. At Best Solicitors all of our family solicitors are members of Resolution, and as a trained collaborative lawyer I fully recognise the importance of approaching divorce cases in…

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