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Month: September 2020


Shaming covidiots on social media: fair game?

There aren’t many of us who enjoy wearing facemasks, however most of us are law-abiding and/or want to do our bit to try and protect others and stem the pandemic.  Whilst the number of those refusing to wear facemasks on public transport or in shops is decreasing, there remains a hardcore of able-bodied individuals who…

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SRA investigations: Section 44B Notices

Section 44B of the Solicitors Act 1974 gives a power to the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) to issue a Notice to a solicitor to prove information or documents. The power can be exercised only where it is: Necessary; For the purpose of an investigation; Into whether there has been professional misconduct or any failure to…

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Brett Wilson LLP offices remain open for face to face consultations

After a review of the revised government guidance on 23 September 2020, the partners have determined that the firm’s offices will remain open for clients who wish to attend socially-distanced ‘face to face’ consultations. Clients who prefer to have a Skype or telephone consultation continue to have this option. The safety of clients and staff…

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Lord Chancellor announces sentencing ‘shake-up’

In a White Paper (policy document setting out proposals for future legislation) published on 16 September 2020 entitled ‘A Smarter Approach to Sentencing’ the Lord Chancellor and Justice Secretary, Robert Buckland QC introduced a new Sentencing Code with the aim of streamlining procedural law, providing greater transparency in the sentencing process and giving the public…

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The myth of common law marriage

Family law practitioner Laura Clews discusses common misconceptions and looks at how things are done differently in New Zealand. Executive Summary Unlike England & Wales, other commonwealth countries such as New Zealand and Australia have embraced the notion that you can acquire property rights through a long term relationship – even if you don’t get…

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Restrictions on creditors taking corporate insolvency action due to end

We have been monitoring the Corporate Insolvency and Governance Act 2020 (‘the Act’) closely since it came into effect on 26 June 2020 (see our previous blog here). Under the Act, the government has the power to make further temporary modifications without these modifications needing to be passed through Parliament (Part 2 (paragraphs 1 to…

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Suspect anonymity: The hypocrisy of parliamentary privilege

1 August 2020 marked the parliamentary revelation that a sitting MP had been arrested by police on suspicion of rape, sexual assault and controlling and coercive behaviour. All offences were alleged to have taken between July 2019 and January 2020 against the MP’s former staffer. Police confirmed the suspect was a male Tory in his…

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