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‘Same Roof’ rule faces challenges

June 12 2018

A woman who was sexually abused by her stepfather is challenging the ‘same roof’ victim compensation rule in English and Welsh courts. The woman, who for legal reasons is known as JT, was abused by her stepfather from when she was four up until the age of 16. The law currently prevents victims who were living under the ‘same roof’ as that of their attacker from claiming compensation, if the abuse occurred before 1979. Click here to read more

Moped Crime increases

June 05 2018

Moped crime is on the increase in the UK, with this type of crime particularly prevalent in the country’s capital. Recent figures obtained by the BBC highlight just how steep the rise has been, with more than 23,000 occurring last year compared to 827 in 2012. High profile victims such as Michael McIntyre, who was robbed whilst picking his children up from school in north-west London this month, have further highlighted the frequency of this kind of attack. Click here to read more

Why might you need a property lawyer?

May 31 2018

Moving to a new house can be an incredibly exciting time, but also a very stressful one as many legal documents need to be completed properly along the way. It’s important that all aspects of the buying and selling process are dealt with quickly and efficiently so that a sale does not fall through or get held up due to incorrect paperwork. Click here to read more

Is Now the Perfect Time to Alter the Current Mental Health Act?

May 30 2018

In our history of dealing with mental health incidents in Leeds and surrounding areas at Grahame Stowe-Bateson, we understand the frustrations that are experienced by those who are detained under the act against their will. 1983’s Mental Health Act gives authorities the power to prescribe treatment for those deemed to fit within the classifications of the illness. Click here to read more

New Whiplash Bill Could Leave Innocent Crash Victims Out of Pocket

May 25 2018

Personal injury claims made by victims of a crash or motoring incident caused by a negligent or drunk driver are set to potentially receive reduced pay-outs from insurance firms, due to a recent government reform. Click here to read more

Latest Changes to Employment Law

May 17 2018

Whilst most of these laws have already come into effect, some of them may have gone under the radar within your workplace. As a result, it is imperative that you are aware of these changes to ensure compliance with the most recent legislation. Click here to read more

How does divorce affect you in England if it occurred overseas?

April 27 2018

If your divorce was dealt with in a foreign country, there may be circumstances that can affect your freedom to legally remarry in England. In addition to this, it can cause discrepancies with regards to welfare status, wills and probate, and other financial obligations. Click here to read more

Car insurance costs drop, but are motorists really feeling the benefit?

April 17 2018

According to research provided by, average motoring insurance costs have decreased by 2% over the last 12 months. The potential reasons for this include changes to the ‘Ogden Rate’ back in September 2017, which has been altered once again, but this time to compensate insurance for long-term injury claims. Click here to read more

How can a grandparent get access to their grandchildren if their son/daughter have divorced?

April 12 2018

In England and Wales, unfortunately grandparents do not have the automatic right to see their grandchild. Only the parent or guardian have automatic parental rights with the current law. Where necessary to do so, primarily an informal agreement should be made between the grandparents of the child and the parents. Should the parties be unable to reach an agreement, there are steps the grandparent can take to gain access to their grandchild. Click here to read more

Obscure UK Driving Laws that could result in a hefty fine

March 30 2018

Whilst the obvious laws of driving such as speeding and drink driving are set in stone and help maintain safety on our roads, there are a few ambiguous legislations that could incur points on your license and a weighty financial penalty. Click here to read more

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