Sinclairslaw appear in national newspaper

Sinclairslaw has today, 24 August 2017, been the subject of an article in the Western Mail, Wales’ leading national newspaper. The article was authored by Matthew Wyard of Sinclairslaw and discusses the trailblazer apprenticeship scheme competition currently being run by the Firm. You can see a full copy of the article here.

Will Sporting Genius Help Ryan Giggs Score in Divorce?

Privacy and Financial Remedy Proceedings in Divorce. Ryan Giggs, born in Cardiff and Manchester United legend has prominently been in the news with speculation about how his reputed £40 million fortune will be divided following on from the breakdown in his marriage. The Decree Nisi in the divorce proceedings was formally pronounced on the 11th of August 2017 between Giggs and his wife Stacey.  They were married in September 2007 and have two children. Giggs

Ed Sheeran Settles “Amazing” Plagiarism Claims

Ed Sheeran Settles “Amazing” Plagiarism Claims Despite writing so many hits for others that purportedly he cannot remember them all, for Ed Sheeran it was thirty nine notes he kept for himself that he might like to forget. The singer has recently settled a $21 million claim alleging that he copied his 2014 single “Photograph” “note for note” from a song from X Factor winner Matt Cardle. The songwriters behind “Amazing” released in 2014 said

Should there be No Fault Divorce?

Should there be No Fault Divorce A woman was recently refused permission to divorce her wealthy husband after he convinced a Judge that their “minor rows were a normal part of married life”. Tini Owens 65 claimed her 39 year marriage to Huw Owens broke down irretrievably after she had an affair. Her husband 78, a mushroom farmer from Worcestershire said he had forgiven her in 2012 and High Court Judges explained they would have

What actually is impeachment?

What actually is impeachment? The process of impeachment has its origins deep in English Common Law, and was adopted by the authors of the U.S. constitution as a mechanism to oust wayward officials, including presidents.  Section 4 of Article 2 states “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers shall be removed from office on Impeachment for, and on Conviction of Treason, Bribery or other high Crimes and Misdemeanours”. Michael de la Pole, 1st Earl

“Instant Divorce” Rising Among Muslims

“Instant Divorce” Rising Among Muslims A divorce practice which is banned in Pakistan, may shortly be outlawed in India, but is believed to be very common among Muslims in the UK, has recently prompted concern amongst Islamic scholars. It remains the wide-spread belief of many Muslims that a husband has the right to end an Islamic marriage by simply repeating the words “Talaq” three times to his wife.  Unfortunately, women cannot use the same formula,

Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful

Court Rule Employment Tribunal Fees are Unlawful   There is likely to be a very high rise in tribunal claims after the Government agreed to scrap fees and pay back £27 million.   Ministers have promised to take immediate action to refund the payments after the Supreme Court upheld a challenge by Unison that the charges were discriminatory.   The court ruled that the Government was acting unlawfully and indeed unconstitutionally when it introduced the

Divorce Ruling Ends Era of Equal Division

Divorce Ruling Ends Era of Equal Division Couples who divorce after short marriages with no children cannot expect an equal share of marital assets following on from a ruling by Senior Judges in June.   In a case set to mark a radical departure from the approach of equal sharing, Appeal Judges ruled that a cheating husband whose City Trader wife made £10.5 million in bonuses in 5 years, was not entitled to an equal

Landlords have you registered with Rent Smart Wales?

Landlords have you registered with Rent Smart Wales?   The Housing (Wales) Act 2014 deals with the obligations now placed on private landlords of properties in Wales. It also affects those landlords who live outside Wales but, let properties out in Wales. All private landlords who are involved in the letting of a property in Wales must register themselves and their properties with an organisation called Rent Smart Wales. Private landlords who self-manage their properties

New Online Child Grooming Law

New Online Child Grooming Law A new law dealing with “sexual communication with a child” will be shortly brought into force after, two years of delays and indeed public pressure.  The new law will be designed to stop child sexual abuse at the earliest possible stage.  There was believed to be significant public anger that despite, a huge increase in the number of children being vulnerable and indeed exploited via a world of mobile phones and

Domestic Violence Update

Domestic Violence – Legal Aid Boost for Victims   Seeking legal aid or public funding is likely to be less traumatic for victims of domestic violence following on from the Government announcing it will remove the time limit for providing evidence.   The Ministry of Justice has confirmed that after reviewing current evidence arrangements for assessing legal aid in private family law cases the current five year time limit will be removed.   At present,

The New Virtual Court

The New Virtual Court   The Prisons and Court Bill published in February 2017 provides a revolutionary new way of handling guilty pleas to summary, non-imprisonable offences.   Defendants, will receive emails from the Virtual Court setting out details of their charge and telling them what the standard statutory penalty is if they intend to plead guilty.  It is meanwhile anticipated that this court will deal with fairly minor criminal infringements such as failing to

Britain’s Most Expensive Divorce

The wife of a Russian oligarch was awarded £453 million on the 11th May 2017 in what is thought to be the biggest ever divorce settlement. The pay-out was from a 61 year old oil tycoon amounting to just over 41% of his estimated wealth of 1.1 billion. The couple involved, who have two grown-up children, met in Moscow in 1989 and married 4 years later. They moved to Britain shortly after and the wife

Litigation Funding and Costs

Litigation Funding and Costs Lord Justice Jackson was commissioned in November 2016 to carry out a root and branch review of civil litigation costs, with a view of making costs provisions in litigation matters and going to court far more certain for parties. This long awaited review is due to be published imminently. Over the past weeks and months, commentators have been speculating on the reports contents, the likely changes and indeed, the seismic changes

Sinclairslaw Solicitor Apprenticeship Application Process Now Open – Revised Deadline now 27th October 2017 for Applications

Sinclairslaw would like to give its sincere thanks to all those who attended the Open Day last Friday and made it such a huge success. We had pleasure in meeting so many new faces and welcoming back some old friends, who all enjoyed some delicious food and great entertainment. Our launch of the Solicitor Apprenticeship during the Open Day went very well and we met some inspiring candidates who shared their interesting backgrounds and unique

Sinclairslaw proud to launch Trailblazer Solicitor Apprenticeships

In response to ever increasing student debt with reports that entering the legal profession can cost students up to £127k, Sinclairslaw have announced that they will be one of the first law firms in England and Wales to offer an alternative debt free route to qualification. CEO Michael Charles expressed that as part of the Firm’s corporate responsibility something had to be done to permit those from less privileged backgrounds an opportunity to bring their

Flight Delays and Compensation

Have you or a family member been delayed at an airport, when it was the airline’s fault? Or were you or anyone you knew affected by the mass cancellations of flight by British Airways due to their power outage? Our team of expert lawyers could assist you with such claims and have won a large amount of compensation for clients due to flight delays, damages arising from cancellation of flights and losses relating to airline

Sinclairslaw hosts Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) seminar

Sinclairslaw in collaboration with Serjeants’ Inn Chambers hosted a successful training session for professionals working in mental capacity law, particularly in relation to DoLS. Sinclairslaw Court of Protection practitioners Kevin McManamon, Lisa Davies and Sarah Newport alongside Anna Tkaczynska of Serjeants’ Inn, delivered practical guidance to those working with adults of all ages who potentially lack capacity. The session was aimed at assisting Relevant Person’s Representatives, Independent Mental Capacity Advocates, Care Home Managers and others

Teaching Strikes & Deduction of Wages

If teachers at a Sixth Form College go on strike for a day, how much money is the College entitled to deduct from their wages? This was the issue that arose in Hartley v King Edward VI College (2017) UKSC 39.  The employer had made the deductions at a rate of 1/260 of the teachers’ annual pay. This was based on the number of weekdays in a year. The teachers were unhappy with this. They felt

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