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

SinclairsLaw Seminars: Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards 9th June 2017 1.30pm

The next free seminar is on 9th June 2017 at Sinclairslaw Cardiff. The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) under the MCA allows restraint and restrictions that amount to a deprivation of liberty to be used in hospitals and care homes – but only if they are in a person’s best interests. To deprive a person of their liberty, care homes and hospitals must request standard authorisation from a local authority. This seminar is free and

Anti Bullying Seminar “a massive success” Sinclairs law Live

The Sinclairslaw anti-bullying seminar that was held on the 18th May 2017, was an amazing success with a live audience of 1.7 thousand people. In this first of many seminars that are planned to be held at the Sinclairslaw Headquarters, the production was broadcast live on Facebook and according to Deputy Chief Executive Mr Greg Evans it was a “massive success”. Sinclairslaw would like to express its thanks to all of our speakers including Nicola

Silence in the context of settlement – to mediate or not to mediate?

A recent Court of Appeal decision has sent a firm warning to litigants and their legal advisers in respect of the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”) to resolve claims. The decision in Thakkar & Anr v Patel & Anr [2017] EWCA Civ 217 should be noted by all litigants as it confirms what the Courts expect of litigants regarding the use of ADR, mediation in particular, within the court process, especially when the leading

Anti Bullying event – we invite your questions for live interaction

The anti bullying event taking place at the Sinclairslaw headquarters in Central Cardiff tomorrow at 5pm invite your questions. Interact live with the event. Places are limited but some spaces do exist for interested parties to attend in person. Register now by sending e mail to Send your questions on the Sinclairslaw facebook page or on Twitter #sinclairslawlive

Transport to After School Activities

As most parents will be aware, local authorities have a duty (found in the 1996 Education Act) to provide free home-to-school transport to certain categories of ‘eligible’ children, for example children whose nearest suitable school with places available is beyond walking distance or children who struggle to walk to school because of their SEN. To the disappointment of some parents, a recent High Court decision (P v East Sussex CC [2014] EWHC 4634) confirmed that

Conveyancing Surveys – What are they and how useful can they be?

When acting for clients in conveyancing matters, it is the conveyancer’s responsibility to ensure that they have highlighted to their client all the potential risks that may affect their transaction. This duty becomes more important where the client is buying a property, in relation to which the client may have little or no previous knowledge as to its condition. It is a common misconception that a mortgage valuation survey is a comprehensive appraisal of the


A statement made by Sinclairslaw CEO Mr Michael Charles Inspired by the harrowing story of two children who recently took their own lives consequent to bullying, I have decided to take unprecedented action to highlight that the law does not allow any safe haven from its reach. It is long established that schools owe a duty of care to protect children from harm both in terms of the civil and criminal law. Equally individuals who

Disabled Students & Council Tax

A student who was enrolled on a part-time university course but who had to undertake more than 21 hours of study per week because of her dyslexia has been refused a council tax exemption by the High Court. This was because her course did not meet the definition of a ‘full-time course’. The student, who lived in Bristol, had asked Bristol City Council to accept that she should qualify for the student exemption because of

Higher Education Law Update: University of Leicester sensibly overturns historic policy to benefit former students

Following our recent success at the High Court in the case of R (AC) v The OIA the University of Leicester Medical School has now over turned it’s historic policy which prevented former medical students who had voluntarily withdrawn from their course “for whatever reason” from being permitted to return to their studies. Its new policy will now permit those students to apply for readmission through normal UCAS procedures. Education Solicitor Chris Mcfarland said “We

Education Law Solicitor Michael Charles comments on recent case

I remember a few months ago a local authority lawyer representative argued that the tribunal had no power to order amendments to the outcomes section in Part E of an Education and Health Care Plan. I was perplexed by the argument and raised immediately why this was being argued when the Children and Families Act and associated regulations appeared clear. At least to me. Subsequent to this, I raised the question in correspondence. Upon what

EHC Plans & Higher Education

Unlike Statements of SEN, EHC Plans are available to young adults under the age of 25. However, higher education is specifically excluded. In a recent decision (Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea v GG (SEN) [2017] UKUT 141 (AAC) the Upper Tribunal considered the nature of that exclusion and the application of the Children & Families Act to education provided by or under arrangement with institutions within the higher education sector. The appeal arose from

Exam Stress, Disability & SEN

According to research published in the Guardian last week, primary school children sitting Sats are exhibiting increased signs of stress and anxiety. School leaders have apparently reported a marked increase in mental health issues around exam time with problems said to include sleeplessness, panic attacks, sobbing, loss of eyelashes and damage to self-esteem. Sadly but perhaps unsurprisingly, the report also suggests that the above issues are worst in the case of children with disabilities and/or

Anti Bullying Seminar: Present your questions to the expert panel in advance now

In anticipation of the forthcoming anti bullying seminar at Sinclairslaw Headquarters Building Cardiff on 18th May 2017, we would like to invite advance questions for our specialist panel to address. Whether you are a school looking for advice on the most effective strategies to use, or a parent seeking medical or psychological advice please feel free to provide your questions in advance to our panel by e mailing us at Legal advice is also

School Bullying: A presentation by leading experts 18th May 2017

School Bullying and the Law. The agenda is set for the live anti bullying event at Cardiff Sinclairslaw Headquarters, and on Facebook and Twitter at 5pm on 18th May 2017. Learn about warning signs, mental health consequences, sound teaching practice, as well as legal responsibilities. A personal account will be delivered by a mother who consequent to tragedy has become a campaigner against bullying. Presented by 1. Keith Doyle; Host, journalist and national TV news

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