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

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

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