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Back to school... worried about contact sports?

Kerry Hudson
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There is no doubt most parents want to encourage children to play sports.  It’s good for a number of reasons but how safe are sports like Rugby? In an open letter dated 1st March 2016, signed by more than 70 doctors and health experts, a warning...

Alternative Family Week - Adopting

Kim Lehal
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This week is Alternative Family Week - a week dedicated to raising awareness about modern families and giving advice to everyone who would love to be parents. Here is our legal guide to becoming a parent through adoption. Adoption In order to adopt a...

Surrogacy in Alternative Family Week

Kim Lehal
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Alternative Family Week - your guide to surrogacy This week is Alternative Parenting Week - a week dedicated to raising awareness about modern families and giving advice to everyone who would love to be parents. Here is our legal guide to becoming a...

Brethertons Exhibiting at Alternative Parenting Show

Kim Lehal
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Brethertons LLP to Exhibit at the Alternative Parenting Show on 24 September 2016 The Alternative Parenting Show is the original and biggest exhibition of its kind held annually for men, women, couples and LGBT’s to obtain discrete advice on...

Brethertons Solicitors Rated as a Top Legal Firm

Suzie Upson
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Brethertons has once again been named as one of the top law firms in the central region, by leading industry publication The Legal 500 Clients Guide to the UK Legal Profession. The Firm’s Family team is ranked in the top tier and described as...

Parental Alienation

Liz Headley
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I was saddened to read in an article in The Guardian that Parental Alienation Syndrome in children was on the increase – saddened but not necessarily surprised. In my role as a consultant counsellor speaking to parents who are going through...

APIL Speaks Out - Compensation Culture and Insurance Premiums

Jon Rees
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As a lawyer who helps people with spinal cord injuries, I have a close interest in the wider issues within the field of personal injury law. There is always a lot of talk around ‘compensation culture’ and when I caught BBC Breakfast last Friday...

Gifting property to your children

Holly Pearce
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I recently had the pleasure of visiting the RSC in Stratford-upon-Avon to watch King Lear. This is the first time I had seen this play and was struck by the in-depth plots and schemes and wonderful performance. But with my lawyer’s head on I also saw...

Domestic Abuse

Georgina Nelson
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Domestic Abuse has historically been referred to as Domestic Violence. Domestic Abuse however, is not just physical violence against someone. Domestic Abuse also covers emotional and psychological abuse as well as coercive behaviour. Many people are often...

Competing in the Olympics for those with a Brain Injury

Kerry Hudson
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At Brethertons we are passionate about ensuring clients who have suffered acquired brain injuries have just as a fulfilling life after an accident as they did before. For some clients, that means participating in sports, whether that’s on a...

Are you afraid of employment tribunals?

Amy Edwards
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The words ‘Employment Tribunal’ have always caused fear in employers, but why?   The main reason is that most people fear the unknown.  You will have heard horror stories about someone else’s experience (which you need to...

Child Maintenance - The Basics

Josh Russell
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Figures from the DWP published recently indicate that 26% of people who contacted the Child Maintenance Service (or CSA, as it used to be referred to) between February 2015 and January 2016 have set up a Family Based Arrangement. But many people do not...

Is your garden hiding every homeowners worst nightmare?

Tom Ansell
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In the world of conveyancing, there are a number of things for both current and prospective homeowners to be aware of.  One of these problems is the invasive species of plant, Japanese Knotweed (fallopia japonica).  Japanese Knotweed is an...

I'm Getting Divorced - Why Do I Need To Make a Will?

Sally Clark
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The short answer is that everyone should have an up to date Will to ensure that their wishes are put into effect after their death. However, it is particularly important to check whether you need to make, or amend a Will when you are going through any...

Break Clauses - Landlords and Tenants alike beware!

Sioban Calcott
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The recent High Court cases detailed below demonstrate some of the complexities associated not only with the rights to exercising break clauses but also in ensuring leases correctly identify the parties thereto.   The first case highlights the need...

Do you want to send personal data to the US?

Claire Halle-Smith
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Following the ruling of the European Court of Justice in October 2015 which declared the Safe Harbour framework invalid, the European Commission has now announced its adoption of an adequacy decision approving the new EU-US Privacy Shield. So what does this...

Exam Results - Am I Good Enough?

Liz Headley
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Well today is the day that A Level students will find out whether they have attained the required grades to progress on their chosen path, next Thursday GCSE students will face the same situation. There will no doubt be tears, tantrums and celebrations and...

Will Increasing Court Fees Jeopardise Your Claim?!

Bhavini Mistry
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Last month we saw the Ministry of Justice announce a further increase to the Court Fees.  This is in addition to the massive increase that took place in March 2015 which has had a particular impact on catastrophic personal injury cases in particular....

Bicester's Picture Perfect

Steven Neasham
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The finalists of Brethertons Solicitors’ photography competition , #PictureBicester, gathered at the firm’s new Bicester offices on Thursday 11th August, to see their work on display. The four finalists’ photos were highly commended by...

The Torment of Not Being Part of Your Child's Holiday

Liz Headley
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I have just been reading an article in the Guardian on how to survive your ex taking your children on holiday and it has brought home to me how many of the people that I speak to struggle with a myriad of emotions when they have to face this. It would be...

Limited Liability - why risk losing it on the basis of an implied contract?

Ben Hancox
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A recent decision by the Court of Appeal raises potential risks for companies (and their directors) who are part of a group, about the limited liability protections most companies take for granted. The decision could allow the use of the assets of a...

Reasons for separation and divorce

Liz Headley
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I was interested to read some research by Co-op Legal Services around the reasons why couples choose to divorce in the UK. I wasn’t unduly surprised that top of the list was “An inappropriate relationship with someone else” but quite what...

Worker or self-employed? A drive to determine status

Hazel Robbins
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Uber , a company which allows users to book and pay for a cab through a smartphone app, is reportedly defending claims in the Employment Tribunal made by drivers who consider that they are workers for Uber. Uber considers these drivers are...

It's Official - there's lying and then there's LYING

Katherine Cereghino
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A judgement issued by the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom last week has confirmed that, in relation to insurance claims at least, there really are two kinds of lies.   The question before the court was whether an insurance company could refuse to...

Should separated parents be friends for the sake of their kids?

Liz Headley
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If separated parents try to maintain an overly friendly relationship with each other it can be very confusing for the children, especially the younger ones.    If the kids have been given a clear, firm message that Mummy and Daddy no longer love...

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