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Corporate Manslaughter – Are Directors Liable?

Since The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act in 2007, it is easier for organisations to be convicted of workplace deaths. But can directors be held accountable for Corporate Manslaughter? Read below for more information.  Corporate Manslaughter  Corporate Manslaughter is when the offence is committed by the company or organisation itself, and it is considered a “gross” breach of a duty of care.  This includes if its activities are managed or organised:  Causes someone’s death  Amounts to a gross breach of duty of care from the organisation to the deceased  An organisation will be guilty of corporate manslaughter if its activities - and how...

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Managing Co-Parenting During COVID-19

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With Schools closed throughout the country, and social distancing being enforced, a common question is how to best manage co-parenting during the Coronavirus outbreak and current lockdown. Read below for our tips and information. Co-Parenting Rules  Where child arrangements are already in place - regulating where children live and who they spend time with - these orders remain in effect, as do the consequences for breaching them.  The court’s primary concern with regards to living conditions is the welfare for the child, and this should be taken into consideration when it comes to arrangements.  A combined approach between both parents is needed, to ensure...

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Drug Driving – What You Need To Know 

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It is illegal to drive with controlled drugs above a specified level in your blood. This includes both illegal and medical drugs. The limits set for each drug are different, and for illegal drugs they are set extremely low. The offence is determined by how badly affected your driving is.  Causing death by driving under the influence of drugs may result in a maximum 14 year jail sentence.  How is Drug Driving Tested?  The police can stop you and make you do a ‘field impairment assessment’ if they think you have taken drugs. This is a series of tests, such as asking you...

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What is ‘No Fault’ Divorce?

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Many professionals think that the divorce law is currently out of date, and The Law Society are taking this into consideration by plans to reform the divorce process, and remove the concept of fault.  Read below for more information on ‘No-Fault’ Divorce.  Current Divorce Procedures  Currently, the divorce system in England and Wales requires one spouse to initiate the process of filing for divorce, which requires them to make an accusation about the other spouses conduct.  You can currently choose from three reasons:  Adultery  Unreasonable Behaviour  Dissertation  It also requires evidence of guilt to be presented, and if the individual is unable to do this,...

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New Prison Contraband Scanners

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The government has announced further funding to strengthen security measures for several prisons in the UK to reduce the availability of drugs and mobile phones - therefore providing a safer environment for inmates. New, advanced technology body scanners will be introduced into 16 prisons across the country, which will help prevent drugs, weapons and mobile phones from entering prisons.  What Do the Prison Body Scanners Do?   £28 million worth of x-ray scanners, specifically developed for the Prison Service, produce instant images inside the human body and reveal internally concealed contraband - helping prisons to prevent contraband from entering prisons.  It is part of the...

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New CGT Tax Change for Buy-to-Let Landlords

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Changes to the capital gains tax payment rules could mean they people selling buy-to-let properties could face financial penalties - that they may not be aware of. CGT Tax Changes From 6th April 2020, individuals that sell a residential property that have a capital gain where CGT is payable, will be required to make a digital return to HMRC and to pay and estimate of the CGT within 30 days from the sale completing.  This means that people can no longer keep money in their hands for up to 22 months after selling the property.  What Are the Disadvantages?  April is not far away, and...

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What is Probate

Probate is the legal process used to transfer assets out of the name of a person who has passed away (the decedent), distributed according to the decedent's last will and testament. This includes all of their money, assets and possessions.  It can also involve wrapping up business obligations and/or debts. A will can only dispose of assets registered in the sole name of the decedent, meaning the estate must go through probate to get the assets out of his name to somebody else.  How Does Probate Work?  This will depend on whether you choose to do it yourself or appoint a professional to...

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The Importance of Wills For Young People

Research shows that a huge 70% of the UK population does that have an up-to-date Will that reflects their current personal circumstances and final wishes. What’s more, young people are often the biggest offenders when it comes to not creating a Will. This is because people are usually in denial of mortality, and believe that they don’t need to create a Will until they are much older. Why Do Young People Need to Make a Will?  A Will gives young adults an important voice such they become incapacitated or passes earlier than expected.  If one becomes incapacitated, the power of attorney needs to identify someone...

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Ways to Protect Your Business from Fraud

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Assessing risks that could threaten your business is a vital part of running your company, however many people overlook online fraud as a threat.  However, cybercriminals look for vulnerable victims everywhere - in both small and large sized businesses.  Below, we look at 5 actionable ways that your business can remain strong against online fraud.  How Do I Protect My Business From Online Fraud?  1. Conduct a Security Audit  One of the main ways that businesses struggle with online fraud is not knowing where to start, which is why a Security Audit is so helpful. This enables security experts to determine where the weak points...

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4 Factors That Could Hold Up Your Mortgage Application

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As the new year approaches, people think about their New Year's Resolutions and starting a fresh, which can often include moving house or buying your first home. However, as there are many factors to take into consideration when applying for a new home, there are often some things that get overlooked. These are factors that could slow down your application, which may lead to you not being able to purchase your dream home, or making the process a real headache.  Below are 4 factors that could hold up your mortgage application  1. Bad Credit Score  When applying for a mortgage and buying a home,...

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