July 7, 2014

Guide for Separated Parents: Children and the Family Courts

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

Deciding what should happen to your children when you and your partner have split up can be difficult. You might not be able to agree who your children should live with, or who they should see. This guide can help you whether you are thinking about coming to court or are already involved in a court case. We have written this guide for parents.

July 3, 2014

Child Maintenance through the CSA

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

Child Maintenance application fees have been introduced by the CSA from 30th June 2014.

The Government has announced the introduction of new changes for parents applying to the child maintenance service.

Information on the implementation of other changes including the introduction of collection charges is also now available.

March 14, 2014

New Minimum Wage Rates

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

The Government has accepted the recommendations put forward in the Low Pay Commission’s annual report 2014 for the National Minimum Wage (NMW) rates for 2014/2015.

January 15, 2014

New Flood Maps Now Online

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

The commencement of the publication by the Environment Agency of flood maps that show the danger of flooding from surface water will be an unwelcome development for homeowners in the areas shown on the maps as ‘high’ flood risk – where the likelihood of a flood is assessed as being about 1 in 30 each year.

August 1, 2013

Guidance from tenancy deposit protection schemes

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

Supertrike Limited vs Rodrigues in the Court of Appeal.

The recent Court of Appeal case of Superstrike vs. Rodrigues concerns an assured shorthold tenancy which
was created in January 2007 prior to the introduction of mandatory tenancy deposit protection on 6 April
2007. The tenancy continued on a statutory periodic basis from January 2008 and the deposit remained
unprotected. In 2011 a Section 21 notice was served to end the tenancy.

February 1, 2012

‘Positive communication’ required for validity of deathbed wills, court rules

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

A deathbed will wasn’t properly executed and should be held invalid, the Court of Appeal has ruled in a decision reminding judges to apply strictly the formality requirements in the Wills Act 1837.

January 26, 2012

Working not a precondition to right to paid holiday, court rules

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

Workers’ right to paid holiday cannot be subject to a minimum period of actual work during the reference period used to calculate entitlement, the European Court of Justice has said.

September 1, 2011

What is Ancillary Relief? Advice for those Divorcing.

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

If you’re ending your marriage or civil partnership, you may need to make formal arrangements to settle financial and property matters. Speak to our Family Law team about this. You [...]

July 19, 2011

Pre-Nuptial/Pre-Marital Agreements

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

A Pre-Nuptial Agreement “Pre-nup” is a binding agreement which is entered into before marriage and can be legally enforced if the parties later divorce.  Until recently “Pre-nups” were given greater [...]

July 19, 2011

Financial Provision on Separation and Divorce

Help & Advice by Paul Dodds Solicitors

The best way to resolve a Family Law dispute is by discussion, compromise and agreement. The Court rules are intended to help the parties to achieve fairness in the division [...]