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Why should we train?

Debbie Sansome
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Eric Robinson Solicitors were nominated by a panel of legal industry experts for its investment in employee career development and progression.  We were nominated for Best Law Firm at the inaugural National Paralegal Awards 2019. We were up against...

Nuptial Agreements - The death of romance or modern day armour?

Vicki Rawlins
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That is the question... Or at least it should be for anyone about to, or already having walked down the aisle with the love of their life. It is just a shame that not everyone gives it any thought at all. I appreciate that it is not the most romantic of...

'No Fault Divorce' - Time for a change in the Law

Catherine Day
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Following the recent news about proposed divorce reform, the Family team at Eric Robinson Solicitors are delighted to  hear further details about the reforms today - the biggest change in divorce law in 50 years! According to David Gauke, Justice...

Effective Co-Parenting after a Separation is Key

Samantha Collins
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This isn’t always easy. But whilst the nature of the parents’ relationship has changed, they should always seek to maintain a united front for the benefit of the child.  It is so important that parents communicate with each other at all...

Is gossip really just 'a bit of fun'?

Debbie Sansome
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Silence speaks a thousand words – is this true or not? Sometimes when we are met with a blanket silence, or merely a small nod of the head, without words, this can have more of a dramatic and unspoken meaning to us. However, the saying is that '...

Deal or no deal

Debbie Sansome
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The word on everyone’s lips currently and seems to have been since the Referendum in June 2016, is 'are we going to be able to agree a Brexit deal or not'. For something, which has taken nearly 3 years to agree, we now only have until 29 March...

Tenant Fees Bill

Elizabeth Eastley
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On 12 February 2019, it was announced that the Tenant Fees Act 2019 is due to come into force on 1 June 2019. The Act restricts the ability of landlords and letting agents to charge certain fees to tenants and prospective tenants.  It applies to most...

Are we too blinded by Blind Recruitment?

Debbie Sansome
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Employers are now seeing a trend in blind recruitment whereby applicants applying for vacancies will redact their CVs to remove any details of protected characteristics, such as age, sex and race.  Essentially, blind-folding their CV. The reason for...

One step closer to No Fault Divorce

Catherine Day
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The Family team at Eric Robinson Solicitors are delighted to learn that the government will be introducing legislation to make "no fault" divorce an option for separating couples. Following the well documented case of Owens v Owens in which it...

Brexit Update

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Following the vote that took place on the evening of Tuesday 15 January 2019, the UK Government has rejected the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement that had been put forward by Theresa May following the many months of discussions with the European Union. Current...

Check a passport for travel to Europe

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ARE YOU TRAVELLING TO EUROPE IN 2019? In the event of the UK leaving the EU without a deal, the Government will announce new rules that will apply. Before you travel, please feel free to use the passport checking tool , to ensure that you have enough...

It's Good Divorce Week - but what exactly is a "good divorce?"

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Life isn’t a fairy-tale.  Despite good intentions and best efforts, sometimes people find that they are no longer compatible and wish to separate.  Indeed, over 100,000 marriages end in divorce in the UK every year. Divorce is undeniably...

Initial Fixed Fee family interview

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Separating from your spouse or partner and need to know where you stand with the house, children, finances? The list is endless….   Our Initial Fixed Fee interview is a great opportunity for you to get the advice that you need about any...

Do you recognise Harassment?

Debbie Sansome
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With the #MeToo movement being brought back into the spotlight of late, it is even more important for employers to demonstrate their commitment to preventing unlawful harassment in the workplace. The #MeToo movement has inspired thousands of men and...

Are you facing a breakdown in your relationship?

Jag Kainth
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If you are, then this can be one of the most stressful, challenging and emotional experiences you will go through. The family team at Eric Robinson solicitors can help you through this tough time and advise you on the various issues you may to have to face,...

Don't put off dealing with your finances

Emma Cole
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Dealing with finances in the event of a separation can be daunting - property, savings, investments, pensions, businesses, children, income, outgoings, inheritance… the list can seem endless, however, it must not be ignored. We at Eric Robinson can...

Christmas arrangements for the children

Catherine Day
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Now that Halloween is over, the next big event is Christmas. In addition to present buying and preparation for the day itself, parents who have separated also have to agree how the children will spend the festive period. At Christmas, emotions can often be...

EU Nationals Right to Work in the UK

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On Tuesday 30 October 2018, the current Minister of State for Immigration, The Rt Hon Caroline Nokes MP, gave a statement to other MPs in relation to EU nationals working in the UK, and their Employers being expected to check whether the EU nationals have...

Employee Wellbeing - are these just buzz words?

Debbie Sansome
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Something which is at the top of Eric Robinson’s agenda currently is our newly implemented Employee Wellbeing Programme, 'My Lifestyle'. This kind of Programme is something, which I have been considering for a while and it is great I have been...

AI or not AI - that is the question?

Debbie Sansome
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In the spotlight this month is discussions on AI (Artificial Intelligence) and whether we are hiding from this reality. There is always an air of scepticism and suspicion on whether AI could steal our jobs, could become 'rogue' and not understand...

Headlines relating to divorce can be misleading

Catherine Day
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Take for example, the recent news about Ant McPartlin. Today it has been reported that he has been granted a divorce. However, when you actually read the article, it turns out that it is the Decree Nisi,  the first order in the Divorce Process,...

Planned Changes to Immigration Health Surcharge

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At present, the Immigration Health Surcharge is paid for by migrants coming to, and also already in the UK for periods longer than 6 months to have access to NHS services in the same way as UK Citizens have access to NHS services. Current Immigration Health...

Resolving disputes, in a non-confrontational way

Helen Clarkson
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Why all of the family lawyers at Eric Robinson Solicitors are members of the national organisation, Resolution… Resolution is an organisation that commits family lawyers to resolving disputes in a non-confrontational way. There is often a lot of...

Why it really is good to talk in the workplace?

Debbie Sansome
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I am going to talk about a subject, which some people find very taboo, or feel that it should not be openly discussed. However, that is just plain wrong.  Two little words but have such a big meaning; Mental Health . 1 in 4 people, across the world,...

Cost v Service

Debbie Sansome
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Can we put a cost on Customer Service? Upon looking at service feedback from clients, can we put a cost on customer service and would be swap excellent client service v low cost? Ask me when I was 20 and the answer would be cost.  Ask me now...

Common Law Marriage is a MYTH

Vicki Rawlins
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Despite the 18 th August being set to be the most popular day of the year for couples to marry, the overall amount of couples choosing to marry is decreasing. Official statistics from the Office of National Statistics show that one in eight people in...

Do we all show some unconscious bias?

Debbie Sansome
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I have been doing some research on unconscious bias and it really did make me sit and think about how we perceive, or view other people to be. Essentially, unconscious bias is about people making quick judgement, or stereotyping, without realising we are...

Owens v Owens - Still a Victory for 'No Fault Divorce'?

Vicki Rawlins
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Never in my 15 years career as a family lawyer, have I seen a ruling by the Supreme Court received with such reservation, misgiving and disappointment by the legal profession. When the high profile appeal made by Tini Owens to be granted divorce from her...

Wedding Bells - celebration or warning?

Vicki Rawlins
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We have just passed the most popular day in the UK to get married – 18 th August. This means that many happy couples are now enjoying their honeymoon and thinking about spending the rest of their lives with each other. Whilst I wish every such couple...

Is it really equality for all?

Debbie Sansome
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I could not write this month without recognising what has been filing newspaper columns, the news, social media and even Big Brother! – Equality and the Gender Pay Gap. Feminism or equality sometimes gets the wrong press, as the word can...

BREXIT

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The Home Office have released a Statement of Intent in relation to Brexit and the future of EU nationals in the UK.  This system will bring in a new “Settled Status” category, and will replace the current Permanent Residence and EEA Family...

We're all going on a summer holiday...

Catherine Day
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...or are we? It’s that time of year – the sun’s making guest appearances, the BBQs are out, and thoughts naturally turn to our summer holidays. It should be a time to relax and unwind. However the build up can be stressful...

NHS Visa Changes

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The removal of the Tier 2 cap for Doctors and Nurses employed by the NHS should, in effect, help all employers that have been struggling with the monthly Tier 2 limits over the past 6 months or so.  The annual limit of 20,700 restricted certificates of...

Change of Home Secretary

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Over the last few weeks, there have been some significant changes released by UK Visas & Immigration in conjunction with the Home Office, following on from the appointment of Sajid Javid, who recently replaced Amber Rudd as Home Secretary.  The...

Can you hear employee voice, or are you even listening?

Debbie Sansome
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You can never underestimate just how important employee voice is; not just for the reputation of your business, but also for retaining engaged and motivated employees. The reason why I think employee voice is sometimes underestimated is that, genuinely it...

Forced Marriages

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Forced Marriage is a criminal offence but it remains a widespread issue within the UK.  In 2017, the Forced Marriage Unit (FMU) gave advice and support in relation to 1,196 possible forced marriages. Of these cases, 29.7% involved victims below the age of 18 and 29.5% concerned victims aged between 18 and 25. 

Croatian Worker Restrictions Lifted from 30th June 2018

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The current work authorisation requirements for Croatian workers in the UK will be lifted on 30th June 2018. Background When Croatia joined the EU in 2013, the UK and other member states were able to place restrictions on labour market access for Croatian...

UNITED KINGDOM: Universal Jobmatch to be replaced by 'Find a Job'

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Information released on 25 April 2018. It has been officially announced that Universal Jobmatch – the government website used by UK recruiters and Tier 2 licensed sponsors to advertise jobs – is being replaced by ‘Find a Job’...

Predictions or a complete change of working ...?

Debbie Sansome
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It seems that a big thing which is currently trending is predictions on what is going to change in the workplace within the next 12 months.  In the USA, it is predicted that unemployment will continue to decline from 4.3% to 4.2%, with an overall...

The Split - Hit or Miss?

Vicki Rawlins
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Last night saw the BBC debut their new drama about a family of female family lawyers in London. The first episode introduced us to the different characters and showed them both at work and at play. I watched the programme firstly as a fan of the hugely...

Do you really protect your own data?

Debbie Sansome
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This month is the focus on the forthcoming General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), which come into force on 25 May 2018.  This is a huge change of legislation on how people handle data. Albeit, such a serious subject of which we will all have to...

What rights do I have as a grandparent?

Catherine Day
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This question is often asked and the situation is not as straightforward as you may think.  For example, grandparents do not have an automatic right to see their grandchildren. Understandably, however, the Courts recognise that grandparents can play an...

Is Reform For Cohabiting Couples On The Cards?

Vicki Rawlins
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A bill is currently passing through the House of Commons which if implemented would mean that cohabiting couples could receive the same financial benefits as married couples, provided they enter into a civil partnership.

Mediation Awareness Week 22nd - 26th January 2018

Helen Clarkson
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Taking place from 22-26 January 2018, Family Mediation Week aims to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively. Whether you have agreed all the terms of the separation with...

Cohabitation - Fact v Fiction

Catherine Day
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According to a recent press release from Resolution (national organisation of family lawyers), “millions of unmarried couples living together are unaware that they are at severe financial risk as a result of the current legal system”. It can be...

Consent Orders vs Separation Agreements

Emma Cole
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“Should we do nothing or file for divorce” A separation from your spouse is often a frightening and confusing time and I am often asked whether a person should just have a period of separation or file for divorce. If your marriage has...

Pensions on Divorce

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A recent study undertaken by Scottish Widows has confirmed that 7 in 10 married couples do not deal with the division of pension assets during divorce proceedings, leading to women being short-changed by a staggering £5 billion each year, according to...

Arbitration - Alternatives to Court Proceedings

Emma Cole
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Alternatives to Court Proceedings When a relationship unfortunately breaks down, there quite often are disagreements relating to the property or finances. Family Law Practitioners will seek for clients to settle their disputes by way of solicitor...

Is a lawyer necessary?

Emma Cole
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Unfortunately, dealing with a legal matter is not always through choice. Sometimes it is a necessity. It is now common for people involved in any legal dispute to deal with matters themselves, including attending court hearings. These people are known as...

The importance of finalising financial matters to avoid future claims

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The basic principles used by the courts for dealing with assets accrued after separation An area that often causes confusion in divorce cases, is what is the court’s attitude to assets accrued post separation. We have earlier in the year posted a...