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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

Wayne Cartlidge
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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

Wayne Cartlidge
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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

Wayne Cartlidge
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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

Wayne Cartlidge
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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

Wayne Cartlidge
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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

Shivi Rajput
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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

Wayne Cartlidge
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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'

Wayne Cartlidge
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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

Shivi Rajput
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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

Greg Coad
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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...

Separating? Positive Action: Parenting Agreement

Jag Kainth
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Right, so you’ve decided separation is the way forward and you now want to deal with living arrangements for the children, how do you achieve this? Separation is a difficult time for you and your former partner but it is particularly painful for...

Brexit: justice for families, individuals and businesses?

Samantha Collins
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On 20 th March 2017 the House of Lords EU Justice Sub-Committee published a report to consider the effect of Brexit upon access to justice for families, individuals and businesses. The report finds that: The current system for civil justice cooperation...

Using the Bank of Mum & Dad?

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It’s a sign of the times…. Saving up a deposit to purchase a home is becoming increasingly difficult.  The government has tried to help buyers with various schemes, but the fact remains that young people in particular are finding it...

When your behaviour isn't unreasonable enough...

Catherine Day
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When is behaviour not unreasonable enough?   In essence, that is the question that the Court of Appeal has recently been asked to determine in the case of Owens v Owens. In summary, Mrs Owens sought a divorce from her husband, Mr Owens, of 39 years...

Can I go for a second bite of the (financial) cherry after divorce?

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If no formal financial Order is made by the Court at the conclusion of a divorce then the future consequences can be substantial. A common misconception is that the divorce alone brings financial claims to an end, this is simply not true. The Recent Briers...

Affordable Housing, Ahead of the Game

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As the Government pledge to provide more affordable housing across the UK, Eric Robinson are already ahead of the game. Eric Robinson boasts expertise and years of experience in helping clients through their first purchases using intricate Government...

Mediation . . . the positive choice!

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‘Mediation is an empowering process for the children, and it can lead to their parents making more informed and suitable decisions for the future’. This blog has been written for Family Mediation Week, read more here... This simple...

Short term lets, easy income or more hassle than its worth?

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It sounds ideal, being able to let your property out on a short term basis as either a holiday let or through a company such as Air BnB.  Easy income with no long term tenants to worry about.  However, we have all heard the horror stories of these...

"I wish my parents had known about family mediation"

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Trite it may be, but true it certainly is, that parents want to do all they can for their children.   This blog has been written for Family Mediation Week, read more here... Some will happily declare that they will go to the ends of the earth....

3 Top Tips for Separating Parents...

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...from someone speaking from experience Emily’s parents are divorced. This process began whilst Emily was an A-Level student living at home. Emily found little information to support herself and her sisters. With the support of FixersUK, Emily...

Lasting Damage: is there a Better Way?

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Blog by Phillippa Johnson for  Family Mediation Week, read more here... Over the years I’ve seen a lot of changes not only in the practice of family law but also in the backgrounds of clients. For many people in the early 80’s...

Mediation is a Better Way

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Blog written by  Philippa Johnson   for Family Mediation Week, read more here... I have chosen to share this part of my story because I believe that separation is a moment of absolute crisis. How we cope and work through that crisis...