HIA Compensation Scheme to be Launched Despite Coronavirus

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A compensation scheme for survivors of historical abuse recommended by the Historical Institutional Abuse (HIA) public inquiry will be launched tomorrow as planned. The HIA investigated allegations of the physical and sexual abuse of children in residential institutions between 1922 and 1995. In December it was confirmed by David Sterling, Head of Northern Ireland Civil…

Beneficiaries Ask “Where’s My Inheritance?”

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When instructing a solicitor to draft a Will there is an expectation that the gifts or legacies bequeathed will pass to those relatives or friends named as beneficiaries in the Will. This does not always happen however and beneficiaries can find themselves disappointed when they do not receive what they expected to under the Will…

Internet Child Sexual Abuse Report Published by the IICSA

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The Independent Inquiry into Child and Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has now published its report on Internet and Child Sexual Abuse. The 120 page report, “The Internet Investigation Report March 2020” highlights the explosion in child sexual abuse assisted by the internet. Despite advances in technology to detect and prevent online child sexual abuse a significant…

Coronavirus – Advice for Employers & Employees

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ACAS – the Government’s Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service –  have provided the following initial guidance (see https://www.acas.org.uk/coronavirus) for employers and employees during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It’s good practice for employers to: Keep everyone updated on actions being taken to reduce risks of exposure in the workplace. Make sure everyone’s contact numbers and emergency…

Jordans Solicitors COVID-19 Statement

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As the situation with the outbreak of Covid-19 continues to evolve, we want to update you on our plans. At Jordans we have a business response team in place who are monitoring all updates to UK Government policy and guidance carefully. Following World Health Organisation and government guidelines regarding Covid-19 for a couple of weeks…

COVID 19 and Your Will

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It is always sensible to ensure that you have a valid Will in place. This will ensure that your estate is divided between the people (or charities) you want to receive it, that you can appoint Executors of your choice to manage this process, and if you have children under the age of 18, can…

Why Should I Use a Solicitor and Not a Will-Writer to Draft a Will?

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There is no requirement to use a solicitor to make a valid Will, however there are advantages of using a solicitor rather than a Will-writer as set out below: Legal experience If you use a will-writer, will they have an understanding of other areas of the law which are essential when advising you in respect…

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Blackpool FC Pays Over £19,000 Damages to A Sexual Abuse Victim

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A High Court judge has told Blackpool FC to pay more than £19,000 to a man who was sexually abused as a child by a former club scout. Frank Roper a convicted pedophile was not paid by the club, but worked “exclusively on Blackpool’s behalf” in the 80s and then died in 2005. The court…