Office of the Public Guardian Guidance for Deputies (and Attorneys)

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The latest newsletter of the Office of the Public Guardian for England and Wales includes articles which feature guidance for deputies (and which is also relevant for Attorneys) on securing financial assets, expenses, online reporting and applying the Mental Capacity Act 2005’s five basic principles when making decisions. If you have been appointed by the Court…


Inquiry into Convicted Child Abuser Due to Start in June

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Ex youth worker Michael Smith was jailed in 2014 for sexual offences against children. He was a youth worker for the council between 2001 and 2012 and was dismissed for gross misconduct and disciplined for inappropriate behaviour with children. An inquiry is to take place into why in 2010 Pembrokeshire council almost approved child abuser,…

Court of Law

Unreasonable or Not Unreasonable?

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It’s going to be an important week for family law in England and Wales this week. Following our previous blog on “the blame game in divorce”, on Thursday Mrs Owens faces the Supreme Court in her battle to challenge the previous judges who refused to allow her to divorce her husband on the grounds of…

UK Parliament

Further Action Necessary by Government to Refund Employment Tribunal Fees

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Following the Supreme Court’s decision* last year that Employment Tribunal fees were unlawful, claimants are eligible for a refund of fees paid between 29 July 2013 and 26 July 2017. David Gauke, the Justice Secretary, recently wrote to the House of Commons to say that the refund scheme had been making “reasonable progress” but that…


Wealthy Families are “opting out” of the Child Protection System

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Goldsmiths University has found that wealthy families are using “privilege” to avoid being investigated for child abuse. The study led by Professor Claudia Bernard and commissioned by The City of London Corporation has said that, “neglect cases in affluent areas often went under the radar.” “People have these deep-set beliefs that this is happening in…


Children are Being “Groomed” to Film Sexual Abuse

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The Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) has carried out a study which has found that, “most images of live streamed child sexual abuse were of white, affluent girls in their own homes.” Research has shown that a growing number of children are being, “coerced and blackmailed into streaming their own sexual abuse.” The profile of the…


Court Of Appeal Clarifies The Law On Constructive Dismissal

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In the recent case of Kaur v Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust [2018] EWCA Civ 978 the Court of Appeal clarified the law on constructive dismissal and in particular cumulative repudiatory breach. An employee is constructively dismissed if they resign in response to an employer’s breach of contract which is so serious as to entitle…

Hepworth Art Club

Jordans Solicitors Art Club

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Jordans Solicitors Art Club, Tuesday May 29, 2018 at The Hepworth Wakefield Jordans Solicitors warmly invite you and your children to join us at The Hepworth Wakefield for a morning to explore, play and create together. Date: 29 May 2018 Time: 10.30 am – 12.30pm The morning will include hands on activities with artists inspired…


The Myth Of Common Law Marriage & Cohabiting Couples

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Cohabiting couple families are the second largest family type in the UK, and the fastest growing. The number of cohabiting couples breaking up has also has overtaken separation between married couples for the first time according to the Marriage Foundation. This means cohabiting parents, despite being only one fifth of couples, now account for the…


Nottinghamshire’s Ex Social Worker Convicted of Child Sexual Abuse

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Dean Gathercole, father of six and an ex social worker has been convicted of six counts of indecent assault and three counts of rape against two victims in the 1980’s. The victims at the time were residents of the Amberdale Children’s Home. Gathercole denied all the charges against him and appeared “pale and shell shocked”…