Social worker is compensated for criticisms of work only being highlighted in the judgement of the case

Social worker is compensated for criticisms of work only being highlighted in the judgement of the case

Posted by on Jun 23, 2021 in News

The European Court of Human Rights has ordered the UK to pay damages to a social worker who became aware of criticisms of her conduct only when a family court judge delivered an oral judgment at the end of a hearing.

The social worker went to the Court of Appeal, which found that the process by which the judge arrived at his criticisms was ‘manifestly unfair’ and set aside the adverse findings. However, in SW v United Kingdom, published yesterday, the Strasbourg court said the social worker suffered prejudice personally and professionally which the Court of Appeal’s judgment did not remedy.

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Consumer clients say they are happy to Zoom with their lawyer

Consumer clients say they are happy to Zoom with their lawyer

Posted by on Jun 3, 2021 in News

Despite the challenges of Covid, opportunities have also arisen as the legal sector has explored alternative ways of speaking with their clients.

The feedback from the public is positive regarding people using Zoom and Teams as an alternative way of engaging with their lawyers.

Brighton & Hove Law also offer mediation via Zoom and this too has received consistently positive feedback from clients engaging in the mediation process.

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The Specialist Child Care Proceedings Team is expanding!

The Specialist Child Care Proceedings Team is expanding!

Posted by on May 20, 2021 in News

Brighton and Hove Law are delighted to announce that the specialist child care proceedings team is expanding.

We are longstanding legal aid providers and specialist solicitor advocates in cases who can represent parents in the most complex of cases.

If you are a parent who has a child/children subject to care proceedings you will qualify for legal aid and need to seek urgent advice as soon as possible.

We represent all types of parents in all types of care proceedings.

We can provide early evaluation and advice and will ensure the best possible outcome for you.

We act for parents, (and other family members) and our child care specialists include members of the law society children panel, the family law panel and are resolution accredited specialists.

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What is Hybrid Mediation

What is Hybrid Mediation

Posted by on Jan 24, 2021 in News

Going to court should be a last resort to resolve most family disputes. The pandemic has exacerbated the significant delays in the adjudication of many family cases. The courts have made clear that all parties, legal advisers and the judiciary should continue to have express regard to all forms of non-court dispute resolution.

Below we have some common questions answered about using hybrid mediation for family disputes:

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Family Mediation Week 18 – 22 January 2021

Family Mediation Week 18 – 22 January 2021

Posted by on Jan 18, 2021 in News

This week is Family Mediation Week – a week focussing on spreading the word about the benefits of family mediation, aiming to raise awareness of mediation and how it can help separating families manage their issues collaboratively and productively.

Please see the Family Mediation Week website for more information about family mediation and of the events planned for next week.

The week has been organised by the Family Mediation Council and is also being promoted by Resolution.  There will be a series of articles and videos released throughout the week, on the Family Mediation Week website.

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Brighton&Hove Family Justice professionals mark Good Divorce Week 2020 with FREE Advice Sessions

Brighton&Hove Family Justice professionals mark Good Divorce Week 2020 with FREE Advice Sessions

Posted by on Nov 30, 2020 in News

Family law professionals in Brighton & Hove are showing their support for Good Divorce Week 2020 by offering free advice sessions to families later this month.

Good Divorce Week is an annual campaign that aims to promote practical and constructive ways for separating parents to put the needs of their children first. Organised by Resolution, a community of more than 6,500 family justice professionals, this year the campaign focuses around the benefits of early legal advice, as the organisation prepares to re-launch its public-facing Code of Practice.

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Domestic abuse victims with ‘trapped capital’ should not be denied legal aid, court rules

Domestic abuse victims with ‘trapped capital’ should not be denied legal aid, court rules

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in News

Victims of domestic abuse should not be denied legal aid because they have assets trapped in a home, the high court has ruled.

The judgment has been handed down as a legal watchdog warns that those who need legal services are being failed partially because of cuts to legal aid.

The domestic abuse ruling by Mr Justice Pepperall concluded that a single parent and domestic abuse survivor who had only £28 in the bank should not have been refused legal aid for a child custody case.

The decision, according to campaigners, means the Legal Aid Agency can adopt a less restrictive approach over granting help to survivors of domestic abuse where they have “trapped capital” in homes which cannot be sold or borrowed against.

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Racism has no place in our society

Racism has no place in our society

Posted by on Jun 5, 2020 in News

“George Floyd’s death has caused outrage around the world and exposed injustices and inequalities.

“As well as expressing sadness and sympathy it is vital we use this difficult time to reflect on the actions we must all take to tackle discrimination, as individuals, firms, businesses and communities.

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