Child Protection Issues

The NSPCC has hailed the introduction of new laws designed to stop sex offenders from grooming children. NSPCC chief executive Peter Wanless said: “The Justice Secretary has done the right thing. This is a victory for common sense. Children should be as safe online as they are offline, wherever they are in the UK”.

The new offence gives courts the powers to jail anyone who sends a sexual communication to a child – and stop the process of grooming before it starts. Groomers who target children through mobile phones and social media now face 2 years in prison. Those found guilty also face being automatically placed on the sex offenders register. The new offence, which came into effect in April covers both online and offline communication, including through social media, e-mail, and letters

Elisabeth James said, “In the fast changing world of technology, these new rules cover a gap in the law’s protection of children”.

If you would like assistance in relation to a child protection issue, call Elisabeth on 02392 210170 for further information.

 

July 2017

 

Is a worker employed or self-employed?

June 2018

Following a recent high profile Court case, partner Andrew Bryan poses the Question “When is a worker an employee rather than a self-employed contractor?”

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Upskirting Law moves a step closer

June 2018

After the recent private members bill on ‘upskirting’ was so spectacularly and publicly blocked in parliament recently, the Government has finally stepped in to take action.

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Commonhold – a different option for owning property

June 2018

Partner, Liz Moger, comments that the Law Commission is asking flat owners, housebuilders, mortgage lenders and lawyers to help shape a law which could help people own their flats outright.

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High Court Rules that female cohabitee is entitled to share of deceased partner’s estate

May 2018

Solicitor Gemma Nolan comments on a recent landmark ruling where the High Court has found in favour of a 79 year old woman, after her partner of 42 years left her out of his will.

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