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

 

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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Online tax appeals for the digital age

May 2018

A new digital service is allowing people to submit appeals over their tax bill entirely online.

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Are you ready for GDPR?

May 2018

Are you ready for the introduction of the new European General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)? If not, you only have a little time to prepare, as the new rules come into force on the 25th May 2018.

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Your rights do not depend upon your knowledge of them

April 2018

A recent ruling from the Court of Appeal has underlined the fact that a United Kingdom citizen’s rights do not depend upon their knowledge of them. Partner Andrew Bryan said, “This is a relatively simple case but it has profound and positive implications for the protection of UK citizens by the courts”.

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