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What Happens if I Lie to Police about a Friend's Crime?

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The short answer is that you may be guilty of one or more of several crimes. Do you have current criminal charges? If you have lied to the police about a crime that one or more of your friends have committed, you could face some significant consequences....

What are my rights as a Tenant?

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A tenant in a private rented property has a set of rights over their Landlord. Which the Landlord is obligated to fulfil during the term of the tenancy as part of the contractual relationship they have together. There is a wide range of tenant rights, the...

Will being racist help put to stop knife crime?

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Or will new powers further show a disparity in the numbers. After the poor final result in one of the best European Championships that England have seen, we as a country where let down by the minority of the majority of fans who were unable to behave. From...

Are You Considering Adoption?

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Adoption  is the process of where parental responsibility is transferred from the birth parents to the adoptive parents. This process means the birth parents lose rights and parental responsibility to care for the child. This may be because the...

Child Law & Social Services

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  When do you need to get a solicitor involved and what can they do? When social services involve themselves with your child’s welfare, it means that the local authority or social services are concerned about your child or have reason to...

Wills & Estate Planning

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What to Consider When Writing Your Will A Will is a legal document that expresses how you want your assets to be divided after your passing. No one can predict the future, but you can take the necessary steps now to protect your assets and have peace of...

An Acquitted Result is a Quick Result

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We at Wainwright and Cummins are very proud of the outstanding work done by our own Rachael Archer In one of her cases that ended in June 2021, we firmly believe that this result was only possible because of her keen insight and excellent eye for...

What is Family Mediation?

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Mediation is a voluntary and amicable alternative solution to settling and negotiating on matters that arise during a divorce process for you and your ex-partner. It is a means to reach a decision in a safe place without the need for long drawn out court...

Domestic Abuse Bill Receives Royal Assent

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The Domestic Abuse Act 2021 has introduced a number of noteworthy changes that aims to prevent offending and provide protection and support to domestic abuse victims. What has Changed? Having taken over 4 years to come to fruition, the Act now has...

What does this mean for you if you want to get a divorce?

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The concept of a no-fault divorce is set to revolutionise the divorce process in the UK.  For so long there has been an out-of-date concept of five grounds an individual could rely on in order to prove the marriage has...

Uber BV v Aslam: Case Summary

Ayesha Casely-Hayford
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A Case Summary of legal complaints brought against the huge global employer, Uber. This fascinating case considers the employment rights of Uber drivers. Perhaps there will be wider implications for the gig economy as a whole? We take a look at what...

Do You Want to Risk Not Making a Lasting Powers of Attorney?

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In the unfortunate event you were to ever lose your mental capacity to be in control of your financial or health affairs This could be due to illness or an accident, a Lasting Power of Attorney ( LPA ) will allow those close to you to make decisions on your...

Frequently asked questions within Probate

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The following are some of the most common questions clients have asked our specialist solicitors about the probate process. The answers are for general information purposes only. Should you need detailed legal advice on probate and matters relating to...

Mediation Voucher Scheme

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The government have introduced a Mediation Voucher Scheme which is to help towards the cost of Mediation for separating couples Encouraging them to seek to resolve their disputes outside of court when appropriate to do so. This voucher is the first of its...

Financial Settlement and Divorce

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Frequently Asked Questions: When you get married or enter a civil partnership, you will not be expecting it to end, but sadly for almost 50% of couples, this is the reality. Even if the intention is to split up amicably, making decisions on how to split...

What is the difference between filling for a divorce and a legal separation?

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Separating from your partner or filing for a divorce will obviously be a stressful and upsetting time in your life. When faced with the prospect of dealing with various legal matters, it can be equally daunting. We often get asked about the difference...

Conveyancing Process

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Frequently Asked Questions and Common Terms Buying and selling a property can be an exciting time, but the processes involved can sometimes seem confusing, with complex legal procedures that must be followed. Your conveyancing solicitor will make sure...

Our Family Law Services During Lockdown

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For many, the start of a new year is a chance to look to the future. It's time to make decisions and new year’s resolutions on what we would like to achieve over the next few months and year. However, with continued lockdown restrictions due...

Probate and Access to Services during Lockdown

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As the country is still confined to strict government lockdown restrictions, and with no set date for a ‘return to normal’. Many businesses, banks and other professional services are either closed to the public during this time or are finding...

The Devil is in the Detail - Furlough and Training Periods

Ayesha Casely-Hayford
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This article looks at the effect of the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (“CJRS”) on the completion of a trainee solicitor’s training contract/period in England. If a trainee is placed on furlough under the CJRS,...

The Extended Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme

Ayesha Casely-Hayford
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With the UK going into a second lockdown, here is a brief note on the changes to the support being provided by the UK Government in the field of employment. PLEASE NOTE: precise terms of the extension to the UK Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention...

Employment Law Bulletin

Ayesha Casely-Hayford
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The UK Government has announced that its Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) will remain open until 31 March 2021. Alongside our previous notes on the UK Government schemes, here are some summary guidance points (further details can be found via the...

What is the Job Support Scheme?

Ayesha Casely-Hayford
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The Job Support Scheme (JSS) is the UK Government’s support for when the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) closes. Due to the recent extension of the CJRS, the previously issued HMRC guidance on the JSS has been withdrawn, but you can read it...

What to do if someone you love loses capacity & there is no will

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For many people making a will is daunting task. It may not be something you want to consider when you are feeling fit and healthy. Many people may delay preparing a will until later on in life. But what happens if you lose capacity and can no longer make...

How does divorce affect children? What you may have to deal with

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Divorce is not an easy step or one that can be taken lightly. However once a marital separation has been established, this will dramatically shift the dynamics of the child’s relationship with their parents. When told this news many children will feel...

Who is exempt from wearing face coverings when the law changes on July 24th 2020?

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The government has confirmed that from July 24 (Friday), masks will have to be worn. This is a mandatory rule that will be enforced across England. The government said employers should recommend the wearing of a face masks within the workplace, However...

Coronavirus: Are You Worried About Rent Arrears?

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Our experienced housing team is here and ready to help you during this difficult period. Instead of doing a general post, I thought it would be best to focus on an issue that people are facing as a result of the pandemic. We know that due to the Coronavirus...

Help! I've been arrested during a protest what should I do?

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The police should only arrest you if they have a good reason to think you have committed a crime and that arresting you is a necessary action. In the unfortunate incident that the police is holding you; they should tell you what you are being arrested for...

Coronavirus Lockdown Laws: What's Changed?

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Police across the UK continue to have the right to arrest or punish people who violate the coronavirus lock down rule.  These rule have been in effect in the UK since March 26, they have been updated at 12:01 am on Wednesday 13 th  May 2020....

Will the courts be open if I have a trial?

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We at Wainwright and Cummins want to ensure the safety of our clients and staff during this uncertain time. However we have had a large amount of our clients across all the different areas of the firm ask if there case will take place if the courts are...

Coronavirus: Have You Been Fined?

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In the recent hot weather you may have received a fine for breaching the lockdown. If this is the case we may be able to assist. To date, it is estimated that 3,203 fines have been issued for breaches of the lockdown. The fine is £60 but if you pay...

Furlough Leave - Advice on the Basics

Ayesha Casely-Hayford
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For those feeling in the wilderness when it comes to Furlough Leave, I’m here to help! This article is designed for employers and employees. You can jump to the relevant headings, or read the whole lot and feel better informed. “Know Furlough....

How will COVID-19 effect the firm?

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With the development of COVID-19 virus, We at Wainwright and Cummins LLP are committed on protecting the wellbeing of our employees, clients, network of partners and the local community. With this in mind are also asking all clients to double check that...

The MotherWorks International Women's day Photography Exhibition

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We at Wainwright and Cummins are proud to have sponsored this years event. The first started in 2018 international women’s day in the Brixton Pound Cafe. Launched on Monday 2 nd March 2020 and closes Saturday 4 th April 2020, Where you...

Can I Get Legal Aid Funding For Crown Court Case?

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You may be eligible for legal aid and your lawyer can advise on whether you will qualify or not. If your court case is being heard in the Crown Court then it would certainly be in your best interest to instruct an experienced criminal defence lawyer to...

Everything you will need to know about driving laws in 2020

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This year you will see changes when it comes to Motoring laws including tougher penalties Here are a few helpful list so that you can keep yourself updated and hopefully avoid any unnecessary fines.  With the turn of a...

What happens if the reading is close to the limit?

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It is that time of year again when “one more” drink can cost a lot more then your utility bills and could have far reaching repercussions on your life. If you are unfortunate to get stopped by the police and you score 39 micrograms or less with...

Finances and Children After A Divorce

Rosalind Brown
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Issues regarding finances and children are not dealt with automatically when a divorce is finalised, and the separating couple are encouraged to come to an agreement between themselves. Resolution out of Court Financial disputes and arguments about...

I'm Thinking of Getting a Divorce

Rosalind Brown
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Things in life change, people grow and develop but whatever the circumstances, it’s only natural to worry about the future. The problem many people face is that this process can be overwhelming.  At Wainwright & Cummins we are here to help...

Calling Extinction Rebellion Protesters

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The extinction rebellion protest is currently ongoing. As of the 8 th October 2019 there have been 541 arrests. During the April protests 1,130 people were arrested over a 2 week period. The ethos behind the protest is peaceful protest in full public view....

Going to court for the first time

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If you are appearing in court for the first time, first thing you must consider is whether or not you will need a solicitor to assist you.   Everyone decides to deal with court appearances differently: one person may feel confident enough to deal with...

I can not afford to pay the fine

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If you have been summoned to court or if you receive a fine but can not pay it, you may need legal assistants. If you go to court and are asked to ask for non-payment of fines, you may be able to use a fully qualified lawyer, who can represent you on your...

When can the police request a breath test?

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Only a police officer can request a breath test. However the officer does not have to be in uniform. They will have to be uniformed to administer it (unless after an accident). The request can only be made in one of the following scenarios: The police...

How new "Claudia's Law" affects family members

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The Claudia’s Law also known as the Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017, came into force on Wednesday 31 st July 2019. This is a welcomed change in the law that now allows families of a missing loved ones, the ability to take control of their...

Fare Evasion Newsflash! Do you need assistance?

Marvin Roberts
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There has been a large increase in cases of fare evasion prosecutions. As a result we have found that there have been a large increase in enquiries and cases relating to fare evasion. This is our general guide on how to deal with this issue. In recent times...

How To Resolve Disputes Quickly and Easily via Mediation

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On the 24th July 2019 Dominic Geodjenian and Aneesha Bhunjun hosted a workshop on “How to resolve disputes quickly and easily via Mediation” at the International House in Brixton. They each gave an enlightening presentation on how mediation...

Drilling To Get The Points On The Scoreboard

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Since the begining of the year we have seen a rise in the number of youth being stabbed in the UK. This trend started to become more popular in big urban cities such as London or Birmingham, but this epidemic has expanded to all areas of the UK. This could...

Mediation Before Court Is A Must Say Judges

Dominic Geodjenian
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Judges want you to go to Mediation before you attempt to go to court In light of the fact that family courts can no longer cope with the overwhelming amount of cases. Judges are being told to get tougher on making sure parents attend mediation before...

What is the Drinking limit?

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Anyone who is driving, attempting to drive, or in charge of a motor vehicle, whether it be on the road or in a public place. for example a pub car park or a garage forecourt, may be required by the police to provide a breath test, in order to check that...

Lawyers vs. Lawyers

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The difference between a Solicitor and Barrister. There are two different kinds of advocates within in the UK legal system. You use a Solicitor to assist you from buying a home, to having had any interaction with the police. Additionally a Barrister will...