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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 Due to the recent extension of the CJRS, the previously issued HMRC guidance on the JSS has been withdrawn, but you can read it...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

Katie McCaughin
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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?

Caroline Desalu
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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?

Katie McCaughin
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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

Katie McCaughin
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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...

2019: Legal Walk

Andrew Wainwright
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A team from Wainwright & Cummins attended the London Legal Walk on the 17 th June. The walk aims to raise money for free legal advice charities. In total the walk was 10k and we passed many of London’s landmarks. The walk started at Holborn,...

What is Family Mediation?

Dominic Geodjenian
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Family mediation is a “voluntary” process where an independent professionally trained mediator assists people separating or divorcing to work out an agreement after you have split up. Family mediation is much quicker and less stressful than...

Bail to Return Vs Released under Investigation

Katie McCaughin
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Have you been released under investigation, and what does this mean? On the 3rd April 2017 the Policing and Crime Act 2017 came into force, this means that police are now increasingly releasing people under investigation (RUI). This can often be for a...

Stop and Search: Know Your Rights

Katie McCaughin
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Do you think you have been unlawfully stopped and searched? The GOV.UK website reports that there were 277,378 stop and searches in 2017/18. This number is likely to increase. It is therefore important that you know your rights. Top Tips for handling...

Disability Discrimination - Caselaw Update

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This article is about an Employment Appeal Tribunal judgment given in January 2018. It involved a woman called Ms Lofty who was dismissed from her job. The employer was called Hamis. Hamis trades under the name of First Cafe. Ms Lofty sued for disability...

Kathleen Mulhern Becomes A Partner

Andrew Wainwright
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We are delighted to announce the appointment of Kathleen Mulhern as a partner with Wainwright & Cummins LLP from 1st April 2019.  The appointment signals the Firms commitment to a robust future and to ensuring excellence in its representation of...

Betrayal is Source of Knifepoint Robbery Acquittal

Kathleen Mulhern
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A 24 year old man was acquitted of a knife point robbery, and taking a conveyance without consent. R v MW Our client (MW) was alleged to have robbed a man of his Mercedes car, mobile phone and other personal belongings, whilst in possession of a large...

Mosque Intruder Not Guilty of Burglary

Roderick Jones
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A Kingston jury acquitted a nineteen-year-old student of entering Mitcham Islamic Centre as a burglar in less than twenty minutes. They may have been influenced by evidence from the members of the Mosque when, in cross-examination, they admitted, a drop in...

Act Provides New Legal Options for Renters

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I sat freezing in my home, the result of my landlord’s ongoing neglect, it occurred to me that part of the misery for many people in similar situations is the overwhelming sense of powerlessness and déjà vu. Currently, if you rent...

Health and safety liability can cost an arm and a leg

Roderick Jones
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Health and safety liability can cost an arm and a leg – here’s how to protect your business and employees The cost to your business of failing to have a safe work environment can be catastrophic. In 2016 the financial punishment for breaches of...

Miss the train today or miss a good job forever?

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Public transport fare evasion is a very common example of a foolish, snap decision to use somebody else’s pass in an “emergency” or jump onto a train without a valid ticket rather than pay for a ticket or wait up to 20 minutes for the...

Happy New Year from Wainwright and Cummins

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The New-Year has begun and we at the firm would like to thank all of you for keeping up with our blog posts!   We want to again thank everyone for your continued interest in the exploits of the firm and we hope that, if nothing else, our content is...

Office closed during Seasonal Holidays and New Year

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The offices of Wainwright and Cummins I will be closed during the festive period.   doors will close from: 5:30pm on the 21st December 2018 and re-open:  9:00am on 2nd January 2019   We apologise for any inconvenience and look forward...

Brixton law firm's bold re-brand ramps up service

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Leading Brixton law firm Wainwright & Cummins will offer clients improved access to its services as part of a re-brand. The re-brand includes a new logo and a modernised website with an online contact form that people looking for legal advice can use...

Children, Parents and the Law

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In years gone by, it was very common for busy parents to rely on older children to participate in running the home and keeping an eye on the younger ones. Some of us even had regular household chores that we were responsible for. In many other countries,...

Inheritance and wills - don't jump to conclusions

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We quite often receive enquiries from people who believe that they are beneficiaries under a will and that they have somehow been short-changed and not received the inheritance they are entitled to. Given that many of the people involved in the...

Safeguard your home and property rights

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Over the years, I have quite often crossed paths with individuals, mainly women, who have been worried about their spouse selling their home without their consent. It’s a concern for many older women who often left money matters to their husbands, as...

R v H (Southwark Crown Court)

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Another acquittal secured for client who instructed W&C. Client faced allegations of making threats to kill and assault. Crown continued with prosecution against our client despite all prosecution witnesses not attending the trial. After a five day...

Travelling with minor children - when you need consent

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As the school summer holidays begin, many families are planning overseas trips, but it is increasingly common for one or both parents to stay at home, perhaps due to illness, relationship breakdown, work, finance or other constraints, or because children are...