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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...

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...

Crime: News & Updates - Recent Successes

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R-v-G (2018) magistrates court W&C defended client of good character with mental health issues in a domestic stalking and harassment case. This case involved a carefully thought out and realistic case strategy which would have either resulted in a...

Leases and Legal Action

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This has been a busy period for leasehold enquiries ranging from unfair service charges to threats of legal action for breach of lease. Signing legal document Your lease details the terms on which you occupy your home (usually a flat), including your...

Mediation - The benefits of help moving on

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Whether it’s striking workers, warring neighbours, divorcing couples or companies wrangling over finances, we hear a lot about mediation these days and are increasingly being encouraged to give it a try. My colleague,  Aneesha Bhunjun  is a...

Prenuptial agreements

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I expect everyone’s heard that there’s going to be another royal wedding next year following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent announcement. But did you also know that there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the lovebirds...

Returning purchases

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For a change, I thought it might be helpful to move away from the big legal issues and focus instead on the smaller, annoying stuff that we all have to deal with in our lives. Now that the festive season is behind us and we’ve had a chance to clear...

Is a "Prenuptial Agreements" needed, and why do you need one in the UK?

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I expect everyone’s heard that there’s going to be another royal wedding next year following Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s recent announcement. But did you also know that there’s been a lot of discussion about whether the lovebirds...

Breaking Free, Prison Law Department Walking Away

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Unfortunately this means that With immediate effect we will no longer be able to accept new prison law cases. We remain committed to prisoners and their rights, and as such will continue to accept enquiries for referral purposes. To insure that our...

Does cost cutting legal aid translate into savings?

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8.75% has continued to fall consistently every year. This has hit the Criminal Justice System hard in more ways than one as the cuts have led to many defendants representing themselves. One of the main results from the legal aid cuts is a rise in people...

Do I Need A Solicitor Or Notary Public?

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We at Wainwright and Cummins LLP have been tasked numerous times to sign documents for both new and existing clients, only for that document to later be returned because it was not signed by a Notary public. As many people don’t know that they...

What to do if you are experiencing Domestic abuse?

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We’re tackling the question of what to do if you are experiencing domestic abuse? Louise Ankarcrona, who is part of our family law team, answers it below. Two women are killed every week in England and Wales by a current or former partner and one...

Lasting Power of Attorney

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They say no man is an island. And in this increasingly hectic world, we’re faced with so many decisions to make every day. For many of us, there will come a time when we need somebody to lean on. We’re living longer, we’re busier than ever...

New Justice League Ranking improved as Wainwright & Cummins is listed in Legal 500

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Wainwright and Cummins are proud to announce that yet again we have been listed in the legal 500 in two areas of Law. This is the second time our Criminal team have been placed in this prestigious list, and now we have been recognised for the work of our...

Allegations of Harassment in an Affectionate Relationship

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Wainwright & Cummins recently assisted a client who was accused by her ex-boyfriend of harassment, as well as two counts of minor criminal damage. She came to us in distress, and explained that during the course of their volatile two-year relationship...

Legal Aid Opportunities

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Many people believe that Legal Aid is increasingly rare, and difficult to obtain. This is not in fact the case; there are many factors which determine whether or not an individual is eligible to receive Legal Aid, and it should not be assumed that a person...

Local residents express concern about what will happen to them & their loved ones following Brexit

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Monica Karir who heads up our Immigration team, has looked into the issues & gives her take on this worrying issue. On 26th June 2017, the UK government set out its position on the status of EU citizens post Brexit. Briefly, there will be new rights in...

CPS Lack of effort is equal to a waste of time

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The firm recently achieved a successful outcome in defending a client facing multiple allegations, including Section 20 GBH, 2 counts of Criminal Damage and Harassment under the Protection of Harassment Act 1997. The Senior Judge at Croydon Crown Court made...

Should a terrorist have the right to Legal Advice?

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With the shocking events that took place over Westminster bridge, where a number of people lost their lives. This was an act to insight fear and terror in the general public, and it worked to a degree. However we also got to see the good side of humanity...

Counterclaim puts smile on damp faces

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Wainwright & Cummins Housing department have been working extremely hard and have had a successful few months in cases relating to possession and counterclaims. Our client had been living in poor conditions, as her property was damp and covered in mold...

EU Citizens Rights to live in the UK post Brexit

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On 26th June 2017, the UK government published its proposals “safeguarding the position of EU citizens living in the UK” setting out its position on the status of EU citizens when UK leaves the EU. Briefly, what UK has proposed in terms of EU...

The Effect of Modernising Criminal Courts

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In the Queen’s speech last month, Her Majesty confirmed that ‘legislation will be introduced to modernise the courts system’. Enabling more efficient communication and sharing of documentation between the police, CPS, prison services, legal...