Contact Law blog

March 2012

Is it time to modernise our divorce laws?

Many married couples who discover that their marriage is not working struggle with the idea of getting divorced. This is particularly true because one party will have to take the blame for the marriage ending, as the divorce has to be the cause of one party’s questionable behaviour.

However, this adversarial system is now being called into question. The highest family law judge for England and Wales, Sir Nicholas Wall, has said that it is time for the law to change. The President of the high court’s family division has said that he considers that it would be appropriate to introduce a system of no-fault divorce. (more…)

Blog series: ‘How to get back to work’

Part IV: Interviews (II)

For the past three Wednesdays we have looked at how to write a CV, what to include in a covering letter and what is important to think about at an interview.

The last part of our ‘Back to Work’ blog series will look at how to prepare for unexpected and unconventional interview questions. We will also cover how interviewing techniques have changed over time. (more…)

Female burglar arrested after breaking into Simon Cowell’s London home

Simon Cowell, best-known for his role as judge on the television programme the X Factor, was left terrified on Saturday evening after he encountered a female burglar in his house.

Cowell is said to have heard a loud noise coming from his bathroom. When he went to investigate the cause of the nuisance he encountered a woman armed with a brick. (more…)

UK abortion law may be heading for review

There is consternation from commentators and politicians regarding the implementation of UK abortion regulations, particularly those which cover doctors’ consent for the procedure. The Health Secretary, Andrew Lansley, has now ordered a police inquiry into the matter after receiving results from an official investigation he instituted, carried out by the sector regulator – the Care Quality Commission (CQC).

Newspapers are reporting that these results show that one in five abortion clinics may be breaking the law. The Abortion Act 1967, which covers England, Scotland and Wales, states that legal abortions can be carried out in specialised licensed clinics. (more…)

Icelandic ash cloud still hanging over European law

The eruption in 2010 of the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajökull, and the subsequent cost to airline companies whose passengers suffered from the consequent disruption, have prompted a re-think of the European rules covering such unusual occurrences. European Commission officials indicated that they have been listening to the airline companies’ arguments, regarding the length of time they should be expected to fund stranded passengers when such ‘extraordinary’ events occur.

Siim Kallas, Europe’s transport commissioner, has launched a review of the passenger-rights laws that were passed in 2005. As a result, the Commission is expected to put forward new legislation this year. (more…)

Blog series: ‘Back to work’

Part III: Interviews

For the past two Wednesdays we have been looking at topics affecting you as a job applicant. So far we have considered CVs and covering letters. This week and next Wednesday we will focus on interviews.

Once an employer has looked at your initial documentation they will make up their minds about whether you might be suitable for the role. If they think that your skills match the job specification then they may call you for an interview. (more…)

Former teacher convicted of racially harassing German neighbours

A dispute between neighbours that started over a piece has ended in a conviction for racial harassment. A German couple, Reinhard and Kathryn Wendt, moved into their house in Kent and quickly became embroiled in a long-running dispute with their neighbour, teacher Geoffrey Butler, would make their life difficult.

Piece of land at centre of dispute

The dispute began in 2007 after a failed transaction involving a piece of land failed. Butler said that he was subsequently threatened by Reinhard Wendt when he was returning from work one day. (more…)

Chris Huhne case highlights seriousness of speeding fines

There has been a great deal of publicity surrounding the recent speeding case involving the former energy secretary Chris Huhne. Mr Huhne was accused of encouraging his ex-wife Vicky Pryce to take the points, which should have been added to his driving licence, so that he could avoid a driving ban.

Mr Huhne and his wife appeared at Southwark Crown Court on 2 March 2012, accused of perverting the course of justice. They were granted unconditional bail and were told that the trial, which could take place in October, would not take longer than two weeks.
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Series: ‘How to get back to work’

Part II: CVs

In our Wednesday series ‘How to get back to work’ we are giving you advice on how to make a successful job application. Last week we looked at how to write a covering letter and how to ensure that it contains all the relevant information and is well formatted.

This week we are looking at CVs which, together with your covering letter, will be the first form of contact between you and the employer. (more…)

Marriage growing in popularity for mature couples

Weddings and marriage has been in the headlines lately as the Government is considering legalising gay marriage and new figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) indicate a rise in the number of weddings involving brides and grooms marrying after the age of thirty.

Increase in the age of brides and grooms

According to the ONS women in their early thirties are increasingly seen at the altar. So are men in their mid-to-late forties. (more…)

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