Contact Law blog

April 2012

Automated kiosks on trial in London probation service pilot scheme

Recently, the London Probation Trust announced it will trail a scheme that could see machines replace some face-to-face contact between probation officers and their clients.

Clients of the probation service include freed prisoners and those serving community orders. The Trust supervises around 45,000 such offenders in the community, throughout the boroughs of the capital. The six-month pilot scheme will apply to all types of offenders, including people who have been convicted of serious crimes such as paedophilia and murder. (more…)

Law firm fighting back against Government no-win, no-fee measures

The Government is looking to cut the availability of no-win, no-fee personal injury cases in order to put a stop to what they consider has become an over-litigious culture in Britain.

In response, a personal injury firm is now trying to encourage victims to make their claims by offering them money in advance. (more…)

Part II of our series on alternative dispute resolution – mediation

Part II: Mediation

We are currently running a series on alternative dispute resolution, and this week we are looking into mediation. This will be continued next week when we look closer at what types of disputes can be solved through this method. For last week’s opening blog, click here.

Mediation has become a very popular dispute-resolution method, particularly in family law. Mediation involves the parties sitting down with an independent third party who looks to find common ground between them. (more…)

Interpreting mistake leads to suspension of trial

Early this year the Ministry of Justice decided to let one company, Applied Language Solutions (ALS), handle all its interpreting needs. However, the contract with ALS has come under intense criticism as the service provider is accused of having incompetent interpreters and for failing to provide interpreters to several trials.

Since the contract between ALS and the Ministry of Justice came into force numerous problems with ALS interpreters have been reported. (more…)

Disputes and alternative dispute resolution: first of a five-part series

A few weeks ago we concluded our ‘Back to Work’ blog series. Today we are starting a new series on alternative dispute resolution methods and how these can be constructively applied to your situation.

The series will look at:

  • Mediation
  • Common disputes where mediation can be applied
  • Arbitration
  • The forms of disputes that arbitration is applied to (more…)

European Court of Human Rights upholds illegality of incest

This week the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) upheld a German man’s conviction for conducting an incestuous relationship with his sister. The relationship resulted in the birth of four children, two of whom are handicapped.

Patrick Stuebing, of Leipzig in eastern Germany, was convicted more than once for the crime, eventually being sentenced to a jail term in 2005 by the district court of the city. The sister was not tried for incest as she suffers from a personality disorder. (more…)

Excessive health and safety regulations to be scrapped

When health and safety regulations came into place their focus was on ensuring that we were kept safe outside of our home. Such regulations have particularly targeted workplace environments.

These originally good-natured rules have unfortunately come to pose obstacles to the running of everyday activities as they have often been misused. (more…)

Arbitration now available to divorcing couples

Couples looking to divorce have traditionally used one of two routes; either mediation or the courts. Mediation as a dispute-resolution process has become popular within the area of family law due to its non-litigious nature, and for its ability to save disagreeing parties time and costs.

Thanks to a new initiative by the Institute of Family Law Arbitrators, which champions arbitration as a dispute-resolution method for separating couples, there is now a third alternative for couples looking to divide their assets upon divorce. (more…)

When can airlines refuse passengers travel?

With Easter around the corner, Britain is preparing itself for one of the year’s busiest travel weekends. Thousands are expected to go abroad on holiday or to spend the long weekend somewhere else in the country.

Airports have prepared themselves by putting in place additional resources in order to make travelling as smooth as possible. For busy airports this will be their last test before the Olympics. (more…)

Government plans tough measures against alcohol abuse

The Coalition Government intends to introduce legislation that will set a minimum alcohol price of 40 pence per unit in England and Wales. Scotland is already planning a similar measure.

Furthermore, the Government wants to ban the sale of supermarket multi-buy discount deals, which may prove unpopular with consumers and the drinks industry. (more…)

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