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Are Drivers Speeding during Lockdown?

Are speeding drivers flouting the law during lockdown? With less people travelling to work following government advice to stay alert and stay at home where you can, it would be reasonable to expect a significant fall in the number of driving offences...

Mental Health Awareness Week - 18th-24th May

May is mental health awareness month with Mental Health Awareness week being 18 th -24 th May 2020. This year the focus of the week was to Be Kind. In 2020 a lot has happened and being kind has been the focus throughout most of this. The campaigns...

Mental Health Awareness Month

May is mental health awareness month with Mental Health Awareness week being 18 th -24 th May 2020. Now, with Covid-19 and its impact, more than ever we should be aware of our own mental health and be taking care of ourselves. Being in lockdown for now 6...

Are Family Court Hearings Still Going Ahead & What Can I Expect?

Due to the need for social distancing no attended hearings at Court are taking place save for the most urgent of cases and where it is impossible for the case to be conducted remotely i.e. by telephone. At Johnson Astills we have had no attended hearings...

Assistance for victims of domestic abuse during the lockdown

What can you do if you are a victim of domestic abuse during lockdown? Boots and other supermarkets are offering safe spaces to victims, where you can access the 24 hour National Domestic Abuse Helpline and the Men’s Advice line without causing...

The Impact of Covid-19 on Criminal Cases

Are the criminal courts still dealing with cases during lock-down? The criminal courts are continuing to deal with cases throughout the coronavirus pandemic. Both the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts in Leicester are operating but they are dealing with...

Are the Police Still Interviewing Suspects During "Lockdown"?

In a word, YES! It is important that you also know your rights remain the same…. What are my rights if the police want to interview me? If your are interviewed by the Police either under arrest or voluntarily then you have the right to free,...

Will Signing and Covid-19

The demand for Wills over the past few months in light of Covid-19 has seen a 75% increase in those creating or updating Wills. It is more important than ever to ensure the ability to create a valid Will which will be in line with your wishes and provides...

Senior Dispute Resolution Solicitor Joins Johnson Astills

Johnson Astills are delighted to announce that senior Dispute Resolution solicitor Laura Anderson has joined the firm. Laura's appointment means that our clients can now access advice across an even broader range of legal matters. Laura says: ...

Contact Arrangements In A Time Of Uncertainty

Clients old and new have been in touch in the last couple of weeks to seek guidance and reassurance of their position by law in relation to their living and contact arrangements for their children when separated from the other parent. Whilst each case turns...

What is the impact of Covid-19 on Conveyancing Transactions?

Covid-19 can potentially impact conveyancing transactions in the following ways: Purchasers request for properties to be decontaminated; Sellers refuse to vacate on completion due to self-isolation; Banking system disruption; Booking removal...

How will my contact with my children be facilitated during COVID 19?

The current “lock down” and social distancing requirements imposed by the Government on 23 rd March 2020 only allow people to leave their homes for a number of reasons including shopping for basic necessities, one form of exercise a day, medical...

Coronavirus Coughing towards Key Workers Can lead to a Jail

It has recently been announced that anyone using coronavirus to threaten emergency and essential workers faces serious criminal charges. This intervention comes after reports in recent days of police and other key workers being deliberately coughed at by...

Our Wills and Probate team are here for you

Following Government advice, Johnson Astills have temporarily closed both offices in Leicester and Loughborough, however we are still fully operational and our phone lines remain open. We want to thank each and every keyworker for the hard work that is...

We are still here for you

The Care Team at Johnson Astills has had to make a few changes this week. On Tuesday 24th March 2020, our Leicester and Loughborough offices closed temporarily following Government guidance relating to the Coronavirus (Covid-19). However, we would...

Child Arrangements during COVID19

During this time of uncertainty, many questions are being raised about all aspects of our day to day life. Following the announcement of the Prime Minister on Monday 23 rd March 2020, the country is effectively in “lock down” and we are only...

Purchasing New Build Properties

Purchasing a new build property is purchasing your new house before it is even built or whilst it is being built. The Conveyancing transaction is slightly different to a normal residential purchase of a home when the property is not yet fully constructed. ...

Is it a Criminal offence to fail to stop at the scene of a road traffic accident or to fail to report a road traffic accident?

It is an offence to fail to stop at the scene of an accident, this offence carries a maximum penalty of 6 months imprisonment. The law requires you to stop at the scene of a motoring accident and exchange your correct personal details. If details are not...

What does the Local Authority mean when they say my child is out of parental control?

If the Local Authority has become involved with your family because your child is considered to be ‘out of parental control’, they may be exhibiting risky behaviour that is putting them or is likely to put them at risk of significant harm. This...

Top Tips on Purchasing a Property

Purchasing a property is one of the most important financial decision you will ever make. The process can also be time consuming and you would be required to make numerous important decisions. Here are some of our top tips when considering purchasing a...

Local Authority concerns about domestic abuse around children

The Local Authority have concerns about domestic abuse around my children - what should I do?   The Local Authority may be alerted to concerns about domestic violence by concerned family members, members of the public or professionals. If there are...

Islamic faith marriages are not valid under English law

It has recently been reported in the Guardian, that Islamic faith marriages are not valid under English law.   The judgement which was delivered on Friday, overturned a previous High Court ruling that an Islamic marriage known as a Nikah fell within...

Solicitor vs DIY Probate

When someone you love or care about dies it is a very emotional time. Whilst you are still grieving you have to also think about dealing with the administration of their estate.  If the deceased person left a Will then those named as Executors will be...

Receiving a witness summons - consequences of not attending Court

Where you are a victim in a prosecution, if you make the decision you no longer wish to pursue the case, the Prosecution can apply for a witness summons. A witness is not obliged to attend court unless a witness summons has been served.  So what is a...

Top Tips when selling your house

Selling your house can be a complicated process along with it being stressful trying to plan the whole move. Our Johnson Astills conveyancing specialists are here to make the transaction as smooth as possible. Below are a few steps that will hopefully make...

Knife Crime in England and Wales reaches a Record High

Knife crime and crimes involving offensive weapons are on the rise with the highest number of convictions in a decade! How many convictions for knife offences were recorded in 2019? There were 14,135 offences of knife possession in 2019 – this...

New Police Powers in relation to Stalking

New Police Powers in relation to Stalking coming into place – TODAY! The Stalking Protection Order (SPO) that can result in five years in prison Stalking was made a specific criminal offence in England and Wales in 2012. Starting from today the...

Keeping in touch with my 'Looked After Child'

There are many different ways in which you can be kept up to date with regards to your child’s well-being, whilst they are in the care of the Local Authority: You may be invited to attend a Looked After Child (LAC) Review. This is a regular meeting...

Fiz and Tyrone - Can Social Services really remove their children?

Anyone that watches soaps will know they cover a wide range of important topics and some people question the reality of it with it being a soap. In Coronation Street presently, Fiz and Tyrone have had a tough start to 2020 and have had their children removed...

Civil Partnership

In June 2018, the Supreme Court ruled that civil partnerships would be available to heterosexual couples, as well as same-sex couples. A civil partnership is a legal relationship which when registered gives the relationship legal recognition and provides...

Court of Protection and Deputyship

The Court of Protection is a Court in England and Wales created under the Mental Capacity Act 2005. The Court of Protection is responsible for protecting people who do not have the capacity to make decisions for themselves, the Court has jurisdiction over...

'Tis the Season to be Jolly - Unless you are caught Drink Driving

As the Christmas season approaches and work comes to an end for the year, the drinks begin to flow and celebrations commence. We could not think of a better way to celebrate the Festive Period than with a drink in our hands, however here at Johnson...

The age of criminal responsibility

Can a 10 year old get a criminal record? Yes, in England and Wales the current age of criminal responsibility is 10 years old. This means that a 10 year old can be investigated by the police, be subjected to court proceedings and be convicted of a...

Will Aid update

This year Johnson Astills teamed up with Will Aid to help support their fundraising campaign which involves nine of the UK’s leading charities. These include Action Aid, Age UK, British Red Cross, Christian Aid, NSPCC, Save the Children, SCIAF, Sight...

Brexit and its victims

What Brexit means for victims and survivors of domestic abuse. It’s the talk of the town. Brexit. Boris Johnson’s deal still hangs in limbo. A general election on the horizon and new deadline of 31 st January 2020. There’s little...

Is kinship care in crisis?

The Grandparents Plus charity recently carried out a survey of kindship carers in England and noted that the current situation is in a state of crisis: For the full report - ‘State of the Nation Survey Report’- see link ...

Assessments used by Local Authorities when involved with families

There are lots of different types of assessments that can be completed when Social Services become involved in your life. Here are examples of some of the assessments you may be asked to undertake. Every child who has been referred to Local Authority...

Important Things to Remember After You Move Home

The process of moving home can be exhausting and exciting all at the same time. However, once you have received the keys to the property there is still some important work that needs to carried out to the property. You will need to hold back on opening that...

Think Green and the "Bras not Bombs" Initiative

Johnson Astills has recently developed an In-house Green and Sustainability Committee which has been aptly named ‘ Think Green ’ to improve the firm’s working practices and the employees’ approaches and attitudes towards...

Parental Alienation

What is parental alienation? Parental alienation lacks a single definition as there can be varying contributing factors and impacts. Generally, parental alienation is considered to be when a child is manipulated by one parent to display unjustified...

Release under Investigation a Review to be made

When arrested by Police, there are various different outcomes, one of which is to release under investigation pending further enquiries which need to be conducted, this outcome is used instead of releasing on police bail. However, unlike police bail there...

Advance Decisions

An advance decision is a statement of instructions about what medical and healthcare treatment you want to refuse in the future, in case you lose the capacity to make these decisions. It is important to note you can only refuse specific treatment in the...

Children in Need

One in 50 children in the UK are classed as ‘Children in Need’ before they are even born. A study of Government figures show that more than 7,000 of such vulnerable children have been put in the category of ‘Children in Need’ before...

Police Bail: An overview

At Johnson Astills our criminal team regularly represent clients at the police station stage and before the Magistrates’ and Crown Courts to deal with the issue of bail. Can you be bailed from the police station without charge? After police...

Drivers using mobile phones - loophole set to close

The loophole that allows drivers who use mobile phones to escape prosecution is set to close.  In September we did an article and video following the High Court’s decision to overturn the conviction of an individual who used his mobile...

Vital new support for young people leaving the care system

Monday 28 th October marked the beginning of National Care Leavers Week. The Education Secretary Gavin Williamson has announced new cross government support to be made available for young people leaving care . This will include a £19 million of...

The Probate fee increase has been scrapped!

In order to obtain a Grant of Representation from the Probate Registry (which includes a Grant of Probate), an application fee must be paid. The application fee is currently a flat fee of £155 if a Solicitor makes the application or £215 if the...

A better way to divorce

At Emery Johnson Astills , our experienced family team know that going through a separation or marriage breakdown can be extremely stressful. Our team are on hand to make the process easier and guide you through it. Our family team are committed in...

Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common? What do they mean?

If you are intending on purchasing a property with another person, you will need to consider how you both would like to hold the property. The type of ownership affects what you can do with the property if a joint owner dies or your relationship breaks...

What is a Pre-Proceedings Meeting and Must I Attend?

Yes, it is extremely important that you attend a Pre-Proceedings Meeting and that you seek legal advice. What is the Public Law Outline? The Public Law Outline set out the duties that Local Authorities must perform before they can issue care...
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