Remote hearings questioned as long-term option for family courts

Remote hearings should not necessarily be seen as a long-term option for the family courts, a leading judge has warned….

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Sports halls and conference rooms could become courts to clear backlog

Sports halls and hotel conference rooms could be used as venues for court hearings to help clear the backlog of…

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Pandemic leads to a surge in financial scams, report finds

The coronavirus pandemic has led to a surge in financial scams, according to research by Canada Life. The financial services…

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North East care homes call on council for urgent extra funding

Care homes in northeastern England have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they may have to shut…

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Coffee firm boss facing bankruptcy after family feud

The founder of a well-known coffee chain could be made bankrupt following a family row sparked by the death of…

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Courts told to “sweat their assets” to catch up with case backlog

Justice secretary Robert Buckland has suggested courts will have to “sweat our assets” to catch up with a backlog of…

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High Court rules in favour of “long-term friends” in farm inheritance dispute

A High Court judge has ruled in favour of two “long-term friends” of the deceased in an inheritance dispute involving…

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Government rejects Cornish campaigners’ census proposal

Campaigners have failed to convince the government to include a tick box on the next census allowing people to identify…

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Convert empty buildings into courtrooms, QC says

Empty buildings could be converted into courtrooms to keep the justice system moving, according to a leading barrister. Richard Wright,…

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Campaigners call on government to make oral wills legal

Campaigners have called on the government to make oral wills legal during the coronavirus pandemic, just as they would be…

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Research brings together British and Dutch families in time for VE Day

Research by the team at Fraser and Fraser has formed the basis for an article published in The Times as…

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Families seek legal advice about moving relatives from care homes

An increasing number of families are looking for legal advice about removing their relatives from care homes, it has emerged….

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Government confirms it is considering wills reform

Ministers have confirmed they are considering making changes to probate legislation, but stress the ongoing need to balance social distancing…

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Charities’ legacy income may fall by a quarter in 2020

Charities’ legacy income may decrease by more than a quarter over the coming year, consortium Legacy Foresight has warned. Prior…

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Bereaved families may be “locked out” by Scottish court delays

Bereaved families may find themselves “locked out” of a loved one’s estate “for months on end” as a result of…

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Family rediscovers “time capsule” of First World War soldier’s belongings

The poignant story of how a First World War soldier’s belongings were re-discovered by relatives almost a century after his…

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