November 2014

SARAH - a pointless exercise?

The Social Action, Responsibility and Heroism Bill (SARAH) recently had its second reading where it received a scathing response in the House of Lords. For those of you who have missed it, it is allegedly a Bill that has been drafted as a response to our expanding “compensation culture”. You may...

My time on secondment

I started my training contract in February 2014 with a specialist family law firm in Milton Keynes dealing predominately with contentious matters such as private and public children law. Every trainee solicitor undertaking their training contract must complete seats in both contentious and non-...

Financial standing: New rates for goods & passenger operators were announced on 20 November 2014

The new financial standing levels in effect from 1 January 2015 have been announced by the Department for Transport. Standard National and Standard International licence applicants and holders will have to demonstrate ready access to £7,000 for the first vehicle and £3,900 for each additional...

Tractor and trailer speed and weight limits to rise in March 2015

With effect from March 2015 the maximum combined agricultural tractor and trailer weight (the ‘train weight’) will increase to 31 tonnes, an increase of over 6 tonnes from the current 24.39t limit. At the same time conventional tractor speed limits will increase from 20 to 25mph. One reason for the...

Is it reasonable to expect private landlords to act as the Government’s Gatekeeper for immigration?

As part of their clampdown against illegal immigration, private landlords are going to be responsible for checking new tenants have the right to reside in the UK. Landlords who fail to comply with this will face a fine of about £2,000 - £3,000. Bedford based specialist landlord and tenant solicitor...

A definition of exceptional hardship and the circumstances a court will consider when making a decision

Exception hardship is widely regarded as hardship that is more than ordinary, says Milton Keynes crime and regulatory solicitor Mike Hayward . Read Mike's blog post below or watch the short video. Some would say that losing a driving licence, which is one of people’s most treasured possessions, is...