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Residential tenants have a lot of protection under English law. They ought to know that they have statutory rights against being evicted from their properties by their Landlords without notice.

In last week's blog we discussed how to bring a small claim under £10,000 at the county court, this week we will explain how to defend a small claim.

Bringing any civil claim is daunting for most lay people, but it needed be as the court process is designed to be informal at the county court.

There is likely to be less than 20 divorce centres processing undefended divorces by December 2015. The question remains: will centralisation work to achieve its objectives?

Non-EEA nationals applying for a UK visas lasting more than 6 months required to submit biometric information and enter the UK on temporary short-term visas.

The impact of divorce on companies of course depends on the holding of the owner going through divorce proceedings. The Corporate veil has been pierced.

On October 9th 2014, the US courts ordered Continental Resources Chief, Harold Hamm, to pay almost 1 billion dollars in divorce proceedings to his wife Sue Ann Hamm.

In the recent case of Stevens v Northolt High School ET/3300621/2014, an agency worker was awarded £10,000 compensation for underpayment by her hirer.

It has been estimated that 11,000 medium-sized businesses in the UK have the potential to benefit from changes to accounting rules, saving up to £8 million a year.

The latest family law reform offering free mediation for separating parties was announced by the MOJ to improve the efficiency of the family justice system.

The Children and Families Act 2014, which came into force on 22nd April 2014, brings about a number of fundamental changes to existing legislation adoption legislation.

Merchiston Solicitors agreed to sponsor the Cornershop Show, a hit web sitcom, which is set to launch its fifth episode of this series on 6th September 2014.

An ICM Poll conducted on behalf of British Future and Universities UK found that 59% of Britain believe the State should not attempt to reduce the number of international students.

A High Court ruling clarifies for employers the perils of drafting an employer's reference and the delicate balance that must be achieved between competing interests. 

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new branded, state-of-the-art designed website on a mobile-friendly platform. Book appointments and read about our practice areas.

Numerous changes, which affect migrants (and non-migrants), continue to be introduced by the Immigration Act 2014, which sets a precedent for contribrutions to medical care.

In the matter of R (Tummond) v Reading County Court [2014], the High Court held non-compliance sanctions would only be imposed if the deposit was not protected within 30 days.

On 25th July 2014, the Ministry of Justice announced that children over 10 ought to be able to express their opinions in court about the family dispute. This change will arguably empower children. 

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) passed a ruling in the case of Bollacke v K+K Klaas & Kock that enables executors claim unpaid annual leave from the deceased's employers.

On 31st July 2014, the Government announced a crackdown on misuse of student visas, which coincides with enforcement measures under the new legal regime.

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