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Divorce or separation is said to be the second most stressful event in a person’s life after the death of a spouse. If you and your ex husband/wife/partner cannot agree about the arrangements for your child(ren) and/or are not able to agree about your finances, the prospect of having to go to court to sort it out may seem very daunting and is probably adding to your stress levels.
This is why there are initiatives designed to resolve divorce and other family law proceedings without having to go to court, such as mediation and arbitration.
Recently, there has been a real effort to make court proceedings more accessible and to use plain language. In one case last year, when the judgment was to be read by a young person, an esteemed High Court Judge spoke in simple sentences and put in emojis. Family judges have come a long way from the cantank…
Did our challenging Round Essex Christmas Quiz keep your brain active over the festive period? In December, we left you 20 cryptic clues to locations throughout Essex, testing both your problem-solving skills and local knowledge. Make sure you’ve given it a try before checking the answers below.
Here are the answers – how many did you get right?
1) Mr Fawlty’s home – Basildon
2) In a jam – Tiptree
3) Completely mad – Barking
4) 50 shades in Thurrock – Grays
5) Ship’s kitchen next to a forest – Galleywood
6) Humorous bad actor – Witham
7) Sounds like a place to store fossil fuel – Colchester (or Coalhouse Fort)
8) Clever woody perennial – Braintree
9) Entrance for a wading bird – Herongate
10) Dead and buried – Ingrave
11) Mine next to ocean – Pitsea
12) Merchandise – Stock
13) Mr Laurel’s cuddly …
The curtains are closing on 2016 and what an emotional rollercoaster of a year it has been, packed with momentous political and historical events. Fortunately, here at Trinity Chambers, 2016 has brought strong developments and positive change, as we remain unwavering on our tradition of exceptional legal advice and representation throughout Essex. Join us for a quick reprise of several highlights of our year, detailed below.
New Faces In Chambers
This year we were delighted to welcome two new barristers to our chambers, adding their experience and enthusiasm to our collection of legal professionals. Alice Owen accepted our invitation to take up tenancy in our chambers after completing her pupillage here, which she began in April 2015.
We also welcomed Gabrielle Jan Posner, a specialist in the Care and Private Law Children’s Act with over 30 …
Trinity Chambers will be closed for a brief time over the Christmas and New Year periods.
Our Clerks’ Room will not be accessible from 12pm on Friday 23rd December 2016, and will not reopen until 8.30am Tuesday 3rd January 2017. During this time, you will not be able to contact our chambers through our usual contact number and email address.
However, if you do need to get in touch with our barristers for urgent hearings and legal proceedings, we have arranged an emergency contact number for the festive break. Simply call us on 07981 195851 and we will endeavour to answer your query as soon as possible.
In the meantime, we would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2017.
Christmas is a time for family, and for most parents being with your children to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year is a given. But sometimes, no matter how hard we try, being together as a family simply isn’t workable. When you are going through a separation or are divorced, it can often be a happier solution for everyone involved for parents to split the time they have with their children over the Christmas period.
It can be tempting to avoid making these arrangements for as long as possible to prevent a dispute, but the further in advance these decisions are made, the less stressful it will be for all parties – especially the children. Expectations can be set and everyone can enjoy their Christmas knowing exactly what it will involve.
Understandably, there can be conflict between parents over what they think is best for the c…
News emerged this month that Theresa May has ordered a review into workers’ rights. The review, which is to be conducted by Matthew Taylor, Chief Executive of the Royal Society of the Arts, will look into the growth in “non-standard forms of employment” such as self-employment, temping and zero-hours contracts. It will analyse how these ‘flexible’ employment options result in some workers losing out employment rights.
What defines an ‘employee’?
One of the major issues lies in the way that employment law differentiates between employees, workers and the self-employed. When you are considered an employee, you are entitled to certain rights including national minimum wage, paid holiday and sick pay. Workers receive a similar level of protection.
In contrast, those who are considered self-employed don’t benefit from these rights. …
The Legal 500 rankings, which acknowledge the performance of leading law firms across the UK, have recently been published, and we are delighted that Trinity Chambers has been recognised as one of the region’s leading sets.
The Legal 500 is an annual publication that ranks UK law firms and individual lawyers based on a strict set of criteria. They conduct extensive research into a range of legal areas and evaluate law firms by considering a number of factors including reputation and client feedback.
It is therefore an honour to be featured among the elite chambers in Essex, a testament to our strong work ethic and commitment to our clients.
In addition to this prestigious accolade, four barristers at Trinity Chambers have been recognised for their individual expertise. Andrew Bailey, Tina Harrington, Josephine Spratt-Da…
Never one to dodge an argument, Janet Bettle (barrister in all aspects of family law) has attracted controversy for an uncompromising article published in Family Law Week.
In “With this diode, I thee wed”: Marrying robots and what this tells us about 21st century marriage, Janet collaborated with Jonathan Herring, Professor of Law at Exeter College, University of Oxford to examine the nature of marriage and how it may evolve.
Dan Cashman tweeted that the article made for ‘uncomfortable reading’; the Catholic organization the Iona Institute criticised the article. Salvomag said the question raised was ‘intriguing’ and predicted that ‘Once social robots do become mainstream, it will also only be a matter of time before someone wishes to challenge the laws that might prevent a person marrying their robot companion.’
What’s all t…
August is typically a popular time for holidaymakers as many take advantage of the summer sun, trading the pressures of work for adventures abroad. Almost all workers in the UK have the right to at least 5.6 weeks paid holiday each year, although a significant case currently proceeding through the courts could dramatically impact upon the amount of holiday-time equates to paid vacation and on what basis.
Lock vs. British Gas Trading Ltd recently resurfaced in the Court of Appeal after first appearing at tribunal in April 2012. This dispute brought forward by Mr Lock, a British Gas salesman, argued that he should have commission considered when calculating his holiday pay. He claimed that 60% of his typical salary was based on commission, but his wage while on holiday was reduced to its basic structure.
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) reac…
Gabrielle Jan Posner, Barrister and Recorder, Trinity Chambers Chelmsford, draws practitioners’ attention to a resource underused in both private and public law children cases.
Section 16 of the Children Act 1989 enables a court to make a family assistance order requiring a Cafcass officer or an officer from a local authority to advise, assist (and where appropriate) befriend any person named in the order. For a long time now I have been of the view that family assistance orders are a valuable and underused tool in both private and public law children’s cases. I suspect the reason they are underused is that you cannot apply for them. You can ask in your application for one to be made alongside another order, but the rules do not allow for making an application solely seeking a family assistance order.
Family assistance orders tend to b…