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Robot Marriage – Is it Legally Viable?

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.’
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Trinity Chambers host the Chelmsford Legal Walk

Our barristers always relish the opportunity to get active in the community and support local charities.  We were therefore delighted to participate in the annual Chelmsford Legal Walk recently, with our chambers at Highfield House the starting point.  The walk was a fantastic chance to stretch our legs for a good cause and interact with a number of local legal professionals that walked alongside us.
The walk was in aid of the Eastern Legal Support Trust (ELST).  The goal of the charity is to maintain the provision of free legal advice throughout the east of England to members of the public that would otherwise be disadvantaged.  The ELST also work with the Access to Justice Foundation to deliver specialist legal advice via a number of free organisations across the UK.
We were encouraged by the turnout with more than 30 people slipping on …

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Legal Aid Reforms and the Limited Means Family Scheme

We are pleased to announce that Trinity Chambers has introduced a scheme to allow clients of limited financial means to access counsel in private law children and financial relief cases.
Legal Aid Reforms
The Legal Aid reforms due to be implemented from 1st April 2013 effectively remove the majority of private law family and children cases from the scope of public funding.  Some clients are already struggling to access solicitors with a Family Contract and are unable to find the funds needed to pay privately.  From April 2013, this situation is likely to become worse.
Several firms of solicitors who no longer have a Family Legal Aid Contract with the Legal Services Commission still wish to provide quality legal services to clients with limited means.  The number of firms without a Family Legal Aid Contract will increase from April 2013.

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