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[ 2 Sep 2014 | No Comment ]
Maternity leave: a fair deal for returning mothers?

Six out of ten mothers think their careers were “derailed” and they faced open discrimination after becoming pregnant, new research by Slater & Gordon has revealed.
What laws are already in place to protect mothers returning to the workplace?
A mother who returns to work at the end of, or within her ordinary maternity leave period (the first 26 weeks), has the right to return to the same job that she was employed in before her absence. She has the right to return on the same terms and conditions of employment, or …

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[ 29 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Domestic abuse: how to tackle non-violent control

Those who abuse their partners through coercive and controlling behaviour, such as depriving them of money, could face prison under a proposed new offence. The government is seeking views on whether a specific, non-violent domestic abuse offence will help tackle the problem by making police take the crime more seriously and showing perpetrators and victims of abuse that such behaviour is wrong. Comments on the proposal are requested by 15 October 2014.
What is the rationale behind the proposed creation of this new offence?
There is currently no offence of domestic violence. …

Blog, Family, Featured »

[ 28 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Are surrogates and parents losing out due to a lack of global surrogacy laws?

A Thai surrogate mother, C, gave birth to twins on behalf of Australian nationals D and WF in an arrangement where C was paid £9,000. When one of the twins, G, was born with Down’s syndrome, C alleged that D and WF abandoned the baby boy, taking only the healthy sister back to Australia. D and WF deny this.
How has this recent story ignited the debate on international surrogacy?
It has raised questions over the morality of surrogacy in third world destinations and the legal status of all involved. This has …

Blog, Criminal, Featured, Legal Profession & Courts »

[ 28 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Victims’ right to review – could it affect the criminal justice system?

Several criminals have been found guilty after victims of crime successfully appealed against the CPS’ original decisions not to bring charges. What has been the effect of the introduction of the “right to review scheme”? And could it affect the criminal justice system?
What have been the consequences of the introduction of the CPS’ right to review scheme?
According to the BBC, 146 suspects have so far been charged with offences after their alleged victims appealed against decisions not to prosecute, including 80 cases of violence and 27 involving alleged sexual offences.
This …

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[ 14 Aug 2014 | No Comment ]
Tackling alcohol-rated offending – are “Sobriety tags” the answer?

The first “sobriety tag” has been fitted to a man who had been found guilty of drunken affray. The introduction of the tags, which monitor consumption of alcohol by the wearer, is part of a year-long pilot scheme to tackle alcohol-related reoffending.
Why is the government trialling ankle tags to monitor alcohol consumption? How is the pilot scheme proposing to operate?
Anthony Edwards (AE): To see if it is an effective requirement to be added to community orders and suspended sentences. It represents a real punishment as the consumption of alcohol is controlled …