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Youth Crime FAQS

If your child has been arrested, or is at any stage of criminal prosecution, it is important that you seek specialist advice from a solicitor. Whatever the offence, Hayes Law can provide the best legal advice and support for you and your child. Below is a list of commonly asked questions from parents pertaining to…

The penalty table below highlights some of the main motoring offences and the associated penalties. The courts decide what sentence to impose according to circumstances, but it must order points to be endorsed on the licence according to the fixed number or range shown below. However, special reasons can be argued that could lead to…

divorce infographic

If you’ve decided that divorce is the right option for you, it’s crucial you know everything about the process. Our infographic below aims to provide an outline of the process followed from start to finish There is only one ‘Ground’ for divorce and that is the irretrievable breakdown of a marriage. However, there are ‘five…

Being arrested can be a very confusing and stressful experience & it is very important that you understand your rights. If you’re arrested, you will be taken to the police station, held in custody in a cell and then questioned. The officer at the police station must explain your rights. You have the right to:…

Faq on Criminal Offences

Am I entitled to a solicitor at the police station? When arrested, you have three specific rights, one of which is that you have a right to free legal representation.  We can offer you that legal representation at no cost to you.  The Legal Aid Agency fund our services; and we have a number of…

The poison cell

You’re 17 years old. You’ve been living in London as an illegal immigrant for the past two years, having been brought to the UK by your father and left with a friend. It’s a nervous, hand-to-mouth existence, and the closest you get to having companionship and a place to belong is by going along to…

On Sunday 4th December, 3000 people gathered in the beautiful Victoria Park to participate in Santa Run 2016.The festive event involved runners dressed in Santa outfits completing the 5k or 10k route at their preferred level; running, jogging or walking. Amongst them were two members of Hayes Law who were running for Woman’s Trust, an…

The importance of keeping a driving licence and the ability to use a motorvehicle cannot be under estimated. It can make the difference of being able to provide for your family or being plunged into hardship and poverty. Most offences under the Road Traffic Act carry the imposition of penalty points and their affect lasts…

Sometime ago a client came to see me about a drink driving charge he was facing at his local magistrates court. He had been stopped on his way back from work in the early hours of the morning. To his horror when he had been asked to blow into the roadside breath tester he was…

FAQ - divorce

How long do I need to have been married for before I can apply for a divorce? You need to have been married for at least a year before you can issue court proceedings.

‘no fault divorce’

A private members bill is likely to be reintroduced in the new session of Parliament, calling for the current legislation governing divorce in England and Wales to be changed. At present if Parties have been separated for less than two years, then one party must petition against the other on the basis of their spouses unreasonable behaviour….

Joint Enterprise

A number of years ago at Hounslow West Tube station a young Afghan refugee was stabbed to death by another young man on the station platform. A large group of youths had chased him there from a local park where he had been playing football. I represented a 17 year old lad who had been…

At Hayes Law we understand how difficult it is to sometimes take the first step in seeking help when you feel you are trapped in a helpless situation. It may be that you are suffering physical, emotional, mental or financial abuse at the hands of your partner or family member. Domestic abuse can take different…

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The beginning of a new year is a good time to reflect on matters after the holiday season has come to an end. If you are concerned about matters concerning your relationship with a partner or there are issues in relation to your children, now is the time to seek legal advice. People are often…

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Australian coach Eddie Jones has not had a smooth start to his time in charge of the England rugby team. His start has been delayed because of a working visa problem. Jones was supposed to officially start working at Twickenham this week but it seems England officials have had a tough time cutting through the…

Transparency International (@anticorruption) published a report “Gold Rush: Investment visas and corrupt capital flows into the UK” detailing concerns about how the Tier 1 Investor Visa route is open to abuse as a means of laundering proceeds of crime and corruption from around the world. The Tier 1 route was introduced in 2008 and allows…

The detained fast track appeals system has been held to be unlawful in the case of Detention Action v First Tier Tribunal & Ors. The Home Office will be appealing this decision but this means that fast track appeals can still be heard until their appeal is heard or a further order is made. In…

Consultancy firm Christie & Co revealed that Britain’s healthcare industry is suffering a nursing shortage of 24,000 staff this year. This is due to a combination of tougher immigration rules for Tier 2 visa, spending cuts and a decline in student places. Christie & Co say that although there has been an increase in EU…

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The Royal College of Nursing has warned that new strict immigration rules based on salaries will “cause chaos in hospitals” and cost the NHS millions. The RCN has warned that thousands of foreign nurses could be deported under the new rules because they earn under £35,000, compromising patient safety. The new immigration rules on recruiting…

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Two ex-wives have taken their cases to the highest court in the land, the Supreme Court, in an attempt to increase their divorce settlements. Alison Sharland and Varsha Gohil argue that their ex-husbands misled Judges about how much they were worth. If they win their final legal battle, the landmark ruling will have significant consequences…

"Access Rights"

The phrase “Access Rights” is not defined under the Immigration Rules and is no longer used by the Family Court. It was abandoned in family law with the Children Act 1988. Appendix FM makes provisions for parents to be granted leave on the basis of a relationship with their child. It is possible to succeed…

Yarl's Wood

Yarl’s Wood is the main detention centre for holding women refugees whose asylum claims have not been accepted. They are forced to stay at Yarl’s Wood as they await appeals or deportation. Hundreds of protesters gathered this weekend to stage a protest against Britain’s most notorious immigration removal centre to shut it down for good….

HMCTS has recently confirmed that by October 2015 all undefended divorce petitions in the South East and London will be processed at the recently opened Bury St Edmunds Divorce centre. The work is currently being transferred on a phased basis and it is envisaged that the work of all 45 divorce courts will be transferred…

The Biometric Residence Permit (BRP) is evidence that the holder can work, stay or study in the UK. It can also be used as ID, to open a bank account, for example. New changes mean that a BRP is to be issued to all individuals who are non EEA Nationals and have been granted leave…

With the PM’s latest immigration proposals, making the UK “a less attractive place to come and work”, maybe it’s about time he was reminded of some of the success stories for which we should be grateful to immigration for. Tesco The giant supermarket was founded by Jack Cohen, the son of a Polish immigrant. It…

Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed drastic plans whereby foreign workers will have their wages held as proceeds of crime and face deportation if they are found to be in the UK illegally. Cameron claims “The British people want these things sorted” and vows to make the UK a “less attractive place to come and…

A round up of this month’s news across family law: Irish referendum on same sex marriage This month saw Ireland vote in favour of their constitution being amended in respect of same sex marriage. Almost 62% of Irish voters were in favour of legalising same-sex marriage, and is therefore this is the first time that…

A major new report from London First and PricewaterhouseCoopers has found that international students are beneficial to the UK economy, bringing in a whopping net benefit of £2.3 billion! The report aims to calculate the benefits and costs to the economy of international students studying at UK universities. It was found that they are not…

The Statement of Changes in Immigration Rules, HC 1025, laid before Parliament in February this year, combines the Immigration Rules for visitors into a new Appendix V to the Rules. These new Rules take effect on all applications from 24 April 2015. Why have the Home Office changed the Rules for visitors? The reason for…

Even before the final results of the general election were announced, David Cameron made it clear that he would implement the party manifesto “in full”. So what does this mean for one of the most critical issues in politics, immigration? Cameron has planned two big changes: Scrapping the Human Rights Act David Cameron’s promise to…

Immigration law is constantly changing and in this climate of revolution, it is important to get the right advice and the best assistance. The immigration team at Hayes Law are friendly and experienced, providing forward-thinking resolutions and guidance to all our clients from private individuals to businesses. Here at Hayes Law Solicitors and Advocates LLP,…

Care proceedings happen when a local authority decides it must apply to the court for an order to either remove a child from a parents care or to make sure the parent is supervised. These orders are applied for under The Children Act 1989. There are many of reasons why care proceedings may be started,…

A landmark decision was this week made by the Supreme Court l in respect of a wife’s financial claim against her ex husband 23 years after their divorce. At the time the Parties met in 1981, the wife already had a daughter. The Parties went on to marry that year and there was one child…

“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness” – Charles Dickens So Charles Dickens wrote over a hundred years ago in a “Tale of Two Cities” Progress and the modern world would suggest we should be in the best…

February saw the announcement of several key new measures designed to improve matters for children and families involved in family court proceedings. The Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced that from September 2015, Judges will be able to order DNA testing in private law proceedings. This is after successful pilot schemes in Taunton and Bristol….

The UK recently saw its first prosecution for FGM (female genital mutilation) under the Female Genital Mutilation Act 2003. However, perhaps what was of surprise was that the accused was a NHS Doctor working in the maternity unit of a London hospital. The issue to be determined was whether the Dr’s actions constituted FGM when…

February 18th 2015 may go down as the darkest of all days in the history of the UK Criminal Justice. The Judgement handed down by HHJ’s Laws and Cranston has, quite possibly, signed the death warrant for hundreds of crime solicitor firms throughout the country as well as increased the likelihood that people arrested and…

Is it worth being a crime solicitor anymore? I have been asking myself that for a while now. It would seem the government has been asking itself the same question, and given the proposals that criminal lawyers are facing, the governments answer is a resounding no. It is clear to me that our role is…

Getting a Divorce can be an extremely stressful and difficult time for those concerned. Obtaining legal advice from professionals in such circumstances can provide you with the much needed guidance and support to get you through a Divorce smoothly. Listed below are important key facts which should assist in providing you with an overview of…

The House of Commons voted in favour of ‘three parent’ buildings this week. The UK will be the first Country in which the DNA of three people will be combined during an IVF procedure. The medical process known as ‘mitochondrial donation’ was pioneered by Scientists in the UK. As expected there was great debate in…

The end of 2014 proved to be a hugely busy time as a crime solicitor in London. I had the honour of taking up the post of Vice President of the London Criminal Courts Solicitors Association and continuing the on going campaign against the utterly nonsensical Criminal Legal Aid changes that the Lord Chancellor, Chris…

Forced marriage has been in the limelight this week due to the issue being highlighted in an episode of BBC’s Panorama. The programme focused on the work of the British High Commission when they are alerted that British women may be being forced to marry against their will in Pakistan. A forced marriage is defined…

Welcome to Hayes Law Solicitors and Advocates LLP. The beginning of a year is often synonymous with fresh starts and new horizons and for Hayes Law that has been no different. We have moved into our new and vastly improved offices in 158a Shepherds Bush Road, Hammersmith, London. The office is conveniently placed 5 minutes…

The start of a new year is also a good time to reflect upon and take stock of your current circumstances. It can sometimes feel daunting when you have come to a decision about your personal life. Be it your relationship with your partner, child or family member, awareness about your legal position and available…

 

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