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Special Guardianship Orders

Recently, the Family Team at Blacks have seen a significant rise in the number of enquiries from prospective Special Guardians obtaining Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs). What is a Special Guardianship Order? SGOs are private law orders made under the Children Act 1989 and were introduced in December 2005. They allow for one or more individuals […]

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Paul Weller’s children win privacy case

It’s all too easy to be hypocritical when it comes to photographs of celebrities – appreciating that someone has a right to a private life doesn’t always stop us heading to the showbiz section of a newspaper’s website to see the latest pictures of someone famous going about their daily business. The result of this […]

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How low can you go?

Following the introduction of Energy Performance Certificates (EPC’s) on 1 August 2007, the property market has been slow to react to the results shown by them. With this in mind, the Energy Act 2011 obliges the Government to bring into force measures to improve the energy efficiency of both non-domestic and domestic properties. The easiest way […]

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Digital Assets

Digital assets, and how they are dealt with upon death, is becoming an important  issue for many people. We are regularly asked how iTunes accounts, Kindle books, Facebook, online bank accounts, Paypal accounts etc are dealt with upon death. Many of these accounts are password protected and our families and executors need to be aware […]

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When is not amending a premises licence a safe bet?

When you want to sell alcohol from a property to the general public, you need to have a premises licence from the local authority to be able to do so. If you don’t have a premises licence, you can be prosecuted and shut down by the local authority and / or the police. Your premises […]

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Premiership rugby gets it’s thinking cap on; ‘Player Drain’ to blame?

England’s early World Cup exit comes at a difficult time for English rugby union. An increasing number of players are being lured away to France’s Top 14 league, where the salary cap is significantly higher than that of the Premiership rugby clubs’. To combat this, Premiership Rugby has put in place a programme for steadily […]

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Stamford Bridge over troubled waters; Chelsea FC’s employment law blues

Jose Mourinho is once again the talk of the back pages, but this time it’s for all the wrong reasons. The self-proclaimed ‘special one’ may have landed the Blues in a crisis after a series of highly publicised events that he has been at the centre of. With many pundits speculating that time is ticking […]

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“Happy Birthday” Copyright – no more happy returns

Since 1988 the company Warner/Chappell Music has collected copyright royalties in relation to the song Happy Birthday.  A recent judgment in the US has put an end to that. If you are a copyright owner you’re entitled to charge for the use of your copyrighted work. It can be lucrative – it’s estimated that Warner […]

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The Consumer Rights Act 2015

£90billion pounds is spent by consumers in the UK every month. This figure is not surprising with more choice and variety of products being available online and now being able to shop wherever you are on a smart phone or tablet. Shopping has never been so easy. Consumer law on the other hand has become […]

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Brownlee Tri Corporate Challenge

The enthusiastic team at Blacks Solicitors are always ‘up’ for a challenge (Cycling from Leeds to Paris, cycling from Newcastle to London non-stop and entering a team in this weekend’s Yorkshire Marathon), so when we were invited to enter the Brownlee Tri Corporate Challenge we couldn’t say no. The adrenaline was pumping when I arrived […]

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