School Admissions in Leicester & Leicestershire

Do councils in Leicestershire have a legal obligation to ensure that each child attends a suitably local school? The Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils have a legal duty to...


Sharing Pre-Marital Wealth

In a recent case where the parties had been married for 23 years, but the Husband was 21 years older than the Wife, the Court had to consider the fairest...


What Makes A Contribution ‘Special’ In Divorce Proceedings?

In the case of Work v Gray [2017] EWCA Civ 270, the Court of Appeal confirmed that a party’s ‘special contribution’ to a marriage is one such good reason to...


Removing Sixth Form Students

St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, London has been at the centre of a row about removing sixth form students because of academic ability. The highly-selective grammar school set a...


School Exclusions – New Guidance

Since 1st September, all maintained schools and academies have to comply with revised statutory guidance on excluding children. The previous version had been in place since 2012, despite an abortive attempt...


Uniform & Gender

A number of recent news stories have highlighted the controversial topic of school uniform and gender. Recent Examples In one case, the Priory School in Lewes, Sussex hit the headlines...


School Admissions

It may seem an odd time to be thinking about school admissions. However, for parents and schools alike, the annual admissions cycle is now getting underway. Application Process The application deadline...


Brand Protection – When Is It ‘Kneaded’?

Taylor Swift is known not only as a world famous music artist but also as an astute business woman. In particular, Ms Swift knows how to protect her branding, as...


Let’s Make…Up?

The Kardashian family have become a household name and have strategically exploited the intellectual property rights in the family name in order to build a Kardashian empire and capitalise on...


School Teachers’ Pay & Conditions Document (STPCD 2017)

The Department for Education has published the annual School Teachers’ Pay and Conditions Document (STPCD 2017), with associated guidance. This sets out the statutory requirements for teachers’ pay and conditions...


Ground Rent Negligence Claims Set To Increase

Industry experts are predicting a rise in professional negligence claims against solicitors relating to ground rent, which predominantly affects new build leaseholds. Many purchasers are unaware of the onerous term...


Support For Kinship Carers

Kinship Care is an arrangement where a child or young person who cannot be cared for by their parent(s) goes to live with a relative or a family friend. Kinship carers...