Director Razia Jogi

Domestic Violence Legal Aid tests challenge due



By Razia Jogi, Director, Solicitor & Department Head, Family Law Department On 22nd January 2015 the High Court rejected the challenge that the introduction of strict tests for Legal Aid in domestic violence cases was unlawful. The challenge, brought by the Public Law Project on behalf of domestic violence charity Rights of Women, was in relation to rules introduced in ...
 
Family Mediator Andrew Baines

Family breakdown – a mess to sort out, not a problem to solve



By Andrew Baines, Solicitor & Mediator Mary and Steve’s* marriage had broken down. Unsurprisingly, their lives were in quite a mess. They wanted to find a way out of that mess that didn’t destroy what remained of their relationship. Somewhat warily, Mary came to her mediation information meeting. A friend of hers had recently separated from her partner. Their court ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Free Family Law clinics launch in 2016



From Thursday 14 January 2016, Switalskis’ Family Law team will be hosting free legal clinics at three of the firm’s Yorkshire offices: York Family Law Clinic When: Thursdays, 5pm until 7pm Where: 18 Back Swinegate, York, YO1 8AD Pre-booked appointments only – call 0800 422 0243 to book. Leeds Family Law Drop-in Clinic When: Thursdays, 5pm until 7pmWhere: St James ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

Domestic violence prosecutions reaches record numbers



It has been reported today that the number of perpetrators of domestic violence being prosecuted in England and Wales has reached record levels. For the category of offences ‘crimes against women and girls’ official statistics from the Crown Prosecution Service show there has been an 18% rise in prosecutions in the year to April 2015 compared with the previous year. The ...
 
Switalskis Solicitors

New legislation criminalises forced marriage



Forced marriage is now a criminal offence under new legislation introduced today (16 June). Previously, protection from forced marriage was available only under civil law – the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007. The 2007 Act made provision for civil courts to make Forced Marriage Protection Orders against individuals suspected of trying to force someone into marriage. The breach of ...