A landmark case by the Supreme Court has ruled that the current laws on disclosure of criminal records is ‘plainly disproportionate’. As a result of this ruling many thousands of people may not be required to disclose old or minor criminal offences when applying for jobs.
Andrea Qwarnstrom and Simon Mullings consider the current law and guidance around the use of Equality Act assessors in the county court. Experience suggests that more robust procedures and guidance might be needed to ensure that this important court resource is properly utilised.
Edwards Duthie were again successful in obtaining a Costs Award against the Crown Prosecution Service on behalf of two clients involved in criminal proceedings. Both were acquitted of serious offences of dishonesty.
Disputes concerning wills and inheritance can be tricky and sensitive. When a person dies, their estate is administered in accordance with their wishes in the will. If the deceased does not have a will and dies intestate, the Intestacy Rules govern the distribution of the estate.
Japanese Knotweed is one of the most invasive plants in the UK. It spreads rapidly and can grow up to 10cm a day. It is extremely difficult to eradicate from land and can penetrate foundations, concrete hardstanding and walls, causing considerable damage. The Government has estimated that eradicating it from the UK would cost £2.6 billion.
When settling an application to suspend a warrant for eviction recently, Mary-Rachel McCabe and Simon Mullings had to find a way to prevent third party deductions legislation from rendering their client destitute. Here, they set out the background to the legislation and the details of the case, and suggest recitals that practitioners may find helpful.
It was to llford Town Hall that Shaun Murphy of solicitors Edwards Duthie headed to recently having been invited to meet Mayor of Redbridge Linda Huggett. Whilst there he was able to hand over a cheque from the company in support of the Mayor's charity appeal, with funds raised going to Haven House and St Francis Hospice.
If you watched the news or picked up a paper recently, you'll probably be aware of the case of Owens v Owens - a defended divorce case that's gone all the way to trial and is so incredibly rare it has made headlines. Five justices of the Supreme Court heard legal argument and submissions in the case but we do not expect to receive the judgment for a number of weeks.
If your circumstances have changed, you can apply to increase or decrease your amount of spousal maintenance. An application to vary a spousal maintenance order can be made at any time during the life of the order.
Edwards Duthie were successful in obtaining a costs award against the Crown Prosecution Service for just over £13,000 following our clients’ acquittal in Crown Court proceedings. Both had been accused of stealing monies from an elderly relative.
Edwards Duthie were recently successful in securing an acquittal in a very serious drugs trial conducted at Blackfriars Crown Court. The Defendant was charged with being concerned with the fraudulent importation of heroin and cocaine said to be in the region of approximately £25m.
It would have caught most people’s notice that the famous entertainer, Ant McPartlin, was recently fined £86,000 having pleaded guilty to drink -driving. This was a record in terms of being the largest fine ever imposed for an offence of this kind.
We are pleased to announce that Natalie, Danielle and Bradley of Edwards Duthie Solicitors, will be running the London Marathon on Sunday 22nd April 2018. We would greatly appreciate your support and donations.
Edwards Duthie celebrate a very special anniversary at Waterman's Hall in London to mark the 50th Anniversary of Charles Newman joining the firm. Starting as a trainee on leaving university, Charles has been with Edwards Duthie throughout the entire half a century and went on to become a Senior Partner at the firm for some 20 years.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not yet legally binding in the UK but since the ground breaking case of Radmacher in 2010 the courts are taking these into account as a factor when considering division of the matrimonial assets.
I began as a trainee solicitor in 2003 and I am now the youngest Equity Partner within the company, and currently head up the Wanstead branch. I have a mixed practice of private crime and private client work. I act for individuals and companies facing prosecution for matters from road traffic offences to health and safety at work cases. I also specialise in matters regarding wealth management, including drafting wills, powers of attorney, probate and tax planning.
As child focused lawyers at Edwards Duthie we have historically encouraged parties to consider particulars that were not hostile. Since the Court of Appeal decision it is now imperative to get case specific advice when drafting a petition.
Our Client, Tony Rice explains how a run of bad luck can leave you struggling to make sense of the UK benefits system. He was left with no income and at risk of losing the roof over his head. Can he find his way through a bafflingly complex maze of rules? Put yourself in his shoes by reading the full article on BBC News (link below).
For many, a driving licence is an important qualification that you never want to lose. The loss of a driving licence can be devastating. It could be the end of your job or the cause of enormous personal problems. Breach of driving laws can attract not only fines, but also the loss of your licence.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements are not yet legally binding in the UK but since the ground breaking case of Radmacher in 2010 the courts have started to take these agreements into account as a factor in their decision making process when considering division of the matrimonial assets.
Unravelling business rates Tiffany Wan, a solicitor specialising in commercial property at Edwards Duthie, on what’s all the fuss about business rates. Why are business rates such a hot topic at the moment? [...]
Natalie Bunn was also sponsored by Edwards Duthie and successfully completed her first marathon in 6 hours 28 minutes. Whilst running she said the crowds were such a great encouragement and they inspired [...]
Edwards Duthie Solicitors entertained a number of distinguished guests at the Longhorn Restaurant in Wanstead on the March 2. The occasion was to celebrate the opening of Edwards Duthie’s new office at 149 High [...]
Edwards Duthie Solicitors - Successful Review From time to time the Legal Aid Agency undertake a review of our files to ensure that quality standards are maintained. A recent review was concluded by [...]
Edwards Duthie have been successful in two cases before the Nursing & Midwifery Council concerning allegations brought against a Registered Nurse. In one case we were successful in challenging allegations of cruelty and [...]
What the team is known for Long-standing criminal defence team with notable experience in complex and serious cases such as murder, rape and child sexual offences. Also recognised for its representation of medical [...]
Edwards Duthie’s senior commercial consultant litigation lawyer, Nick Macleish had a resounding success recently in the Court of Appeal. The appeal and cross-appeal in Littlestone & Others v Macleish  EWCA Civ. 127 were heard [...]
New Personal Injury Section We have launched a brand new, dedicated Personal Injury Section for compensation claims. This will aid clients in getting a further understanding about what compensation you could be owed [...]
Edwards Duthie acted for a member of the Communication Workers Union in his efforts to seek compensation from the police who unlawfully forced entry into his home, with the intention of seeking to make an [...]
There is increasing concern about the tendency of the police to issue official cautions against persons who have been arrested, regardless of the strength of the evidence. There is often a risk that this can [...]
Our firm and Senior Partner, Shaun Murphy, have been recognised for expertise in Criminal Law in the Legal 500 UK Awards 2015. This year’s awards list Edwards Duthie among the leading Criminal Law Practices in [...]
Edwards Duthie successfully appealed the conviction of a young man accused of assaulting an elderly gentleman in the Dagenham area in 2011. Having been convicted after a retrial (the first jury being undecided), the Court [...]
Edwards Duthie's criminal department has spent significant time in schools in the surrounding area recently assisting budding lawyers with their career choices. Amy Meech, Daniel Cohen and Phillip Law have spent time in Bancrofts School [...]
A young East Ham man was successfully represented by Edwards Duthie over the course of three trials relating to the same incident. The defendant was accused of the attempted murder of Mathan Selvarajah in the [...]
Nick MacLeish, assisted by Toby Walker, acted for Guy Rodliffe and Home & Office Fire Extinguishers Limited in this family dispute and a battle for management of the former family company. Guy Rodliffe maintained that [...]
Adrian Brazier of our Community Law Department recently successfully represented his client to regain security of tenure. The Defendant (our client) is a single mother who was granted an Introductory Tenancy by the Claimant authority on the [...]
Shaun Murphy recently appeared before the General Pharmaceutical Council to represent a pharmacist who had been accused of sexual assault against a colleague at work. The pharmacist had previously been tried for the same [...]
Living Wills, also known as Advance Directives, are a written record of your wishes as to the medical treatment and care you would want to receive if you were incapacitated and were unable to make [...]
Successful-Outcome-in-Claim-Against-the-Daily-Mail Edwards Duthie successfully represented a client who appealed against his convictions for indecent assault to the Court of Appeal (Criminal Division). The Court quashed the convictions, accepting the criticisms that were [...]
Edwards Duthie have recently concluded a case for a client which resulted in convictions for serious sexual offences being quashed and substantial compensation being paid to him. In 1990 Mr. AB was sentenced to 12 [...]
Adrian Brazier of our Community Law Department recently won a case based on a legal technicality (published in the LAG Magazine, November 2011 edition). A private landlord granted an assured shorthold tenancy for a fixed [...]
Edwards Duthie was involved in a landmark decision in the Administrative Court as to the definition of “summary proceedings” as it applies to the Environmental Protection Act 1990. This was an important case which was [...]
A young father who developed Hand Arm Vibration Syndrome (HAVS) and was subsequently forced to give up his skilled trade has been awarded compensation for his injury. Ben Wright, now 29, started work as an [...]
A property tycoon who suffered brain damage after being knocked down on a zebra crossing has been awarded a £2.75 million payout. Pamela Green, 74, was crossing the road near her house while out walking [...]
A boy who suffered heart failure as a result of a delay in diagnosing his medical condition has won compensation that could run to millions of pounds. Shoaib Dawlatshahi, who was nearly three years of [...]
A recent case illustrates that, contrary to popular conception, the risk of developing an asbestos-related illness is not confined to ship and dockyard workers or those who have worked in heavy industry as laggers and [...]
A security guard who suffered severe psychological trauma after being assaulted at work has been awarded compensation as a result. James Maher, 56, was working as a security guard for the London Borough of Waltham [...]
A recent decision has underlined that it is important for employers to operate risk minimisation strategies when mechanical handling equipment is being used: the mere assessment of potential risks is not enough. The case concerned [...]
The amount of compensation paid to people left with surgical equipment inside them after they have undergone surgery has risen dramatically in recent years. At the same time, the number of patients killed as a [...]
A cash machine maintenance worker, who slipped outside a Tesco supermarket, has been awarded £10,500 in compensation. The man, who wishes to remain anonymous, was working for Group 4 Securicor replenishing a cash machine outside [...]
A man who was involved in a road traffic accident took court proceedings after the insurers of the driver responsible failed to come up with a reasonable offer of compensation. The accident happened when a [...]
The family of a 60-year-old teacher who died of an asbestos-related disease have won their claim for compensation. Terence Dugdale was diagnosed with mesothelioma, a cancer that attacks the lining of the lung, after he [...]
Edwards Duthie is pleased to announce that they have received three Super Lawyer rankings and three Rising Star rankings in the Super Lawyers 2014 Magazine. Super Lawyers recognises solicitors who have achieved excellence in the practice of [...]
A man who became seriously ill after contracting food poisoning at a Chinese restaurant has been awarded £25,000 in damages. The unnamed man contracted salmonella, an infection caused by the presence of the bacteria in [...]
Ms Riffat Yaqub is acting for the widow of Mr Dela Cruz who was tragically crushed to death whilst cleaning a ten pin bowling machine in Hollywood Bowl, Beckton. Mitchells & Butler Retail Limited, which [...]
Edwards Duthie act for a doctor who was granted leave to intervene in the Countryside Alliance Appeal for the House of Lords. Whilst that appeal was unsuccessful, Edwards Duthie have now been notified that following [...]
A youth, accused of murder and represented by Phillip Law of Edwards Duthie, was acquitted upon the direction of Recorder of London earlier this month. An incident occurred in Beckton on 19 February 2010 which [...]
We are delighted to announce the opening of our Human Fertilisation and Embryology legal advice service. We advise clients in relation to: Surrogacy arrangements in England and Wales International surrogacy arrangements Donor conception for same [...]
Edwards Duthie successfully settled a potential claim on behalf of a client, Anna Begum, for defamation against the Daily Mail without having to issue Court proceedings. We also secured a successful outcome to a complaint [...]
Cartamundi UK Limited v Mrs P Worboyes UKEAT/0096/09 www.employmentappeals.gov.uk/Public/Upload/09_0096rjfhCEA.doc Edwards Duthie advised Mrs. Worboyes in a three year legal battle which culminated in the Employment Appeals Tribunal ruling on a new point in English Law. [...]
Edwards Duthie is very pleased to announce three senior solicitors from Mullinger Banks Solicitors based in London, E15 will be joining Edwards Duthie as consultants from 1st October 2011. Arthur Mullinger is a specialist commercial lawyer [...]
Shaun Murphy, Senior Partner of Edwards Duthie appeared for the doctor in a High Court appeal against the decision of the General Medical Council. Mr Murphy prepared the case and also acted as the advocate for the [...]
Arthur Mullinger, who recently joined Edwards Duthie as a commecial law consultant, advised the founders of www.fundingcircle.com. This new internet startup went in under nine months from an idea on a piece of paper through [...]
Edwards Duthie successfully represented our client who appeared at Basildon Crown Court charged with dishonestly handling stolen Kurt Geiger shoes to the value of £193,000. The case was dismissed at the close of the Prosecution [...]
Simon Mullings acted for the appellant in a case where the Court of Appeal has held that the effect of an agreement, under which the appellant was temporarily decanted from her home, was that the [...]
Edwards Duthie is pleased to announce that they have increased the number of solicitors in their Criminal Department who are now able to exercise Higher Rights of Audience in the Crown Court and Higher Courts, [...]
Re I (a Child) (2009) Edwards Duthie were involved in proceedings before the Supreme Court concerning issues of international jurisdiction of the court for a child who was lawfully outside the European Union. This [...]
We are delighted to announce the appointment of Alex Gilbert and Rebecca Manson as Salaried Partners as from 1st October 2012. Alex obtained his law degree at the University of Sheffield in June 2005 and went on [...]
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