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Getting rid of the multi-tasking mindset

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We all know what it’s like to be short on time. But over the past few months we’ve seen an increased number of stressed-out drivers applying make-up, programming their sat-nav, and even shaving while on the move, in a desperate bid to save some time.

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Well, I would suggest a pause for thought. Did you know that the offence of Perverting the Course of Justice (POCJ) can be committed after the Police issue a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP), following an allegation of a minor motoring offence such as speeding?

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The High Court has today ruled on an issue which will be big news for millions of parents across the country. The case concerned Jon Platt, a father from the Isle of Wight who took his daughter to Florida in 2015, causing her to miss seven days of schooling. He returned and was issued with a fixed penalty notice of £60 which later increased to £120 after it was not paid promptly. Mr Platt was then later prosecuted under s444 (1) of the Education Act 1996 which makes it an offence for any parent to fail to ensure their child’s regular attendance at school.

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There's a first time for everything

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Providing the legal support for first time home buyers is an absolute pleasure. I meet people of all ages and at different stages of life who have decided to take that first step on the property ladder. It often comes as somewhat of a surprise when I mention the word “Will” to them. The thrill of their property purchase takes the drivers seat as do discussions, or arguments as the case may be, on colour charts, wallpaper and what furniture to buy! Many first time buyers are young couples at a very pivotal stage in their relationship, the property purchase is their next big step together and a Will is the last thing on their mind. But with one in six couples that live together being unmarried, we need to break down the misconception that Wills only need to be made in later life

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Previously the police could only charge a driver on the basis that their driving was impaired because of a drug. In order to secure a conviction at court, they had to prove not only that the driver had a controlled drug in their system but also that the individual was impaired to drive as a consequence of that drug. They would adduce evidence on the physical condition of the driver and any bad driving, poor performance in field impairment tests and blood results demonstrating presence of the drug. They would also have to show that a police doctor had found that the impaired condition of the driver may be due to a drug. As you can imagine, there are many avenues to defend against this charge and we have found the acquittal rate to be high.

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