Caven blog

August 2010

What laws protect me from repossession?

The recent economic downturn has led an increase in the number of people unable to maintain their mortgage repayments on their homes. This has led to an increase in the number of home repossessions. Lenders have the right to repossess a home if you have defaulted on your mortgage repayments. (more…)

What laws govern asylum seekers?

The term ‘asylum seeker’ applies to person who has applied for refugee status with the UK Border Agency (UKBA) and is awaiting their decision. Solicitors should be appointed to manage the application being made to the UKBA. A person will be granted refugee status if the definition in the 1951 UN Convention Relating to the Status of Refugees (UN Convention) applies to their situation. The UN Convention defines a refugee as a person who has left their country and has a reason to fear persecution in their country because of their race, religion, nationality, or member of a particular social group or political opinion. (more…)

What is the hierarchy of the UK Court system?

The hierarchy of the court system has been established so that the majority of cases are heard in the lower courts, with only appeals on important points of law and public interest being heard in the higher courts. Legal advice should be obtained to ensure the right court hears any given case. (more…)

What formalities follow the death of a person?

When someone dies what you do afterwards depends on the circumstances surrounding their death. A death normally needs to be registered within five days. Usually the best course of action when registering a death is to go to the registry office in the area in which the person died. When registering a death you need to take the death certificate signed by the doctor and other documents such as a birth certificate, or marriage certificate, if they are available. A family law solicitor can explain the procedures you must follow when someone dies. (more…)

What does the law say on ultra vires company actions?

The company law on ultra vires company actions has changed recently, with certain provisions of the Companies Act 2006 coming into force on 1 October 2009. Prior to this date companies were required by company law to have a Memorandum of Association. A commercial solicitor can explain the full implications of the Act. (more…)

What are the principles underlying sentencing?

Courts are granted statutory powers to impose sentences on those found guilty of committing a crime. The court is guided by the sentencing guidelines which are compiled by the Sentencing Guideline Council, in consultation with the Sentencing Advisory Panel. These guidelines contain and uphold the principles that underline sentencing. (more…)

Can you claim your legal costs from the other side in a personal injury claim?

If a person is injured in an accident that was the result of another’s negligence, they are entitled to make a personal injury compensation claim. Personal injury compensation is intended to compensate the injured party for a number of things including the pain and suffering endured as a result of the injury, the loss of earnings, and costs incurred as a result of the accident. (more…)

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