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The UK government has announced that from 6th April 2020 parents who lose a child under the age of 18 will be entitlement to bereavement leave and pay. 

As a result, the UK will be the first in the world to offer parental bereavement leave and pay.

The regulation known as ‘Jack’s Law’ has been campaigned for, in memory of Jack Herd, by his mother since 2010, when Jack’s father was only able to take three days leave (including the day of the funeral) after his son’s death.

Shockingly, this is not the only case. In some situations, parents have even had to take holiday leave to attend their child’s funeral. More...

The Legal 500 is published annually to recognise the expertise and experience of individual legal professionals and law firms.

The industry leading guide undertakes considerable research to identify the leading legal talent in the market.  We are therefore incredibly proud to announce that several of our solicitors and departments have been recognised in the Legal 500 2019 edition.

The individuals and departments recognised in the guide are outlined below. More...

Domestic abuse statistics are shocking, especially when separation has been the catalyst. Many people are struggling with how to actually handle the situation of being separated and many lose control or remain in the relationship due to domestic abuse.

There are many accomplices to domestic abuse and family life is being devastated by these: drugs, alcohol abuse, and narcissistic personalities, to name a few. All these really do make for dire family life situations. More...

Last month, Sheffield Heeley MP, Louise Haigh, introduced a new bill to parliament which calls upon the government and courts of law to improve the safety of women and children.

If passed, the proposed Parental Rights (Rapists) and Family Courts Bill will stop fathers of children conceived through rape from being able to obtain custody. It could see further restrictions made upon male domestic abusers. More...

Did you know that controlling or coercive behaviour in a relationship is a serious crime under 2015 legislation? Despite popular Netflix programmes such as Dirty John showing us an insight on what these could be like, unfortunately, there are still a lot of people who are unaware that this legislation exists.

 To many of you who had no idea that coercive and controlling behaviour was a criminal offence, the legislation defines boundaries to the public to make us further aware that psychological and controlling abusive behaviour is punishable. In fact, this can result in punitive punishment with up to five years in prison, depending upon the severity of the offence. More...

With effect from 15th February 2015 EU Regulations on Consumer Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allow consumers who bought our services online to submit their complaint via an online complaint portal.

We are required under the regulations to provide our clients the following information:-
  1. Link to the ODR platform - please follow the following link for further information (http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/odr).
  2. Our contact email address in case of a complaint under the ODR regulation – Andrea Coombes andrea.c@howellslegal.com