Skip to main content

Page view: 1 2 3 »

Happy International Women's Day!

Happy International Women's Day!

Thursday, March 8, 2018

At SMQ we believe women should be celebrated, and their achievements acknowledged, all year round. Nevertheless, for over 100 years, the 8th day of March marks the day where women from global governments, organisations, businesses and charities are brought... Read More

Is there a “right to be forgotten” in relation to previous convictions?

Is there a “right to be forgotten” in relation to previous convictions?

Friday, March 2, 2018

Google is embroiled in a legal battle which has reignited discussions surrounding the so-called “right to be forgotten” in relation to previous convictions. The “right to be forgotten” is a legal precedent set by the Court of... Read More

Parents right to decide if their child should live? The legal battle continues ...

Parents right to decide if their child should live? The legal battle continues ...

Friday, March 2, 2018

Following the heartbreaking story of baby Charlie Guard last year another case has hit the headlines about 21 month old Alfie Evans.   In brief, Alfie was born in May 2016 and went home with his parents. By six months of age he was showing marked... Read More

New Sentencing Guidelines for offending concerning Possession of Offensive Weapons/Bladed Articles a

New Sentencing Guidelines for offending concerning Possession of Offensive Weapons/Bladed Articles a

Friday, March 2, 2018

The new guidelines will come into force from 1 June 2018 and effect anyone sentenced this date or thereafter irrespective of when the offence was committed.   The new guidelines include corrosive substances and acid under the definition of... Read More

Lessons of a Police Station Representative

Lessons of a Police Station Representative

Friday, December 8, 2017

The training is over, and Heulwen has been attending various police stations across Oxfordshire, and beyond, to represent clients. Heulwen tells us how she is getting on: “I hugely enjoyed my training as a police station representative, even when clients were vomiting in a bin next to my feet (click here to read about that experience…) but nothing compared to attending alone to represent clients. Since qualifying, I have represented clients in relation to serious offences, and some rather amusing matters (in hindsight, following their release without charge of course); I have... Read More

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

International Day for the Abolition of Slavery

Friday, December 8, 2017

On December 2nd 1949, the General Assembly adopted the “United Nations Convention for the Suppression of the Traffic in Persons and of the Exploitation of the Prostitution of others”.  This covered the eradication of contemporary forms of... Read More

Common Law Marriage: A Myth

Common Law Marriage: A Myth

Friday, December 8, 2017

Resolution, a Family Law Group, has warned that millions of unmarried couples who live together could be unaware of their rights in the event of a break up. This follows a survey which uncovered that two-thirds of cohabiting couples wrongly believe that a ‘common law marriage’ exists... Read More

Divorce - An Outdated Law?

Divorce - An Outdated Law?

Friday, December 8, 2017

The case of Owens and Owens, recently heard in the Court of Appeal has ignited the debate surrounding the notion of so-called ‘no fault’ divorce. In this case, Tini Owens sought to overturn an earlier Court decision ruling that her application to divorce her husband, Hugh Owens should not be granted. Mrs Owens alleged in her divorce petition that the marriage had irretrievably... Read More

Is there a class divide in our judicial system?

Is there a class divide in our judicial system?

Friday, December 8, 2017

If you have looked at any form of media recently, you will have seen the phrases “too posh for prison” and “toff justice” relating to the Oxford University medical student Lavinia Woodward. Miss Woodward was spared a custodial sentence by His Honour Judge Pringle QC at her sentencing hearing in September 2017 whereby she was sentenced to 10 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months following a guilty plea to one offence of unlawful wounding. The case has... Read More

New European regulations cause airport delays

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

New European regulations cause airport delays A measure adopted by the European Council in April of this year is aiming to enhance immigration checks made at border control for those entering and exiting the Schengen Area. The amendment obliges all member... Read More

Page view: 1 2 3 »

Accreditations
Copyright © 2014 - SMQ Legal Services LLP, all rights reserved  - 47-49 Cowley Road, Oxford, OX4 1HP  -  t: 01865 246 991 - f: 01865 248 028 info@smqlegal.co.uk

Sign up to our Newsletter