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Family Law 

Family law deals with the branch of law pertaining to all matters that are related to family unit or other domestic relations such as surrogacy, domestic partnership, marriage, divorce, child abduction, child neglect, child maintenance, paternity cases, child custody, alimony, division of family property and any other family matters.

Family law is very different from other branches of law as it involves private matters. Mostly the family lawyers act as mediators and negotiators. The court too acts as a mediator and tries to reconcile members of the family to solve their issues among themselves while preserving their relationship. The law provides a structured process that allows the parties involved to resolve their disputes amicably rather than through costly lengthy litigation process that can go on for years. Modern family lawyers discourage families from going to the court as the court decision can have a win-lose outlook and can take years to solve the issue.

In collaborative family law, mediated by an experienced lawyer, disputes are settled amicably so that everyone wins something. It not only helps families to stay together, but also is less stressful for the family lawyers. It results in speedy resolution of disputes within the family without going to the court.

Criminal Law

Criminal law deals with offences against the social order. Under the common law jurisdiction, crimes disturb the sovereign and it is up to the agents of the sovereign to prosecute those offenders. Criminal law is different from civil law. The main objective of criminal law is deterrence and punishment, while that of civil law is compensation.

Criminal offences contain two different elements that determine the extent of the offence – the physical act and the mental state in which the act was done. The criminal law also allows the defences to defend their acts to bring about lesser or negate their criminal responsibility and specifies the punishment appropriate for the criminal act. Criminal law does not need a victim or the consent of the victim to be prosecuted as an offender.

Criminal law has been set up to regulate the behaviour of individuals and groups so that they follow the social norms. If you think you have been falsely accused of a criminal act, you might need the services of a competent and professional criminal lawyer to help you out. Since criminal laws can be quite complicated and complex, it is best to hire an experienced lawyer to ensure that the case goes in your favour.

Corporate Law

Today, many people are looking to start their own business. For this, they need to register their business or they might be accused of doing business illegally in the country. This is just one part of the business law. It covers a wide range of knowledge across different disciplines.

Business law covers all aspects of a business, from the registration of a business to the selling of goods globally and even hiring of employees. A company may also need the services of a lawyer to ensure that the terms of agreement of sales are clearly present to the other parties.

If a company wants to bid for a tender or want to obtain a project, they need to lawyer to prepare proposals that they can present to the other parties. Many times, when this is not done properly and any dispute arises, the company may suffer loss because there is no binding agreement between the two parties.

Companies that fail to comply with the law may have to face serious consequences. Thus, it is important to hire a lawyer specializing in business or corporate law. Business law ensures that all companies are practicing in the correct manner and allows them to function smoothly.

Personal Injury Law

Personal Injury law is designed to provide protection and legal rights to the victims who have been physically, mentally or emotionally been injured die to the carelessness or wrongdoing of another party. Personal injury laws applies to many different cases, including Cases in which a person acted out as negligent that led to the harm of another person. Some cases of these types are medical malpractice, slip and fall accidents, automobile accidents and many other toxic tort cases.

Cases where a person or entity intentionally caused harm onto another person such as murder, assault or bribery.Cases where a person has unknowingly performed an act that caused harm to another person through negligence on his part. He will be still be liable for a claim by the other party. Some examples of these types include dog bite cases, product liability claims and others.

Cases that involves insulting another person or insulting his character.The main purpose of personal injury law is to make sure that the injured victims get legal rights and be compensated financially for the loss and suffering they otherwise would not have to endure. Personal injury laws require people and companies to interact and perform their duties with care and attention.

Every country’s constitution enforces certain laws, for the purpose of maintaining order and protecting the society from crimes. These laws are broadly classified into two categories, i.e. Civil Law and Criminal Law. The Civil law lays emphasis on resolving the dispute like family dispute, rent matters, disputes relating to the sale and so forth. On the other hand, Criminal law stresses on punishment to the offender, who breaches the law by acts such as, murder, rape, theft, smuggling, etc.

A divorce usually takes between 4 and 6 months to conclude. However if financial issues are not resolved during this period, you may be advised to finalize financial matters before applying for Decree Absolute.

A divorce typically involves three written applications being submitted to the Court. Generally speaking, you will not be required to attend Court for any hearing in connection with a divorce or any allegations that you make. If the person seeking a divorce asks a Judge for a Court Order, asking the person responding to the divorce to pay the legal costs, and this is disputed, you may be asked to attend Court.

A divorce involves a set of three written applications to Court. There may be more than this if your case is more complicated than first envisaged e.g. problems with your husband/wife acknowledging receipt of the papers or defending the divorce. It is unusual to attend any Court hearing in relation to divorce unless there is a dispute about who should pay the legal costs of the divorce.

If you want us to issue Court proceedings, we will always ask for any Court fees to be paid up-front. Otherwise, no fees are required to be paid in advance.

If you are eligible to bring a claim for unfair dismissal you are entitled to written reasons for dismissal and they must be provided by your employer within 14 days. Whatever your length of service, if you are pregnant or you are on statutory maternity or adoption leave you are entitled to written reasons without having to request it.

This is not a problem in itself. Depending on when the employer’s breach occurred you need to think about the effect of delay and the danger that you will have affirmed the breach.

Not if you are leaving on good terms. As a practical point, a pleasant resignation letter may result in a more positive reference. If you are leaving as part of a constructive dismissal claim, the alleged breach(es) should be included in the letter.

Not easy but certainly possible. Capability is one of the potentially fair reasons for dismissal and this includes capability assessed by reference to health. There may also be an overlap with two other fair reasons including conduct and “some other substantial reason”. Some of the factors that your employer will need to consider and support with evidence are as follows: (a) nature of the illness; (b) prospects of returning to work and likelihood of illness reoccurring; (c) need to have someone doing the work; (d) effect on the rest of the workforce; (e) extent to which you were aware of the position; and (f) your length of service.

Harassment at work is unacceptable. You should start by checking whether your employer has an Anti-Harassment and Bullying Policy at work. If following the procedure set out in the policy does not resolve the problem or if you would like to discuss your options please contact us.

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