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National Legal Service Solicitors ensure charges are discontinued against victim of modern-day slavery
Joe Davis received instructions to deal with a case involving the transportation of drugs into prison. Offences of this nature are very serious and will most frequently result in a custodial sentence if convicted of the offence. Having pleaded guilty in Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court our client’s case was deemed too serious and was subsequently sent to Kingston Crown Court for sentencing. Experienced barristers were instructed to deal with the case and worked tirelessly alongside Joe to understand more about our client’s personal circumstances in the lead up to the alleged offence. After lengthy criminal proceedings it became very apparent that our client was a victim of modern-day slavery. We took advantage of the new National Referral Mechanism procedure, which allows cases to be referred to the National Crime Agency and other associated public bodies where there is evidence of modern-day slavery or people trafficking. As a result of this referral a report was presented to the court and the Crown Prosecution Service to advise that our client was indeed a victim of modern-day slavery. At this point the Crown Prosecution Service had the option to either drop the charges against our client, or continue with the prosecution. Initially the prosecution decided to continue with the case against our client, however after National Legal Service Solicitors made numerous representations to the prosecution that it was not in the interests of justice to proceed, the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued the case. Our client having had no previous convictions before this case remains of good character. If you or someone you know may have been a victim of modern-day slavery, you can talk confidentially to a member of our team by phoning +44 (0) 20 3601 5051, or fill in our enquiry form and someone will get back to you shortly. [...]
According to recent divorce statistics, 42% of marriages in England and Wales end in divorce – however, despite this being a common phenomenon, it is still one of the more misunderstood areas of law.
Adultery affects financial settlement
Whilst adultery is grounds for divorce there is no financial compensation for adulterous behaviour.
Getting a divorce costs a fortune
It is possible, some would even say easy, to issue your own divorce proceedings through the court service website or by paying one of the online providers a relatively small fee. When people think about the cost of a divorce, they are often referring to the overall size of the settlement. Even the most hotly-contested divorce can cost less than an average wedding.
Pensions are not worth taking into considerations
Pensions are often accumulated in the background & their size is often underestimated. For couples who have been in a long term marriage or civil partnership the pension pot is likely to be one of their biggest assets and should be considered when looking at financial settlement during the divorce or dissolution.
Everything is split 50-50
There is no set formula for dividing assets in a divorce. An equal sharing is often a starting point but there are many other factors to consider.
Financial ties end on decree absolute
Without a financial order you are still financially tied together and open to further financial claims even when you are divorced. So, say you inherit well in 10 years, your ex could make a claim for a proportion of the money.
There is a well known case – Wyatt v Vince – in which a couple divorced, but did not have a final financial order in place. Kathleen Wyatt, successfully claimed settlement of £300,000, 20 years after they were divorced.
If there are any assets or money that require division, you will need to seek specialist legal advice. Please call us on 0203 6015051 or complete our contact form