Parental Responsibility is defined in section 3(1) Children Act 1989 as being: “All the rights, duties, powers, responsibilities and authority which by law a parent of a child has in relation to the child and his property” Parental Responsibility is the legal term for the right of the parent (to be involved in decisions regarding the child) as well as the responsibility of the parent to ensure the welfare of the child. A person with Parental Responsibility can make decisions such as choosing a school, naming a child, getting medical treatment as well as disciplining a child. Mothers who give birth to children, automatically have Parental Responsibility for the child. Fathers automatically have parental responsibility if they are married at the time or named as the father on the birth certificate. If you are the father of a child but you are not married to the mother and are not named on the birth certificate, read our blog on the rights of cohabiting parents. Also, just because someone is not listed as a parent on the birth certificate, does not mean that they cannot obtain parental responsibility. You can enter into an agreement with the mother called a 'Parental Responsibility Agreement’. Alternatively, you can make an application to the court & obtain a Parental Responsibility Order. You can also apply for a Child Arrangement Order. If you are no longer living with your children, parental responsibility does not disappear - you still have a responsibility to ensure that your children have appropriate arrangements in place. If you are concerned about matters regarding your children or that you do not have parental responsibility of your child, please contact one of our family law experts on 0203 601 5051. Our services include:- Preparing Parental Responsibility agreements Assisting a parent in applying to the Court for a Parental Responsibility agreement. Applying for a Prohibited Steps Order where one party… [...]
National Legal Service Solicitors is pleased to announce the appointment of two new Trainee Solicitors who will soon commence their 2 year training contracts.
Selected following a rigorous assessment process, the chosen two were among 8 internal applicants employed as Paralegals within our 19 branch offices.
Paul Scripps and Gurveet Kular, from our London and Birmingham offices, will provide legal advice and services to NLS’s clients across the country. NLS currently provides training seats within Family, Care, Crime and Extradition. We are now looking to develop secondment relationships with other firms which will enable us to provide an even wider variety of seats within other areas of law.
Kate Probert, Head of HR said:
We are delighted to appoint our second intake of Trainee Solicitors after what has been an exhaustive selection process. As a business, we choose to appoint Trainees from our existing team rather than recruiting externally. This allows us to reward the dedication and hard work of our staff and continually develop our teams. They are our Solicitors and Supervisors of the future. It is always disappointing for those who are not successful in their application but we now work to support them ready for the next round of applications later this year. I look forward to seeing all of our Trainees progress their careers with NLS.
Kirsty Richards, Training Principal & Head Of Family said:
It’s always a pleasure to reward hardworking and committed paralegals with the opportunity to further their legal career by becoming a Trainee Solicitor at NLS. Despite only being into a year of business, we have just awarded our 5th Training Contract and we are confident that will allow NLS to continue on it’s trajectory of growth and success. Well done to the successful applicants.
National Legal Service Solicitors is pleased to announce two internal senior promotions to support its plans for growth.
We celebrate the promotions of Fatimah Iqbal & Gita Duggal to Supervising Solicitors with effect from 1st April 2019. In recognition of their hard work & dedication, the firm supported them in completing their Family Law Panel Accreditation.
Fatimah based in our Guildford office specialises in Divorce, Financial Remedy, Private Law Children, Domestic Abuse, Public Law and Probate. Fatimah qualified in England and Wales in 2017 and subsequently joined a boutique practice in North London.
Gita Duggal spearheads the Luton office and is known in local community groups. Gita qualified in 2011 and has significant experience in dealing with a private caseload consisting of divorce, financial and children matters.
Kirsty Richards, Head of Family at NLS commented “It is great to be able to announce the promotion of these esteemed solicitors to supervisors. We believe in nurturing and developing talent and these well-deserved promotions are evidence to that commitment”
National Legal Service Solicitors have offices across 19 locations including Birmingham, Manchester, Luton, Wolverhampton, Coventry & Bristol. To view our current vacancies, please click here