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March 1st is 'D-Day' for many parents waiting to hear which Secondary school their child has been allocated

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For many families, the anxious wait will be over and you may well hear the collective sigh of relief. However, for families who are not allocated the school of their choice, they may be worried and upset. Remember, parents have the ‘right to express a preference’ - their child does not have the right to have the school of their choice...

Beverley Watkins appears in this month's edition of the Law Society Gazette

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Managing Partner, Beverley Watkins, was recently asked to provide comment on the Ministry of Justice's Legal Advice Gateway for an article in the Law Society Gazette. The Legal Advice Gateway is a telephone service which provides advice on...

THE 31st MARCH 2018 - WHAT DO PARENTS NEED TO KNOW?

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The 31st March 2018 represents the final date by which all Local Authorities in England need to have transferred all Statements of Special Educational Needs into Education, Health and Care Plans (EHC Plans). This deadline is as a result of a change in...

Remarriage following divorce

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Beverley Watkins explains that remarrying before sorting out financial matters from a first divorce can have catastrophic consequences. If a party to a divorce proceedings remarries before they have dealt with the financial aspects of their divorce,...

New Divorce Petition 2017

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Beverley Watkins has been looking at the new Divorce Petition which came into use on 7 th August 2017. The form has been improved and is definitely easier to use. You can now pay the Court fee by debit/credit card. If you indicate that you do...

Cuts to Education - The Current Situation

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Following the recent announcement that an approximate £32million worth of funding cuts could hit Bristol schools, parents have been taking a stand; by sitting down at picnics across the centre on 26 May 2017. The picnics, that were held in four...

Council's home to school transport policies lead to a rise in complaints to the local government ombudsman

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The Local Government Ombudsman has published a focus report concerning home to school transport issues. This follows a marked increase in complaints that the Local Government Ombudsman have seen about these issues over the past two years. The...

Changes to the evidence required to obtain legal aid for victims of domestic violence

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Beverley Watkins welcomed the announcement that the Legal Aid Agency plan to scrap the rule that victims must provide evidence of abuse within the last 5 years and that they plan to widen the evidence. It is not yet clear when the new rules will be...

'BRANGELINA' and conscious uncoupling if they were living in England in Wales

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Everyone seems to be talking about the news that Angelina and Brad have separated. The divorce has been filed in the USA and therefore the law is somewhat different to that in England and Wales. Angelina has apparently filed for divorce on the grounds of...

Watkins Solicitors speak at Bristol Autism Support

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Watkins Solicitors speak at Bristol Autism Support – dispelling more myths about exclusion and school transport for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability. Liz Smith and Beverley Watkins gave a talk at a Bristol Autism...