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Children in pubs

Published 03 December 2012 | Standard notes SN04908

This note looks at the law concerning the presence of children in pubs – whether they may be admitted, served with alcohol, employed behind the bar or hired as entertainers.

Topic: Licensing

This note looks at the law concerning the presence of children in pubs – whether they may be admitted, served with alcohol, employed behind the bar or hired as entertainers.

It also summarises the law on the sale of alcohol to children in other European countries.

 

Children: Residence and contact related matters for parents, grandparents and others after separation

Published 02 November 2012 | Standard notes SN03100

Children: Residence and contact related matters for parents, grandparents and others after separation. By Manjit Gheera. SN/SP/3100.

Topic: Children and families, Children’s social services

 

Civil Partners and pensions

Published 02 July 2012 | Standard notes SN03035

This note looks at the way in which forming a civil partnership affects rights to state, occupational and personal pensions

Topic: Civil partnerships, Equality, Pensions

 

Calls for reform of the criminal law on child neglect

Published 29 June 2012 | Standard notes SN06372

The current criminal offence of child neglect is set out in section 1 of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933. The charity Action for Children has launched a campaign calling for reform of the law, arguing that the legislation needs to “catch up” with modern society’s understanding of neglect. However, the Government has said it has no plans to change the law in this area as the courts and children’s services already interpret the 1933 Act “in a contemporary way”.

Topic: Children and families, Criminal law

 

Confidentiality and openness in the family courts

Published 23 May 2012 | Standard notes SN06102

This note provides information on the new rules which enable duly accredited media representatives (but not the wider public) to attend certain family proceedings held in private, subject to a power for the court to direct their exclusion. It also deals with the rules governing communication of information and statutory reporting restrictions for family proceedings.

Topic: Children and families, Family law

 

“Common law marriage” and cohabitation

Published 01 March 2012 | Standard notes SN03372

Generally, although cohabitants do have some legal protection in several areas, they do not have as many rights and responsibilities as married couples, and there is no specific legal status for what is often referred to as a “common law marriage”. Studies have shown that many cohabiting couples are unaware of this fact. The Ministry of Justice has funded two voluntary sector partners to manage a campaign to make cohabitants more aware of their legal status and provide them with practical advice on how they can protect themselves and their families, should they wish to do so.

Topic: Cohabitation, Family law

 

Complaints against solicitors and other lawyers

Published 09 February 2012 | Standard notes SN03762

The Legal Ombudsman deals with complaints against all lawyers, including solicitors, registered in England and Wales. Anyone who is dissatisfied with the standard of service received from their lawyer should complain, in the first instance, to the lawyer concerned. If the matter cannot be resolved in this way, then a complaint may be made to the Legal Ombudsman.

Topic: Legal profession

 

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