Changes in Scotland’s charity sector: what does it mean for English-based organisations? Our guest contributor, Helen Kidd who is an Associate at Brodies LLP, considers the regulatory and legislative changes for charities in Scotland during 2019.
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At Stone King, not only do we listen to you, but we use plain English and avoid legal jargon when talking with you. All our solicitors are friendly and approachable.
We take the time to understand your problems in detail so that we can give you the most appropriate guidance and advice to suit your individual circumstances. You can be confident that we will keep you updated on the progress of your case. Our solicitors will get in touch when significant events occur and be on hand to answer any questions you may have.
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Stone King has been independently assessed and awarded the prestigious Lexcel accreditation by the Law Society for delivering excellence in legal service to our clients. Not only is this testimony to our emphasis on quality client care, but it also recognises our commitment to ensuring our staff are fully trained and well managed. You can be confident in the advice we provide and in the service you will receive.
Total Service, No Matter What
In certain circumstances you may require other professional services to resolve both your immediate and longer term issues. We can provide you with introductions to financial advisors, accountants, surveyors, valuers and banks. By co-ordinating these additional professional resources, we can help you manage your affairs to meet your personal needs.
What It Costs You
We give you an estimate of the probable costs at the outset and, if the costs are likely to alter, we will inform you as the work progresses so that you are not suddenly faced with an unexpected bill.
You may pay privately or, if your income and savings are low, you may be entitled to Public Funding (formerly Legal Aid).
We are able to provide you with advice in many areas of the law and our solicitors belong to many specialist professional bodies including: Resolution, the Family Mediators' Association, the Family Panel, the Children Panel, the Personal Injury Panel, Association of Personal Injury Lawyers, Solicitors for the Elderly, the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners.
Stone King is listed in the most influential legal directories including Chambers Guide to the Legal Profession and The Legal 500.
Divorce can be stressful and it can be tempting for separating couples to try and save time and money by getting a quick, do-it-yourself divorce. However, there is a real danger that cutting corners now by getting a ‘quickie’ divorce could cost you dearly in the longer term.
If you are planning on buying property don’t start looking until you’ve read our expert guide!
Our team of property solicitors have over 50 years’ experience in helping all types of house-hunter turn their dream homes into reality with expert guidance and legal advice.
Many people looking to invest savings do so by purchasing a Buy to Let property where the monthly rent provides a regular income, probably with a better return than most short term savings accounts. However it is essential to check that the property, be it a house or a flat, can in fact be rented out. All leasehold flats have some form of restriction as to how they can be used and occupied and those restrictions can limit and even prohibit use as holiday lets or student lets.
Nicholas Wragg of Stone King recently successfully defended Mr P at Bath Magistrates Court where he faced trial for two assaults on police constables and one of obstructing a police constable.
The majority of internet offenders admit what they have been doing immediately when confronted by the police. What has hitherto been a private world, between them and their computer, suddenly comes crashing down the moment the police walk through the door. The reality of exposure to the police, courts, social services and most of all their family and friends is for many a tidal wave of emotion, fear and panic. They know what the police will find. They know something of what that means. And most want help.
But what help is available? Is there therapy for a sex offender?
On the 6 April 2017, The Sun announced with the rather lurid headline “vigilante paedo hunters Dark Justice win landmark court ruling giving them total freedom to entrap perverts”.
When any defendant appears for sentence in a sexual offence, whether or not they go to prison, or for how long, is understandably the focus of attention. But in almost all of those cases, there will also be from the prosecution an application for a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO). This order, (and the very similar predecessor version called a SOPO), will be made if such an order is necessary to protect the public anywhere in the world from harm.
The recent case of Mark Webb pleading guilty in Bristol Crown Court to perverting the course of justice gives the chance to have a look at just how seriously the courts regard those who try to con the system.
Many people don’t realise that any change in marital status will change the effectiveness of a Will. If you don’t keep your Will updated as life changes, you could be in danger of leaving loved ones without the inheritance you intended and a family dispute over your estate.