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07 March 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Criminal Defence
We recently tweeted about the police utilising drone technology to catch criminals, but what are your obligations if you want to harness this technology? Drones and the law This article examines drones and the legal framework which governs their usage. It focuses on drones which are available to the public and looks at potential risks, the relevant law, one’s responsibilities as a drone owner and further caveats for particular types of drone use. What are drones? ‘Drone’ refers to any object that can be flown without a human pilot. They can range from armed technologies used in military operations to…
07 March 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Criminal Defence
The government is planning to introduce legislation which will increase the maximum custodial sentence for offences under the Animal Welfare Act 2006. The current limit is six months’ imprisonment, but the new proposals would raise it to five years. This would bring England and Wales into line with other countries’ policies on animal cruelty and correct an issue of proportionality in relation to penalties available for other offences. Offences covered by the Act The Animal Welfare Act 2006 makes all of the following a criminal offence:• causing animals unnecessary suffering (whether intentionally or not),• improperly docking dogs’ tails,• causing…
07 March 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Criminal Defence
Notification Requirements and the Sex Offender Register – How to Be Removed From The List What is the ‘Sex Offender Register’? There isn’t an actual register, and the phrase refers to notification requirements imposed on some offenders convicted of sexual offences. Over 50,000 individuals are currently subject to notification requirements. The duration of the notification obligation depends on the sentencing disposal and the age of the offender. These are the relevant periods for adult offenders: What are the notification requirements? The notification requirements imposed are complex and in the main revolve around keeping the police informed of residence…
07 March 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Criminal Defence
  Many people convicted before magistrates feel aggrieved at the outcomenand wish to consider an appeal. A grievance may arise because they think that their case was not prepared correctly, or that the court reached the wrong result. For many people, a conviction could be a major barrier to employment or travel overseas, even where the offence itself is relatively minor. The court process is far from perfect. If you have a grievance, it is only right and proper that you consider your options. So, what can I do about it? The first thing to remember is that you must act…
07 March 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Criminal Defence
To the man or woman on the street, Criminal Solicitors represent only those who are hardened criminals. The reality is actually very different. No-one is immune from allegations being made against them. In today’s society it is very easy to make a complaint to police which then needs to be investigated. For someone who has been falsely accused, or found themselves in the wrong place at the wrong time, being arrested and questioned is a terrifying experience. At OWC Defence we appreciate how stressful and damaging accusations can be. Our skilled Solicitors can help you through the process, using their…
25 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Blog
  A director has been disqualified from running a business for six years because he paid large sums of money to his associates instead of creditors after his clothing company got into difficulties.
22 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Newsletters
Government scraps ‘unlawful’ employment tribunal fees The government has announced that it is scrapping employment tribunal fees following the Supreme Court ruling that they’re unlawful. Claimants who have paid fees while bringing a case will be given a refund.
22 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Newsletters
Landlord loses dispute over licensing and planning permission A landlord has lost a dispute with his local housing authority over the licensing of two of his properties that had been renovated without planning permission.
22 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Newsletters
Woman wins unfair dismissal claim against Marks & Spencer A woman who was sacked while on sick leave has won her claim of unfair dismissal and disability discrimination against Marks & Spencer.
21 February 2018 Written by Owen White Catlin Solicitors Category: Private Client
Entering a New Year is always a good time to take stock… of our careers, our work and, of course, our lives in general. At the centre of it all must be our families; everyone wants to protect their loved ones, both now and in the future. There are many ways to do this and the law can certainly play its part. The most obvious things are to make a will and to consider setting up a lasting power of attorney (LPA). Making a will is the best way to ensure that your wealth is passed on in the way…

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