New services including fixed fee court representation

At The Legal Stop our aim is to make the law and the provision of legal services both more affordable and more accessible to both individuals and businesses. To many people the whole legal field is opaque and those on the outside often find it intimidating and bewildering. We intend to change that and ensure that you can secure straightforward advice access to legal documents that will allow you to act with confidence.

The Legal Stop is proud to introduce several new services that will offer individuals and businesses affordable legal services. These are:

  • Fixed Fee Legal Advice
  • Fixed Fee Bespoke Document Drafting
  • Fixed Fee Court Representation

We have partnered with a select number of law firms and barristers’ chambers to provide access to legal services on a transparent and affordable fixed fee basis. Most legal firms charge on an hourly basis and this means that costs can quickly add up, making an already stressful situation worse. We have seen the need for providing quality, affordable advice and can ensure that qualified solicitors and barristers are on hand to provide the professional expertise that you need. This includes fixed fee court representation so that for a one-off fixed fee you can have a barrister representing you in the County Court to deal with matters such as possession hearings, charging orders or enforcement hearings. We can also help with case management conferences, applications to set aside default judgements and arbitration hearings. This means you will have peace of mind knowing that costs are transparent right from the start and you can proceed without the worry of how you will deal with a situation of rapidly escalating fees.

In addition to our newly launched offering The Legal Stop will continue to provide the same great professional service in the areas of:

  • Legal and Business Document Templates
  • Request a Template Service
  • Free Legal Documents and Information

We have a portfolio of over 300 legal document templates online and available for download. All of our document templates are professionally drafted, legally binding and subject to the jurisdiction of the courts of England and Wales. They are also regularly updated to comply with any changes to the law. Our templates are written in plain English and easily understandable, so you can avoid the jargon that is commonplace elsewhere. Our documents are also bespoke and tailored to your individual circumstances.

Because our templates are fully compliant with English law they avoid a lot of the uncertainty about creating the sort of contracts and agreements that everyday life requires us to draw up to protect ourselves and our businesses. We explain subjects in a straightforward way and ensure that you have the confidence to deal with other parties in a professional and legally compliant way.

At The Legal Stop we offer great value-for-money – all of our services are carried out on a fixed fee basis with no hidden extras. We also offer a 100% money-back guarantee so you can buy with confidence!

Police To Tackle Sexual Harassment On London Public Transport

Police in London urged the great number of victims of sexual harassment to report the incidents each time they happen.

They are going to do everything possible in order to stop or at least decrease the rate of such experiences and this is why 2,000 of the London police officers have received training in dealing with sexual offences.

They will watch carefully buses, underground and overground trains where sexual harassment do happen most often.

As travelers in the London’s transport system have made complaints that they were not feeling safe enough, this project will now provide up to 180 officers on the stations across London.By the way have you checked our Anti-bulling and harassment policy?

Sexual harassment was the thing, they mentioned most often and shared they were afraid of it.

Most of the victims of such incidents do not even report them as they are sure police will not do anything in order to help them.

According to Ricky Twyford, an inspector who is managing the project, its aim was to encourage women speak up about these incidents.

“We hope this will send a message to everyone that we will not tolerate this behaviour,” Twyford commented. “We want women to feel confident that they will be listened to and their complaints will all be taken seriously.”

The national End Violence Against Women coalition, Everyday Sexism, and international movement Hollaback were drafted in assistance of the project.

This project is expected to take action against any perpetrators and at the same time to establish the scope of the problem and help its salvation.

 

Legal Aid U-Turn Means Defendants Will Be Able To Choose Their Solicitor

There is a great probability that legal aid defendants in criminal cases would not be able to choose their own lawyer for the future. If they want they can also go for a fixed-fee legal advice online.

This plan appeared as an opposition to the idea of the justice secretary to cut legal aid.

In the words of Chris Grayling money could be saved as young and inexperienced lawyers are hired for legal aid cases. This meant that taxpayers would not keep on paying for a “legal ‘Rolls-Royce’” to defend the people who receive legal aid.

Critics, on the other hand, claim that less experienced solicitors could harm justice seriously.

However, critics pointed out that this would leave legal aid defendants in their access to justice.

Last Thursday Tory MPs declared that the state should be banned to choose a defendant’s solicitor or barrister.

The Commons Justice Committee chairman received a letter from Mr. Grayling in which he claimed he was ready to reconsider part of his plans on legal aid only if these could help to reduce legal aid spending.

“The rationale for proposing this change was to give greater certainty of case volume for providers, making it easier and more predictable for them to organise their businesses,” he wrote.

“However, I have heard clearly from the Law Society and other respondents that they regard client choice as fundamental to the effective delivery of criminal legal aid.”

He added he would think carefully once more and define whether clients receiving criminal legal aid have to be allowed to choose a solicitor or not.

The Law Society and Bar Council were both pleasantly surprised by the news.

 

Police search Commons office of MP Nigel Evans

Mr Nigel Evans-a deputy speaker of the House of Commons, was arrested earlier this month, because of sexual assault allegations, which were denied by him. Evans will not resume his duties, until an official outcome.  Ribble Valley was also questioned by the police, but he also classed the allegations as “completely false”.

After a warrant was approved by Preston Crown Court, an official search in the Commons office was conducted on Sunday. John Bercow (Commons speaker) said he considered the warrant and had taken legal advice before allowing the search.

The Lancashire Police said they had searched offices in London , adding that  they had “gone through all the appropriate and necessary procedures before taking this step”.

In a statement at the start of parliamentary business, Mr Bercow said he had been advised “there were no lawful grounds on which it would be proper to refuse its execution”.

He told MPs that the “precincts of Parliament are not a haven from the law”. “The Serjeant at Arms and Speaker’s Counsel were present when the search was conducted,” he added. “Undertakings have been given by the police officers as to the handling of any parliamentary material until such time as any issue of privilege is resolved.”

 

Longer Sentences for Sex Offenders

Sentences for rape and different forms of sexual assault should be longer so that they correspond to some extent to the psychological impact on the victim.

Recently the Sentencing Council gave the suggestion that sexual offences should be treated focusing on the physical aspects of the assault and not on the lasting effects it may have over the victim.

The Sentencing Council’s consultation is set to run in 14 weeks and it suggests that there should be a greater focus on the modus operandi of the perpetrator and also on factors such as modern technology used to film the assault.

If proved that rapists have used alcohol or drugs for their victims, their sentence will be up to 19 years, which was until now the sentence for those who had committed multiple rapes.

Potential prison terms for sexual offences against children will also change depending on that whether a position of trust was abused.

If these changes take place they will have heavy impact on cases in which victims of sexual assaults were afraid to make any accusations for long time. These changes will affect sentences for 54 specific crimes connected to sexual offence.

The Sentencing Council’s Lord Justice Tracy said: “The perspective of victims is central to the council’s considerations,”We want to ensure sentences reflect everything the victim has been through and what the offender has done.”

In case you were involved in such a crime, better get fixed fee legal advice online, which might save you lots of complications on a later stage!

Disproportionate Force Against Burglars To be Legalised

Homeowners might be able to use “Disproportunatte force” if they need to defend their homes from burglars. This is the clause that is expected to be added to the crime and courts bill, which is currently under review by the House of Lords. This information has been hiven by Justice secretary Chris Grayling, who announced recently his intentions to change the laws concerning self-defence from intruders.

And on Sunday, Grayling said: “The public should be in no doubt that the law is on their side. That is why I am toughening up the current law for those who defend themselves and their loved ones. Householders who act instinctively and honestly in self-defence are victims of crime and should be treated that way.”

Currently home owners, who are victims of intruders are required to force which they genuinely feel to be “reasonable in the circumstances”, which means the new changes may seem unreasonable. This, according to legal experts will lead to difficulties related to the implementation of the proposed changes in the real world.

“It’s a vote-catcher,” said the chair of the Criminal Bar Association, Michael Turner QC. “There’s no concept elsewhere in British law of allowing anyone to use disproportionate force for pretty obvious reasons.
“It’s no surprise that a non-lawyer would come up with such a crazy
idea. Are we really saying that the police should not even investigate
cases [in which an intruder is harmed]? I can’t believe this will make
it into statute.”

Apparently, there is little evidence the changes offered to give
better protection for the victims of this kind of criminal offence.
Recent researches show that there are very few house owners, who
fought against burglars and got charged – only 11 cases for more than
15 years, with only 7 of them inclusive of domestic burglaries.

Currently, we cannot offer you a How-To-Fight-Intruders Guide book,
however we have a large variety of free and paid legal documents,
which hopefully will help you sort out a certain aspect of your life.

 

 

Fathers Given Legal Rights To See Their Children

According to a new alteration to the law, absent fathers will be  given legal rights to see their children, with the exception of cases, where fathers might cause harm to them.

The alteration has been announced in a letter distributed to the MPs by Edward Timpson, Children`s minister. The letter claims that this move  has been required, as both parents should play a part of their children`s lives. The proposed changes will take effect in 2013 and have been met with controversy .

Although Fathers` rights campaign groups applauded this, the move caused wide discussions, as some legal experts questioned the need of such legal rights for the fathers and stood behind the position that this kind of law might place parental rights higher than the best interests of the children themselves.

Alan Beith, the Liberal Democrat chairman of the Parliamentary Justice committee, wrote to the Prime Minister over the summer warning that the proposal would “simply lead to confusion” and risked “undermining the central principal that the welfare of the child is paramount.”

A statement from the Law Society read: “The welfare of children must always come before the rights of parents and no legislation should create or point to a perception that there is an assumed parental right to substantially shared or equal time for both parents.

“While the government’s intention to promote co-operative parenting is welcomed, legislation to promote shared parenting is not needed. Current legislation adequately provides the right framework for securing a child’s welfare.”

However Minister Timpson opposed the claims and was confident about the new changes by saying:

“I know from my own experience practising as a family lawyer, that many separating couples feel the system is far too adversarial, with courts seen as creating ‘winners’ and ‘losers’. It is vital that both mothers and fathers feel confident that the court will consider fully the benefits of their involvement.”

In addition he said that there is a high demand of such a law, as currently there is no law recognising this issue, and the introduction of one would help to “restore confidence”. He said also that the time spent with the children for each parent will not be set by the legislation, but will be a matter of court decision.

According to a research, which was conducted at the beginning of the 2011 summer riots, revealed that 60% of the country`s most troubled families are headed only by a single mother, lacking a “male role model” in the child`s life.

If you need any help with custody and parental rights, do not hesitate to get a Fixed Fee Legal Advice. 

Try Our New Service – Fixed Fee Legal Advice!

Knowledge is power and we want to share the knowledge.

We truly believe that everyone is entitled to high quality legal advice at the most affordable prices, so we joined forces with Click Law 24 and now we can offer you Fixed Fee Legal Advice from UK Barristers for as little as £50!

Click Law 24 is a service provided by EDC Lord Co Solicitors and Six Pump Court Barristers’ Chambers.

Click Law 24 gives you access to Barrister drafted advice.

We can now offer fixed fee Barrister drafted advice on:

  • Family Law
  • Employment
  • Personal Injury
  • Consumer Rights
  • Landlord & Tenant/Property Disputes
  • Company Law
  • Contract
  • Inheritance/Wills
  • Criminal Law

 

Save time and money by using this new service for your legal needs!

Please visit: http://www.thelegalstop.co.uk/Fixed_Fee_Legal_Advice.html