12 Jun

Covid-19 – Spire Solicitors LLP Update

As we prepare to start gradually opening our offices over the coming weeks, Sarah Hughes, Spire Solicitors LLP, comments on how we have been able to, as well as will be able to continue to service your legal needs across the region with an uninterrupted service. We will be announcing office opening dates in due… Read More »

11 Jun

Furlough Deadline – Employees on Family Leave

The 10 June 2020 marked the cut-off for new entrants to the Government’s Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.  Many have been lobbying the Government to deal with the disadvantage this could cause for employees who are currently on family leave and who would otherwise be prevented from being placed on furlough and place them at greater… Read More »

09 Jun


‘I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.’ Oprah Winfrey No-one has any clear and definitive idea about where the economy will go over the next 6-12 months – the current global health crisis is going to leave everyone with lasting… Read More »

05 Jun

Public & Private Law Update

Public Law 1st Court of Appeal guidance on remote hearings during the COVID 19 pandemic Re A (Children) (Remote Hearing: Care and Placement Orders) [2020] EWCA Civ 583 30 April 2020 The appeal is in respect of 6 children. F is the father of all six children. MB is the mother of the oldest 4 children and… Read More »

04 Jun

Contact with children as lockdown eases

Richard Bevan, Head of Child Care, Spire Solicitors LLP comments on managing child contact between parents and families with the easing of lockdown since June 1st, 2020. During the main lockdown period, contact continued with most with the emphasis being clear for communication between parties to ensure the bests interests of the children for contact… Read More »

03 Jun

Expert witness guidance during Covid-19

The Association of Clinical Psychologists has released expert witness guidance during Covid-19 covering: 1. Timing & Prioritising work 2. Communicating with instructing solicitors and Courts 3. Conducting Online/Remote Psychological Assessments 4. Deciding whether/when to resume face-to-face assessments 5. Minimising transmission during face-to-face assessments 6. Acknowledging the limitations of working under different conditions This guidance is… Read More »

02 Jun


With some children in some areas returning to some schools this week (and some not), the journey out of Lockdown is feeling modest, particularly in the backdrop of scientific advice that this may be too much, too soon. However the latest stats from the Office of National Statistics as at 29 May make for some… Read More »

29 May

Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme: Briefing

Following a previous pilot and evaluation, the Cafcass Positive co-Parenting Programme has been embedded into practice for suitable Rule 16.4 cases nationally, where harmful conflict is the most significant case factor. It is also being trialled in Section 7 cases for professionals considering using CPPP in their cases. What is CPPP? The Cafcass Positive Co-Parenting… Read More »

27 May


You may have missed one of the more unusual pieces of guidance by the UK government, in a note published by the Cabinet Office on 7 May 2020, to businesses to encourage them to behave “responsibly” in relation to disruption in their commercial dealings caused by the Coronavirus. Why has this come out now? Well,… Read More »