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Miss Fitton-Brown Completes direct-access course

28 Oct 2008, 11:01 by John Snell

Labels: civil-law, direct-access, family-law

On the 24th October Miss Fitton-Brown completed a direct-access courst and will soon be able to take instructions direct from clients in certain family law cases and in civil law.

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Parents turn to lawyers to beat school place lottery

24 Oct 2008, 10:28 by John Snell

Labels: admission-appeals, daily-mail, education, exclusion-appeals, ian-jones, parents-outloud, schools-appeals

Ian Jones was interviewed by the Daily Mail about school appeals and the growing number of parents who are instructing barristers before applying to popular state schools. Mr Jones who specialises in school admissions said "Parents are aware of what they are up against and want to do the best for their child. It's perhaps particularly a problem in primary schools because of the class size limit to 30". The Daily Mail reporter went on to quote Margeret Morrissey, of the parents lobby group, Parents Outloud, who said "each local authority and school has different criteria and this is confusing for parents ... There had been so many changes that you end up with a mismatch of rules and regulations that is an absolute minefield for parents."

The full school appeals report can be found at the Daily Mail Friday 24th October 2008 page 27.

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More parents use lawyers to secure school places

24 Oct 2008, 09:47 by John Snell

Labels: guardian-newspaper, ian-carter, ian-jones, school-appeal, school-appeals

Mr. Ian Jones was interviewed by the Guardian about school appeals and the now common place use of lawyers by parents in school appeals, Mr Jones (who may have been incorrectly reffered to as Ian Carter) said "Parents want to know when they need to move house to secure the best place at schools. They want to know how close they have to be to the school to guarantee a place, and they dont want a margin of error ... They want advice on how to get it right from the beginning". Mr Jones went on to say that many parents felt they needed the representation to navigate the complex and emotionally charged process of school appeals. He then said "they feel the system is stacked against them and they need support to get through it".

Reported in the Guardian thursday 23rd October 2008 on page 6.

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Andrew Willetts - New Websites

14 Oct 2008, 17:20 by Andrew Willetts

Labels: barrister, cornwall, coroners-court, devon, lawyer, midlands, personal-injury, public-access, south-west

Andrew Willetts, barrister at New Walk Chambers in Leicester, is pleased to announce the launch of five new websites aimed at making it easier for clients to contact him and his Chambers. Andrew is a specialist civil practitioner who works extensively both in the Midlands and the South West, and since August 2008 also undertakes Public Access work.

 

personal-injury-barrister.co.uk

coroners-court-lawyer.co.uk

court-agent-devon.co.uk

court-agent-cornwall.co.uk

landlord-tenant-lawyer.co.uk

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Fayyaz Afzal receives OBE

13 Oct 2008, 16:01 by John Snell

Labels: barrister, buckingham-palace, obe

Mr Fayyaz Afzal attended Buckinghham Palace on Fri 10th Oct 2008to receive the award of his OBE. I would like to congratulate him on behalf of my fellow barristers at chambers and wish him every continuing succes in the future.

 Written by John Snell, Barrister at New Walk Chambers, specialising in Criminal Law.

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