Year: 2022

Complex relationship DNA tests: which test is best for your client?

Casey Randall, Head of DNA at AlphaBiolabs, explains how complex relationship DNA testing works, how such tests can be used for legal purposes, and how to interpret the results.     When we talk about DNA testing for legal matters, the first thought that probably comes to mind is paternity testing; a DNA relationship test most […]

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Charged with sexual offences for chatting with minors online? – the sentencing guidelines

If you have been charged with an offence as a result of communicating with a person under the age of 16 ( or in certain cases under 18 ) on the internet, you may be concerned about what happens next.  You may be charged with an offence if you contact the person for sexual purposes.  […]

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Why join a virtual law firm like Scott-Moncrieff as a freelancer consultant solicitor?

More solicitors than ever before are choosing to join a virtual law firm – and for good reason. It is well documented that people work best when they are happy with their working environment, enjoy a good work-life balance, and feel rewarded for what they do. Joining a virtual law firm can give you increased […]

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Essentials of company liquidation

Liquidation is the process whereby a company is dissolved, its assets sold and distributed to the appropriate parties. There are multiple different types of liquidation, depending on what circumstances the company in question finds itself in.  Working out which kind of liquidation approach is appropriate will include answering basic questions, such as whether the company […]

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Supporting an immigration application with DNA evidence

Casey Randall, Head of DNA at AlphaBiolabs, explores what barristers and family law professionals need to know about DNA testing for immigration, including when a client might wish to submit DNA evidence, and which relationship tests are best for immigration applications.     Scientific advances in DNA analysis make it easier than ever to establish a […]

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No-fault divorce will serve as a lifeline to women trapped in abusive marriages

The biggest change to divorce laws in the past 50 years will take place on 6 April 2022. From this date, married and civil partnership couples can obtain a divorce without having to “blame the other”, under the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 – commonly referred to as no-fault divorce. No-fault divorce has been […]

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10 reasons a lawyer might need their own lawyer

You often hear the term ‘if you want things done right do it yourself’ but it’s not always the case with professionals such as lawyers. This article will delve into the reasons why. On average, it takes around seven years (and a lot of work) to become a lawyer. With all that education and training, […]

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How the upcoming no fault divorce law will change lawyer workloads

It’s a sad fact that not every marriage is destined to last in fact, the divorce rate in the UK stands at around 42 per cent. Although divorce hasn’t always been something that society accepts, thankfully, things have moved on since then, with legislation being regularly updated. So, what’s one thing that every family law […]

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AlphaBiolabs first for UKAS accreditation for prenatal paternity testing

AlphaBiolabs is celebrating after becoming the first UK testing laboratory to be awarded accreditation for its non-invasive prenatal paternity testing.  The company, which provides a range of legal testing services including DNA, drug and alcohol testing for local authorities and family law professionals, was awarded ISO 17025 accreditation by the UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) following a two-year validation […]

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No fault divorce coming to the UK is good news for divorcing couples

Getting a divorce in the UK is set to become a whole lot simpler thanks to the imminent introduction of no fault divorce. But why will no fault divorce be so beneficial for divorcing couples? It’s a simple truth that getting divorced in the UK can be a messy affair. Amazingly, divorce laws have not […]

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