We recently successfully helped a client to appeal the refusal of a personal license by Falkirk Council. The Sheriff found that the local authority had no good reasons to refuse the personal license and therefore granted the appeal after a hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court.
...in good ways and bad.
Being a lawyer is great for seeing the best and worst of people. Particularly so when they are fighting over their children. Some parents conform to the sterotype of adversarial mum or dad, claiming that the other parent is useless or, worse, dangerous to the children. The ex partner (of perhaps many years) is demonised and suddenly not a fit person for the children to see. This may sometimes reflect reality, in the worst of cases, but is normally just a sign that a parent is using contact with children as a weapon. The aim being to cause the other parent as much upset as possible or to use the children as a "bargaining chip" in the financial negotiations.
The parents that fight tooth and nail over their children fail to see the damage they are doing to their children. Often they are so busy fighting that they forget about the children who are stuck in the middle while the warfare rages above them.
Quite often, however, parents surprise you. They can appreciate that the other parent may be a rotten (ex) partner or spouse but can acknowledge that they are at least a good parent. In these cases the parents have quite often resolved the contact problems by the time they come to the office. They are able to see that keeping contact with both parents is in the interests of the chidren and can set aside their personal problems, at least in relation to the children.
Experience tells me that where parents can set aside their feelings about each other to resolve problems with the chilren, those chidren adapt better to their parents' separation than the children whose parents constantly battle it out.
A recent conversation highlighted once again the importance of taking legal advice at as early an opportunity as possible. Unfortunately people are human (!) and act in the heat of the moment. This is perfectly understandable but can cause problems.
An employee had been suspended with pay but took exception, understandably in this case, to the way the procedure was being handled by the employer. Without first lodging a grievance the employee resigned thus making any claim for unfair/constructive dismissal very difficult to pursue.
So the moral of the story is...please do nothing hasty until you have spoken to your solicitor. If in doubt - wait it out.