The link below takes you to the EHRC submission to the European Court of Human Rights for a determination of whether the Uk is applying the law in a way which protects religious freedom and prevents discrimination on religious grounds.
This area of law is fraught with difficutlties as different beliefs will conflict with each other from time to time and it's simply not possible to allow everyone full freedom. In my opinion it's a delicate balancing act which must show respect to everyone while allowing for each of us to hold to our own beliefs.
It'll be interesting to follow this case and its outcome. Whenever that might be!
Two eight year olds fighting in a full sized octagon while adults spectate. I'm most 8 year old boys fight like this a lot - especially with brothers. The context of this does however seem odd. Why are there so many adults? On the other hand this happens at football games up and down the country.
Is there outrage just because of the nature of the activity? That may be at the root of it. Most people involved in martial arts, boxing or MMA are responsible in training and competing but there probably does need to be regulation up to a certain age to protect children.
read the full BBC report here.
Making a Will is one of the most important things you can do. It clarifies your wishes in relation to your property, children (if under 16 years) and funeral arrangements.
Failure to make a Will can cause major difficulties for your beneficiaries. Your estate will be distributed according to the law rather than your wishes. Making a Will also provides an opportunity for us to advise on whether you should consider tax planning. If you do not make a Will, it may be necessary to apply to the court to appoint an executor, which will simply be a further cost.
Regardless of age you should also consider making a Power of Attorney. A Power of Attorney can have immediate effect or, can be postponed to take effect only when a doctor certifies you are no longer capable of dealing with your affairs and making decisions about your welfare.
If you become unable to administer your affairs but have not granted a Power of Attorney then your next of kin will have to apply to the court to appoint someone to deal with your affairs. This is time consuming and cost in the region of £2,000.
Throughout May, 2011 we are offering a reduced rate for Wills and Powers of Attorney for our existing clients. Depending on your financial circumstances you may be eligible for Legal Aid to cover the costs.
If you wish to prepare a Will or Power of Attorney or both please contact us to arrange an appointment.
01324 88 88 77
Apologies to all clients and others for the inconvenience caused by today's power cut. Unfortunately a number of businesses were hit by the cut which struck at about 10.45am. Power is due to be restored tonight but we wait in anticipation for the morning.
We are down to one phone line (old school phone that doesn't need plugged in!!)
We will keep you updated.