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15th Feb 2024

Options if your former partner is not complying with a child arrangement order

Facing a breach of a child arrangement order (CAO) after parental separation can be distressing. This article guides on handling non-compliance, from direct communication to court enforcement, and explores the financial implications in such scenarios, with expert legal advice. A child arrangement order (sometimes referred to as a CAO) is a court order which stipulates the contact arrangements for a child following parental separation. This type of court order is normally only needed when parents cannot reach agreement between themselves on what is best for their child. ‘Breach of a child arrangement order can cause distress for a parent, but also results instability for children. At times it can even mean children are not permitted to see one of their parents, so it is important to understand your options when a breach occurs,’ says Connor Williams, a Litigation Executive in the family team with Borneo Martell Turner Coulston. What is..

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09th Jan 2024

What should you consider when buying new energy efficient windows and doors...

Anyone who is considering replacing doors or windows in their homes may feel overwhelmed by the process and the various, options, advice and claims made by different companies. So, what should you look out for when researching? How do you know that the claims which are being made are true, and what are the key things to look out for? Knowing the answers to questions can make a real difference in making the right decision for such a large investment. As the best product, fitted in the right way can save consumers hundreds every year in energy bills – but getting it wrong can be very costly. Here are some of the key things to check: Does the company have independent accreditations and can they prove it ? It is always best to check the company’s independent accreditations. For example, the British Fenestration Rating Council (BFRC) are the leading consumer..

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07th Nov 2023

Adultery and divorce advice from Wilson Browne Solicitors

If David Beckham did have an affair, would it be relevant to divorce proceedings? In the spotlight, the Beckham saga raises questions about alleged affairs. Since ‘no-fault’ divorce’s introduction, the landscape has transformed, eliminating the need for blame. Ed Rawlins from Wilson Browne Solicitors unravels the impact and broader implications of these changes on today’s divorcing couples. In a four-part TV series, titled ‘Beckham’, ‘Posh’ addressed the speculation that David allegedly had an affair while he was playing for Real Madrid. The questions is…Did he? Didn’t he? Is there any evidence, or is it all media speculation? Before 6th April 2022 adultery was a fact that could be relied upon to issue divorce proceedings – if it was admitted or there was evidence that it had taken place. However, since then ‘no fault’ divorce has been introduced. The traditional process for divorce entailed one party providing a specific reason for..

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02nd Nov 2023

Northampton charities set to benefit from Franklins Solicitors £50 Challenge

Four Northamptonshire-based charities are set to benefit from an Apprentice-style fundraising challenge, organised by Franklins Solicitors LLP. Cynthia Spencer Hospice and the Hope Centre have once again been selected to benefit from the challenge and two new Northampton-based charities – The Lewis Foundation and Northamptonshire Community Foundation – have been chosen to gain valuable funds from the challenge in 2024. The challenge sees each participating team receive an initial £50 seed funding from Franklins Solicitors, a prominent legal firm with offices in Northampton and Milton Keynes. Each team then has three months to turn the £50 seed funding into substantial funds for their chosen charity however they choose – anything from bake sales to barbecues, auctions, car washes and more. Since it began in 2018, the Franklins £50 Challenge has raised more than £100,000 for local charities, showcasing the potential for collective efforts to bring about meaningful transformation. The 2024..

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31st Oct 2023

Playful Beginnings: A Year of Success with Gray & Moo

Gray & Moo is a family-run luxury soft play business that has been taking Northamptonshire by storm over the past year. We spoke to the owner Niki to find out a bit more about the business, how it became such a success, and what we can expect to see in the future... Hi Niki! Tell us a bit about Gray & Moo and what inspired you to start this business? Absolutely! Gray & Moo is a family-run luxury soft play business based in Wellingborough. We provide premium play equipment for children's parties, weddings, christenings, and various events. I started this venture about a year ago as a passion project, bringing a creative touch to my life, given my background in marketing and PR. It began as a weekend hobby but quickly took off, and now I've provided soft play for over 100 local events. Congratulations on celebrating your first year!..

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06th Sep 2023

How do we deal with our mortgage during a divorce...

Untangling the emotional threads of a relationship during a divorce is challenging, but unraveling the financial knots, particularly when it comes to shared assets like a home, can feel daunting. The family home, a symbol of shared dreams and memories, suddenly becomes a pressing financial concern. With fluctuations in the economy and the ever-looming cost-of-living crisis, many separating couples find themselves pondering: ‘What happens to our mortgage now?’ Navigating this delicate terrain requires understanding, clarity, and timely advice. Let’s delve into the options and considerations you need to keep in mind. With interest rates and the cost-of-living crisis in the headlines daily, mortgage affordability is a concern for many homeowners, not least for couples who are separating and wondering how this will affect their mortgage arrangements. ‘Most couples prefer to negotiate a clean financial break so that they have no ongoing financial ties, but if you have a joint mortgage,..

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06th Sep 2023

A guide to maternity errors with Wilson Browne Solicitors

Navigating the complexities of medical negligence can be overwhelming. In this article, Wilson Browne solicitors delve deep into the realm of clinical negligence in maternity care. From the heartbreak of stillbirths to the long-term consequences of birth injuries, they underscore the importance of understanding and addressing the tragic repercussions of subpar medical care. Offering guidance on potential legal recourse, this is a must-read for those seeking clarity and justice in such grievous situations. It seems like hardly a month goes by without another news story where people have not received the medical care and attention they needed. Whether it’s diagnosis and treatment for cancer, or sad situations involving care during pregnancy or childbirth, it never makes for good reading, but what do we mean when we talk about Medical Negligence (aka Clinical Negligence)? Medical negligence can occur during any interaction a patient has with a medical professional when care falls..

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31st Aug 2023

Local business embarks on a new chapter

Nakasero, a female-led, family-owned business known for producing award-winning vegan-accredited condiments, is thrilled to announce the sale of its beloved recipes to a global manufacturer. "We are extremely happy and excited to announce this sale," stated Gita Raikundalia, the founder of Nakasero. "The sale of our Nakasero recipes is a significant change, allowing the range to expand its reach to a new generation of consumers. I am delighted that my recipes will now travel the globe, just as I had envisaged." Since its inception in 2019, Nakasero has earned widespread acclaim for its exceptional vegan-accredited condiments. The brand's commitment to quality, taste, and clean eating has garnered a dedicated following, both locally and internationally. Nakasero has received numerous accolades, including New Business of the Year, Local Artisan Product of the Year, Two-time Businesswoman of the Year, Lloyds Small Business of the Year, and a Bronze award in the One to..

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25th Jun 2023

Looked after children in Northamptonshire are thanked and rewarded by credit union Commsave

A Community Fund set up by a Northamptonshire based credit union has made its latest donation – supporting looked after children across Northamptonshire. Commsave, one of the largest and most successful credit unions in the UK, set up its Community Fund last year, and has since awarded nearly £30,000 to both local and UK-wide charities and causes. This month the credit union awarded £2,000 to Northamptonshire Children's Trust, a not-for-profit organisation which delivers children's social care and targeted early help services on behalf of both North Northamptonshire Council and West Northamptonshire Council. The donation was used to recognise and reward children at the recent Children in Care Awards. Categories included Aspirational Star, Determined to Learn, Super Skills and Making a Difference. Colin Foster, Chief Executive of Northamptonshire Children’s Trust, said: “Commsave’s generosity helped make our Children in Care Awards extra special. These awards are all about celebrating children and young..

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25th Jun 2023

Town centre hotel to be rebranded and upgraded as part of seven-figure deal

A town centre hotel is to be rebranded and upgraded to four stars as part of a seven-figure investment programme hailed as a ‘pledge of faith’ in Northampton’s future. The Park Inn is currently run under the Radisson banner but will become a Mercure next year as part of the rebrand. Parent company Accor announced the deal and said the revamped hotel will be a joint venture between real estate fund manager Frogmore and C1 Capital Partners. The 146-room Mercure Northampton will be operated under a franchise agreement and the extensive renovation will see a real focus on the ‘market town’ history of Northampton, celebrating both the history and future of the Market Square. General manager Simon Smith said: “This is the start of an exciting journey as we become the town centre’s first four-star hotel. It is a signal of intent and a pledge of faith in Northampton, where..

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21st Jun 2023

Enjoy year-round use from your conservatory

Multi-award-winning T&K Home Improvements are leading the way with innovative roof styles that will keep your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. Not only do they look great, but they also significantly reduce energy costs from older roofs.  T&K’s Insulate+ Replacement Roof System is made from quality materials that are designed to last for years without needing repairs or replacement. Plus, they come with a 10-year warranty! Now that the hotter weather is upon us, having a conservatory that is kept cool is important for several reasons. First and foremost, a cool conservatory ensures a comfortable and enjoyable space for relaxation and recreation. This can be achieved by adding thermally efficient transparent vents to your roof. They create more light and circulation of air, meaning homeowners can utilise their conservatory all year round, even during the hot summer months.  Homeowners can now enjoy the beauty of..

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17th Jun 2023

Celebrating 15 years in business

Doors have opened at a treasure trove for people looking for anything from material remnants to products that will offer a stylish touch to a home. The shop is the latest initiative for Sue Cardy who saw an opportunity to make better use of the space at her showroom and workshop based at Sywell Aerodrome.  Sue will be offering a good selection of fabric end of rolls and remnants which range from luscious printed velvets to crisp cottons and textured silks or linens, plains through to traditional and contemporary patterns, something for everyone who enjoys crafting and sewing.  There is a wealth of other items from soft furnishings to accessories.  These include handmade glass from Nobile, interesting individual pottery items, Swaffer rugs which are made to order and soft furnishings like lampshades and cushions. The shop will be open most Wednesdays and Thursdays 11am-3pm, other times by appointment, feel free..

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16th Jan 2023

Local award-winners celebrate hitting another huge milestone

A local award-winning business, which started out during the pandemic, is celebrating after ending 2022 by hitting a huge milestone. Family-run business Nakasero, have announced that their range of products, are now available to buy from premium retail store Whole Foods. The unique-tasting condiments and relishes are already popular amongst the local community, but now the products are available to a whole new range of customers. Gita Raikundalia, Nakasero owner said: “I am incredibly thrilled that Nakasero is available to buy in Whole Foods. “I have always dreamed about my products being sold by premium retailers. To see my relishes available in Whole Foods is just incredible. “I’ve been so determined to share Nakasero with the world – as a family we’ve been working diligently behind the scenes and this just shows that hard work pays off.” When asked how the opportunity..

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14th Feb 2022

Jobs fair to give employers chance to find ‘perfect candidate...

A recruitment event being held in Northampton will match jobseekers with vacancies at a number of companies in and around the town centre. The jobs fair is being staged by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) as part of a drive to boost employment in the town and help companies find the perfect candidate to fill gaps in their workforce. The event will be held from 11am-3pm on Friday 4th March in the Grosvenor Gatherings unit in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton (located next to River Island, Upper Floor). It follows from the success of a Christmas jobs fair held last year. Mark Mullen, BID Operations Manager, said: “Our first jobs fair proved a big success with plenty of employers able to meet prospective employees and showcased the wide variety of roles available across multiple sectors here in Northampton. “The event will be the perfect platform where all those looking for..

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03rd Nov 2021

Town centre recruitment fair will be ‘just the job...

A recruitment event being held in Northampton town centre promises to be ‘just the job’ for anyone looking for work in time for Christmas. The jobs fair is being staged by Northampton Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID) as part of a drive to match jobseekers with vacancies at a number of companies in and around the town. The event will be held from 11am-3pm on Friday 12th November in the Grosvenor Gatherings unit in Grosvenor Shopping Northampton (located next to River Island, Upper Floor). Mark Mullen, BID Operations Manager, said: “We have heard from a number of town centre businesses with vacancies to fill and we wanted to provide a platform where all those looking for work could come and chat to prospective employers and see what’s available. “Christmas is a hugely important period for retailers in particular and it’s a good time to find work and build a career...

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