Money Laundering

Introduction

Money Laundering is a way of covering up money, where it has originated, or processing it when it has been gained from unlawful purposes or in an illicit way. It is thought in fact that up to 5% of worldwide money is subject to money laundering. Many financial institutions have introduced ways to spot money laundering to try to apprehend culprits so bringing them to justice. Money launderers try to camouflage what they are doing in many ways becoming more and more sophisticated as time goes on.

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The Sale of Goods Act

Introduction

The Sale of Goods Act came into being back in 1979. It was introduced to help high street consumers when they have a problem with goods they have bought. It is handy to know just what your rights are when it comes to buying goods plus what you can do legally to put things right if you need to.

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Buying a Second Hand Car: What are My Rights?

Introduction

Buying a second hand car can be a risky business that sometimes can prove to be more expensive than we anticipated, especially if something goes wrong with it. If the car breaks down on you straight away or a part goes faulty rendering the vehicle not drivable what should we do? We have taken a look at different scenarios and have come up with some useful facts to help if the worst should happen.

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Property Law: Buying or Selling a Home in the UK

Introduction

Buying a first home is an exciting experience filled with hope and anticipation. For many, selling an existing home in order to upgrade or downsize is equally exciting. In either case, the law dictates property transactions be carried out according to certain procedures. These procedures protect the interests of all parties involved.

Knowing these procedures is the responsibility of licensed solicitors and conveyancers. They go through extensive training programs prior to being licensed then continue with ongoing training to remain up-to-date. The knowledge they bring to the table is one of the main reasons why it is advisable to use a solicitor or conveyancer for property transactions.

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Criminal Law: Rights of Victims and the Accused

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Whether you have been the victim of a crime or you are the accused, criminal law in the UK affords you specific rights. When those rights are upheld, justice is insured to the best possible degree. When those rights are violated, more victims are created as a result. It is important for you to know your own rights regardless of which side of the law you are on.

For the accused, proper legal advice and representation is usually a necessity. While its true defendants are sometimes allowed to defend themselves, courts typically frown on this option. In some cases, a court will not even allow the legal process to go forward until the accused has a qualified lawyer.

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Clinical Negligence Law: You May Have a Claim If You’re Injured by a Doctor or Healthcare Facility

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Clinical negligence in the UK is an area of law governed by very specific rules under which claimants can receive compensation. It has been suggested the rules put in place are designed to provide a balance between consumer protection and the right of healthcare providers to provide care without the constant risk of lawsuits.

For the most part, the regulations seem to work as intended. However, some would say things are skewed too heavily to the benefit of the healthcare industry. In either case, consumers who believe they have been harmed due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical professional or institution have the right to attempt to seek compensation.

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Understanding Family Law and How It Can Help in Your Circumstances

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When it comes to the law, UK families have special needs that can be far different from those of a business or charitable organization. Those special needs are the result of the sensitive nature of family issues like separation, divorce, child custody, and guardianship.

Knowing how family law applies to a given circumstance helps make dealing with such issues a lot easier. That is where the advice of a good family law solicitor becomes important. Solicitors and law firms specialising in family law are often the best choice for consumers in need of help.

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Conveyancing Law: Residential and Commercial Transactions Best Left to Experts

Introduction

Are you planning to buy or sell a piece of residential or commercial property? If so, you are likely to need the help of a qualified solicitor or licensed conveyancer. In the UK, the average conveyancing transaction takes between 10 and 12 weeks because all of the paperwork and research required.

Fortunately for UK consumers, hiring a conveyancing solicitor is easy and relatively inexpensive. Most general law firms in major cities offer conveyancing services, as do some specialised firms and some retail outlets. In addition, there are literally dozens of websites you can use to locate a solicitor in your area.

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UK Divorce Law Is Intricate: Know the Details before You Proceed

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It is an unfortunate part of life that relationships between couples sometimes break down. Whether a couple is legally married or engaged in a civil partnership, a breakup results in certain consequences having to do with finances, children, shared property, etc. In the UK, divorce law is very intricate and differs depending on where you live.

If you are in the midst of a relationship breakup, it is important for you to know the details of how the law works before proceeding. You might seek advice from a community legal aid organisation or a qualified divorce law solicitor. In either case, you will need proper legal advice to make sure all of the loose ends are tied up.

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Personal Injury Law Is Changing: Make Sure You Know the Score

Introduction

Personal injury law in the UK has been slowly evolving since the mid-1990s in a way some fear is starting to model the environment in other countries. In order to keep the system from becoming excessively litigious, the government has adopted new legislation set to take effect from April 1, 2013.

If you have suffered a serious or debilitating injury that qualifies for a claim under the current law, it is important to contact a solicitor as soon as possible. You need to know what the law provides now and what the changes will be in the future. Only a qualified solicitor can advise you on the best course of action.  Continue reading

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