Pets and the law

From trips to the vet to micro-chipping, being a good pet owner means knowing the law.

Mandatory micro-chipping

They say dogs are man's best friend, and losing a much-loved pet can be devastating. Micro-chipping offers the best chance of a missing animal's safe return.

More than 86% of UK dog owners have already micro-chipped their pets. But, on 6 April this year, micro-chipping dogs became compulsory. Any dog over the age of eight weeks must be micro-chipped and registered on a national database.


How to protect ideas

The bright ideas that keep the world evolving

The birth of a Finn-Dorset lamb in 1996, marked a big step forward in scientific developments globally.

This animal was no ordinary sheep but became known as Dolly the Sheep, the first mammal to be cloned from an adult cell.

Scientists Sir Ian Wilmut and Keith Campbell were the ones who developed the cloning process and published patents on it in January 2000. This intellectual property allowed them to have the right to prevent anyone else from using their process for a period of time.

Free Wills Month - March 2016

Where there's a will, there's a way

Making a will can be a big step, but there are lots of reasons to take it. You might want to legally state where your money and the things you own should go when you die. Or you may want to say who will take care of your children.

Without a will, you can't make sure things will go to the people you would like them to go to.

But many of us don't have a will or feel we can't afford to pay for one.


Dream date or scam?

Thousands conned in online dating fraud

Online dating sites do bring lonely hearts together. But, for some, online dating has led to heartbreak—and a sudden drop in their bank balance.

One in four Britons now use online dating websites, reports consumer body Which?

But thousands of users each year are tricked into fake relationships and conned out of their hard-earned cash. According to Action Fraud, the average victim of online dating fraud loses £9,500.

How online dating scams work

One in five married couples consider separating in the New Year

Divorce enquiries at law firms traditionally surge on the first working Monday of the New Year—so much so that it has become known as Divorce Day.  

More than 40 per cent of all marriages now end in divorce, reports the Office for National Statistics. And one in five married couples start thinking about separating during the post-Christmas period, according to research from leading law firm Irwin Mitchell.

But the stress of Christmas and the January blues isn't the only factor affecting the timing of divorces. Financial pressures figure increasingly in such decisions.


No minimum age for legal problems

Moving up a year at school, starting college or leaving education to start work—autumn is a time of new beginnings for the young.

For most, these are exciting times, studded with new challenges and opportunities.

But young people can experience legal problems just as serious as those of adults. When you're young, understanding your rights and figuring out where you stand if something goes wrong can be especially confusing. Knowing what to do next is often the hardest thing of all. 

Spotlight on legal problems overseas

Holidays are a big deal in Britain.

Millions of us travel abroad each year, and recent findings from travel association ABTA reveal an increase in the number of people planning to spend more on their holidays in 2015.

When preparing to head overseas most of us think about enjoying the sunshine, maybe relaxing on sandy beaches and generally having an amazing time.  However every year the experience for some British nationals is very different as they get caught out by local laws.