Terms of Website Use
PLEASE READ THESE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE USING THIS SITE
Other applicable terms
- Our Acceptable Use Policy (available on this website under the Legal section), which sets out the permitted uses and prohibited uses of our site. When using our site, you must comply with this Acceptable Use Policy.
If you purchase goods from our site, our Terms and conditions of supply will apply to the sales.
Information about us
This website is a site operated by the company named on this website. All relevant company details and regulatory authorities are on this website.
Changes to these terms
Please check this page from time to time to take notice of any changes we made, as they are binding on you.
Changes to our site
We may update our site from time to time, and may change the content at any time. However, please note that any of the content on our site may be out of date at any given time, and we are under no obligation to update it.
We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will be free from errors or omissions.
Accessing our site
Our site is made available free of charge.
We do not guarantee that our site, or any content on it, will always be available or be uninterrupted. Access to our site is permitted on a temporary basis. We may suspend, withdraw, discontinue or change all or any part of our site without notice. We will not be liable to you if for any reason our site is unavailable at any time or for any period.
You are responsible for making all arrangements necessary for you to have access to our site.
Your account and password
If you choose, or you are provided with, a user identification code, password or any other piece of information as part of our security procedures, you must treat such information as confidential. You must not disclose it to any third party.
If you know or suspect that anyone other than you knows your user identification code or password, you must promptly notify us at the contact email address on this website.
Intellectual property rights
We are the owner or the licensee of all intellectual property rights in our site, and in the material published on it. Those works are protected by copyright laws and treaties around the world. All such rights are reserved.
You may print off one copy, and may download extracts, of any page(s) from our site for your personal use and you may draw the attention of others within your organisation to content posted on our site.
You must not modify the paper or digital copies of any materials you have printed off or downloaded in any way, and you must not use any illustrations, photographs, video or audio sequences or any graphics separately from any accompanying text.
Our status (and that of any identified contributors) as the authors of content on our site must always be acknowledged.
You must not use any part of the content on our site for commercial purposes without obtaining a licence to do so from us or our licensors.
No reliance on information
The content on our site is provided for general information only. It is not intended to amount to advice on which you should rely. You must obtain professional or specialist advice before taking, or refraining from, any action on the basis of the content on our site.
Although we make reasonable efforts to update the information on our site, we make no representations, warranties or guarantees, whether express or implied, that the content on our site is accurate, complete or up-to-date.
Limitation of our liability
To the extent permitted by law, we exclude all conditions, warranties, representations or other terms which may apply to our site or any content on it, whether express or implied.
We will not be liable to any user for any loss or damage, whether in contract, tort (including negligence), breach of statutory duty, or otherwise, even if foreseeable, arising under or in connection with:
- use of, or inability to use, our site; or
- use of or reliance on any content displayed on our site.
If you are a business user, please note that in particular, we will not be liable for:
- loss of profits, sales, business, or revenue;
- business interruption;
- loss of anticipated savings;
- loss of business opportunity, goodwill or reputation; or
- any indirect or consequential loss or damage.
If you are a consumer user, please note that we only provide our site for domestic and private use. You agree not to use our site for any commercial or business purposes, and we have no liability to you for any loss of profit, loss of business, business interruption, or loss of business opportunity.
We will not be liable for any loss or damage caused by a virus, distributed denial-of-service attack, or other technologically harmful material that may infect your computer equipment, computer programs, data or other proprietary material due to your use of our site or to your downloading of any content on it, or on any website linked to it.
We assume no responsibility for the content of websites linked on our site. Such links should not be interpreted as endorsement by us of those linked websites. We will not be liable for any loss or damage that may arise from your use of them.
Different limitations and exclusions of liability will apply to liability arising as a result of the supply of any goods by use to you, which will be set out in our Terms and conditions of supply.
Uploading content to our site
Whenever you make use of a feature that allows you to upload content to our site, or to make contact with other users of our site, you must comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (available on this website under the Legal section).
You warrant that any such contribution does comply with those standards, and you will be liable to us and indemnify us for any breach of that warranty. If you are a consumer user, this means you will be responsible for any loss or damage we suffer as a result of your breach of warranty.
Any content you upload to our site will be considered non-confidential and non-proprietary. You retain all of your ownership rights in your content, but you are required to grant us and other users of the Site a limited licence to use, store and copy that content and to distribute and make it available to third parties. The rights you license to us are described in the next paragraph (Rights you licence).
We also have the right to disclose your identity to any third party who is claiming that any content posted or uploaded by you to our site constitutes a violation of their intellectual property rights, or of their right to privacy.
We will not be responsible, or liable to any third party, for the content or accuracy of any content posted by you or any other user of our site.
We have the right to remove any posting you make on our site if, in our opinion, your post does not comply with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (available on this website under the Legal section).
The views expressed by other users on our site do not represent our views or values.
You are solely responsible for securing and backing up your content.
Rights you licence
When you upload or post content to our site, you grant the following licenses:
- A worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform that content in connection with the services provided by our site and across different media and to promote the site or services; and
- A worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, transferable licence to allow third parties to use the content for their purposes.
We will only ever use your materials to carry out your instructions to us – unless, very exceptionally, a court or other regulator orders us to disclose them.
We do not guarantee that our site will be secure or free from bugs or viruses.
You are responsible for configuring your information technology, computer programmes and platform in order to access our site. You should use your own virus protection software.
You must not misuse our site by knowingly introducing viruses, trojans, worms, logic bombs or other material which is malicious or technologically harmful. You must not attempt to gain unauthorised access to our site, the server on which our site is stored or any server, computer or database connected to our site. You must not attack our site via a denial-of-service attack or a distributed denial-of service attack. By breaching this provision, you would commit a criminal offence under the Computer Misuse Act 1990. We will report any such breach to the relevant law enforcement authorities and we will co-operate with those authorities by disclosing your identity to them. In the event of such a breach, your right to use our site will cease immediately.
Linking to our site
You may link to our home page, provided you do so in a way that is fair and legal and does not damage our reputation or take advantage of it.
You must not establish a link in such a way as to suggest any form of association, approval or endorsement on our part where none exists.
You must not establish a link to our site in any website that is not owned by you.
Our site must not be framed on any other site, nor may you create a link to any part of our site other than the home page.
We reserve the right to withdraw linking permission without notice.
The website in which you are linking must comply in all respects with the content standards set out in our Acceptable Use Policy (available on this website under the Legal section).
If you wish to make any use of content on our site other than that set out above, please contact us via the email address on this website.
Third party links and resources in our site
Where our site contains links to other sites and resources provided by third parties, these links are provided for your information only.
We have no control over the contents of those sites or resources.
To contact us, please email us using the contact email address on this website.
Thank you for visiting our site.
I am committed to ensuring that your privacy is protected.
As an essential part of my business, I collect and manage Client and Non-Client data. I act as “Data Controller” in respect of the information I gather and process.
I may need to change this Policy occasionally to keep up to date with the latest Data Protection Law. This will be done by updating my webpage and therefore you should refer back to that page from time to time to ensure that you have no objection to any changes I may need to make.
What Information I collect from you
Depending on the nature of the service you ask me to provide, I may collect the following “personal data” information:
- Your Name
- Your Date of Birth
- Your Home Address
- Your Email Address
- Your telephone contact numbers
- Financial Information
- National Insurance Number
I will only process special category personal data with your explicit permission.
Please note that all the Personal Information I receive from you is treated with the strictest of confidentiality.
How I use your Personal Information
I use the information you give me to understand your needs so as to provide you with the service you require. It is therefore used for the following reasons:
- To set you up as a client, open a client file for you, provide you with my legal services, administer and manage my relationship with you.
- To carry out regulatory and compliance checks.
- To ensure the billing of any procured services by you and obtain payment.
- To contact you about legal updates that may be of interest to you.
- To communicate with you via telephone, email, and in writing
- To process and respond to any complaints in order to meet my legal obligations.
- To monitor and record information relating to the use of my services, to include my website
- To bring or defend legal proceedings
The information that I need for these purposes is “personal data”. I may also process sensitive classes of information which includes:
- Physical or mental health details.
- Racial or ethnic origin details.
- Civil Partnership or relationship details.
- Details of your partner, civil partner or spouse.
- Religious or other beliefs.
The use of the above is subject to your instructions, Data Protection, and my duty of confidentiality.
Security Measures I have in place to protect your Personal Information
I have appropriate security measures to prevent your Personal Information from being accidentally lost, used or accessed in an unauthorised way, altered or disclosed. These measures include:
- Protecting against potential breaches of confidentiality.
- Ensuring all IT facilities are protected against damage, loss or misuse.
- Ensuring optimum security on my website.
I have in place procedures to deal with any suspected data security breach and will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected breach where I am legally required to do so.
Who I share your Personal Information with
I will always treat your Personal Information with the utmost respect and will never sell or share your Personal Information with other organisations. However, I may need to share your personal data with trusted third parties, such as:
- Professional Advisers who I want to instruct on your behalf or refer to, for example, Counsel, Medical professionals, Accountants or other Experts.
- My Insurers for the purpose of my Professional Indemnity Insurance.
- My accountant.
- My bank.
- My IT support and service provider.
- Law Enforcement Agencies and Regulatory Bodies to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations
I only allow my service providers to handle your personal data if I am satisfied that they take appropriate measures to protect your personal data.
Use of my Website
If you contact me via my website, or contact me via another means, I will collect that information you provide when you contact me, such as, your name and contact details. I will use this information to:
- Send to you the information you have requested.
- Respond to your enquiry.
I will receive personal data from you for the purposes of my Money Laundering checks, such as, photographic and address identification. These will be processed for the purpose of preventing Money Laundering and Terrorist Financing, or as otherwise permitted by law or with your express consent.
If you forward to me personal data about anyone other than yourself, you will be required to ensure that you have the appropriate consents to do so, so that I may use that personal data for the purpose for which you have provided it to me.
Do you have to provide me with your Personal Information?
Where I have stated that your Personal Information is used to comply with the Statutory requirements I will need you to provide the Personal Information requested. If you do not provide your Personal Information I need when I ask for it, I may not be able to respond to you, enter into a contract with you, meet my obligations under the contract, or comply with my legal obligations. If you have any concerns about whether you need to provide your Personal Information, please contact me as the Data Protection Officer (details at end of Policy).
How Long I retain your Personal Information for
I will only keep your personal data about your matter for as long as I am required to do so in connection with your matter, which is a minimum of 6 years from the date of the matter concluding. This is so that I am able to comply with any legal, accounting or reporting/regulatory requirements.
Where I obtain documentary evidence of ID I am required under the Money Laundering Regulations to retain such evidence for a minimum statutory period of 5 years from the conclusion of your matter.
Further, in accordance with the SRA rules, I must store all accounting records securely and retain these for at least 6 years.
To comply with my regulatory requirement to have systems to ensure that I am able to identify and assess potential conflicts of interest, etc., I will keep sufficient data so that I can identify the nature and content of my Retainer with you.
How long do I retain your Client Files for
As your Solicitor I have a duty to retain files for a minimum period of time which in the nature of the work that I conduct will be a minimum period of 6 years.
Your rights in connection with your Personal Information
You may at any time request me to rectify or erase your Personal Information held by me. Should you believe that any information I am holding on you is incorrect or incomplete, please write to me as Data Protection Officer so that appropriate action can be taken.
If you would like to exercise your rights, I will need sufficient information in order to identify you which may include, if necessary, proof of your identity and address.
I will not sell, distribute or lease your Personal Information to third parties unless I have your permission or I am required by law to do so.
Right to be Informed
Right to Access
You may request details of Personal Information which I hold about you under the Data Protection Act 1988. A small fee will be payable. If you would like a copy of the information held on you, please write to me as Data Protection Officer.
Right to Rectification
If any of the Personal Information that I hold about you is inaccurate, you have the right to ask me to correct any errors in your Personal Information. Please contact me in this regard as Data Protection Officer.
Right to be Forgotten
You have the right to ask us to delete your Personal Information where:
- I do not need your Personal Information anymore.
- You withdraw your consent to my use of your Personal Information and I have no other legal basis to keep your Personal Information.
- You have asked me to review and explain my legitimate interests to you and I do not actually have a valid legitimate interest to do what I am doing.
- My use of your Personal Information is illegal.
- I have to delete your Personal Information to comply with my legal obligations.
Right to Object
You have the right to object to the continued use of your data for any purpose listed above for which consent is identified as the lawful basis for processing, that is, you have the right to withdraw your consent at any time.
Right to Restrict Processing
You have the right to ask me to restrict my use of your Personal Information where:
- You do not think that the Personal Information I hold about you is correct, so that I can check if it is correct.
- You believe my data processing is unlawful, but you do not want your data erased.
- You wish to object to the processing of your data, but I have yet to determine whether this is appropriate.
Right to Data Portability
You have the right to ask me to provide you with a copy of your Personal Information you have provided me with in a structured, commonly used and machine readable format, and the right to transfer that information to another party where:
- I am using your Personal Information on the basis of your consent or on the basis that it is necessary to perform a contract with you, and
- The use I am making of your Personal Information is carried out by automated means.
If you would like to move, copy or transfer the electronic Personal Information that I hold about you to another organisation, please contact me as Data Protection Officer.
Right to withdraw Consent
Where I am using your Personal Information based on your consent, you have the right to withdraw that consent at any time by contacting me as Data Protection Officer.
Right to make a Complaint
You have the right to make a complaint at any time to the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”), who is the UK regulator for Data Protection issues.
I would, however, appreciate the opportunity of dealing with your compliant before you approach the ICO in order to try and resolve any issues or concerns that you may have.
None of the information that I collect, process or store as a result of my website is transferred outside of the European Economic Area. This includes information that is exchanged with any third party organisation.
HOW TO CONTACT ME AS DATA PROTECTION OFFICER
I am the Data Protection Officer and I am also the Risk and Compliance Officer. If you have any questions or concerns relating to this Policy, please contact me, as follows:
Mr Barry Culshaw, Data Protection Officer
Barry Culshaw, Solicitor-Advocate (Higher Courts Criminal Proceedings)
15 Beatty Close
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you feel that I have not dealt with your request appropriately, you have the right to complain to the Information Commissioner’s Office at Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF
or email at ico.org.uk
Helpline number: 0303 123 1113.
Barry Culshaw is authorised and regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority under SRA number 62582 whose rules can be accessed via www.sra.org.uk
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We use the following cookies:
- Strictly necessary cookies. These are cookies that are required for the operation of our website. They include, for example, cookies that enable you to log into secure areas of our website, use a shopping cart or make use of e-billing services.
- Analytical/performance cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around our website when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.
- Functionality cookies. These are used to recognise you when you return to our website. This enables us to personalise our content for you, greet you by name and remember your preferences (for example, your choice of language or region).
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You block cookies by activating the setting on your browser that allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. However, if you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you may not be able to access all or parts of our site.
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The owners of this website care that their website is accessible to all and welcomes visitors of all races, religions and abilities.
This page is to give you information on what aids this website offers for people with a disability. It also explains how the WC3 Accessibility Guidelines I.O and 2.O have been implemented on this site.
Using this website
- For those screen reader and non-mouse users, please use the ‘jump’ menus provided to skip straight to the content, navigation and/or site map
- Please use the text variations provided;
- ‘Standard text’ will provide a 12px equivalent version on most browsers and hide accessibility elements
- ‘Large text’ will provide a 24px equivalent version on most browsers and hide accessibility elements
- ‘Easy Read’ will provide a low simple contrast version, using standard text size on a pale yellow background to aid legibility which is often helpful for users with dyslexia
- ‘No Style’ will strip off all our styles and provide a plain text, linear version
- To resize the text without our help:
- In Internet Explorer: View > Text size > Largest
- In Firefox: View > Text size > Increase
- In Opera: File > Preferences > Fonts > Minimum font size (pixels)
- Alternatively, scroll with the wheel of your mouse whilst holding down the control key.
- To use the keyboard instead of the mouse;
- Use the Tab key to move and browse amongst the menus and links.
- Pressing ‘Enter’ is the same as clicking a mouse
- Use the arrow keys on your keyboard to move up or down the page or from left to right.
- All images contain an ALT tag unless decorative, where they are marked as empty.
- Links make sense out of context. Wherever possible, title tags have also been used to expand on their meaning.
- Drop down menu bars are sometimes used. Please select a category and click (or press ‘Enter’) on the option you wish to view. If your system does not support drop-down menus, please use the site map link for quick and easy browsing
- Most of our sites have ‘breadcrumbs’ on the top of each page which allow you to retrace your steps and go back to where you started. However, older sites may not have this facility so you may need to use the ‘Back’ button on your browser. Back buttons are usually on the top left hand corner of your browser. By simply clicking on this button you can retrace your steps through the pages you have already viewed on our website. Some keyboards also have a Back Button as part of their options.
- This website conforms to the WCAG 2.0 four principles of accessibility and so is: perceivable, operable, understandable and robust
- The original designers, Access by Design, have considered the full range of techniques, including the advisory techniques, as well as to seeking relevant advice about current best practice to ensure that this web content is accessible, as far as possible, to all communities.
- This website has been thoroughly tested on multiple browsers, platforms and devices
- This website has been tested using multiple automated accessibility testing software
- This website has been tested by a REAL person with a disability who tested the website and submitted a report to the original designers who then used it to improve accessibility further.
- All CSS and XHTML created by this website validate to the document type.
Validation does not equal accessibility.
- If a page on this website does not validate it is almost always because a third-party ‘plug-in’ has needed to be employed.
- Although we try to use only accessible third-parties and we alert designers to accessibility issues, rectifying them is beyond our control
- We reserve the right to use the web standards CSS and XHML buttons on this website as all elements within our control validate correctly.
Please Note: although this website was designed and built by a company specialising in accessible websites, it is run by us. We are not experts on web accessibility ourselves and sometimes mistakes can happen. If you find an accessibility error, please alert us as soon as possible, using the contact email address on this website, telling us the nature of the problem so that we can fix it.
You may wish to download “Browsealoud”. This is a FREE speech reader that enables you to listen rather than read our website. Browsealoud may be helpful to people with dyslexia, those who find reading difficult, those who have a mild visual impairment or those who just like to do more than one thing at a time!
WC3 WAI Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0 and W.A.G 2.0
To be considered to be Priority 1 (A) standard a website should meet all of the following points.
- This website provides a text equivalent for every non-text element (e.g., via “alt”, “longdesc”, or in element content). This includes: images, graphical representations of text (including symbols), image map regions, animations (e.g., animated GIFs), applets and programmatic objects, ascii art, frames, scripts, images used as list bullets, spacers, graphical buttons, sounds (played with or without user interaction), stand-alone audio files, audio tracks of video, and video. (1.0)
- This website provides text alternatives for any non-text content so that it can be changed into other forms people need, such as large print, braille, speech, symbols or simpler language.
- This website ensures that all information conveyed with colour is also available without colour, for example from context or markup. (1.0)
- This website clearly identifies changes in the natural language of a document’s text and any text equivalents (e.g., captions). (1.0)
- This website may be read without style sheets; when an HTML document is rendered without associated style sheets, it is still be possible to read the document. (1.0)
- This website ensures that equivalents for dynamic content are updated when the dynamic content changes. (1.0)
- This website avoids causing the screen to flicker. (1.0)
- This website uses the clearest and simplest language appropriate for its content.
- This website does not use image maps(1.0)
- This website does not use tables(1.0)
- This website does not use frames(1.0)
- This websitedoes not use multimedia(1.0)
- This website has 1 area that is sadly, still inaccessible to some users. (1.0)
- After our best efforts, we have not been able to create an accessible page for the Social Networking buttons. Please see the bottom of this page for alternatives.
- Pages on this website are still usable when scripts, applets, or other programmatic objects are turned off or not supported. If this is not possible, this website provides equivalent information on an alternative accessible page. (1.0)
- Programmatic elements such as scripts are directly accessible and compatible with assistive technologies (1.0)
- This website has 1 area that is sadly, still inaccessible to some users. (1.0)
This website passes Priority 1 (A) Accessibility.
Priority 2 checkpoints
To be considered to be Priority 2 (AA) standard, a website should meet all of the following points;
- This website ensures that the foreground and background colour combinations in images provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having colour deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen. (1.0)
- When an appropriate markup language exists, this website uses usesmarkup rather than images to convey information. (1.0)
- This website documents validate to published formal grammars. (1.0)
- This website uses style sheets to control layout and presentation. (1.0)
- This website uses relative rather than absolute units in markup language attribute values and style sheet property values. (1.0)
- This website uses header elements to convey document structure and uses them according to specification. (1.0)
- This website marks up lists and list items properly. (1.0)
- This website marks up quotations and does not use quotation markup for formatting effects such as indentation. (1.0)
This website ensures that dynamic content is accessible (or provides an alternative presentation or page only when no other option is possible). (1.0)
- Until user agents allow users to control blinking, this website avoids causing content to blink (i.e., change presentation at a regular rate, such as turning on and off). (1.0)
- Until user agents provide the ability to stop the refresh, this website does not use periodically auto-refreshing pages. (1.0)
- Until user agents provide the ability to stop auto-redirect, this website does not use markup to redirect pages automatically. (If redirects are needed they are configures via the server) (1.0)
- Until user agents allow users to turn off spawned windows, this website does not cause pop-ups or other windows to appear and does not change the current window without informing the user. (1.0)
- The website uses W3C technologies when they are available and appropriate for a task and uses the latest versions when supported. (1.0)
- This website avoids deprecated features of W3C technologies. (1.0)
- This website divides large blocks of information into more manageable groups where natural and appropriate. (1.0)
- This website does not identify the target of each link because it is written in XHTML 1.0 Strict
- This website provides metadata to add semantic information to pages and sites. (1.0)
- This website provides information about the general layout of a site (e.g., a site map). (1.0)
- This website uses navigation mechanisms in a consistent manner. (1.0)
- Tables are not used for layout. (1.0)
- Until user agents support explicit associations between labels and form controls, all form controls are combined with implicitly associated labels and the label is properly positioned. (1.0)
- Form labels are explicitly associated with their controls. (1.0)
- Event handlers used in scripts are input device-independent. (1.0)
- Until user agents allow users to freeze moving content, this website avoids movement in pages. If movement is present it can be instantly and easily stopped or blocked. (1.0)
- Any element that has its own interface can be operated in a device-independent manner. (1.0)
- When using scripts, this website specifies logical event handlers rather than device-dependent event handlers. (1.0)
This website passes Priority 2 (AA) Accessibility.
Priority 3 checkpoints
- This website ensures that the foreground and background colour combinations in text provide sufficient contrast when viewed by someone having colour deficits or when viewed on a black and white screen. (1.0)
- This website specifies the expansion of each abbreviation or acronym in a document where it first occurs. (1.0)
- This website identifies the primary natural language of a document. (1.0)
- This website provides keyboard shortcuts (such as jump menus) to important links (including those in client-side image maps), form controls, and groups of form controls. (1.0)
- Until user agents (including assistive technologies) render adjacent links distinctly, this website includes non-link, printable characters (surrounded by spaces) between adjacent links. (1.0)
- This website provides information so that users may receive documents according to their preferences (e.g., language, content type, etc.) (1.0)
- This website provides navigation bars to highlight and give access to the navigation mechanism
- This website groups related links, identifies the group (for user agents), and, until user agents do so, provides a way to bypass the group. (1.0)
- This site enables different types of searches for different skill levels and preferences. These might include a search box, site maps and content ‘tagging’(1.0)
- This website places distinguishing information at the beginning of headings, paragraphs, lists, etc. (1.0)
- This website does not use ASCII ART
- This website supplements text with graphic or auditory presentations where they will facilitate comprehension of the page. (1.0)
- This website uses a style of presentation that is consistent across pages. (1.0)
- This website now refers to the new WC WCAG 2.0 guidelines and does NOT include default, place-holding characters in edit boxes and text areas in forms as user agents ARE now able to handle empty controls correctly. (1.0)
This website passes Priority 3 (AAA) Accessibility.
This website may have the following minor access problems/issues. These are explained here and alternatives given.
- This site does not use meta access keys (sometimes called ‘hot keys’). Our research suggest that these are actually detrimental to most keyboard-users as they already have their own keys set up which are then overwritten or confused by websites (who do not use a consistent approach). We will review this decision periodically and if research proves otherwise (or technology improves) we will resume these techniques.
- This site may fail validation on third-party technologies. This is because we have little or no ability to recode these to meet our high accessibly standards. However, we always aim to use plug-ins that are either accessible, increase the accessibility or have simple accessible alternatives. If forced to choose between accessibility features and validation, we have taken the difficult decision to always choose accessibility.
Acceptable Use Policy
This acceptable use policy sets out the terms between you and us under which you may access our website. This acceptable use policy applies to all users of, and visitors to, our site.
Your use of our site means that you accept, and agree to abide by, all the policies in this acceptable use policy, which supplement our terms of website use (available on this website under the Legal section).
This website is a site operated by the company named on this website. All relevant company details and regulatory authorities are on this website.
You may use our site only for lawful purposes. You may not use our site:
- In any way that breaches any applicable local, national or international law or regulation.
- In any way that is unlawful or fraudulent, or has any unlawful or fraudulent purpose or effect.
- For the purpose of harming or attempting to harm minors in any way.
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The importance of specialist representation when being sentenced in road traffic cases. A case study.
M appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court on a count of driving with excess alcohol. He was also a personal (alcohol) licence holder. The breath alcohol reading was 57 in breath. The plea was guilty. M's stepfather who was present at the hearing succinctly summarised the outcome in the following way:
"Barry was fully versed in personal alcohol licence law as well as motoring law. Barry drove 135 miles to be with us at court for 9am and immediately went through all the additional implications being a personal alcohol licence holder might have to the case (magistrates still have the power to also revoke or suspend a personal alcohol licence at the same time as banning someone from driving). Once the hearing started, Barry was asked by the clerk to the court for guidance as the clerk was unsure of the law (concerning the personal licence implications) but Barry took full control and steered both the clerk and the magistrates in a positive but legal direction. The end result of all of this and the excellent way Barry represented my stepson was a minimum ban of just 12 months with the offer for him to do a driver course so the ban will now only be 9 months plus the total fine including victim surcharge and court costs was only £265 and the court also chose to take no action regarding my stepson's personal alcohol licence so it was by far the absolutely best possible outcome we could have hoped for."
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