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Moving Forward: Supporting men’s mental health

This month I will share with you about Moving Forward, an organisation supporting men’s mental health, run by men, for men in Keighley, Bingley and Bradford. I was initially involved in the starting of a Moving Forward group in Mind in Bradford in 2014, where we identified that there was a gap in the provision of support, particularly for men. Since then Moving Forward has grown in strength, with more and more men accessing the support and resulting in an increase in the number of groups. What makes the Moving…

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UK’s Kahn Design debut eagerly anticipated Vengeance Volante at Geneva Motor Show

Following the successful launch of the original Vengeance at the 2016 Geneva Motor Show, this year will see Kahn Design debut a new convertible variant, the Vengeance Volante. Like its predecessor, the Vengeance Volante is built on Aston Martin’s bonded aluminium and composite VH platform, chosen for its lightweight strength and torsional resistance, and is manufactured in the UK using traditional British coachbuilding techniques. The Vengeance Volante’s sweeping streamlined curves take inspiration from classic Aston Martin designs of the late twentieth century, swapping the contoured roof of the original Vengeance…

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When should post-marriage financial dependency end?

by Paul Lancaster, Partner, Family Law Team, PLancaster@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9215 In a world with a greater emphasis on independence, is the law holding back on allowing divorced couples the freedom to move on and become less reliant on their former partner? This issue was raised in a recent Court of Appeal case where a former spouse was Ordered to provide maintenance payments of £1,441 to his ex-wife for life, a decade and a half after they divorced. In 2002, the ex-wife received a £230,000 lump sum plus £1,100 per…

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Calling all the single ladies!

by Qainaat Aftab It’s February and it’s the infamous month of Valentine’s Day. Every year we see the capitalist notion where hundreds of red hearted balloons and red roses fill up the shop shelves. Valentine’s Day is nothing but a capitalist con and another way to make singletons feel left out. I find it odd how some of my friends get so caught up on the idea of being alone on Valentine’s Day. In reality, it’s just another day. But listening to their conversation, I couldn’t help but find their…

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“You know you’re lying, and I know you’re lying, but…”

By Adrian Czajkowski, Legal Executive, Commercial Dispute Resolution Team ACzajkowski@LawBlacks.com, 0113 227 9296 Misrepresentation is a complex area of law, but in its simplest form it relates to one party inducing another to enter into an agreement by making false claims. As a familiar example, if you buy a car from a garage that claims the vehicle has been fully checked over and is in perfect working order, you can seek to return the vehicle and get a refund on the basis of misrepresentation if the car breaks down two…

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Bradford children reveal most popular toys in time for Christmas

As the people of Bradford begin planning for Christmas, a group of very helpful children have given festive shoppers a hand by testing out the toys tipped to be top of Christmas lists this year. The Secret Test Workshop arrived in The Broadway for one day, and Santa’s helpers invited children to give their verdict on a selection of popular gadgets and gizmos in advance of the Christmas shopping season.  From 11.30am until 5pm, the kids worked hard to find out which toys other children would have the most fun…

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Feel In Control Of Your Life Identifying Your Triggers And Creating Action Plans

This month I would like to share with you about triggers and how amazingly helpful in supporting you to be happier, in supporting you to live the life you want and be emotionally and mentally healthy, when you identify them and create action plans. Through creating a WRAP (Wellness Recovery Action Plan) 12 years ago I learnt to identify and action plan my triggers and it is no exaggeration when I tell you that doing this transformed my life. From feeling powerless and unhappy with my triggers, I began to…

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Will British Courts soon be able to issue Islamic divorces?

By Paul Lancaster, Black Solicitors, Family Law Team PLancaster@LawBlacks.com 0113 227 9215   Recently it has been suggested that British Courts should be able to issue Islamic divorces through a specialised unit with the aim of protecting the rights of Muslim Women. Elham Manea, a Professor at Zurich University, is due to make recommendations to the home affairs select committee, proposing compulsory civil marriages alongside religious ceremonies and for penalties to be given to imams who break the rules. These measures potentially could render sharia councils, mainly used by women…

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The Importance of Routine

I hope that you are well. This month I will share about how routine is a cornerstone of good mental and emotional health. Doing the ‘same old, same old’ may not sound exciting, but research states that it actually makes you happier and healthier. Routine introduces the elements of rhythm and habit into our daily lives. Rhythm is important because the body has its own natural, synchronised rhythm system (sometimes referred to as ‘the body clock’). Our bodies are ‘set’ to work better when our sleeping, eating and exercise patterns…

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Don’t Burn Your Cakes

By Ailsa Pemberton, Associate Intellectual Property Team APemberton@LawBlacks.com 0113 227 9260 Have you managed by some miracle to avoid the furore which surrounds the Bake Off, or The Great British Bake Off as it is properly entitled? News of its sale to Channel 4 has reached unprecedented levels of media coverage recently and an eye-watering £75m was paid for a three-year deal for the show. But what have they actually purchased? Two of the stars of the show and one of the judges have already said that, out of loyalty…

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