Entries by Bartons

“No Fault” Divorce

It is often said in the press that divorce enquiries spike after the festive season, with January being referred to as “divorce month”.  However, this year family lawyers believe that this may fall in April.  The long-awaited Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020, which introduces “no fault” divorce, is due to become law on 6 […]

FISHERIES ENFORCEMENT Financial Administrative Penalties

Marine lawyer, Alistair Tawse, answers some questions about the financial penalties which can be issued by fishery authorities: The MMO and the IFCAs essentially share a similar enforcement strategy, which is based around a Financial Administrative Penalty (‘FAP’) system. This article answers some questions about that system and gives a brief overview of how it […]

The Next Generation of Fishers

Getting children away from social networking sites, their phones and video games and into the outdoors is a constant battle for most parents.  It’s sad to say that with the technological advances around us, the love of the outdoors seen in past generations of children is seriously in decline. For the fishing industry, this is […]

Property Theft

People might be forgiven for thinking that it is impossible for their home or commercial property to be stolen. However, whilst still relatively uncommon, property theft by fraudsters is a genuine risk. In this article, Bartons’ Chairman, Raymond Hayes, explores how fraudsters can carry out property theft, the people who are most at risk and […]

Divorce Week

Separation is a very difficult time for families.  To mark Good Divorce Week  (29 November to 3 December), national family justice organisation, Resolution, are offering a free guide to help support families. Their Parenting Through Separation guide is written by family professionals and is available via the link below, with practical advice to help you put […]

No Success Fees Charged for Personal Injury Claims

Most solicitors acting for clients under a Conditional Fee Agreement (no win, no fee) will do so on the basis that if the claim succeeds, the solicitors will take up to 25% of the settlement money as a ‘success fee’.  The success fee reflects the risk of the claim failing and the solicitors not making […]


Fishing News has been the voice of the fishing industry since 1913, bringing the latest news and features about the UK and Irish commercial fishing to the industry.  Bartons Marine Department were delighted to be invited to write a number of legal based articles for the publication, which we are pleased to reproduce one of […]