Sponsored blog post: National College of Legal Training competition

The National College of Legal Training (NCLT) are giving potential students the chance to cut a huge chunk off their course fees, with their £10,000 online sweepstake.

The legal training organisation have launched a competition on social networking site facebook, where they are offering two prizes of £5,000 off course fees in an online prize draw.This latest promotion ties in with NCLT’s commitment to using social media to keep in touch with potential and existing students, as well as making the courses even more accessible for the 2 students who win the prizes, with Paul Whitehouse, Commercial Director at NCLT, saying ‘We’re committed to offering something better for less with our legal training options, and this competition allows us to help students take their legal training further, at a greatly reduced cost’.

The two courses the prizes apply to are the Graduate Diploma in Law (GDL) and the Legal Practice Course (LPC), which NCLT deliver on a full or part time basis, both of which are under £7,500 meaning the £5,000 prize would account for most of the fees, making this an un-missable opportunity.

The simple sweepstake closes June 30th and to enter visit http://www.facebook.com/nationalcollegeoflegaltraining?sk=app_28134323652 Good Luck!


Broadcaster Jeremy Vine praises 'Law and Peace'

Thanks to broadcaster Jeremy Vine for the following comment on my new book Law and Peace which is available on amazon.

"The legal world is laid bare in a novel bursting with invention. What a cast of characters Tim Kevan has assembled -drawn so acutely that I almost worry they might be real"
Jeremy Vine, Broadcaster

Sponsored guest post: Careless drivers to receive on the spot fines

In its most recent move to tackle irresponsible driving attitudes and to reduce the number of people injured in road traffic accidents, the government has announced plans to give police officers powers to issue on the spot fines for careless driving. Under the plans, motorists who tail-gate, undertake and cut other drivers up would get an instant fine of £80 as well as three points on their licence.

Currently motorists who drive carelessly are prosecuted through the courts. The new proposals will leave that option open, but only for those wanting to contest the offence. According to Transport Secretary Philip Hammond, the fines would help reduce the pressure on police traffic officers. Speaking to the BBC he said “We're going to crack down on the most reckless and dangerous drivers, we're going to support those who are basically law-abiding but who perhaps have an occasional lapse.”

As well as the announcement of on the spot fines, a range of other measures are due to be introduced including wider use of retraining and education for motorists who commit less serious offences. In serious cases, the courts will be encouraged to seize vehicles and order that disqualified drivers retrain and re-take their tests before they get their licence back.

With deaths and serious injuries from road traffic accidents falling year on year in the UK, it will be interesting to see whether these new measures help to further reduce this total. If you have been involved in a road traffic accident and you would like to discuss the possibility of making a compensation claim, talk to a personal injury lawyer.

Author: Neil Worrall


Please buy a copy of my new book 'Law and Peace'

My new novel Law and Peace has just been published by Bloomsbury. It’s a legal comedy based on the blog I write for The Guardian and is the second instalment of the BabyBarista Files, the first being Law and Disorder which was described by broadcaster Jeremy Vine as “a wonderful, racing read - well-drawn, smartly plotted and laugh out loud” and by The Times as “a cross between The Talented Mr Ripley, Rumpole and Bridget Jones's Diary”. It is available at amazon.co.uk.

There is an official launch party for the book on Wednesday 11th May at the Old Bank of England Pub at 194 Fleet Street, London EC4 from 6-10pm. It’s open to everyone and there’s no need to reply but it’d be great to see you and any friends you’d like to bring along. Judging by the last launch, it promises to be a good party. More details are here. Signed copies of the book will also be available both at the party and then from 12th May at the Fleet Street, High Holborn and Ludgate Circus branches of Waterstones.

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