Burnley is a market town in Lancashire, England, 21 miles north of Manchester. If you enjoy pursuing outdoor activities, you’ll LOVE Burnley as it’s surrounded by the Pennine countryside. A popular destination for hikers, cyclists, and those who enjoy horse riding. If it’s water sports you like, hit the rivers for some windsurfing or sailing.
What to see and do in Burnley
The Singing Tree – Not only are the uninterrupted views amazing, The Singing Tree makes the most beautiful music when the wind blows. Crown Point Road, Burnley BB11 3
Queen Street Mill Textile Museum – The world’s only working steam powered weaving mill offers a chance to step back in time with the expert help of tour guides, and see how fabric was created from scratch. Queen Street, Burnley BB10 2HX
Thompson Park – spend hours in family friendly gardens and parklands. Take a canoe or row boat on the lake (life jackets provided), or take the little ones to the paddling pool and sand pit. Thompson Park Ormerod Road, Burnley BB11 2RU
Gawthorpe Hall – built between 1600 and 1605, this beautiful Jacobean historic home played an important role in the local area. With impeccable architecture and magnificent paintings, a maze and children play area, set in huge grounds makes for a great day out for all ages. Burnley Road, Padiham, Burnley BB12 8UA
Do you need a family solicitor in Burnley?
Family law Solicitors Burnley – “Welcome to my Mackenzie friend. If your legal issue is business, personal or otherwise and you require legal advice we are here to help you”. – Empire Business Centre, My Mackenzie Business first business centres, 2 Empire Way, Burnley BB12 6HA
Parkview Solicitors & Higher Court Advocates – “Family Law Solicitors based in Bolton and Burnley offering a free initial consultation to discuss your situation whether it is by telephone or through a confidential meeting at our offices”. – Northbridge House, Elm Street, Burnley, BB10 1PD
Farleys Solicitors Burnley – “A Chartered Legal Executive with several years of experience of working in Family Law”. – Prudential Buildings, Manchester Rd, Burnley BB11 1HJ
Vanguard Law Solicitors –“Whatever your family legal issues Vanguard Law Solicitors can help. We offer a full range of services all at a fixed price” – 8-10 Hargreaves St, Burnley BB11 1ED
Family Lawyers & Family Courts
Being a Family Lawyer is pretty lucrative as apparently 48% of marriages end in divorce for a variety of reasons. From affairs or domestic abuse, to unreasonable behaviour in the form of alcoholism or using recreational drugs; marriages can last a few months right up to many years.
It is well documented that the Family Courts are in chaos. As of 1st April 2013, Legal Aid for divorce cases in England and Wales was withdrawn by the government. Legal Aid funding is not allowed for divorce or family law cases unless the party applying is a victim of domestic violence. The rules are very strict and it’s all means tested. In many cases, the applicant has to be on what’s termed a “passporting benefit”, which is a benefit the applicant is receiving purely because they have no assets or other income.
With legal aid unobtainable for the majority, this leaves many people acting as LIP’s (Litigant in Person) in the courts and with very little legal knowledge, Judges are left guiding these poor folks through court cases where they don’t have the correct paperwork and documents or through cross-examining their ex. It’s sheer courtroom drama.
For those who have very little income, there are practices which are run by McKenzie Friends. These are people who can accompany someone to their court case, to help them as they are a LIP and unrepresented by a Solicitor or Barrister. The McKenzie Friend can sit in the courtroom with the LIP and offer support and advice as well as taking notes. They can also very quietly provide divorce legal advice.
There are a few things that a McKenzie Friend is unable to do. They cannot conduct litigation; this has to be done by the LIP and neither can they file court documents or statements. If you want further information on this, there is a Practice Direction issued by the Family Courts.