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10 ways family lawyers are driving more value from their hair tests

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 10, 2018

Hair strand testing is a reliable and quick way to test for drug and alcohol use over long periods. Hair tests have helped lawyers gain the advantage in difficult cases, whether to prove innocence or protect a vulnerable victim.

But the success of hair strand testing, like all scientific endeavours, depends on process. It’s not as simple as taking the sample for testing and sending it off for analysis. Legal experts can derive more value through following easy, but critical steps.

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How will Brexit affect drug and alcohol testing in the UK?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 4, 2018

While Brexit negotiations continue to drag along, one thing is clear: the UK’s exit from the EU will leave almost no part of British society unaffected.

This is especially true of the legal system. The UK now must untangle itself from five decades of EU directives, regulations and treaty provisions, creating a new paradigm for lawyers in this country.

For family lawyers, in particular, the inter-relationship between EU and domestic family law is likely to be altered by Brexit. What that means in practice is open to speculation.

But Brexit’s effects will extend beyond the letter of the laws and regulations. Over the last decade, drug and alcohol testing has become a central component of family law proceedings in the UK - and testing, like so many other parts of the legal system, will also be affected.

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Guide: How to read your Cansford test results report

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on May 3, 2018

When it comes to test results, our clients often ask us similar questions. Which substances did the donor use? If so, was their use excessive, and how have their consumption levels changed from month to month?

Where possible, we provide answers to these questions in our laboratory test results reports.

These documents are designed to be simple, clear and comprehensive, to reflect the importance of correctly interpreting test results in cases involving both individuals and families.

Importantly, the results reports provided by our team can be used as evidence in UK courts.

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Cansford says: Pioneering family court expands in London

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 18, 2018

The pioneering Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) will be expanded across London after its remarkable success in tackling substance abuse and keeping families together.

Started by judge Nicholas Crichton in 2008, the court deals with care proceedings where parental substance abuse is a key element. The service aims to help parents stabilise and ultimately halt their substance dependency.

The FDAC process offers families a tailored range of services, taking their needs, concerns and strengths into account.

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Workplace testing and the global workforce: where you can and can't do drug and alcohol testing

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Apr 10, 2018

For multinational businesses, the issue of workplace substance misuse is particularly hard to handle. Even the best-organised teams can’t micro-manage employees across the globe – especially if staff only work on short-term contracts or operate remotely.

The solution, then, is writing and implementing a clear SAMP (Substance and Alcohol Misuse Policy) that applies to teams across borders. This policy should be supported by a POT (Programme of Testing) that sets out a clear rationale and process for implementing tests in different workplace situations.

There’s one small problem: while the importance of workplace testing is accepted in most regions, the legal permissions and workplace cultures around testing employees change from country to country.

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