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Hair raising cases in hair testing: The missing Grand Duchess

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Mar 13, 2019

In previous articles, we’ve covered tennis player Richard Gasquet’s battle to prove his innocence; we’ve described the extreme lengths donors go to to avoid hair testing, and fail; we’ve demonstrated the importance of hair testing in family law.

But hair testing isn’t only useful for dealing with cases in the present. It’s also a powerful, accurate indicator of past events, capable of unearthing dark historical intrigues – like the bond between a mysterious Polish factory worker and the lost, last Russian Grand Duchess Anastasia.

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[Cansford says] Family law ‘does not need lawyers’

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 27, 2019

A website that pairs McKenzie Friends with members of the public has claimed that lawyers are not needed in family court.

The move is headed by Philip Ledge, a retired Chief Inspector and once Home Office advisor, who now runs McKenziefriendUK; a website that hires former police officers to help its clients self-litigate.

“We are clear that you don’t need lawyers in a family court,” he told the Law Gazette. “It’s about getting a fair outcome. The legal system in family law is no more than human disagreement – there are no legal questions.”

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What do drug levels in the system mean in reality?

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 18, 2019

Every drug and alcohol test that Cansford Labs conducts will result in a report that explains the results. Substance levels are shown as numbers, and we'll also include our interpretation of what it all means - based on the results and the information given to us by the client.

We can say with some confidence whether a person has used cocaine in the past month, and if the lawyer tells us they’ve said they attended parties in that time, we can build up a likely picture. What we can’t say, is exactly how much cocaine they used. X levels of drugs in the system does not immediately equate to a specific number - there are too many variables to be so precise.

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Workplace drug testing programmes: Key considerations

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 13, 2019

Substance abuse is a perpetual problem that continues to linger in many businesses. Aside from high-risk industries, however, UK law puts the onus on firms to devise and develop their own drug and alcohol policies.

It’s telling, then, that only 21% of UK employers currently have a strict drug and alcohol policy in place. One problem could well be that businesses don’t know where to start. Developing a robust and legally defensible drug and alcohol policy that not only satisfies the company’s legal and insurance requirements but also takes into account employee health and well-being is not easy.

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How oral fluid testing and hair testing work together in family law cases

Posted by Lolita Tsanaclis on Feb 6, 2019

Some years ago, Cansford worked on a social services case where a woman was required to demonstrate that she was free from amphetamines before the courts would release her child back into her care.

For around a year, regular saliva tests on pre-arranged dates consistently came back negative, with social services reaching the point where they were ready to sign her off. A subsequent hair test, however, showed continued usage of amphetamines for months.

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