Section 76 Agreements with Children Services

What is a Section 76 Agreement with Children Services?


A Section 76 Agreement is a voluntary agreement between a parent/person with parental responsibility and Children Services which if agreed allows a child (or children) to be placed with a family member or foster carer whilst Children Services undertake necessary investigation or assessments. Section 76 can also be used to provide a longer period of accommodation for respite or provision of education or medical treatment.

Placement under a Section 76 Agreement may allow a family the opportunity to work with Children Services to access support to address the concerns raised by Children Services with a view to avoid court proceedings.

While a child is accommodated under Section 76 you will still retain parental responsibility for the child. However, you have consented to Local Authority exercising parental responsibility for the day-to-day tasks. The Local Authority should keep you fully and promptly informed about the progress and any updated information concerning your child.

It is also to be noted that there is no set time limit or maximum duration for accommodation of a child under Section 76.

It is important that if you are asked to sign a Section 76 Agreement you obtain legal advice to ensure that this is the best option for you and your family.

If you have been asked to sign a Section 76 Agreement, please contact our Children and Public Law Department on 02920 378 621.



Hutton’s Law takes new office at Ocean Way

As part of its continued growth strategy and with a view to improving ease of access for clients, we have moved our main central office from 16 St Andrews Crescent to Unit 2 Ocean Way Cardiff CF24 5HF.

The location was strategically picked following feedback from clients that access to the City Centre office was proving difficult and frustrating because of the new road layout and the hassle of having to find a parking space at certain times of the day.

Our new office at Ocean Way answers all these concerns by:

  • Being two minutes away from the Central Link Road;
  • Being within 10 minutes walk of Cardiff Central Station;
  • Being a 5 minutes drive from Newport Road;
  • Having a minimum of 5 on site dedicated parking spaces for visitors;

The new office will also enable us to expand our legal services and allow new and existing clients wherever they are based to access our award winning solicitors and legal teams quickly and as stress free as possible. The new office is very centrally located and easily accessible for those based in and around Cardiff and the Vale, particularly those seeking a solicitor who may live in Penarth, Barry, Dinas Powys, St Mellons, St Fagans and Wenvoe areas.

We understand that picking a solicitor to work with can be daunting and it is our goal to ensure that the process is made as simple and stress free as possible for you.  In selecting Hutton’s you can be reassured that you are working with a firm who can trace its origin’s back over 40 years and which has a track record of being there to support clients. You can be assured of access to an award winning top legal team who understand you and who will always go that extra mile.

Please contact one of team today a confidential discussion on any legal issue.  We look forward to welcoming you.



Global E-Commerce Giant Picks Hutton’s Law

Hutton’s was delighted to be instructed by one of the largest global e-commerce businesses, Furnolic Co. Ltd, the UK subsidiary of Ziel Group, for the its new UK base of operations at  Prologis Park, Ryton in Warwickshire.

The lease of  the 148,461 sq ft new prime industrial unit is Furnolic’s first UK site. Prologis Park, Ryton is a highly sought after location with other blue chip occupiers including Jaguar Land Rover, DHL and LEVC.

Tristan Agland of Hutton’s Law who acted for Furnolic said “this was a really exciting project to be involved with. Furnolic is a huge global player in e-commerce and our small but highly experienced commercial property team delivered everything ahead of schedule. It was a  pleasure to be instructed by them and we wish them every success with this new venture“.

Hutton’s Law has a blended corporate and commercial property team who can deal with any size of commercial transaction. We can offer fixed fees across lots of corporate and commercial work ensuring surety of costs.  Our team is small but highly experienced allowing us to deliver premier legal services at commercial rates.




Hutton’s to support  successful equestrian team ….

Hutton’s are delighted to be supporting the Liege Manor Equestrian Team this year. Liege Manor is a long established riding school based in Bonvilston (Vale of Glamorgan) who offer a wide range of equine services and qualifications.

As part of it asset and property division, Hutton’s also offers advice and bespoke contracts for the sale of horses and ponies, as well as assistance in respect of other equine and commercial contract documentation.

Managing Partner, Tristan Agland, said ” it is a pleasure to support the team this year. The last two years have been hard for lots of businesses but hopefully we are now past the worst. Liege Manor has a team who strive for excellence and who perform consistently at a high level; they share values and ambitions very much aligned with our own and we are excited to see what they can achieve this year”.


Hutton’s Business Health Check

When was the last time that you checked over your terms and conditions, your employment contracts, work policies or even property documentation  – would they be fit for current purposes?

The recent pandemic has shown that businesses who may have historically adopted a more “hands off”  approach to their contractual documentation, have found themselves at a disadvantage when COVID set in.

In a world where regulation governs everything, having proper procedures and follow up documents can not only safeguard your businesses prosperity but also be your shield to any kind of action.  It is has never been more important to ensure that your “i’s” are dotted and the “t’s” crossed, whether this be your documentation alone or your processes generally.

Over COVID we have been assisting clients with bringing their contractual documents up to date as well as assisting with their risk analysis. In particular we can advise you upon:

  • Employment Contracts;
  • GDPR Policies
  • Home and remote working policies;
  • Terms and Conditions
  • Leases and Licenses / Alterations and Sub Lets
  • Trading Standards
  • Company Act compliance
  • Director and Secretarial Duties

We work in partnership with our commercial clients to understand not only how you work but also your business. Many of our commercial clients have diverse commercial interests and we have experience in many different sectors.

We can offer an initial free hour advice on any of the above along with a summary or recommendations. Thereafter we can provide whatever you require at fixed fees and also incorporate your company branding into any subsequent precedents.

Request a call back to today and let us see how we can assist you.

Another Dispute Resolution Award for Hutton’s Law !!

Following its recent Corporate Live Wire Award, Hutton’s Law is delighted to announce that our Tristan Agland (Managing Partner Dispute Resolution) has been recognised and awarded the title of Best Dispute Resolution Solicitor (Wales) 2020 by Acquisition International.

Speaking of the award Tristan said “Any success that I may achieve is the product of the team of people I work with.  Over the years I have had the privilege of working with some of, who I regard at least, as being the most tactile and strategic litigators you could ever hope to find. What I learnt from them are the values I instil upon my team today, which has seen 2019 and 2020 become an unprecedented year of both success and growth for the department generally. We strive to deliver commercially satisfactory outcomes at cost effective rates, with many of new clients having defected from much larger firms.  We have a lot of interesting cases on going so watch this space !”.

Hutton’s Law offers a complete dispute resolution service to clients not only in Wales but also England. The firm represents clients in relation to many types of disputes but has a particular interest in construction, contract, property, probate and professional negligence.

The team also for professionals in relation to disciplinary and employment related matters. The civil regulatory department deal with investigations by the General Pharmaceutical Council (GpHC),  PSNI (Northern Ireland), and General Medical Council into professional conduct.

An Award Winning Family Law Department

Hutton’s are delighted to announce that its Family Law department has again been recognised as being the place to go for offering effective and assured family law advice in Wales.

The department has experienced a significant growth in work over the last 18 months and has recently recruited Jenine Abdo  (Senior Associate covering Public Law and Childcare) and Keighley Smith (Paralegal).

The Public Law team have seen an unprecedented rise in new complex cases being referred and it is anticipated that the department will look to consolidate and grow further over the next 12 months.

Speaking of the award Tristan Agland, Managing Partner said “I am really proud of the team and the service they deliver to clients. The continued growth of the department is an exciting time for the firm and flows from the solid relationships we have developed with local charities and various other institutions“.

“To build upon our success  we will be shortly launching walk in family law clinics at our Whitchurch and Llandow offices so as to build better links with the local communities; as well as promote that we open and able to meet clients in safe and convenient environment”. 

Hutton’s Law offers a wide range of family law services .  Legal Aid is available (subject to criteria) but the firm can also offer fixed  / staged fees, as well as discounted first appointments and deferred payments (subject to conditions).

Hutton’s Law Wins Best Dispute Resolution Firm (Wales 2020)

Hutton’s Law are delighted to have been selected as the stand out firm for Dispute Resolution in (Wales) 2020.

The award follows an extremely busy year for the practice which saw it grow the number of commercial litigators it has  as well as award training contracts to its new paralegals so as to further advance its organic growth aspirations.

The practice specialises in complex and high value disputes across many different areas, including construction, contract,  probate and professional negligence.

In addition to the above the team also have a dedicated regulatory team dealing  with employment and disciplinary cases for pharmacists, doctors, care workers and teachers.


Hutton’s Law Wins Best SME Advisory Firm South Wales (2019)


Hutton’s are delighted to announce that they have been awarded top honours in the Acquisition International awards for legal advice.

The firm offers a full range of commercial services to SME’s with clients ranging from small start ups to multi national corporations. Over the last few years the business services division has seen solid and consistent growth and it is a pattern the firm is keen to progress further.

Hutton’s Law secures Law Society’s conveyancing quality mark


Hutton’s Law has secured membership to the Law Society’s Conveyancing Quality Scheme – the mark of excellence for the home buying process.

Hutton’s Law underwent rigorous assessment by the Law Society in order to secure CQS status, which marks the firm out as meeting high standards in the residential conveyancing process. Law Society President Andrew Caplen said that the CQS accreditation is the hallmark of high standards and establishes a level of credibility for regulators, lenders, insurers and consumers.

“CQS is the quality mark of the home-buying sector and enables consumers to identify practices that provide a quality residential conveyancing service. With so many different conveyancing service providers out there CQS helps home-buyers and sellers seek out those that can provide a safe and efficient level of service.”

Tristan Agland says: “Hutton’s Law is delighted to have secured CQS status. Buying and selling a home can be a stressful time. By looking for a CQS firm like Hutton’s the public can seek out a firm that has proved its commitment to quality.”

“Hutton’s has spent the last twelve months making access to its legal services as convenient as possible for clients across its Cardiff, Cowbridge and Whitchurch offices. Investment in new on-line platforms for conveyancing has increased transaction efficiency and productivity, resulting in time and costs savings for our clients whilst maintaining the quality of service our clients have come to expect”.

The scheme requires practices to undergo a strict assessment, compulsory training, self reporting, random audits and annual reviews in order to maintain CQS status. It is open only to members of the Law Society who meet the demanding standards set by the scheme and has the support of the Council of Mortgage Lenders, the Building Societies Association, Legal Ombudsman and the Association of British Insurers.