A recent change in British nationality law means that being named as the father on a birth certificate will no longer be enough to prove paternity in immigration cases where the parents are not married.
The change was introduced in September 2015 by the British Nationality (Proof of Paternity) (Amendment) Regulations 2015 to amend the British Nationality (Proof of Paternity) Regulations 2006. This change only affects new birth certificates... Read More
The misuse of illicit drugs can cause varying risks to your health, both psychologically and physically on a short and long term basis. The long-term dangers include:
Liver failure and kidney damage
Unpredictable behaviour, which can:
Lead to injuries and fatalities in some cases
Affect social life and families
Affect educational future
Nausea, confusion, hallucinations and paranoia
Loss of... Read More
What is it?
The Psychoactive Substances Act was due to come into effect on 6th April 2016, but this has since been delayed to at least May. The act aims to ban any substance that is capable of producing a psychoactive effect, there are, however, a list of exemptions of everyday substances, such as alcohol, caffeine, and nicotine.
The ban is intended to act against ‘head shops’ and websites that are supplying New Psychoactive Substances,... Read More
Kate Francis has been a member of the DNA Legal team for nearly six years, accumulating expert knowledge of all testing procedures and regulations. She oversees our collection network, spanning 4,000 sites in over 200 countries.
Her thorough approach ensures that our sample collectors follow strict guidelines, guaranteeing exceptional service for all clients. Here, she explains how comprehensive training ensures accurate results, and... Read More
Michelle Underwood oversees all DNA Legal operations, ensuring procedures are followed and we maintain the highest levels of result accuracy. She has a strong background in forensics, and here she explains her pivotal role in more detail.
What's your background, and how did you come to specialise in DNA testing?
I achieved a First Class BSc (Hons) in Clinical Applied Biomedical Science, but decided that working in an NHS lab wasn’t for me... Read More