FCA Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Announced

Man signing business interruption insurance application form

On 15th September 2020, the FCA announced that it had been largely successful in its legal challenge brought against a number of insurers and their decisions to refuse coverage to small businesses claiming for COVID-19 related losses under their business interruption (BI) policies. Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Within the test case, the court considered… Read more »

What is a Clean Break in a Divorce?

The term ‘clean break’ is one that we use frequently in family law, but what does it actually mean and would it be appropriate in your particular circumstances? A clean break essentially means that separating parties walk away from the marriage with no financial obligation towards the other. This means that you would no longer… Read more »

Summarising the New Permitted Development Rights

property in a trust

Many economists and politicians are predicting the end of office working and high street retail following the dramatic shift to home working and online shopping this year. Fewer shops and offices may be required in the future as these changes herald permanent shifts in behaviour. New uses will need to be found for some of… Read more »

What are the Parental Rights for Same-sex Female Parents?

We have recently received a number of enquiries relating to the breakdown of same-sex relationships, in particular, queries relating to parental rights. Zoe Worthington answers some of the common queries we have received regarding this topic. Do Same-sex Parents Have Parental Responsibility? The first question we will ask is whether you entered into a civil… Read more »

Katie Hodson Discusses Mental Health in the Workplace

Two employees discussing mental health in the workplace

Our Employment Law & HR Group Manager, Katie Hodson, recently featured in an article by HR Grapevine, discussing how HR can face the threat of an employee mental health crisis in the workplace. Read her comments below, and see the full article here. “An employer has the same health and safety responsibilities and duty of… Read more »

Could COVID-19 Testing become a Requirement in the Workplace?

woman wearing mask considering COVID-19 testing in the workplace

As lockdown measures continue to ease across the UK, more employees will be returning to their workplaces. Employers will therefore have a duty to protect their employees’ health and safety and to take appropriate measures to make the workplace as “COVID secure”, as is reasonably practicable. Simon Bellard, HR Consultant, discusses what employers should be… Read more »

Dividing Business Assets on Divorce

Signing agreement to divide business assets on divorce

Dealing with business assets on divorce can lead to some complex legal issues. Quite often, a business is the most valuable asset owned by a couple and it is therefore important that this is dealt with correctly to ensure a fair outcome for both parties. There is a two-step approach to dealing with business assets… Read more »

Armchair Investors Targeted by Sophisticated Fraudsters

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We have recently received reports from clients of a bogus shareholder scam in which fraudsters target members of the public holding shares in well-known blue chip companies. The clients have been contacted by telephone by someone who introduces themselves as an agent from a share brokering company, often based in New York or some other… Read more »

Managing Stress When Preparing for the Reopening of Schools

managing stress at school

With the full re-opening of schools only days away, it will come as no surprise that some education staff may be concerned about returning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Whilst many businesses have been operating fully for a number of weeks, schools have not functioned fully since March this year. Therefore, it will come as… Read more »

Jeremy Orrell on the Northern Powerhouse

In the latest instalment of Insider’s Q&A series on the Northern Powerhouse, Jeremy Orrell, Chief Executive and Head of the Corporate team at law firm SAS Daniels LLP, outlines what the initiative means to him, the improvements required to boost public transport, and the need to reduce the timescales for infrastructure projects. What does the… Read more »