Medical Treatment – Can It Be Refused by an Advance Decision?

advance decision or living will declaration

During such an uncertain time, many people have sadly been confronted with the reality of life and death. It has forced people to take action in ensuring their own lives are in order, and many people have begun making Wills among other things including an advance decision. What Is an Advance Decision? A Living Will,… Read more »

Covid-19 – Can Force Majeure in a Contract be Called Upon?

“Force Majeure” is a clause written into many contracts, which allows a supplier or customer to suspend its obligations under some circumstances. The Covid-19 virus has wide reaching ramifications for businesses, especially SMEs. Many companies are either implementing or hastily developing plans for employees to work from home or shut down for a period now that the disease… Read more »

Can My Children Stay with Me During Lockdown?

The impact that Coronavirus has undoubtedly had on adults and childrens’ day-to-day lives is indisputable. For families, particularly those who are co-parenting, the impacts could be very tricky. Further to the most recent ‘lockdown’ measures imposed by the Prime Minister,  many parents are asking their family lawyer:  “Which parent will my children stay with during… Read more »

Cohabiting? Create an Agreement for Certainty

Between 2008 and 2018, cohabiting couple families continued to grow faster than married or lone parent families overall in the UK, with 25%* more cohabiting compared to the previous decade. If you are currently cohabiting you are not protected by matrimonial laws and you both need to carefully consider protecting any assets you bring into the relationship…. Read more »

Civil Partnership Option for Opposite Sex Couples

Opposite sex couples can now take advantage of the recent change in the law allowing them to enter into a civil partnership. Ann Chamings and John Eccles became one of the first couples in the UK to become opposite sex civil partners on New Years Eve 2019. They had been in a relationship for 43… Read more »

New Year, Fresh Start with an Amicable Divorce?

When unhappy couples spend time together over Christmas without the day-to-day distractions of working life, that time can really clarify why you might not want to spend another stressful holiday together. If it is an amicable divorce or separation that you want despite the circumstances behind your parting ways, a solicitor will be a calm… Read more »

Passing a Family Farm onto the next Generation

Many farmers want to pass their farm onto the next generation and to do so as tax efficiently as possible. It is therefore essential that farming families plan carefully for the future of the farm and their business interests, whilst thinking about their long-term aims carefully and with tax liabilities in mind. Farming Families and… Read more »

FAQs: Responding to a Settlement Agreement

Signing a settlement agreement

If you are an employee, Salaried Partner or Director and have been offered a settlement agreement but you are unsure what to do next, here are some FAQs to consider: 1. What is a Settlement Agreement? A settlement agreement is a legally binding document that, in most circumstances, will set out the terms on which… Read more »

What to Do If an Employee Submits a Flexible Working Request

Flexible working

Employers most importantly need to be aware of the statutory framework that governs the flexible working process. Flexible working requests are often not dealt with properly by employers who are unaware of these obligations. Flexible working indeed can promote a happier, dedicated and more productive workforce and therefore has benefits for both employees and employers… Read more »

Businesses: Don’t Ignore the Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA) is the UK’s implementation of the GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations). The law controls how personal information is used by businesses and other organisations. It was designed to protect the personal data and information relating to individuals and also boosts the individual’s rights and gives them more control over… Read more »