Article Category: Insight & Opinion

6 Steps to Dealing with Misconduct in the Workplace

In this blog, Katie Hodson, Partner and Head of Employment, outlines six steps that employers can take to effectively deal with misconduct in the workplace. As we know, businesses have had to make a lot of changes due to Covid-19, including varying working practices, putting social distancing measures into place along with introducing more stringent… Read more »

Security of Tenure and Lease Renewals

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The relationship between a landlord and tenant of business premises is governed by the Landlord & Tenant Act 1954 (“the Act”). Unless the parties have agreed (by following the prescribed procedure) to exclude the terms of the Act that provides security of tenure for the tenant, at the end of the fixed term of the… Read more »

Blame in Divorce Proceedings

Couple arguing about bad behaviour during divorce process

As part of the divorce process, parties will often be asked to complete a ‘Form E’ setting out their financial position and confirming any special circumstances that they believe should be considered. When deciding how the assets of the marriage should be divided, people often question whether bad behaviour should be taken into account, but… Read more »

Grant of Probate: Changes to the Application Process

Filling in an application for a grant of probate

If you are dealing with the affairs of someone who has died, you may find that, as an executor, you need to apply for a Grant of Probate. A Grant of Probate is a Court Order which confirms the appointment of the executors named in the Will, and enables them to deal with the estate administration. This… Read more »

Same Sex Divorces: What Is the Process?

same sex divorces between two females

The Office for National Statistics recently revealed that same sex female couples are more than twice as likely to divorce than same sex male couples. There is no clear explanation as to why this is the case but some commentators such as Natalie Drew, founder of Britain’s first fertility clinic, expressed her views to a… Read more »

COVID-19 Vaccine: Can Employers Make Staff Take the Vaccine?

Person with injection about the take the vaccine

A mass Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccination programme has started to be rolled out which aims to provide doses to up to four million people by the end of December. Although this is welcome news by many, some people may be reluctant to take the vaccine and  there have been questions surrounding whether their employer can actually… Read more »

How RPI Reforms Could Affect Commercial Property

tablet showing graph of RPI

Retail Price Index (RPI) is the oldest measure of inflation in the UK and is used widely across the economy and in financial contracts. However, the means by which it is calculated no longer meets current international statistic standards. This has meant that RPI has not been classed as an official statistic since 2013 because… Read more »

Visiting Relatives in Care Homes – Ever-changing Regulations

visiting relatives in care homes during covid-19

Care home visits are usually subject to guidance issued by the Care Quality Commission, which regulates care homes. In October 2019, this was updated and states that: “The staff should make it as easy as possible for you to visit your relative or friend. They should respect your relationship and give you as much privacy… Read more »

Disclosure Pilot Scheme – What are the Key Duties?

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The Disclosure Pilot Scheme (“the Scheme”) has been in operation in the Business and Property Courts since January 2019 and is set out in Practice Direction 51U of the Civil Procedure Rules. The Scheme was originally intended to run for two years, however it has now been extended for a further year and will continue… Read more »

Data Protection: How Will Brexit Affect Regulations for Businesses?

Woman looking at laptop, reading about Data Protection

In May 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force. The GDPR represented a huge overhaul of data protection laws with its purpose being to provide individuals with greater levels of protection for their personal data. As a member of the European Union, the United Kingdom was obliged to adopt the GDPR. However,… Read more »