Article Category: Insight & Opinion

How Powers of Attorney Can Help During COVID-19

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The re-imposed lockdown restrictions have meant that it is now even more difficult to physically visit loved ones in care homes. We have all heard upsetting stories on the news about people being isolated, and even being “stolen” from care homes because family members are so desperate for unrestricted contact with their loved ones. In… Read more »

Avoiding Bad Debts & Maximising Credit Control

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The current climate will inevitably result in a large number of unpaid invoices. In order to avoid this and maximise credit control, it is important to strengthen your position from the outset. Jodie Sumner, Debt Recovery Executive, provides her expert guidance on avoiding bad debts. Considerations for Unpaid Invoices When unpaid invoices are referred for… Read more »

The Future of HR in a Post-Pandemic World

Over the past nine months, working practices have changed radically for many organisations and these changes are likely to have a long-term impact. Working from home requests, mental health issues, and flexibility are set to be key HR themes for the future – but what else should HR consider moving forward? Remote Working The pandemic… Read more »

FAQs: Child Arrangements Order

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Cheryl Haywood, Family Associate, answers some of the most frequently asked questions regarding Child Arrangement Orders. What Is a Child Arrangements Order? A child arrangements order is an order of the court setting out who a child shall live with and spend time with. For example, where two parents have separated and there are disagreements… Read more »

British Airways GDPR Breach Fine Reduced due to COVID-19

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In summer 2019, the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a notice of intent to fine British Airways (BA) more than £183m for a breach of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The fine was calculated by reference to BA’s total global turnover and was an example of the ICO wielding the additional powers conferred on… Read more »

Mediation: What Is It and How Does It Work?

Mediation is a form of Alternative Dispute Resolution which can be a highly effective tool to bring a dispute to a conclusion (saving management time and legal costs). It can be used both before legal proceedings are commenced and at any stage of legal proceedings. Mediation is a voluntary and confidential method of Alternative Dispute… Read more »

Nuptial Agreements: What Do the Courts Consider?

Nuptial agreements refer to either pre-nuptial agreements (entered into before marriage) or post-nuptial agreements (entered into after marriage). At present, nuptial agreements are not legally binding. This means that if an agreement is entered into and the relationship breaks down, the court has discretion and can move away from the terms of the agreement if… Read more »

Furlough Scheme Extended to March 2021

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On 31st October 2020, the Government announced that, despite localised tier systems being in place, new COVID-19 cases were on the rise again and therefore new national lockdown restrictions (‘Lockdown 2’) would be put in place starting from 5th November 2020 and ending on 2nd December 2020. As a result, the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme… Read more »

COVID-19 and Its Impact on the Commercial Property Market

The COVID-19 pandemic has had an enormous impact on most businesses. As for the property sector, the stamp duty holiday appears to have played a part in strengthening the residential property market, which has encouraged many developers to continue to locate strategic sites. Entrepreneurs are closely monitoring distressed assets and, with budgets stretched, investors and… Read more »

Part 18 Request and Ed Sheeran’s Copyright Case

Recently, singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran appeared in the Legal Press due to allegations that his hit song ‘Shape of You’ infringed another artist’s copyright. The other party sought further information and required answers to questions on a number of matters relevant to the Court proceedings pursuant to Part 18 of the Civil Procedure Rules. The Civil… Read more »