Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Parental leave increased to 18 weeks

Parental leave is a form of statutory unpaid leave which is available to some parents. This leave is provided in addition to maternity, adoption and paternity leave and is more flexible in terms of when it can be taken and how it is to be split across the year. Prior to Friday, 8 March 2013… Read more »

Dangers of a home-made will

In English law there is no requirement to make a will and statistics show that one in three of the population die without one. What is not always revealed is how many people die with a home-made will, which is either completely invalid or is valid in some way but does not reflect the true wishes… Read more »

DIY divorce?

You may be aware that legal aid for almost all family cases will cease to be available from April 2013, meaning that people will now either have to instruct a solicitor and pay privately – or take the DIY approach. “Litigants in person” as they are called, face representing themselves in complex cases where they… Read more »

Shouting about the Pope

The employment appeal tribunal (EAT) has rejected a claim of religious harassment lodged by a Catholic employee following comments made by his line manager in reference to the Pope coupled with expletive language. The claimant worked for The Times newspaper. In March 2010 the news team were working on a story regarding the Pope and… Read more »

How to ensure you rest in peace

There are still vast numbers of people who do not think about – and have not made plans – for what will happen to their own body when they die. It is pragmatic to suggest that everybody should consider what they would like to happen and make plans, usually in the form of creating a… Read more »

Coronation Street story tackles domestic violence

According to recent statistics, there were two millions victims of domestic abuse in 2011/2012 and no doubt, many other victims too scared even to discuss the problems they were facing. Women are more likely to be victims of domestic abuse but the statistics are surprising in that 7% of women and 5% of men were… Read more »

Sperm donors can have contact with children

In a recent High Court Judgement, Mr Justice Baker has ordered that known sperm donors can now apply to court for contact orders under section 8 of the Children Act 1989, even though they have no legal role as parents of their biological child. Justice Baker ruled that two men, whose sperm were provided to… Read more »

Legal professional privilege – not extended to accountants

As predicted in my previous article in June 2012 (click here to view), Prudential has failed in its appeal against the Court of Appeal ruling that Legal Professional privilege should not be extended to Chartered Accountants. The specific issue raised by this appeal is whether a client can claim legal advice privilege (LAP) over advice given… Read more »

Marriage not for you?

If you are one of the increasing number of people who have decided that marriage is not for you and you wish to simply live together without any of the formalities, beware! In a very recent case, a female cohabitee, Mrs Curran, has been “absolutely stripped of everything” when a 30 year relationship ended. The… Read more »

Employment tribunal fees to be introduced in 2013

The government intends to introduce a charging structure to the employment tribunal system. Following lengthy consultation these charges are set to commence in the summer of 2013. In 2011 the coalition government announced that it proposed to introduce fees into employment tribunals as part of its drive to reform employment law. Consultation began in the… Read more »