Article Category: Insight & Opinion

Do I need a Family Lawyer If an Agreement has been Reached Privately?

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As family lawyers, despite the common misconception, we will always encourage separating parties to utilise private discussions and mediation at an early stage to try to reach a settlement outside of the court process. This avoids a lengthy and expensive dispute and helps to keep things as amicable as possible. If you have managed to… Read more »

How to Prevent and Resolve Disputes over Payments

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It doesn’t matter how busy your business is if customers are not paying for goods and services supplied in accordance with the agreed terms. After all, we all know that when it comes to business – cash is king. How can you take steps to minimise the risk of your business’ growth and profitability being… Read more »

Enhanced Maternity Pay – Is This Discriminatory?

In May 2018, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) reported that international professional services company, Capita, paid its female employees enhanced maternity pay – however the same was not offered on the rates of pay for paternity or shared parental leave (SPL). The EAT held that this was not discriminatory, however the case was subsequently sent… Read more »

Unauthorised Absence: Can Consistent No Shows be Classed as a Resignation?

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Katie Hodson, Employment Law & HR Group manager discusses unauthorised absence and outlines how employers can handle these through conducting reasonable investigations. My Employee Has Not Turned into Work for the Last Couple of Days with No Phone Call. Can I Presume That He Has Resigned and Process Him as a Leaver? Unfortunately, no you… Read more »

Selling the Flat above a Commercial Unit

Selling a flat above a commercial unit

If you are the owner of a flat above a commercial unit, you may be wondering if you could sell the flat to unlock some extra cash. Marina Banks, Commercial Property Solicitor, explains what this process involves and the key points you need to consider. When you own both the commercial unit and residential unit… Read more »

Business Sale and Purchase Disputes

Business owners and directors are busier now more than ever due to the time-consuming effects that COVID-19 has had on the economy and the way businesses operate. However, this stress may be heightened if you are a new business owner and the business is not what it appeared to be or if you have sold… Read more »

What Are the Differences Between Deputies and Attorneys?

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Associate, Genevieve Powrie, discusses the differences between deputies and attorneys, including their roles, duties, costs and timescales. Duties of a Deputy A Deputy is an individual appointed by the Court of Protection to manage the finances of – or make health and welfare decisions for – someone who is unable to make decisions for themselves…. Read more »

FCA Business Insurance Test Case Verdict Announced

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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 »

Selling A Business: How to Give Your Business ‘Kerb Appeal’

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When it comes to selling a business, most owners think that it is simply a case of marketing the business for sale and finding a potential buyer. However, you would generally not put your residential home on the market without perhaps attending to any overdue maintenance jobs and making sure it appears clean and tidy… 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 »