Article Category: Professional Practices

Listen, listen and listen again

One of the best compliments I have received from a client, who also happened to be an international lawyer, was that she was very impressed with my listening skills, something she had not found to be a common skill amongst lawyers. If you ever thought this was a superfluous skill for a lawyer then think… Read more »

Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) decision on partner status

The Employment Appeal Tribunal has handed down its decision in the case of Williamson and Soden Solicitors v Briars. Mr Briars was remunerated by way of a minimum guaranteed amount plus a further small percentage of the profit of the firm. Williamson and Soden appealed against a ruling that Mr Briars was an employee and… Read more »

Difficult conditions set to continue for some law firms

The extent to which law firms are experiencing difficult trading conditions has been highlighted by the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) for some time now, something the industry as a whole recognises. The fact that firms in financial difficulties are ‘increasingly turning to non-mainstream lenders’, according to the SRA’s recent announcement, serves to highlight this trend…. Read more »

Business growth masterclass at September’s business club

Dale Stafford, a successful business woman and author, will be sharing the way for businesses to become architects of their own success, in a business growth masterclass hosted by The Business Club in Macclesfield. Dale grew her first company into one of the UK’s leading business training and development organisations, which she then sold in… 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 »

Enforcing retirement at 65

The default retirement age was abolished in 2011, and since 2006, under the Employment Equality (Age) Regulations 2006 it has been illegal to discriminate against employees on the grounds of age. The Regulations do not apply to partnerships. However, age does not attract the absolute protection against discrimination which race, religion, or sexual orientation do…. Read more »

Pensions auto-enrolment for employers is here

New laws that came into force on 30 June 2012 will eventually require all UK employers to automatically enrol eligible workers into a pension scheme and make mandatory minimum contributions on their behalf. The reforms are being implemented gradually starting on 1 October 2012, and although many employers will not become subject to the new… Read more »

Let the buyer beware in a commercial contract, as exclusion clauses are upheld

A recent High Court decision in Air Transworld Ltd v Bombardier Inc has illustrated why having an effective exclusion clause incorporated into a business contract can be the simplest and cheapest type of protection and insurance against potential liability. In this case, an aircraft supplied by the Defendants developed a serious fault after delivery. The… Read more »

SAS Daniels advises on national property agent acquisition

A team led by Jeremy Orrell at SAS Daniels LLP has advised North West property surveyor Dixon Webb LLP on its acquisition by the UK’s largest independent commercial property consultant, GVA. Dixon Webb, which has offices in Liverpool, Cheshire and Cumbria has been acquired for an undisclosed sum and will merge with GVA’s Liverpool office…. Read more »