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Understanding the National Living Wage 3rd November 2017

Fair pay for a fair day's work is the bedrock of a good relationship between employers and employees. The National Minimum Wage (NMW) has ensured that everyone gets a minimum amount per hour, which is legally enforceable. But in 2016, the government introduced the new National Living Wage (NLW), which is mandatory for workers aged 25 and above, and is currently set at £7.50. For workers aged under 25, though, the NLW is not mandatory, and employers can choose either to pay them more, or... more...

Your rights when owing or being owed money 3rd November 2017

The popularity of programmes showing the daily workings of high court enforcement officers have highlighted the sheer amount of personal debt in the UK today. According to figures released by the Money Charity, it is estimated that the average debt per adult (including mortgage payments) is £30,277, more than 114% of the average wage. Credit card borrowing is at an all-time high, despite the years of austerity measures after the 2008 crash, with consumer credit borrowing at around £3... more...

How to avoid running into sewage problems when selling 17th October 2017

This year's housing market has been characterised by slumping prices and sluggish sales in many areas, posing a challenge to would-be sellers looking to move on. For those who are not connected to mains drainage, generally in rural areas, there is an added challenge, with many unaware of stricter rules regarding septic tank systems and soak-aways. These systems need to be dealt with as part of the conveyancing process. Property owners with a septic tank or small sewage treatment plant could ... more...

The changing face of tribunal claims 10th October 2017

In July 2017, the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal claim fees were unlawful, and now it has been confirmed that an ex-employee has been granted an extension of time to pursue their out-of-date unfair dismissal claim, on the basis that the original action was dropped due to the fees. In giving the go-ahead for an extension in the case of Dhami v Tesco Stores Ltd, the claimant could show they had lodged the original claim within the three-month time limit and the fees were an impo... more...

New ruling sees change in tribunal fees 20th September 2017

A government beset by policy U-turns has faced yet another one recently as the Supreme Court ruled that employment tribunal fees were 'inconsistent with access to justice', and therefore unlawful. Not only has this caused red faces at the Ministry, but it could cost the government's reserves too ??" potentially up to £32million in repayments to workers intent on getting justice. The challenge to the charges for bringing an employment tribunal ??" £1,200 in many cases ??" was brought... more...

Considerations for converting commercial property into residential housing 12th September 2017

Commercial property development (where commercial buildings are transformed into residential units) is a growing business. An old factory bought for £250,000 and converted into 10 residential units, each valued at £150,000, could net a massive profit for the developer willing to invest in converting the building. With the government actively encouraging commercial-to-residential conversions, and with plenty of old offices, shops, and industrial properties available, it is a smart bus... more...

Advice for first-time renters 12th September 2017

Advice for first-time renters Following the recent A level results, many first-time students will be looking for last-minute accommodation as they head off to university. Parents can help guide the novice tenants through the process, but may themselves not be aware of how things have changed since their university days or first-time rentals. All too often, both parents and students get focused on the emotional upheaval or logistics rather than the important details of checking the property a... more...

Understanding the Power of Attorney in cases of dementia 12th September 2017

Understanding the Power of Attorney in cases of dementia One of the fastest growing health issues in UK society is the seemingly relentless rise in dementia. This terrifying category of diseases combined with an older population means that it is never been more important to get your affairs in order as early as possible. But if dementia does take hold, at what point do you hand over responsibility to a nominated person and grant them Power of Attorney over your financial affairs? And what alt... more...

Will writing in the 21st Century 12th September 2017

Will writing in the 21st Century When thinking of making a Will, the idea of a Victorian lawyer taking down the last instructions at the bedside still springs to mind for many people, but a major change to how people can say what should happen after their death is likely to happen soon. If the proposals from the Law Commission get the go ahead, the law is likely to catch up with technology, and in future we could see emails and other simple expressions of intention being acceptable. However... more...

Will the UK really become a tax haven post-Brexit? 12th September 2017

Will the UK really become a tax haven post-Brexit? Back in January last year, Chancellor Philip Hammond hinted that the UK would do 'whatever we have to do' to ensure the UK's economy prospered after Brexit ??" including making the country more attractive to investors as a 'tax haven' by cutting red tape. Fast-forward 18 months and Hammond has done a spectacular U-turn and specified that the UK would definitely not become a tax haven in a bid to continue competing with EU rivals. He was spe... more...

New regulations regarding the gender pay gap 6th September 2017

The BBC found itself in a media storm recently following the publication of salaries paid to its highest-earning stars, which revealed that only one-third of its 96 top earners were women, and the top seven were all men. Since then, staff at the Financial Times have threatened to strike over the paper's reported 13 per cent gender pay gap. It is an issue that is likely to keep on drawing attention, now that larger employers are obliged to publish their gender pay gap information. The Equal... more...

Dealing with personal injuries on holiday - some useful advice 3rd August 2017

Dealing with personal injuries on holiday The one thing you don't want to think about when going on holiday is what happens when things go wrong. The easiest way to appease this worry is to arrange travel insurance. The cost of repatriation in the event of an illness or injury, as well as treatment abroad, can run into thousands of pounds. For the sake of a few pounds, travel insurance protects your finances and makes sure you are not left penniless and unwell thousands of miles from home. If... more...

Tips for speeding up the Conveyance process 2nd August 2017

Tips for speeding up the conveyance process Belts are tightening, mortgage lenders are asking a lot more questions and delving deeper into your financial history before saying yes to a loan, and bricks and mortar simply aren't moving as quickly as before. House prices are still growing (mostly), but at a considerably reduced rate compared to 2016, Pre-Brexit. However, if there is one thing that really puts the brakes on a house sale, it is the paperwork. So how can you speed up the conve... more...

2018 EPC Regulations: Notes for Landlords 2nd August 2017

2018 EPC Regulations: Notes for landlords We would all like to be more energy efficient and have warm, comfortable homes that don't leak heat or let in the cold. If you are a landlord, though, you now have a responsibility to ensure that your rental properties are energy efficient. After much consideration, the 2018 EPC regulation amends have finally been concluded, with the changes finalised by the Department for Energy & Climate Change. Ultimately, it means it will be unlawful to let or lea... more...

The legal and financial importance for employers of understanding dress codes in the workplace 19th July 2017

The legal and financial importance for employers of understanding dress codes in the workplace This summer has seen dress codes being re-written by Royalty, MPs and now the Anglican Church, leaving many wondering where they stand in the workplace. First, the Queen conducted the State Opening of Parliament in a hat and coat, in place of the traditional gown and crown. Then the Speaker of the House declared jackets and ties an unnecessary convention for male MPs. Now the Synod, the Church o... more...

Good intentions are not enough in wage calculations! 12th July 2017

Accurate calculations of the National Minimum Wage continue to cause headaches for employers, with an employment tribunal acknowledging the complexity and saying that there is no single key to unlock every case. Recently, unintentional underpayments in staff pay packets have affected major retailers like John Lewis and Tesco, while others have been waiting for an employment tribunal decision on when night shift staff are eligible for the National Minimum Wage (NMW). For John Lewis, a staff-... more...

The new Data Protection Law 31st May 2017

Companies and business organisations of all shapes and sizes need to be ready for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) on 25th May 2018, which will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 1998. The new Regulation will come into effect despite Brexit as the UK government have already clearly stated it will be unaffected by the so-called Great Repeal Act that may affect other areas of law that have come from the EU. The principles remain largely the same though... more...

Japanese Knotweed affecting the property market 15th May 2017

Springtime is traditionally the busiest time for the property market, but with a knotty problem affecting more homes than ever, it is worth doing some horticultural homework before you start, whether you are buying or selling. Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive, aggressive and destructive plant, able to grow as high as four metres in just a few months and with roots that can spread seven metres. It is non-native with no natural predators, and is able to cause significant structural damag... more...

Testamentary freedom give boost by Supreme Court 11th April 2017

Testamentary freedom give boost by Supreme Court A record numbers of inheritance disputes are going through the courts as modern family structures and rising house prices push more families to contest unfavourable outcomes. Two recent cases which have seen families losing out after legal action include two brothers who have run up fees of more than their entire inheritance by disputing a stepmothers' share of their father's estate, and estranged daughter Heather Ilott who challenged h... more...

Taking stock pays off in inheritance tax planning 10th March 2017

Taking stock pays off in inheritance tax planning As the end of the tax year approaches, it is a good time to make sure you are maximising your opportunities for inheritance tax reliefs. This year, as well as taking advantage of exempt lifetime gifts and transfers, property owners should also look at how the new transferable residence nil rate band fits their profile. The Residential Property Nil Rate Band Under the new rules, when a person leaves a residential property to direct desc... more...

Hammond's pre-Brexit budget 10th March 2017

Hammond's pre-Brexit budget The first steps towards preparing the UK for a post-Brexit future were announced by Chancellor Philip Hammond in his Spring Budget, which avoided headline-grabbing shake-ups and tax breaks in favour of economic stability. In the run-up to the announcement, sterling slipped to a seven-week low, reflecting the uncertainty surrounding the move towards exiting the European Union, but the Chancellor pointed to robust economic growth, record levels of employment an... more...

Cohabiting Couples Should Take Action! 19th December 2016

A landmark victory in the Supreme Court has seen a Northern Ireland woman win a share of her former partner's pension, with commentators saying it's likely to add impetus to the drive for greater rights for unmarried couples. But, in the meantime, cohabitees should face up and formalise arrangements, rather than keeping their fingers crossed. The victory of Denise Brewster involved her claim for a survivor's pension after her long-term, live-in partner Lenny McMullan, who d... more...

Mistakes that mean landlords lose right to break-up 25th July 2016

Landlords looking to terminate a lease have received a blunt reminder of what it takes to serve a valid break notice after a legal battle reached the High Court. The ruling in Vanquish Properties (UK) Limited Partnership -v- Brook Street (UK) Limited centred around premises ear-marked for development on Fenchurch Street in London. The premises were let to Brook Street by the City Corporation as freeholder, with a break clause in September 2016 on six months' notice. When developer... more...

Oral changes to contracts - Beware! 27th June 2016

Negotiating contracts looks set to be tougher in future, with the news that clauses in contracts that require any variations to be made in writing and agreed by all the parties may not hold water. Anti-oral variation clauses often feature in both commercial agreements and employment contracts, but until now there have been conflicting decisions over enforcement. In a recent case to reach the Court of Appeal, the Court has said that even when such a clause is included, it is still possible ... more...

Inheritance tax changes - The Devil is in the detail 12th May 2016

When Chancellor George Osborne announced significant changes to inheritance tax (IHT) in last summer's Budget speech, the move had been much anticipated. But rather than simply raising the tax-free threshold for everyone, he announced a new allowance specifically for those who own their home and want to leave it to their children. For these homeowners, a transferable residence nil rate band allowance (RNRB) will be introduced from April 2017. However, as is often the case with such anno... more...

Employers must gear up for April living wage deadline 10th March 2016

The National Living Wage has been catching headlines since Chancellor George Osborne announced it last summer, but the Government's target of GBP 9 per hour by 2020 has overshadowed the detail, and many businesses remain unaware of the transitional deadlines and new penalties now in place. The compulsory National Living Wage (NLW) arrives on 1st April 2016 for eligible workers aged 25 and over, and it's been set at GBP 7.20 per hour. But the NLW does not replace the current Nation... more...

Sugar tax hits drinks but there's a sweetener for investors and companies in Osborne's budget 1st March 2016

Sugar tax hits drinks but there's a sweetener for investors and companies in Osborne's budget The unexpected introduction of a 'sugar tax' on soft drinks in George Osborne's spring 2016 Budget drew headlines, but investors and companies have found a range of sweeteners in the Chancellor's statement. In the run-up to the Budget, debate focussed on tax threats such as pensions, but in the event the Chancellor side-stepped the most contentious topics and offered... more...

Employers face stricter controls on private internet monitoring 18th February 2016

Recent news headlines have warned employees that social media chat and email conversations at work are open to being read by the boss, following a recent ruling by the European Court of Human Rights, however experts say that the headline writers have missed the point, as the ruling in Barbelescu, Romania puts greater pressure on employers to justify any monitoring of private messages, rather than any relaxation. The ruling did allow that companies have a right to monitor internet usage by e... more...

Landlords lose and whiplash gets cracked in Osborne's autumn budget 25th November 2015

Backtracking on the contentious cuts to working tax credits caught the headlines when Chancellor George Osborne delivered his autumn budget statement, alongside a boost to building and good news for first time buyers. The Chancellor announced the allocation of £4 trillion of public spending over the next four years, with an £8 billion reduction in borrowing now being forecast and a predicted surplus of £10 billion by 2019-20. In a package of measures designed to help ... more...

Property prices help fuel family inheritance court battles 30th September 2015

Rising property prices are fuelling increased numbers of inheritance disputes reaching the courts, with second marriages being another major contributory factor. Such challenges are no longer the preserve of the wealthy, although they continue to feature highly. Recent cases hitting the headlines have included the family fall-out following the death of the billionaire owner of Sotheby's, Alfred Tauber, through to a court case over a £600,000 estate destined for goo... more...

Property owners win and lose in Osborne's first fully Tory budget 9th July 2015

Action towards a new living wage caught the headlines as Chancellor George Osborne delivered his first Budget statement under a Tory majority, alongside good news for families who want to pass on their property wealth to future generations. The Chancellor announced that economic growth forecasts would be held for 2015 and 2016, but gave a prediction of increased GDP in 2017 to 2020, up from 2.3pc per year to 2.4pc per year. Growth is also expected to accelerate, from 2.2pc this year t... more...

Social Media Feed Risks 7th June 2015

Accusation that a drinks group encouraged irresponsible alcohol consumption in a tweet highlights social media challenge for business. Businesses must make sure they are not breaching advertising regulations when they update their social media feeds. The reminder follows the news that Diageo's Guinness UK brand has been cleared by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of implying that alcohol could improve a person's week, after a tweet on the brand's social media account ... more...

Time to take stock of UK and overseas property 30th April 2015

British expats and people with holiday homes overseas should take stock in view of recent changes to Capital Gains Tax legislation. Capital Gains Tax (CGT) has been extended to non-UK residents selling UK residential property. As the tax will be calculated on the gain made after 5th April 2015, owners need to record the value of the property and its general condition now, in order to deal with the tax when they eventually sell. HMRC are likely to challenge any valuation considered unreal... more...

Inheritance Tax 9th April 2015

Inheritance tax under the spotlight in countdown to the general election The matter of inheritance is top of the agenda for Chancellor George Osborne in the countdown to the general election. In the Spring budget, the hoped-for announcement of an increase in the inheritance tax threshold nil rate band from its long standing level of £325,000 was not forthcoming. Instead, the Chancellor announced a review into the avoidance of inheritance tax through the use of "deeds of variation". ... more...

Declaring Lifetime Gifts 26th February 2015

Secrets in Switzerland lead to big penalty bill Failure to report a cash gift from his late father has landed a carpenter with an £87,000 penalty from HM Revenue and Customs. The case, the first to test the position in court, is a warning to anyone who fails to come up with the facts when asked questions by those handling the estate of someone who has died. When Clayton Hutching's father died, he left an estate of farm property worth aroun... more...

European Court weighs in with obesity verdict 22nd January 2015

Employers will need to review circumstances for obese employees whose weight is causing them problems in the workplace, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice. The Court has ruled that if the obesity of a worker "hinders the full and effective participation of that person in professional life on an equal basis with other workers", then obesity can fall within the concept of "disability". The decision is binding across the European Union although the EAT's decis... more...

Osborne headlines on stamp duty but disappoints on inheritance tax 4th December 2014

The property market was top headline for Chancellor George Osborne in this year's Autumn statement, with a radical change to stamp duty which should see 98% of buyers better off. Highlighting that the UK is currently the fastest growing economy in the G7, the Chancellor announced an improved economic growth forecast for 2014, increased to 3% from the 2.7% predicted in March, and against a backdrop of 500,000 new jobs created this year, of which 85% were full time. ... more...

Property buyers play it safe with no-nups 3rd August 2014

Savvy property owners who club together to buy a home are turning to "no-nups" to safeguard their investment. Whether as a cohabiting couple, or two or more friends clubbing together, a cohabitation agreement, or "no-nup", as they now becoming known, can help fix the outcome if things go wrong. And that is particularly important when contributions to buying a property are unequal. Nowadays, many young people are buying with the help of parents, and there is often a diff... more...

New rules for those without a will 30th June 2014

From October, different rules come into force on how assets should be distributed when someone dies without making a will, but it is still likely to cause a shock to families, particularly where couples were not married or in a civil partnership. New rules on what happens when someone dies without making a will should make it easier for families in future, but the changes don’t go far enough according to experts. The Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act 2014 received the Roya... more...

Lifelong campaigner leads the way for dementia sufferers 21st May 2014

Dementia sufferers wanting to remain in their own home have been given hope thanks to a lifelong political campaigner. In a case that has emphasised the importance of making one's wishes known before illness strikes, a challenge to Westminster Council over residential care has successfully been fought on behalf of dementia campaigner and former politician Manuela Sykes. A Labour councillor for Westminster from 1974, Manuela Sykes was a long standing campaigner for better treatment fo... more...

#MindYourMouth warning as secretly taped evidence is admitted in tribunal hearing. 21st May 2014

There's a warning to mind p's and q's as the sexist revelations of football Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore go public, following hard on the heels of racist comments by Los Angeles Clippers' owner Donald Sterling, and an employment tribunal says that secretly taped evidence is admissible in an employment tribunal hearing US billionaire Donald Sterling looks set to lose his Los Angeles Clippers basketball team over racist remarks recorded by his ex-mistress ... more...

2014 Budget Summary 29th March 2014

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Business and pensioners come out on top in Osborne's Spring budget 27th March 2014

UK business has been offered a hand-up in the latest statement from Chancellor George Osborne, with a package of measures designed to further stimulate the economy. This year's Spring budget was made against a radically different background to 12 months ago, when the Office for Budget Responsibility had downgraded the 2013 growth prediction to just 0.6%. This year, however, the Chancellor was able to announce a growth target of 2.7%, and 2.3% next year, higher than previously forecast... more...

Avoiding family feuds when you die 6th February 2014

Avoiding family feuds when you die Inheritance issues are in the headlines, following the reading of Nelson Mandela’s will, highlighting problems that are becoming increasingly common with the rising number of ‘blended’ families following remarriage. Commentators have pointed to the international leader’s decision to exclude his second wife Winnie from the will and the restrictions he placed on legacies to some of his surviving children. Closer to home, the dilemma of gettin... more...

Countdown to Christmas comes with a warning for consumers 3rd December 2013

As the retail sector revs up for the all-important Christmas selling season, online sales continue to grow. The first Monday in December has become known in the retail trade as Cyber Monday because of an annual spike in online sales, which is said to happen following the last pay cheque before Christmas. For many, online shopping seems so much easier than stomping round the high street, but with the growing number of web-based retailers, many of whom cannot be identified offline, consumers... more...

Young globe-trotters set to be winners with inheritance tax changes 27th August 2013

Globalisation is leading more young professionals into international work and they look set to be the winners in changes in inheritance tax rules in the UK, designed to reflect the lifestyle changes of the rising tide of overseas workers who are increasingly likely to marry someone from a different country. The 2013 Budget introduced two important changes to the inheritance tax (IHT) rules that will benefit couples where one partner is domiciled abroad. From 6th April the IHT exemption o... more...

Making it fair and square for all your families 28th July 2013

Inheritance claims are on the rise, as family structures get more complicated with the increasing number of remarriages. Currently 40% of marriages are second time round, and spouses and children of both first and second marriages are increasingly making claims where they feel they have been unfairly treated in the will of a former partner or parent. And around 1000 new cases have been formally commenced in a three-year period according to recent figures by the Law Commission, which has... more...

Lifelong campaigner leads the way for dementia sufferers 11th May 2013

Dementia sufferers wanting to remain in their own home have been given hope thanks to a lifelong political campaigner. In a case that has emphasised the importance of making one's wishes known before illness strikes, a challenge to Westminster Council over residential care has successfully been fought on behalf of dementia campaigner and former politician Manuela Sykes. A Labour councillor for Westminster from 1974, Manuela Sykes was a long standing campaigner for better treatment for d... more...

Employers using unpaid interns fall foul of minimum wage 23rd April 2013

Employers who use unpaid interns are being warned they could be breaking the law and flouting national minimum wage legislation. The warning comes as 100 employers have been referred to HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) by the employment minister Jo Swinson following a campaign by Intern Aware, to raise awareness of the practice. The employers will be investigated by HMRC under the National Minimum Wage Act 1998, which requires workers to be paid the national minimum wage, currently £6.... more...

Why baring all may be best for the kids 15th April 2013

The recent case of Kloosman v Aylen highlights the need to obtain proper legal advice and to openly discuss intentions before making large lifetime gifts. Elderly parents wanting to benefit children or friends before they die need to consider the consequences, and be clear and open about their intentions if they want to avoid family fights and court battles. A recent case highlighting this problem revolved around the will made by Richard Frost in September 2007, when he set out that he wan... more...

Business gets a boost in Osborne's Spring budget 20th March 2013

Business can breathe a sigh of relief following the latest statement from the Chancellor, with a package of measures designed to stimulate UK plc. The Spring budget was delivered against the gloomy backdrop provided by the Office for Budget Responsibility, which downgraded the 2013 growth prediction it had issued last December, down from 1.2% to 0.6%. The headline-grabbing measures of the Budget included bringing forward the raising of the personal tax threshold to £10,000 from Apr... more...

Business gets a boost on bringing in debts 18th March 2013

Changes in the statutory protection for late payment of commercial debts sees a tightening up on how quickly commercial debts should be settled and the opportunity to recover costs, but businesses wanting to use the legislation need to make sure their contract terms do not over-ride the terms of the Act. The changes came into force on 16 March 2013 for contracts entered into after that date. One key change is that commercial businesses will be expected to pay their supplier invoices within 3... more...

Homeowners warned over new care home fees rules 13th February 2013

From 2017, the total amount that the elderly will have to pay in care home fees will be capped at £75,000 for personal care, but not accommodation and food, after which the Government will step in and pick up the bill. The amount is equivalent to a stay of about two and a half years in residential care, which is longer than most people need. Anyone with a home or assets worth less than £123,000 will get some help towards the costs - up from the current £23,250 means-testing ... more...

Parents should read the small print when it comes to mobile phones for children 30th January 2013

As the debate continues over network-level filtering to block internet access to adult content, smart phones are causing increasing problems for parents of the young or those with learning difficulties. In a recent case, the father of a young man with learning difficulties turned to a newspaper to highlight the problems he faced in challenging a £5,500 mobile phone bill, run up by his autistic son making calls and texts to sex lines. The son is 21 but has a mental age of 12 and wh... more...

Divorce down, but family business in lockdown when it comes to settlements 10th January 2013

Official figures released in December 2012 show that the number of divorces dropped by 1.7%* in the previous year, but divorce statistics continue to peak in the period following Christmas, with the second week in January notoriously the busiest month for couples taking the decision to part. And following a recent landmark judgement in the Court of Appeal, lawyers are warning that divorcing couples will find it tougher to separate any family assets held in companies and are predicting an inc... more...

Are your terms of business fair?

Are your terms of business fair? 30th June 2012

28th June 2012 Companies whose Terms load the dice against the consumer stand to lose if challenged. So easy, a child could do it.... This was the nasty truth for one punter when he found himself £50,000 in the red after a five year old got into his online spread betting account. But as well as striking fear into the hearts of parents everywhere, the resulting court case has delivered a wake-up call for companies who rely on contract terms that are buried in the small print. No... more...

Beware of falling foul of conditions on effective exercise of lease termination rights

Beware of falling foul of conditions on effective exercise of lease termination rights 22nd April 2012

Hard hit businesses are being dealt a double blow as landlords refuse to accept break clauses when rents have been late, and experts are now warning companies to check the small print before signing new leases. The alert follows a court ruling where tenants were left unable to end a lease because they had not complied with the small print on interest payments for late rent. Commercial leases are normally granted for a specified period, such as seven years or fifteen years. A long lease give... more...

What the new employment changes mean to business

What the new employment changes mean to business 1st February 2012

As we enter a new year employers are being reminded to prepare themselves for changes set for introduction over the coming 12 months. The Government is to put forward a raft of measures aimed at reforming employment law and whilst we wait to hear the detail, one change that is known for certain is the change in pension age. The Pension Act received the Royal Assent and became law last year. It means that the pension age for women will rise to 65 in 2018; the age for both men and women will... more...

More marriages are breaking up, but couples should jaw jaw

More marriages are breaking up, but couples should jaw jaw 31st January 2012

As Spring is traditional for weddings, so January has earned a reputation for the time to kick off a divorce. And this year has been no exception, if celebrity announcements are anything to go by. Hard on the heels of Katy Perry and Russell Brand, super-couple Seal and Heidi Klum have said they will be going their separate ways, as will reality star Kim Kardashian. For the fortunate few, a court battle may bring a secure future and London has become the divorce capital of the world, with... more...

Homeowners warned to watch out for squatters

Homeowners warned to watch out for squatters 29th January 2012

The housing market is sluggish, prices static, and more people are staying put and renovating or extending. But homeowners wanting to protect their property value should also invest time in checking out their boundaries and making sure they don't have squatters. If you mention the word "squatters”, most people think of someone who has made themselves at home in an empty property. But squatters' rights, or adverse possession as it is known in law, can happen in all sorts of prop... more...

Flower power wins the day in Interflora trademark battle

Flower power wins the day in Interflora trademark battle 15th December 2011

Internet advertisers who use competitor names to draw traffic have been dealt a rap on the knuckles following a high profile battle between Marks & Spencer and Interflora. In the fast growing world of internet advertising, new online techniques are demanding new rules and the latest ruling from the Court of Justice of the European Union (ECJ) says that a trademark owner can stop a competitor from using their trademark as a keyword in a search engine such as Google. But the judgement stopp... more...

Common sense comes out on top in contract dispute

Common sense comes out on top in contract dispute 17th November 2011

Victory for common-sense as judgment is given in long running battle over bank payout Courts should apply business common sense when interpreting commercial contracts according to a judgment delivered this week (2nd November). The Supreme Court has ruled in the case of Rainy Sky SA and Others v Kookmin Bank, [2011] UKSC 50 that when the wording of a contract could be read in either of two ways, the court should opt for the interpretation that makes business common sense and reject the o... more...

The new Data Protection Law 31st December 1969

Companies and business organisations of all shapes and sizes need to be ready for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) on 25th May 2018, which will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 1998. The new Regulation will come into effect despite Brexit as the UK government have already clearly stated it will be unaffected by the so-called Great Repeal Act that may affect other areas of law that have come from the EU. The principles remain largely the same though... more...

The new Data Protection Law 31st December 1969

Companies and business organisations of all shapes and sizes need to be ready for the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (the GDPR) on 25th May 2018, which will replace the Data Protection Act (DPA) of 1998. The new Regulation will come into effect despite Brexit as the UK government have already clearly stated it will be unaffected by the so-called Great Repeal Act that may affect other areas of law that have come from the EU. The principles remain largely the same though... more...