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A New Sentencing Code

A new consultation on the law of sentencing procedures has been launched by the Law Commission. The plans do not affect the length or type of sentences but seek to bring greater clarity to the guidelines to enable defendants to better understand the language. It is not often clear how the various parliamentary acts, some […]

The importance of making a Will

The importance of making a Will

With 51 million adults living in the UK, 27 million (a huge 53%) do not have a Will. Have you made yours? Making a Will can be a very straight forward task, but is one that many people put off. However, if you die without a valid Will, you will be dying intestate and your […]

“Please release me” … undertakings and mortgages on the former family home

In many divorce settlements, it is impossible for the divorcing couple to both rehouse separately in purchased properties – two purchased homes cannot always be financially achieved from the one former family home and resources available from the marriage settlement. In these circumstances, an option that the divorcing couple and Court may reach is for […]

BREAKING NEWS: The Government is to repay up to £32 million to claimants after the Supreme Court has declared employment tribunal fees to be unlawful

The Fees Order (The Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013) was introduced by the Government with effect from 29 July 2013, where employment tribunal claimants and Employment Appeal Tribunal appellants had to pay Court fees to issue a claim and for the claim to proceed to a final hearing. This was […]

Banter or Business? The High Court hands down judgment in the Mike Ashley case

Banter or Business? The High Court hands down judgment in the Mike Ashley case

The latest ruling at the High Court is a sharp reminder to us all that you need to protect your agreements in writing. In the matter Mr Justice Leggatt dubbed “a lot more interesting” than most business disputes he presides over, Sports Direct (and Newcastle United) owner Mike Ashley was accused of not complying with […]

A Second Chance: Getting Legal Aid for Discharging a Care Order

A Second Chance: Getting Legal Aid for Discharging a Care Order

When a child has been removed by the local authority, it would be because they are at a risk of ‘significant harm’. In these circumstances, a Care Order is made by the Court which gives the Local Authority shared parental responsibility with the parents, carers or guardians of the child. However, whatever the reasons were […]

The Taylor Review and the gig economy: Savvy way of working or a crafty cover up?

The Taylor Review and the gig economy: Savvy way of working or a crafty cover up?

The emergence of the gig economy has presented obstacles when attempting to determine the employment status of individuals and their consequent employment rights and tax liabilities. In the gig economy, in which companies such as Uber and Deliveroo operate, individuals are engaged on a very flexible, ad hoc basis. This relatively new model of work […]

Beers, businessmen, and a £15 million promise… a real deal?

Beers, businessmen, and a £15 million promise… a real deal?

Mike Ashley (Founder of Sports Direct) is being sued by former advisor, Jeff Blue, for a £15 million promise he made when drunk in 2013 – payable if Blue could help double Sports Direct’s share price within three years. Ashley has dismissed his claim as pub “banter” and refuses to pay. This case will necessarily […]

Uber Director resigns after sexist remark

Uber Director resigns after sexist remark

The billionaire Director of Uber has resigned after making a ‘sexist’ remark during a meeting designed to discuss the company’s culture, including the need for a more diverse work force and to address sexism in the work place. The irony failed to amuse staff members, who sent a flurry of emails to management in response, […]

Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2017]

Darnley v Croydon Health Services NHS Trust [2017]

Should it be fair for Courts to impose a duty of care on civilian, non-medically trained receptionists? Should the same receptionists be accountable for the provision of inaccurate information? Should a patient who was wrongly informed by the said receptionist have the right to bring a claim against a Hospital Trust? Facts of the Case […]