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Cryptocurrency: Essential knowledge for business

Cryptocurrency: Essential knowledge for business

The latest free guide in our business knowledge series looks at the increasingly important world of virtual currencies and transformative blockchain technology. Cryptocurrencies, particularly Bitcoin and Ethereum, have hit the headlines over the last 12 months, as unprecedented demand has led to exponential growth in market capitalisation, transaction levels and value. This, in turn, has […]

“Knowing [MEES], Knowing You” – A Guide for Commercial Property Landlords

“Knowing [MEES], Knowing You” – A Guide for Commercial Property Landlords

On 1st April 2018, the Energy Efficiency (Private Rented Sector) (England and Wales) Regulations 2015 will come into force. The regulations will herald a significant change for the commercial property market and will impose Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES) on property owners. The backdrop to this change results from UK Government carbon reduction targets. Guidance […]

Police complaints overhaul: IPCC replaced by new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

Police complaints overhaul: IPCC replaced by new Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC)

A nationwide overhaul of the police complaints system comes into effect today (8 January 2018) aimed at making the process of complaining about police conduct quicker and more effective. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which has acted as the principal reviewing body for complaints against police forces throughout England and Wales, is being replaced […]

Buy-to-Let purchases – in good Company?

Buy-to-Let purchases – in good Company?

Following the implementation of the Stamp Duty surcharge for ‘buy-to-let’ and second home purchases, it was anticipated that the number of buy-to-let purchases would decline. Whilst the number of investment purchases by individuals has dropped*, we have at the same time seen a considerable rise in buy-to-let purchases by Limited Companies. The reason for this […]

GDPR – what does it all mean?

GDPR – what does it all mean?

The General Data Protection Regulation (‘GDPR’) replaces the current Data Protection Act and comes into force 25 May, 2018. GDPR relates to how businesses store, manage and process personal data across all platforms including servers, PCs, phones, emails databases etc. Elizabeth Denham, the UK’s Information Commissioner, is quoted as saying, ‘This is the biggest change […]

The New Electronic Communications Code – Considerations for Landlords

The New Electronic Communications Code – Considerations for Landlords

The substantive provisions of the new Electronic Communications Code (“Code”) will come into force on 28 December 2017, following the passing of the Digital Economy Act 2017 (Commencement No. 3) Regulations 2017. The Digital Economy Act 2017 is intended to demonstrate the government’s commitment towards the UK’s rapidly advancing digital industry in a post-Brexit economy. […]

Manipulation of test results at Trimega throws hundreds of Court decisions into doubt

Manipulation of test results at Trimega throws hundreds of Court decisions into doubt

It has emerged that Trimega, a company that specialised in hair, blood and urine tests for drug and alcohol use, may have manipulated test results between 2010 and 2014. The consequent impact could be wide-reaching as many family law practitioners relied upon the forensic services of Trimega in children cases. Indeed, the Court often relies […]

Getting to know… Laura Webster

Getting to know… Laura Webster

Laura is an Associate Solicitor in the Family & Divorce, who qualified into this area in 2016 following 6 months in the department. To get to know Laura better, we asked her a few questions… Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer are you? Unlike most lawyers, I didn’t actually set […]

Children in Care – Taking the Local Authority to Court for more contact

Children in Care – Taking the Local Authority to Court for more contact

My colleague, Laura Webster, recently wrote about the difficulties with contact between separated co-parents, but what about if your co-parent is the Local Authority? Parents may be able to get Legal Aid to take the Local Authority to Court for more contact with a child in the care system. Local Authorities are under a duty […]

Getting to know… Anna Ferro

Getting to know… Anna Ferro

To get to know Family and Divorce Solicitor, Anna Ferro, our resident reporter asked her a few questions. Anna has over 20 years’ experience in Family and Divorce law, and has a reputation for providing the advice and representation of the very highest quality. Why did you become a lawyer and what type of lawyer […]