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Commercial contracts hint’n’tips

Commercial contracts hint’n’tips

Steps you should take to make sure your commercial contracts are up to date and Brexit-proof, regardless of the outcome in 2019. Your commercial contracts are an essential element in addressing the risks faced by your business.  With Brexit fast approaching and New Year around the corner – why not add this to your list of […]

“The divorce blame game”

“The divorce blame game”

Family lawyers across the country are campaigning for a change in the law to reduce the fallout from divorce on children, given the impact that conflict between separating parents can have. Studies have shown that conflict arising from divorce or separation can severely impact a child’s mental health, their ability to form positive relationships and […]

Unexplained Wealth Orders – the new tool in the UK’s anti-money laundering armoury

Unexplained Wealth Orders – the new tool in the UK’s anti-money laundering armoury

The case of Zamira Hajiyeva made headlines throughout early October this year when she was revealed as the subject of the UK’s first Unexplained Wealth Order (“UWO”). This story came after a period of public focus on the prevalence of foreign criminal money laundering in the UK, particularly in the capital, which was highlighted thanks […]

When does conduct amount to “gross misconduct”?

When does conduct amount to “gross misconduct”?

Dismissing an employee for gross misconduct is the ultimate sanction. It means that the employee’s misconduct is so serious that the employer can terminate the contract with immediate effect without notice or payment in lieu. The Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures describes acts of gross misconduct as being ‘so serious in […]

New law to protect emergency workers against assaults is now in force

New law to protect emergency workers against assaults is now in force

New legislation which doubles the maximum sentence for common assault from six months to a year, if committed against a police officer, medic or prison officer, comes into force today (13 November 2018). The Assault on Emergency Workers (Offences) Act 2018, was debated in parliament before receiving Royal Assent earlier this year. The tougher laws […]

Deal or no deal: Brexit and Family Law in the UK

Deal or no deal: Brexit and Family Law in the UK

In the midst of the confusion as to when Britain will finally exit the EU and what the eventual deal will look like, the crucial impact upon international family law needs to be considered. With approximately 1 million British citizens living in EU member states and 3 million citizens from other EU member states living in the […]

Digital inheritance

Digital inheritance

What happens to your online data when you pass away? When someone passes away, they have more to their name than just physical assets, they also have all of their online accounts such as social media, ITunes or email accounts. These accounts contain personal data such as photo albums and music collections, which can have personal […]

Britain is “open for business”

Britain is “open for business”

With austerity “finally coming to an end”, in the last Budget speech before Brexit, the Chancellor, Philip Hammond spoke of measures to help British businesses “invest and grow”. However, the BBC has today reported on how more than 200 UK shopping centres are “in crisis”, so how will Mr Hammond’s proposals help the high street […]

Employer’s Vicarious Liability – how far does it extend?

Employer’s Vicarious Liability – how far does it extend?

The concept of vicarious liability (where an employer is lawfully responsible for the acts of its employees) is well established and employers liability insurance is a legal requirement. But how far does liability extend and does it include independent contractors? Two recent cases involving Morrisons and Barclays Bank highlight how far liability extends. Various Claimants […]

An expensive MIFtake?

An expensive MIFtake?

It has been decided that those dreaded credit and debit card fees known as “MIFs” are unlawful. So, will there be a chance for merchants to claim damages? On 4 July 2018, the Court of Appeal handed down a landmark judgment in three associated cases against MasterCard and Visa (“the Card Companies/Company”) commenced by various […]