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Employment Law Update

20th January 2017
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Welcome to our Winter Employment Law Update which provides an update on the following areas:   Citysprint – bicycle couriers are workers Working Time – rest breaks Settlement agreements – mental capacity required   Citysprint – bicycle couriers are...

Can I take my child abroad without father’s permission?

17th January 2017
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It’s at this time of year that people start thinking about summer holidays and booking whatever is available after the mad rush. When you are thinking of taking your children abroad though, there is a lot to think about, especially when there are child arrangements in place. Determining who...

How do I stop the abuse in my home?

10th January 2017
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We live in an age where you do not have to put up with anything now and why should you? Everyone has a say and although it can be difficult to discuss your personal life with a stranger, it may be the best thing you do. There is a stereotype that wives only get abused at home, but this is not...

What rights do I have as a father?

3rd January 2017
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Any parent will say that the most important thing in their life is their children.  You would do anything for them and so for anyone to tell you that you cannot see them anymore is life changing. I find that over Christmas non-resident parents often do not get the contact that they were...

Should I divorce or separate?

30th December 2016
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We have all been through a relationship breakdown. Initially you wonder if you can resolve any issues and try again, but it can be so difficult when the damage is already done. My clients often ask me whether they should attend counselling, separate or just apply for a divorce straightaway. It is...

Family Proceedings: When Do You Need A Barrister?

19th December 2016
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You say tomayto, I say tomahto … but a solicitor and a barrister really aren't two words for the same thing. Nevertheless, I find that clients are often confused with the difference between barristers and solicitors and at what point they need the services of each. In brief, barristers only...

Divorce: Dividing Matrimonial Assets

19th December 2016
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Though it may be a myth that there are more relationship breakdowns over the festive period, I do find that I open more new files in January than at any other time of the year. On the approach to the festive season then, I hope this blog might offer some insight to couples who are...

Would your loved ones know where to find your will?

16th December 2016
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What's the point of making a will if your loved ones don't know where to find it when you die?  In a recent survey, 67% of people did not know where to find their parents' wills.  Every firm I know holds wills of people who have died - wills that were never collected by the deceased person's...

Office Christmas parties and the Employment Tribunal claim hangover

15th December 2016
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Office Christmas parties and the Employment Tribunal claim hangover Whilst office Christmas parties can be a great way to reward staff and boost morale, alcohol-induced behaviour can also land employers in the Employment Tribunal. What might appear to be an employee having a bit of...

Divorce-An Overview

15th August 2016
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Divorce-An Overview Divorce is a legal process, which is carried out by the Family courts. The procedure begins with a divorce petition and ends with a decree absolute, which dissolves the marriage. 1) When can you issue a petition? You cannot issue a divorce petition unless you have...

Employment Law Update

15th May 2016
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Employment Law Update Welcome to our Employment Law Update which is the first bulletin by our new Employment Solicitor, Julia Woodhouse. We are delighted that Julia, who has a wealth of HR and Employment law experience, has joined Brindley Twist Tafft & James LLP. The Bulletin covers...

Employment Law: The Smoking Ban, the Development of E-Cigarettes and the position of Employers.

15th January 2016
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Employment Law: The Smoking Ban, the Development of E-Cigarettes and the position of Employers. It is now commonly understood and accepted that there is a ban on people within the UK smoking within public buildings, or within a set distance from their entrances. Failure to abide by this...

Welcome to our Employment Law Update by our Employment Solicitor, Julia Woodhouse which exclusively covers the Employment law implications of Brexit

14th December 2015
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Welcome to our Employment Law Update by our Employment Solicitor, Julia Woodhouse which exclusively covers the Employment law implications of Brexit As we all now know, the UK made the momentous decision to leave the EU on 23 June. What does this mean for employment law in the UK? UK...

International Contact Dispute

14th December 2015
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International Contact Dispute P (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 1428 (Court of Appeal) I represented father in this lengthy child care dispute surrounding his daughter, which eventually concluded in the Court of Appeal in late November 2015, and was recorded in the Law Reports this...

Silly Cheryl: Allegedly no Pre-Nup!

13th December 2015
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Cheryl Fernandez-Versini is worth around £20 million and yet she allegedly did not have a prenuptial agreement before marrying Jean-Bernard. Now she has issued divorce proceedings, she is going to really wish she had one in place. Prenuptial agreements can provide a measure of certainty...

So you have a Will but wonder if you need a Lasting Power of Attorney?

15th June 2015
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So you have a Will but wonder if you need a Lasting Power of Attorney? If you already have a Will you'll be aware that it deals with your estate (your money, possessions and property) after you die. So having a Will should mean that your estate passes in accordance with your wishes and...

Changes to Consumer Law

15th May 2015
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Changes to Consumer Law Consumer law is changing as the new Consumer Rights Act comes into force from the 1st October 2015. The Consumer Rights Act 2015 will replace a number of laws with regard to business-to-consumer transactions, including the Sale of Goods Act 1979 and the...

Employment Law Bulletin – Spring 2015

15th March 2015
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Employment Law Bulletin – Spring 2015 Holiday Pay: Recent Developments. In recent years there have been a series of developments in the calculation of Holiday Pay. Much of the confusion arises from the wording of the Working Time Regulations ('WTR'), and the reference to any...

Focus on: Winding up petitions

15th December 2014
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Focus on: Winding up petitions What is a winding up petition? A winding up petition can be brought by a creditor on the grounds that the company has become unable to pay its debts. It is also possible for the company's own directors and shareholders to issue a winding up petition...

New Rules Relating to the Recovery of Rent Arrears on Commercial Property

15th November 2014
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New Rules Relating to the Recovery of Rent Arrears on Commercial Property On the 6th April 2014, new rules came into force concerning a method of enforcement to recover rent arrears. Under the rules, rental arrears can be recovered by seizing tenant's goods and selling them for an...

Solar Panels

15th September 2014
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Solar Panels If you buy Solar Panels outright, you do benefit from free electricity and can sell the surplus to electricity suppliers under a Feed in Tariff however the initial outlay can be quite costly. What usually happens however is the solar panel provider takes a lease of your...

The FIFA World Cup 2014: Employment Relationships

15th May 2014
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The FIFA World Cup 2014: Employment Relationships Tension is building in the air, the athletes are ready to play and their fans are ready to shout and cheer them on to glory; The FIFA World Cup 2014, hosted by Brazil, is due to kick off an get into full swing on 12 June 2014. For many...