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Recent Changes to Family Law: De-Linking of Divorce and Financial Claims

There is currently talk of a major shake-up of divorce and family law in England and Wales, much of it fuelled by Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court. Sir Munby has called for a ‘complete de-linking’ of divorce...

3 Situations where a Post-Nuptial Agreement can be a Wise Move

A post-nuptial agreement sets out what should happen to a married couple’s finances and assets in the event of a marriage breakdown or separation. It should deal with everything that would be of relevance during a divorce such as re-housing and income...

Pre-Nuptial Agreements: Top FAQs

Pre-nuptial agreements have become a common topic of conversation in recent times, particularly with such a large volume of high profile, high net worth celebrity break-ups and their corresponding financial settlements regularly reported across the media. ...

Children and Divorce: The Welfare Checklist Explained

For couples going through a divorce, it may sometimes become necessary for the court to step in to make a decision about the provisions for their children. When this happens, the court will always, without exception, put the best interests of the child...

International and domestic child relocation: What are the considerations? - December 2016

It is not uncommon for many parents to find themselves having to consider relocation both at home or abroad following a relationship breakdown. The decision to move away is not something that anybody takes lightly and is particularly so when children are...

New landlord-tenant dispute legislation

In a move designed to prevent unnecessary landlord-tenant disputes, the Government has introduced a piece of legislation that aims to reduce the prevalence of "revenge evictions". The law comes in response to criticisms from some property...

Holiday pay commission employment tribunal case

An employment tribunal is set to hear a potentially important holiday pay employment law case this week. The case goes back to 2014 and the argument of a former British Gas sales employee who believed that because his holiday pay did not include his usual...

Commercial lawyer leaves £26 million estate

A commercial lawyer, who died at the age of 90, left a £26 million estate to be shared among his nephew and two nieces, with gifts of £3,000 to be given to each of his 11 godsons and goddaughters. The commercial lawyer, who was well known among...

Commercial lawyers could soon turn to AI for greater efficiency

The president of the Law Society, Jonathan Smithers, has said that commercial lawyers should face the realities of modern technologies by embracing "robots" as the future of legal work. According to Smithers, commercial lawyers need to accept that...

Intellectual property at risk, reveals survey

A survey has revealed that around one-third of employees would, given the opportunity, sell on their company's often invaluable intellectual property for between £1,000 and £10,000 – and, even more worryingly, some would sell on details...

First time buyers - is now the right time?

The Government's Help to Buy mortgage guarantee scheme came into effect in October 2013 so has been running for some time. It was designed to give first-time buyers and homemovers with a small deposit a better chance of getting a mortgage.  It...

Illegal eviction claim in Oxford follows harassment claims

An unsavoury and highly contentious landlord tenant dispute has ended with an Oxford landlord being convicted of illegally evicting his tenant. Oxford Magistrates' Court heard that the landlord/tenant dispute had been simmering for some time, with the...

Commercial litigation conundrum for barristers

The work of commercial litigation solicitors remains largely unthreatened by barristers as the latter group shows itself unwilling to compete in the sector, with only 200 barristers choosing to pursue the option of litigation rights since they were first...

Investigated insolvency firm in administration

A Yorkshire based insolvency firm being investigated by the Government because of alleged irregularities has been placed in administration, it has been revealed. Last year the insolvency company, which had been in existence for nearly 140 years, was twice...

Carneiro takes employment law action against Jose Mourinho

Former Chelsea Football Club team doctor Eva Carneiro has confirmed that in addition to the claim for constructive dismissal she will be making against the club, she will also look to take an individual employment tribunal action against beleaguered manager...

Property solicitor debate follows tightening of criteria

The importance of having experienced property solicitors in place to oversee conveyancing transactions has been underlined with news that lenders have introduced stricter controls on the kinds of law firms they will accept on their panels. However, Jonathan...

Ex-investment officer makes $200 million commercial law claim

American financial manager and writer Bill Gross has instructed commercial lawyers to claim more than $200 million in unfair dismissal compensation over his exit from the PIMCO group in September 2014, the New York Times reports. The newspaper says that the...

Divorce solicitor ruling to open floodgates

American financial manager and writer Bill Gross has instructed commercial lawyers to claim more than $200 million in unfair dismissal compensation over his exit from the PIMCO group in September 2014, the New York Times reports. The newspaper says that the...

Commercial lawyers against increased court fees

Commercial lawyers in London have warned that increases to court fees could lead to international litigants taking their business elsewhere. In a letter addressed to the Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Michael Gove, the commercial...

Debt Recovery concerns in North Devon and Torridge

Debt recovery is at the heart of recent statistics from the Money Advice Trust which show that more than 4,000 debts were referred to bailiffs by North Devon and Torridge district councils over the past 12 months, with North Devon Council's use of...

Call for "radical" ET reform

The Law Society in England has expressed its desire to see "radical" reform of the employment tribunal system. The body, which counts the UK's leading employment lawyers among its members, hopes to see the implementation of a "single...

Insolvency Service secures charity's premises

The Insolvency Service has taken possession of several sites used by the troubled Kids Company charity, with the South London 'Urban Academy' and 'Arches II' facilities, as well as its Central London Ropemaker Street, among the premises...

Property law changes for Wales

Wales is set to become the first part of the UK to introduce property laws that will provide for training of landlords and property agents. As part of the property law move, the Rent Smart Wales scheme will require all landlords of private property in Wales...

Bungalow-dwelling 50-stone pig causes dispute in Lincolnshire

A 50-stone Vietnamese pot bellied pig is at the centre of a Lincolnshire landlord and tenant dispute after the swine was found living in the rented bungalow. The landlord is reported to have received the shock of his life when visiting the Gainsborough...

Restaurant owner's employment law breach

A restaurant owner from Lincolnshire has fallen foul of employment law after it was found that he was employing an illegal worker. According to reports in various Lincolnshire newspapers, the Grantham resident employed the illegal worker, a Chinese...