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Employment Law 2020: What to expect

2019 was a busy year for new employment legislation…

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Septic tank discharges to surface water

If you own a property which has a septic tank that…

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ICO Issue New Guidance on Data Protection Post-Brexit

The Information Commissioner’s Office has issued new…

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We shall never (inadvertently) surrender!

It’s no secret that times are tough for high street…

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Litigants in Person

Sophie Key looks at the role of the family law solicitor…

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Abolition of ASTs: The End of an Era

The government is consulting on abolishing section…

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To CE or not to CE – a post Brexit question?

As it stands, the UK is due to leave the EU on 31…

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.EU Domain Names and a ‘no deal’ Brexit

The European Commission has confirmed the position…

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“Pull yourself together” – How much should you spend arguing over curtains?

Laura Clay-Harris comments on a recent case at the…

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Reasonable belief that a disclosure is made in the public interest is sufficient

In Okwu v Rise Community Action the EAT has emphasised…

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What is love? – Coercive Control

A recent Channel 4 drama explored the issue of coercive…

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Don't Bank on Overage

Overage is a mechanism that gives a seller of land…

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Can an employer be liable for its employees’ discriminatory Facebook posts?

In Forbes v LHR Airport Limited the EAT considered…

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Restrictive Covenants: unreasonable restriction made enforceable with deletions

In the case of Tillman v Eghon Zehnder Ltd, the Supreme…

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Unlawful Deductions: Series of deductions not broken by gap of three months

The Court of Appeal of Northern Ireland has confirmed…

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Can I make my husband or wife go out to work?

Separation and Divorce brings about a number of significant…

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Payment Protection Insurance Claims - Advice for Trustees in Bankruptcy

Payment Protection Insurance, more commonly known…

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Attending Court: The Do’s and Don’ts

Not everyone can afford a solicitor to represent them…

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Director fails to provide convincing extenuating circumstances to avoid disqualification

Mr Zannetou was the sole appointed director of Ixoyc…

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The Cobblers – Football club directors disbelieved in breach of duty claim

Between September 2013 and July 2014 Northampton Borough…

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Practical Completion: Easier To Recognise Than Define

Practical completion is a term that is used to describe…

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Mines and minerals – How do they affect my development land?

Carrying out thorough due diligence on a property…

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Employers not obliged to match shared parental pay to enhanced maternity pay

The Court of Appeal’s recent decision in the combined…

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Injury to feelings: middle band Vento award for one-off act of discrimination

In Base Childrenswear v Otshudi, the EAT has upheld…

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Insolvency: Directors liable on creditors’ claims in tort for placing company into liquidation

Sue Austin considers the decision in Palmer Birch…

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Paying chicken feed renders company’s officers liable for inducing breach of contract

Sue Austin considers the decision in Antuzis v DJ…

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10 Things to Consider Before taking on Equestrian Premises

If you are looking to start a livery yard, finding…

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Does Divorce Run in the Family?

If your parents divorced you may be predisposed to…

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Directors misled investors over Brazilian land investments

Court bans boss of a company that offered investment…

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Discrimination arising in consequence of disability

The recent EAT decision of Baldeh v Churches Housing…

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It’s all good, right?

In a decision by the Technology and Construction Court…

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Pensions - not to be underestimated (Update)

Last month, Laura Clay-Harris of our Family Department…

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Hoping to pay all your creditors one day is not a defence

Mark Baldwin of our Insolvency Service team considers…

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What’s in a name? “Director” is not a de facto director

In Mental Health Care (UK) Limited v Edward Lupen…

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Landlords and Agents: what you need to know

In the second of our articles about legislative changes…

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Directors personally liable for breach of employment contracts

In Antuzis and others v DJ Houghton and others, the…

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How to Deal with Financial Agreements on Divorce

Resolving the financial issues arising on the breakdown…

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(Not) signed, sealed and delivered – do you need to sign a contract to be bound?

A recent case has seen the courts confirm that a binding…

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Residential landlords must contribute up to £3,500 to improve energy efficiency of rented homes

In the first of a series of articles, we look at amendments…

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Discrimination - Increased Compensation for Injury To Feelings

The “Vento Bands”, which detail the compensation due…

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Howes Percival welcomes no-fault divorce move

Leading law firm Howes Percival has welcomed the announcement…

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Benefits payable until Claimant’s retirement or death as a result of discriminatory dismissal

In ICTS (UK) Limited v Visram, the EAT has upheld…

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Key Employment Law Changes in April 2019

We set out below the key employment law changes taking…

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Freehold and Leasehold – What’s the difference?

When it comes to buying a home it is not always clear…

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Pensions - not to be underestimated!

When considering how to divide assets and liabilities…

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The Contribution of the Stay at Home Spouse

If you have been the party in the marriage who made…

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DISMISSAL FOR ‘PERSONAL’ REASONS WAS TUPE-RELATED

In the case of Hare Wines Limited v Kaur, the Court…

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Insolvency: Investigations – How Can a Non-Party Get Documents from the Court File

In Cape Intermediate Holdings Limited v Dring [2018]…

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Insolvency: Obligation to pay for shares not a liquidated sum

Adila Malik, from our insolvency team, reviews the…

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SDLT 1% surcharge on overseas investors

Announced in last year’s Autumn’s budget, HMRC and…

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Insolvency: Government Consults on New Preferential Creditor Status for HMRC

On 26 February 2019, the government launched a consultation…

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New Compensation Limits from 6 April 2019

The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2019…

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Beware of Business Rates Reduction Scams

If you use a building or part of a building for non-domestic…

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The Government has published its much delayed revised National Planning Policy Framework

In October last year, the Government launched a consultation…

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5 things to consider when buying a pub

Whether it’s a beer-fuelled plan after a night drinking…

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Is your premises licence fit for purpose?

Howes Percival’s licensing law expert, Jamie Childs,…

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ACAS Releases New Guidance on Age Discrimination

The Equality Act 2010 protects against the unfair…

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To be or not to be Code for Home Builders compliant

Long gone are the days when developers had the freedom…

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How arguing can help avoid a break-up

Studies have shown that couples who argue effectively…

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The Price of Secrecy

We are all familiar with the phrase “a right to privacy”.…

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Court of Appeal Allows Asda Workers’ Claim for Equal Pay

In Asda Stores v Brierley and ors, the Court of Appeal…

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Here Comes the Sun - Taking Children Abroad

Justine Flack from the family team gives tips on how…

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An Allegation of Defamation Can Amount To Whistleblowing

In Ibrahim v HCA International Limited (‘HCA’) the…

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UK Proposals To Enhance Protections For Pregnant Women And New Parents

The Government has published a consultation paper…

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Litigation: A useful insight into de facto directorships

In the recent case of Integral Petroleum SA v Petrogat…

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Insolvency: Dividend or Salary: Owner/Directors of Insolvent Companies Can’t Have it Both Ways

Profits available when interim dividends are paid…

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Fighting like Cats and Dogs: Who keeps the Pets on Divorce?

As a nation of pet lovers, it’s no great surprise…

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The New Directors Disqualification Limitation Period Considered

In the recent directors disqualification case of Secretary…

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Adverse Weather – an employer’s guide to weathering the storm

Do I have to pay employees unable to get to work because…

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Tips for minimising dilapidations claims at lease expiry

Many tenants approaching the end of their commercial…

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Insolvency: Disclaimer of Property – No Way Back!

Karyn Coburn considers the decision in Sleight v The…

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Top Tips if You Are Facing Divorce in January

January is often considered the divorce month for…

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Insolvency: Service by Email

Karyn Coburn considers the decision in BVC v EWF [2018]…

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Employment Law 2019: What to Expect

Employment law is always fast moving and provides…

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Government’s Plans for UK Workplace Reforms

The government has published its much anticipated…

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Office Christmas Parties: How to Avoid the HR Hangover

The office Christmas party can be a great way to boost…

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Podcast: how the right legal advice helps in a dispute

Our Dispute Resolution lawyer, Gordon Simpson discusses…

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Disability discrimination and excluded conditions

The EAT in Wood v Durham County Council has confirmed…

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Litigation – Insolvency: De facto director – a practical example

Mark Baldwin of our Insolvency Service team considers…

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Implied Contract Terms and Long-Term Disability

The EAT in Awan v ICTS has held that there was an…

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Protecting your property from fraud

Property owners are at risk from fraud. There are…

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Insolvency – Section 127 Insolvency Act 1986 - Two Bites of the Cherry?

Adila Malik considers Officeserve Technologies Ltd…

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Unsure about offshore: an alternative to a legal opinion

Companies registered offshore will be familiar with…

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Director Disqualification: Third Party Interests Provide No Excuse for Non-payment of Taxes

Patrick Manning reports on a director's disqualification…

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Light at the end of the tunnel for directors?

Mark Baldwin from our Insolvency Service team looks…

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Autumn Budget 2018 – Employment Implications

Yesterday Philip Hammond, the Chancellor of the Exchequer,…

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No Fault Divorce – What’s it all about?

There has been a lot of talk about no fault divorce…

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Supermarket vicariously liable for payroll data breach by employee

The Court of Appeal in WM Morrison Supermarkets plc…

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The Deregulation Act 2015: Important update for residential landlords

As of 1 October 2018, the full provisions of the Deregulation…

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Insolvency: WARNING! Costs Recovery At Risk

Karyn Coburn considers the Court of Appeal decision…

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Break right conditions: how strict are they?

Whether you are a landlord or tenant, the inclusion…

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Substantial rise in Tribunal Claims

Statistics released for employment tribunal claims…

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Trade Marks, Designs and a ‘no deal’ Brexit – New Guidance

The UK Government has issued guidance on their proposals…

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Corporate Governance Reforms: The Government’s Response

On 26 August 2018, The Department for Business, Energy…

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Parental Alienation – What Can Be Done?

Allegations of a separated parent influencing a child…

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Selling your products online: Getting the Terms and Conditions right

With the recent onslaught of GDPR and the constant…

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A 5 Month Gap in Operations Does Not Prevent a TUPE Transfer

In the Spanish case of Colino Sigüenza v Ayuntamiento…

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Promotion Agreement or Option Agreement- What’s in Your Best Interest?

There is a long history of Developers using Option…

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Sanctity of Copyright Is Not a Protected Philosophical Belief

In the case of Gray v Mulberry Company (Design) Ltd,…

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Insolvency: Security for Costs Refused Because It Would Stifle an Insolvent Company’s Claim

The court will be cautious about refusing security…

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