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Stay curious, think big, ask questions, be connected

I've been carrying around a now rather dog-eared copy of Stacey Alcorn's article (linked below) for the last month. It's one of those few...

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Those cold winter nights must just fly by...

It's quite some time since a client handed me a slim folio of "dubious images" to illustrate the fledgling surfing habits of their...

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'Tis the Season for Divorce?

The media tends to exaggerate the level of post-Christmas marriage breakdowns, and labelling the first working day in January 'Divorce...

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Pakistan joins convention on child abduction

Pakistan has become the 96th State to join the Hague Convention on Child Abduction 1980. 

The 1980 treaty provides a procedure to bring...

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'Tis the season...

Christmas can be a very difficult time for those either approaching or currently going through divorce proceedings, particularly when...

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Creditors lose £1m-plus as former directors buy back fraud-hit firm

They lost £1.1m in 2015 due to a cyber attack, if this doesnt make law firms wake up to the fact Cyber Crime is a real thing. I don't...

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Managing employee expectations on holiday requests

It seems that, on the back of the publicity surrounding Sports Direct, other large employers are facing scrutiny regarding their...

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Smoking and work vehicles – get a sign or risk a fine

A washing machine repair man was recently fined £200 for not having a ‘no smoking’ sign on his van. The fact that he doesn’t smoke was...

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Supreme Court appeal about term time holidays

The Local Authority have been given permission to appeal the decision in the Supreme Court and it will be heard in January 2017.

Parents...

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How the school run convinced me law firms must change

Like most of us, parents or not, I never feel there is enough time in my day.

Add children to the mix, especially those, like mine, who...

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Beneficial Registers- What it means for you

  • Beneficial Ownership Register- under 4th Money Laundering Directive (MLD4)- Article 30(1) transposed into Irish Law from 15th November.
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Drone licensing a consultation away?

News is out in the last 24 hours of a new Department for Transport consultation looking at the use of drones and the potential for a...

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Airbnb drops lawsuits against San Francisco and New York City - where next?

An interesting development in the legal battle Airbnb and New York City, with Airbnb dropping its lawsuit in exchange for certain...

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Ex-Spouses could face driving and travel bans

If ex-spouses fail to pay lump sums or maintenance as ordered by the Court, the remedies are currently very limited. A wife can currently...

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Employment Law changes 2017

Looks what's coming up in the employment arena for 2017....

Significant employment law changes are anticipated for 2017, amid the ongoing uncertainty resulting from the Brexit referendum.

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The Daily Mail's take on the Law Commission Enforcement Report..

The Law Commission Enforcement Report has been published today. The report considers how financial orders can be enforced and looks at...

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Top 20 Legal Stories of 2016

Good snap shot of 2016 in the legal sector, lots of positives to take away from this year. Shame though that the Personal Injury sector...

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More than 100,000 legal roles to become automated

The legal profession has been slow to embrace technology, but over the last decade there has been a drive within the profession to...

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Brand Consultancy - some advice

Ritson as ever being direct and providing provocative comment. In this instance on brand consultants. For me one of the issues,...

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Uber appeals ET decision

In an unsurprising turn of events (given that they already announced it when the ruling was announced), Uber have appealed the recent...

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Cost Caps and the Part 36 incentatives

In a recent case in which this firm acted for the successful claimant, the Intellectual Property Enterprise Court ruled on the...

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Reforming the Financial Services Compensation Scheme

The FSCS provides an important protection system for consumers of financial products.

As an authorised and regulated firm of Financial...

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Marriage v 10 Year Contracts?

It is surprising to read that more couples are being encouraged to consider alternatives to marriage, such as a 10 year contract. 

Many...

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Don't be afraid to walk away from an acquisition. Here are four key questions to think about...

I can't stress how important the due diligence is. I have no hesitation in calling a deal "a dud deal" when the due diligence and figures...

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Gender pay gap reporting: 5 things you need to know

Hot off the press!

A new duty requiring big employers to publish data on their gender pay gaps now looks set to come into effect in April 2017 after revised...…

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Flexible working and the cost of getting it wrong...

An employment tribunal has ruled that a beauty therapist was unfairly dismissed and suffered sex discrimination after she was made...…

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Festive fun and responsibility – a brief recap for employers

The festive season approaches once again. Hopefully a good time will be had by all. But it is worth remembering that, for the good of all...

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Fortune favours the bold. #TheGame #UnlockYourNetwork

For the last few weeks, I have had the pleasure of working alongside the incredibly talented team at @elXtr, developing and producing...

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The right to a fair hearing - BHA suspends Jim Best,

A new disciplinary panel has upheld the charges levied by the British Horseracing Authority against Lewes trainer Jim Best.  

In December...

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10 point checklist on avoiding a bad payer

Yes, you guessed it. There are no magic solutions when it comes to dealing with bad payers. But the good news is that you can take...

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How To Deal With A 'Toxic' Employee

I asked Employment Law Associate, Theresa Carling to comment on this latest news story:

"Over the years, I have heard all kinds of stories...

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These boots are made for walking - how to exit a difficult employee

These boots are made for walking - how to exit a difficult employee

Many businesses have experienced a need to ask employees to move on,...

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Being part of a listed business is not always great

There has been a lot of hype around Gateley and the idea of law firms being listed.

There is a dark side which is that the firm is then at...

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Will Network Rail be privatised?

The RMT Trade Union issued a press release on 5 December 2016 pledging to fight the Government’s apparent “plans to privatise Network Rail”

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Ilott v The Blue Cross & Others

With the Brexit Hearing over the Supreme Court has returned to hearing slightly (but only slightly) less controversial cases.  First up...

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What are 'reasonable needs'?

The law on dividing assets is very complex and varies significantly depending on whether you are married, unmarried or in a civil...

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The risks involved in withdrawing an offer of recruitment

You have to feel sorry for the ‘almost recruits’ referred to in the linked article – they went through the hard slog of getting a new...

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Who really lacks vision?

There's an old Yorkshire saying: "there's none so blind as them as will not see". Sadly that statement remains as true as ever of many...

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A Marriage of Convenience?

The Court in Malta has declared that a 26 year marriage is null, on the grounds of simulation.

The Judge found that the marriage was one...

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Time to Trump Irish legal industry

Solicitors (and barristers)  are naturally and instinctively conservative.  As a class of professionals they are only outranked by the...

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Autumn Statement 2016 - Tax on Non-Domiciles

See my comments on the new draft tax legislation which will come into force on 5 April 2017.

Following the Autumn Statement 2016, the Government has now published draft tax legislation to implement the policies in relation to...…

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Is your wine more 'muddled' than mulled this Christmas?

The Drinks Business reports on Maureen Downey's (a wine authentication and valuation specialist)  concerns over counterfeit wines...

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Latest Divorce Statistics

The ONS have published the latest divorce rates for 2014. As expected, the rates of divorce are decreasing and many believe this is...

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Change in Direction Across the Irish Sea

For years, young Irish solicitors would look to London to establish a career for themselves within the Magic and Silver Circle firms.

It...

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What has the EU ever done for us? A snapshot look at EU law and its impact

With the Supreme Court case on the triggering of Article 50 rumbling on this week and both the UK government and the EU representatives...

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PI specialist banned over £3m misuse of Axiom loan

Wow thats a lot of money!

A solicitor has been struck off for infringements connected with the borrowing of more than £3m from a Cayman Islands fund which he knew...…

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Why not to hide assets on divorce

It is very important to ensure there is full and frank financial disclosure in divorce proceedings. Without full disclosure it is similar...

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The "Sharing Economy": A liability nightmare?

The rapid growth of the so-called sharing economy and sites like Airbnb in recent years has been remarkable.

Airbnb markets itself as...

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Gig economy working: tax issues considered by OTS

Workers' rights in what is commonly termed the "gig economy" have been under scrutiny recently, with the tribunal considering the...

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Post-Christmas Party Punch Up and Vicarious Liability

Staff Christmas parties on the horizon (or for some, already had) bring much to look forward to for employers and employees alike in the...

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The Perils of Non-Disclosure

It is essential that as part of a divorce, parties engage in full and frank financial disclosure of their assets. 

There have been an...

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Expansion of EU Law Team

Irish law firm Byrne Wallace has announced the appointment of a new Partner to join the firm's newly formed EU, competition and regulated...

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So that's why Iceland's gone to the EUIPO!

One of the recent trade mark disputes to have received publicity, this case concerns the battle between the Icelandic Government and...

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Unlock your network & achieve the best version of you

Networking is something that many of us dread. But the value of a good network and what it can unlock is something that I seem to find...

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All Bar none

It is extremely encouraging that key legal organisations are looking to improve social mobility within the sector - hopefully, this will...

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A match made in heaven?

In an interesting new development for online legal services, Legal Futures reports on lawyer match-making service LawBid, which says that...

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Family Lawyers Gather In Parliament To Call For No Fault Divorce

The  Family Law Team at Tilly Bailey & Irvine fully supports Resolution’s lobbying of Parliament for what is a long overdue change in...

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