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Spousal maintenance - pay debts first!

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Bullying In The Workplace: What Are Your Legal Rights?

I hate bullying of any description and every time I see this issue crop up in the media it honestly makes me sick. Bullying is...

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Europe has clearly got the memo that they need to think about sensible Fintech regulation.  

The European Commission published a public...

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Will your property be lettable in 2018?

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Tribunal delivers new blow to courier companies

Despite another successful challenge to self-employed status against a courier company, with two more likely to follow, the legal...

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The 'S' word - sales in professional services

Today is day two of the LMA here in Vegas and I attended a great panel with: 

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How to get your lawyers to raise their profile and engage in BD activities with Hogan Lovells Fusion

The team at Hogan Lovells have created a structured programme to ensure that any lawyer within the firm can opt into a marketing &...

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Top tips for digital transformation in law firms by Kalev Peekna and Dan Tines

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Deliveroo couriers: Employees or contractors?

In a further blow to the so-called gig economy, a group of Deliveroo couriers are planning to argue that they are employees of the...

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US parents sue to call their daughter Allah

Interestingly this issue is over the child's surname so I would question whether this would have happened if the parents had wanted to...

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Divorce Refused

Further to my previous post about this remarkable case, the Court have dismissed the wife's appeal. 

She is unable to divorce her husband...

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The clocks went forward this weekend. It's British Summer Time and the Winter gloom has lifted. But in family law circles , the storm...

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UK at the bottom for "decent" maternity pay

The recent European league table showing decently paid maternity leave (with "decent" being considered as either 2/3rds of salary or more...

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After Free Movement of People: Scoping the Issues

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HMRC to crackdown on fraud in the construction industry

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National insurance U-turn

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General Counsels' vital role in reputational risk

A recent poll uncovered the following regarding reputational risks: "the biggest risks to corporate reputation are intentional wrongdoing...

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Would your parents' divorce affect your own?

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Float like a butterfly, sting like an IP

Great article here on how Receiverships can be used to take down a group structure from the inside. A popular strategy when a traditional...

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Litigation funding

We are finding funders more actively looking to play a part in Insolvency cases and the premiums required are coming down to a more...

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Import duty fraud and the potential €2bn bill

Although this is disputed by HMRC, it does highlight "post-Brexit" the importance of increased resources  for Customs duty to be...

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Tackling fraud in the food supply chain

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Those who followed the recent Budget will be aware that there were plans for Class 4 national insurance contributions (i.e. those that...

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Along with all manner of financial year deadlines and planning, businesses have more than enough things in their diaries to keep...

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Marriages among over-65s up by 47%

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HMRC status tool

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Headscarf ban: A cross for all employees to bear

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Questions to ask your Solicitor

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EU Decision: Headscarf ban is lawful

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Pension Rights of Same Sex Spouses

A case is being brought before the Supreme Court to determine whether Mr Walker's husband should be entitled to a full widow's pension,...

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Top 3 Tips for Female Lawyers Looking to Become Partners

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Miriam's first two tips, "Don't rule...

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Review of economic crime investigators

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Tax Avoidance SDLT scheme win for HMRC

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Ofcom has forced BT to legally separate from Openreach

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GDPR and HR - are you ready?

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The Healthcare Sector Needs A Cure For This Employment Fiasco

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Boutique research groups set to gain from charging shake-up

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$10,000 for a single phone call with a bank analyst

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€2.5bn cost of Mifid II rattles asset managers

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Family offices coming of age

Historically, family wealth would be passed to a large investment adviser who would, on a discretionary basis, invest via a spread of...

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Mistakes people make when divorcing

Although aimed at an Australian audience, these guidelines on mistakes couples often make when divorcing certainly also applies to the...
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Underpayment of an employee – what to expect?

If a worker has been underpaid, they would usually look to bring a claim for breach of contract or unlawful deduction of wages. 

In the...

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Tax avoidance is top priority for HMRC and this sort of publicity can be nothing but good. These schemes were clearly contrived and have...

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As an employer, you don’t necessarily have to pay the same rate for all types of work – for example, travel time or sleep-ins might be...

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Paying more than lip-service to big workplace issues

When it comes to big workplace issues law firms haven’t been shy in making pronouncements about their own efforts to tackle issues like...

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Major sporting bodies face funding cuts for failing to meet boardroom diversity targets

As International Women's Day dawned, so did a Women in Sport report that three major sports bodies may face funding cuts because they do...

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Tackling tax avoidance - Budget announcement

Tackling tax avoidance - budget announcement Philip Hammond tells the House that the UK has the lowest tax gap in the world "but there...…

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Will "worker" status be abolished?

Many who have been keeping up with the news will be familiar with the employment status concepts of employee, worker and self-employed,...

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Women own a third of country's law firms

According to the Law Society, over a third of the law firms in England and Wales are now majority owned by women. Robert Bourns, the Law...

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Should we simplify employment status?

As you may be aware, last October the Government launched this inquiry into whether ‘employee’ and ‘worker’ are suitably defined. As...

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Re-write some of the tax system

At last some real suggestions for simplification of the UK tax system. 

As fast as HMRC and the Treasury try to simplify on the one hand...

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The Year of the Employee

A simmering political issue in 2016 has been the legal status of workers in the UK. With a government review of employment status, and a...

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Facebook... Can it be used to assist in Family Law?

A Judge has suggested that Facebook could be a useful tool for Social Services to find missing parents. 

I wonder whether this approach...

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Should you expect to maintain the same standard of living after divorce?

Not necessarily, according the Court of Appeal in a recent decision.  Mr Justice Moylan is reported as not agreeing that "need should be...

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The new Immigration Skills Charge Regulations

Does your business sponsor skilled workers from countries outside of the EU for example America or Africa? If you do, then you’ll need to...

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Don't fall into the minimum wage gap!

It’s suddenly become a headline-grabbing issue that so many employers, particularly large companies with prominent brands, have been...

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$1m privacy fines in New Zealand?

The Privacy Commissioner is recommending to Government that organisations should be fined up to NZ$1m in the event of a serious privacy...

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No leniency shown for "professional" who defrauded tax

Another example of HMRC prosecuting for a relatively small sum of money, there will always be arguments whether this is the best use of...

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Fintech regulatory update

There's been a bit of a flurry in relation to Fintech and regulation over the past few days.

We've had the Vice President of the European...

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Deliveroo and the Unenforceable Clause

Really Deliveroo.

I am not one for taking sides whilst writing these articles, but only just realising that having a clause in your...

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Roundtable: cybersecurity

A great and useful article, more and more firms are effected by Cyber crime every week. Have a read, you mighty think you are protected...

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Government seeks injunction to stop the Prison Officers Association's latest industrial action

The ongoing “industrial dispute” between the Prison Officers Association (POA) and the Government has escalated and is back in the news....

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Driving for work? Don't risk using your handheld phone

Under new UK laws coming into force from 1 March 2017, penalties are increasing for using a handheld phone at the wheel. For most it will...

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Government calls for firms to publish a breakdown of their staff by race and pay

Our Employment Consultant Clayton Williams looks at the recent study that found Black and Minority Ethnic employees at a disadvantage,...

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