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Blockchain in Ireland

As you would expect for a tech-driven city like Dublin, blockchain developments are in the news nearly every day. Here is a quick summary...

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Farm regulation changes proposed

A major simplification of the way the UK regulates farming has been proposed in an interim report published by Dame Glenys Stacey, Chair...

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The UK’s divorce law explained

So with everyone asking how a court can force Mrs Owens to remain married until 2020, what does it all mean?

In the UK you still have to prove your marriage has irretrievably broken down. One of 5 grounds can be used. In most cases now everything...…

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Supreme Court Judgement on Owens v Owens

One of our Partners Helen Marriott has recently provided a great blog around the long awaited judgement in the case of Owens v Owens.  

Mr and Mrs Owens married in 1975 and separated in February 2015 making theirs a 40 year relationship. Mrs Owens petitioned for divorce in...…

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#ad nausea

I'm sure you're getting as bored of reading these updates about the use (or failure to use) #ad as we are of writing them, but this week...

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KIT KAT told to ‘have a break’

The European Court of Justice has today dismissed an appeal brought by the owners of KIT KAT (Nestle) for protection of its...

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Children’s voice in mediation

Rachael Oakes and I recently attended a training course, in our capacity as a family mediators, regarding child inclusive mediation....

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Projected increase in adult social care spending

The Office for Budget Responsibility has published a comprehensive analysis of the impact of Government spending on public activities in...

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About Time

An article in defence of hourly billing!

Because clients say they want it and because, in this brave new (post-professional) world, the...

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Africa TMT July 2018 Briefing

The Africa TMT sector continues to grow. Our recent Africa TMT Briefing highlights two main trends in the region: (i) greater and more...

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NMW and sleeping workers

Some relief for employers from the clarification that workers who sleep overnight in or near the workplace will only be entitled to have...

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"I've got a text!"

...and its from Ofcom. 

Islanders, Ofcom has confirmed that it will not be investigating the treatment of Love Island contestant Dani...

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Hashtag hijack: #ItsComingHome

We all know now that football didn't come home, despite the valiant efforts of the England team. 

However, in the midst of England's...

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Regulators, Regtech and Governance (1)

As previous readers know, I was, with others, heavily involved with the FCA TechSprint last November – the one that proved the concept of...

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Care sector saved from £400 million sleep-in bill

The Court of Appeal have reversed the judgement of an earlier tribunal, which required care providers to pay national minimum wage to...

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BBC star salaries and the gender pay gap

For the second year, the BBC has published it’s star salaries list – and the top 12 earners are all men. Last year, the revelation that...

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scepticism is key

Scepticism is at the heart of the value of an audit in establishing the truth of the numbers. It's independence's best friend in my opinion!

Scepticism: the practitioners' take Professional scepticism is central to the work of auditors and yet audit regulators and others...…

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Diluted chances of winning?

The ASA has today upheld complaints against Highland Spring and McCain Foods regarding ‘instant win’ promotions featured on their water...

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A week is a long time in Brexit

Because I was on Leave last week, I wrote Part 1 of this blog last Monday, expecting to have to make only a few minor updates after the...

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New guidance on "Right to Work" checks

All employers, irrespective of size or sector, have a legal duty to check that any person they employ has the right to work in the UK....

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Enforcing a matrimonial order

No one wants to find themselves in this position.  Either to have to enforce the order or being the person threatened with prison....

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Lawyers can be social - if you let them

This is a great piece by Neil Araujo at iManage - looking at the 5 Best Practices for successful Digital Transformation.

The first point...

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Employment of EU citizens after Brexit

As the Brexit divorce date (March 2019) draws closer, the Home Office has finally provided some guidance on the rights of European Union...

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Nutella cracks a tough nut

Persuading the ASA that a social media campaign for a restricted product category has been properly targeted is a tough nut to crack....

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Civil partnerships for everyone?

Well, not yet.  

The UK Supreme Court recently handed down judgment in R (on the application of Steinfeld and another)  v...

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How to pick a divorce solicitor

Separation and divorce is often a highly stressful time for any family and picking the right adviser is crucial.

A good divorce solicitor...

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Parental leave to be extended

Good news for those of you looking at your kids on school holidays and wishing you could spend more time with them! Soon you can!

The...

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GDPR - What Next ?

Panic over OR the calm before the “GDPR Enforcement Storm” ?

Possibly both..... !  

What we do know is that progressive organisations...

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