Dispute resolution – check your contract before rushing to a solicitor

by Wright Hassall July 24, 2014 Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution

Well drafted contracts usually contain a clause setting out how the parties should deal with disputes. These can be complex clauses requiring several hoops to be jumped through before anyone can issue a claim at court.  They are intended to allow the parties to deal with the dispute well before heavy legal costs are incurred. […]

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Can I be disqualified for my role as a shareholder or a non-executive director?

by Andyfwj July 24, 2014 Law

The disqualification regime applies to all directors. A director is not precisely defined in legislation but refers to all individuals who hold the position of director by whatever name called (section 250 Companies Act 2006).  This includes: i) De Facto Directors – directors who are held out as directors or perform functions which could only […]

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Top Seven: World’s Most Bizarre Footballing Accidents

by hellen July 10, 2014 Lawyers

With the World Cup well and truly under way, like it or loathe it, football is the subject that is on everyone’s lips. No matter what you think of the Beautiful Game, you have to admit that a footballer’s life is a pretty enviable one: millions in the bank and a beautiful partner on your […]

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Is too much cash locked up in the WIP in your business ?

by ihunnings July 10, 2014 Law firm management

Is too much cash locked up in the WIP in your business ? OK, so you’re running a business. There are so many things to focus on : marketing, sales, making the product or service, getting in your resources to make/deliver it, billing, for some service firms such as lawyers and accountants building up the […]

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Contesting a will and the law of the land

by Wright Hassall July 10, 2014 Law
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Many UK residents dream of retiring or moving abroad to a warmer climate in the hope of a better life for themselves and their family. It’s an experience many people find fulfilling and rewarding: they settle into their new life with renewed vigour and enjoy the sunshine and variety a new country and culture can […]

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Facing Charges: Wrongfully Accused of Sexual Contact with a Minor

by Brett-ly July 7, 2014 Sexual Offences

Any amount of time in prison—especially when you’re innocent—is too much time. Try 18 months. Our client claimed his innocence from Day One, but prosecutors went ahead and charged him with 20 counts of sexual contact with a minor. Icky, right? That’s what most people say about sex cases. But “liberty and justice for all” […]

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Volkswagen Delivers Powerful Message about Distracted Driving

by Brett-ly June 24, 2014 Car Accidents

Volkswagen’s “Eyes on the Road” spot plays out inside a Hong Kong movie theater. Theatergoers file in and begin watching what first appears to be a commercial or preview from a driver’s perspective heading down a two-lane, tree-lined road. These are “unsuspecting” theatergoers, munching on popcorn, sipping drinks, watching the driver head down the road, […]

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Challenging a UK Will – a brief guide

by Tim Bishop June 11, 2014 Wills

Your Will says what should happen to the things you leave when you die and is intended to make sure that your wishes as to how these things are dealt with are followed. Increasingly, however, it is possible for Wills to be challenged following death, with a number of high profile cases being reported in […]

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Claiming Compensation for Professional Negligence in the UK

by Tim Bishop May 30, 2014 Claims Solicitors

In our everyday lives we come into contact with professionals all of the time -ranging from medical professionals like doctors or dentists to other professionals like surveyors or accountants. Most people working in these occupations are diligent at all times, but it is unfortunately a fact that sometimes things simply go wrong. When something does […]

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Why Your Law Firm Needs to Jump on the Infographics Bandwagon

by Byfield Consultancy May 26, 2014 Law firm marketing

Unless you’ve been hiding under a rock for the last 18 months, the chances are you’ll already know that infographics are big news in the world of content marketing. And if you don’t then come out from that rock at once and smell the roses. [source] An infographic is a concise way to display information, […]

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Slater & Gordon Divorce Study Supports Value of Family Mediation

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 22, 2014 Law

New research carried out by Slater & Gordon Lawyers shows that more than a third of divorces are acrimonious, while more than 40% of divorcees went after more than they were entitled to. Sadly, these findings do not surprise me; many people try to play dirty when going through a divorce. As a Divorce Solicitor, […]

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Swiss Court Orders Husband to Pay Largest Ever Divorce Settlement

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 20, 2014 Divorce

It has been reported today that Dmitry Rybolovlev, owner of the AS Monaco football team has been ordered to pay the highest known divorce settlement, a sum of over £2.7 billion. The divorce proceedings took place in Switzerland and according to the reports, Mr Rybolovlev has the right of appeal, though it is not known […]

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When is a Marriage Not Legally Binding?

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers May 20, 2014 Law

Pop songstress Foxes is reported as being uncertain of her marital status following a drunken ceremony at Glastonbury, in an interview with Metro magazine. She recalls hazy memories of a marriage ceremony in the after-party at Shangri-La, but has no idea where her festival “hubby” could be, revealing that they lost touch. She is reported […]

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Making an Offer They Can’t Refuse: How Prosecutors Are Sending Small Time Offenders to Prison for Years

by Geoffrey Nathan May 20, 2014 Criminal Law

Federal prosecutors often threaten long prison sentences to force drug defendants into waiving their right to a trial and to plead guilty, according to a recent report release by Human Rights Watch. Attorney Nathan of Geoffrey Nathan Law Offices in Boston says, “In the cases where the defendants do go to trial, prosecutors follow through […]

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Postage COSTS the Legal Sector

by Alex Hutchinson May 20, 2014 Business
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Over the years we have spent time working with the Legal Sector to help them better optimise all areas of documents – part of this also includes postage costs and postal operations – ensuring firms are increasing efficiency and reducing costs within the post room. There are lots of areas to achieve reductions in postage […]

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Claiming Compensation In The UK -How Does No Win No Fee Work?

by Tim Bishop May 20, 2014 Accident Claims

No win no fee has become a phrase we hear every day of the week in the UK when it comes to legal procedures. Until you are in the situation of thinking about making a claim and paying for legal assistance from a solicitor, understanding exactly what is meant by no win no fee and […]

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Freehold Purchase in England and Wales – Some Questions to Ask

by Tim Bishop May 10, 2014 Property Law

There are many reasons why you should purchase the freehold to your house or flat – security, more control over the running of the building, not having to deal with landlords, increasing the value of your flat, having no ground rent to pay and so on – but what do you need to know about […]

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Trainee chef loses sex discrimination claim against top Welsh restaurant

by Redmans Solicitors May 9, 2014 Employment Law

A teenager employed as a trainee chef at a prestigious Welsh restaurant has failed in her claims at an Employment Tribunal and has been criticized for the nature of her evidence. Ms Chloe Maisey, 19, worked as a trainee pastry chef at The Hardwick in Abergavenny for three months last year until she resigned from […]

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Recent Immigration Rule Changes and Updates in the UK

by Wright Hassall May 1, 2014 Immigration Law

A number of changes were recently made to the Immigration Rules in the UK.  All changes mentioned below are effective from 06 April 2014 unless otherwise stated. Changes relating to Tier 2 of the Points-Based System A change is being made to allow Tier 2 (Intra-Company Transfer) and Tier 2 (General) applicants to be granted […]

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Family Law Solicitor discusses the role of CAFCASS in Child law cases

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers April 30, 2014 Law

As many parents involved in children act proceedings will know, CAFCASS can play a pivotal role in providing information to the court, especially in respect of a child’s wishes and feelings,  and in making recommendations as to how a case can move forward. It will therefore be a relief to many involved in proceedings concerning […]

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Tenancy at Will or Periodic Tenancy?

by Wright Hassall April 30, 2014 Property Law

It is not uncommon for business leases to be contracted out of the protection afforded by the Landlord and Tenant Act 1954. When such leases come to an end, the tenant has no statutory right to be granted a new tenancy. However, the tenant may stay in occupation and seek to enter into negotiations with […]

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How Can Trade Mark Infringement Damage Your Business?

by Tim Bishop April 30, 2014 Trademarks

Trade marks can be incredibly important in business. They let your customers know who you are and what you sell, as well as enhancing your brand and building a solid reputation that others can recognise and rely on. But what happens when another company starts using a similar trade mark to your own? Just how […]

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What Is A Directors Disqualification Order And How Could It Affect You?

by Tim Bishop April 20, 2014 Company Law

Getting a Directors Disqualification Order can be one of the worst things to happen to your business – and to yourself as an individual. But what do you have to do in order to be disqualified? What are the consequences? And what should you do if you find yourself in this stressful situation? Here’s a […]

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Business heavily fined after employee crushed in accident at work

by Redmans Solicitors April 17, 2014 Accident Claims Law

A Scottish company has been heavily fined after a Health and Safety Executive investigation found that breaches of health and safety standards had caused serious injuries to a worker. The Angus-based company was fined £10,000 by a Scottish court after a worker was crushed whilst in the course of employment in November 2012, causing him […]

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Woman awaits sentencing after clearing ex-partners house of all belongings

by Slater & Gordon Lawyers April 15, 2014 Law

According to press reports recently, a woman from Swindon is awaiting sentencing after being found guilty of theft for emptying out her ex-partner’s house of all belongings, including carpets. According to the report, the woman arranged for a removal company to strip the property bare after discovering that her partner had been using various internet […]

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