Law Blogs & Guest Legal News Posts

Guest law blogs and blawgs from lawyers, solicitors and legal professionals.

Depositions: A New Direction for New York

by ASchlossberg February 9, 2015 Administrative Law

Depositions: A New Direction for New York New York is making a significant change on the deposition front. A new deposition rule for the New York Commercial Division is on the horizon. Effective April 1, 2015, under Administrative Order 336a/14, New York courts will enact Rule 11-d of Section 202.70(g) per a December 22, 2014 […]

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The ­Fall of Personal Insolvencies and Debt Solutions in Scotland

by Debt Therapy Scotland February 9, 2015 Law

Recent official statistics released from the Accountant in Bankruptcy (AiB) confirmed that the level of personal insolvencies in Scotland including bankruptcies (sequestrations) and protected trust deeds (PTDs) have decreased to their lowest level in around 10 years. Figures taken from the third quarter of 2014-15 show that 2,633 personal insolvencies were recorded, which revealed a […]

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How the NFL Can Solve Deflate Gate in 30 Seconds — And Why the NFL Should Address Data Privacy

by Colette Shotton January 30, 2015 Law

Media is abuzz reporting on the NFL’s deflated football scandal – and when it comes to deflate-gate scandals, the NFL is not alone. Harkening back to 2012, JJ Stankevitz reminded us of a similar allegation leveled against USC by Oregon 1. Rather than offering complicated solutions to prevent future ball pressure scandals, like suggesting these […]

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Transparency of Companies: Beneficial Interests

by Stephen Downie December 24, 2014 Law

Small Business, Enterprise & Employment Bill (“the Bill”) that is proposed to come into force in April 2015. The Bill is currently undergoing readings before the House of Lords following the 1st reading on 19 November 2014 and the 2nd reading on 2 December 2014. Part 7 of the Bill inserts a new requirement into […]

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Setting Up a Business – Types of Funding

by Stephen Downie December 11, 2014 Business

Whilst funding is critical to a company’s business it is also vital to ensure the right product is obtained relevant to the company’s business needs. Whilst there are numerous financial products available out there, the most common forms of lending to companies are as follows: Fixed Charge – this is similar to a personal mortgage […]

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Will writing made not-so-easy

by JamesBooker November 27, 2014 Family Law

For many of us, thinking about making a Will smacks of the biggest show of pessimism known to man – because we all believe we are going to live forever so why should we plan for our death. And yet, in the back of most minds will be that little niggle about who would get […]

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Remarketing: a useful but risky online advertising strategy

by Wayne Beynon November 20, 2014 Law

As technology advances, so does the marketing and advertising industry, with companies using a myriad of automated online strategies in order to optimise their targeted advertising requirements. Remarketing is a form of targeted advertising, and an effective way that companies can draw in more business by advertising to people that are interested in their products. […]

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Smart Motorways – How Will They Affect Our Roads?

by Sheldon Davidson November 8, 2014 Law

Smart motorways, sometimes referred to as active traffic management or managed motorways, were introduced to the UK in 2006. Since then, a number of smart motorways have been developed across the country. They were initially implemented to prevent traffic congestion and reduce journey times for commuters, particularly during peak times, by adjusting the speed limit […]

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Misappropriation in the 21st Century

by ASchlossberg October 30, 2014 Commercial Law

There may be no more perplexing legal issue in today’s fast-paced, exploitative world of apps, smart watches and 4G than protecting one’s work product. Commercial Division Justice Melvin L. Schweitzer recently ushered New York into the 21st century by creating a new cause of action in Schroeder v. Pinterest, Inc., 2014 N.Y. Misc. LEXIS 3083, […]

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Common Personal Injury Claim Misconceptions

by laurenknowles October 16, 2014 Accident Claims Law

Misinformation in the press has caused negative perceptions of the personal injury claims industry. This unfortunately means that there are many possible claimants who are missing out on compensation due to fear and misunderstanding of the claims process. We have researched three of the most common claimant misconceptions and offered advice on how to reassure […]

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UK workplace safety standards continue to improve

by taylorwatson October 16, 2014 Law

With health and safety becoming a fundamental part of the UK’s workplaces, and with employers increasingly aware of the dangers that could lead to accident at work compensation claims, the number of serious injuries caused by accidents at work has fallen in recent years. New figures from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) showed that […]

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Why are Antibiotics on the Rise?

by John Pollitt October 14, 2014 Law

According to a recent study by University College London and Public Health England, the proportion of patients given antibiotics for coughs and colds has risen by 40% in just over a decade. The research, which focused on 500 UK GP practices, discovered that 36% of patients were prescribed antibiotics for these symptoms in 1999, rising to 51% […]

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Implementing Managed Print Services within your Law Firm? Watch Out for BELLS & WHISTLES!

by Alex Hutchinson September 24, 2014 Law

We were recently invited to meet with a Law Firm, as they had just reviewed their Multifunctional Devices, Photocopiers & Network Printers with 3 x Resellers / Dealers. They had been offered “FREE PRINT AUDITS” and had taken the dealers up on their offers hoping to find a more suitable solution / way forward for […]

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Is Fire Risk Assessment a Worthless Expense or a Legal Necessity?

by David Cant September 17, 2014 Law

Most fire hazards are avertable with fire risk assessment. A fire risk assessment basically covers general guidance on fire safety and provision of direction on affluences that may lead to fire and flare-ups. Risk valuation helps ascertain all the fire threats and hazards in your premises after which, you can be able to make the […]

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Tech industry backs Facebook’s fight to protect user privacy

by Wayne Beynon September 1, 2014 IP & Technology

When Edward Snowden revealed the true extent of the USA’s digital surveillance programme last summer, the world’s underlying fears about how social media giants Facebook use private data was brought to the forefront of our consciousness. Following the news that Facebook had co-operated with the US Government in supplying users’ personal data, public scepticism of […]

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Solicitors blamed for rise in medical negligence claims

by Wright Hassall August 14, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

The NHS Litigation Authority’s (NHSLA) recent annual report’s statistics relating to the rising number and cost of medical negligence claims have made alarming headlines – roughly translated as ‘medical negligence claims up by 18% – personal injury solicitors to blame!’ As with most stories, the reality is rather less straightforward; yes, the number of medical […]

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Are Increasing Medical Negligence Claims Affecting NHS Standards?

by laurenknowles August 13, 2014 Clinical medical negligence

Claims lodged against the NHS have risen exponentially in recent years. Official figures from the NHS Litigation Authority (NHS LA) show that litigation has grown by 80 per cent since 2009 and £1.2 billion of the NHS’s annual budget has been set aside for clinical negligence expenditure in 2013/2014. Opinions are currently divided on the […]

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Is linking under attack in Europe?

by Wayne Beynon August 12, 2014 Law

Nicknamed the ‘Google Fee’, new legislation in Spain requires news aggregators to compensate publishers financially if they link to their content. Aggregators that fail to pay publishers can now be fined anywhere between €30,000 and €300,000. Spanish websites can still provide links and hyperlinks to other sites, but they will have to pay for the […]

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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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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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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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Postage COSTS the Legal Sector

by Alex Hutchinson May 20, 2014 Business

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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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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