Divorce in slight decline as more people cohabit

by Linzi Perriman December 23, 2015 Cohabitation

At the end of November the Office for National Statistics (ONS) released annual statistics on divorces that took place in England and Wales in 2013. They found that divorce rates dropped 2.9% in 2013 where 114,720 divorces were granted compared to 118,140 in 2012. These statistics follow a general decline in the number of divorces […]

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Form E Financial blunder – Divorce legal practice update

by Linzi Perriman December 23, 2015 Divorce

Form E Financial blunder On Friday it was announced that Nicola Matheson-Durrant, a McKenzie Friend with the Family Law Clinic based in Berkshire, spotted a software glitch on Tuesday with the Ministry of Justice Financial Statement, known as Form E. Matheson-Durrant reported the fault to the Ministry of Justice who have now corrected the software. […]

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What Fraud Victims Should Know About Recovery Through Securities Regulators – Problems with Relying on OSC Disgorgement Orders

by icpc November 26, 2015 Finance

On October 26, 2015, the Canadian Foundation for Advancement of Investor Rights (FAIR Canada) held an “Investment Recovery Conference” with the Osgoode Hall Law School entitled “Public & Private Securities Enforcement: Improving Recovery for Harmed Investors.” The Conference held panel discussions on such topics as the ”Relationship Between Public Regulatory Enforcement and Private Securities Class […]

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How to Protect your Ideas with a Non-Disclosure Agreement (NDA)

by Kristina.Jay November 26, 2015 Business Law

As the old saying goes, ideas are as free as the wind, but that doesn’t mean that once you’ve got a brilliant one you’ll just have to go about making it happen without any means of guarding it in the meantime. Just like copyrighting can protect the expression of an idea and patents are meant […]

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Family Law Dispute Resolution Week 2015 – Good Practice Principles for Amicable Resolution

by Emma Flood Curated Media November 25, 2015 Family Law

Resolution, formerly known as The Solicitors Family Law Association (SFLA), is holding the fourth Family Dispute Resolution Week from 23-27 November this year. The aim behind this week is to raise awareness of alternatives to going to court for separating couples and families, and to provide advice and support for families facing this situation. This […]

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EEOC: NYC Systematically Discriminates Against Minority Women

by Levine and Blit November 19, 2015 Employment Law

A finding by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) in response to a 2013 complaint on behalf of more than 1,000 current and former city workers by Local 1180 of the Communication Workers of America has found that New York City has spent the past decades discriminating against entry-level black and Hispanic female employees.  The […]

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A Practical Guide to Cohabitation Agreements

by Muna Saleem November 19, 2015 Cohabitation

The Marriage Foundation recently conducted research that indicates almost 52% of teens and 20-year-olds in the UK do not intend to marry. 2011 census figures identify more than 6.5 million people currently living in cohabiting relationships, and with only a quarter of couples who move in together seeing it as an active step towards marriage, […]

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How to Design a Solid Privacy and Data Protection Programme

by marcus evans October 30, 2015 Data Protection Law

Interview with: Joao Torres Barreiro, Associate VP & Chief Data Protection Officer, HCL Technologies What do organisations need to know about the changes the EU General Data Protection Regulation will bring? This regulation will change the power dynamics between companies, data protection authorities and data subjects, which are the customers. It will also radically transform […]

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The Link App – a communication tool for modern lawyers

by Lauren Riley October 20, 2015 Law firm management

As a lawyer you want to work to the best of your abilities for your clients and to achieve the best outcome on their matters. I know this because I am a lawyer too. This requires a lot of working hours and concentration. Part of that is to keep your clients up to date about […]

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Changes affecting Insolvency Practitioners and Directors

by Stephen Downie October 16, 2015 Business Law

Regulations have introduced the key provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (“the Act”) as regards its affect on Directors and Insolvency Practitioners.  This introduces very important changes which will have a considerable impact on Directors and the position of Insolvency Practitioners acting as Administrators or Liquidators. The key changes are addressed below. 1.  Insolvency Practitioners – a […]

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Family Investment Company – A Good Idea

by Mitchells Roberton Solicitors October 15, 2015 Tax Law

Perhaps something that may have slipped by most people in the Chancellor’s Summer Budget was the commitment to reduce Corporation Tax firstly from 20% to 19% by 2017 and then to 18% by 2020. The United Kingdom already enjoys one of the lowest Corporation Tax rates in the developed world comparing favourably with the United […]

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Keeping Litigation Costs Under Control

by marcus evans October 15, 2015 Finance

Interview with: Kirk Willis, Chief Executive Officer, The Willis Law Group “Chief Litigation Officers (CLOs) do not realize that front-end interrogation is the most critical piece of work they can do to achieve better results and keep litigation costs under control,” says Kirk Willis, Chief Executive Officer, The Willis Law Group. CLOs should examine their witnesses […]

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Seven simple things for US patent attorneys to know about Australia

by Wadeson IP October 12, 2015 IP & Technology

Australia is a good place to file a patent application. It has one of the world’s larger economies, which includes strong mining, agriculture, manufacturing and service industries, and a world class IP system. 12 month Paris Convention deadline 31 month PCT national phase deadline Absolute novelty Standard (20 year) patents available for non-obvious inventions. Innovation […]

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Is matrimonial revenge a dish best served cold?

by Linzi Perriman October 9, 2015 Divorce

Wednesday night saw more than eight million of us tuning in to the climactic ending of Mike Barlett’s five-part domestic drama ‘Doctor Foster’. My last blog – Following Doctor’s Order – focused on episode 3 of the gripping drama, for those that missed it, episode 4 saw Gemma’s professional career called into question, police involvement over […]

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Changes affecting Insolvency Practitioners and Directors

by Andy Wilks, FWJ October 8, 2015 Commercial Law

As from 1 October 2015, Regulations have introduced the key provisions of the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (“the Act”) as regards its affect on Directors and Insolvency Practitioners. This introduces very important changes which will have a considerable impact on Directors and the position of Insolvency Practitioners acting as Administrators or Liquidators. […]

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Bankruptcy Limits Increased

by Andy Wilks, FWJ October 8, 2015 Law

As from 1 October 2015 the Insolvency Act 1986 (Amendment) Order 2015 (SI 2015/922 has amended Section 267(4) of the Insolvency Act 1986 such as to increase the bankruptcy level for a creditor’s bankruptcy petition from £750 to £5,000. Accordingly, for undisputed debts less than £5,000 a Statutory Demand will no longer be available to enforce an undisputed debt.  […]

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Global Brand Management: Risks and Strategies

by marcus evans October 8, 2015 Company Law

Interview with: Allan Diamond, Managing Partner, Diamond McCarthy LLP “Chief Litigation Officers (CLOs) should not limit themselves to traditional methods of protecting their companies’ brand and should think creatively in terms of implementing a global strategy that will result in keeping their authorized supply channel partners happy, minimizing lost sales/profits, and  potentially obtaining affirmative recoveries for […]

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Top Legal Department Technology Myths Busted!

by marcus evans October 7, 2015 IP & Technology

Interview with: Mark Hentschell, Regional Manager, Thomson Reuters Serengeti “Many legal department leaders have preconceptions about legal technology that are simply wrong. With a more clear-eyed understanding of the current intersection of technology and legal department management best practices legal department leaders can take the first step in making their departments more efficient and better positioned […]

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Securing IP Rights in M&A Transactions

by marcus evans October 1, 2015 Data Protection Law

Interview with: Marc Bergmann, Senior Vice President & General Counsel, M&A, Gemalto “Securing the intellectual property (IP) rights of technologies has become central to the success of acquisitions, especially in the high-tech world, as they carry so much value and risk for the future of the company acquired,” says Marc Bergmann, Senior Vice President & General […]

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Minimizing the Risk of Retaliation Claims from Employees

by marcus evans September 30, 2015 Law

Interview with: Jean-Paul Durand, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Tech Data Corporation “Chief Litigation Officers (CLOs) need to safeguard their organization from the risk of retaliation claims,” says Jean-Paul Durand, Vice President and Assistant General Counsel, Tech Data Corporation. Organizations must ensure that the ethics and compliance program and reporting mechanisms are not improperly […]

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The Ultimate Guide to Mooting for Law Students – How to Moot Effectively

by Legal Author September 26, 2015 Law School

This ultimate guide to mooting provides essential advice & tips on how to moot. Brought to you by former mooting veterans Graham Kerr, Mark McAuley, David Kerr and Gavin Ward. Public speaking is an important skill, especially in today’s world. Throughout your time at university there is the constant lingering menace of having to do […]

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Owning a property abroad will require an update to your will

by Fletcher Day September 25, 2015 Guest legal blogging

Those who own a property in Europe are now able to exercise their freedom regarding who they decide will inherit their asset but if the owner wants to benefit from this they will have to take a look at their own will. The EU Succession laws are seeing a change and this means that it […]

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Long running Kit Kat legal battle fails in EU courts

by Wayne Beynon September 24, 2015 IP & Technology

Confectionary multinational Nestle has this week failed to persuade European courts that it should grant the UK trademark request on the shape of its well-known chocolate bar, the Kit Kat. In a long-running case Nestle attempted to prove that the shape of the four-finger bar was what consumers used to identify it as a Kit […]

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The Importance of Legal Agreements in Protecting your Share of your Property

by FirstMortgage.co.uk September 24, 2015 Conveyancing

Every year, countless couples move in together unaware of how little legal protection they have when it comes to ownership of the home that they now live in. You can live with your partner for decades, but if things were to go horribly wrong and you end up going your separate ways, you could end […]

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Polygraphs in the Criminal Justice System

by Allen Browning September 15, 2015 Blawg

In the criminal justice system, the prosecutor is obliged with bringing justice. That means, even though someone comes into his or her office complaining of being wronged, the prosecutor has an obligation to try to determine who is at fault and who is telling the truth about an incident. Sometimes, when an accused in a felony […]

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