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Alex-Singer

SMEs unaware of pension auto-enrolment staging date

By Alex Singer in Company Law and Procedure

From a date after October 2012, businesses will be required to automatically enrol eligible employees in a pension scheme, unless the employees opt-out of the scheme. The requirement will be phased in over five and a half years from October 2012, with larger businesses required to comply first. According to a recent survey by HW… Read more »

Oct 07

Richard-Yates

Barcelona star set to face tax evasion trial

By Richard Yates in Sports & Media Law

It was announced by a Spanish Judge last week that Barcelona prodigy Lionel Messi would be facing a trial for apparent tax evasion dating back to 2007-2009. This is the second high profile legal case to affect FC Barcelona in recent months following the investigation into misappropriation of funds relating to the 2013 transfer of… Read more »

Oct 06

Kelly-Darlington

Officers under investigation to be prevented from resigning.

By Kelly Darlington in Action Against the Police

Proposals to introduce legislation that will prevent police officers who are made subject to investigations into their conduct from resigning or retiring have been made. The law will stop officers from ‘side-stepping’ dismissal as an outcome of their misconduct hearings and could be implemented before the end of this year. The plans to implement such… Read more »

Oct 05

Should a 28 day limit be imposed on bail?

By Sian Hall in Criminal Law

Last month, the Law Society’s Criminal Law Committee raised the issue of ‘extensive’ police bail times. It is a problem that has become increasingly common over the past decade, with defendants being arrested and released on police bail, only to be left on bail for months or even years. Understandably it is not always possible… Read more »

Oct 04

Sam-McDevitt

Statistics show substantial delay in divorce process

By Samuel McDevitt in Divorce

A recent study has revealed a significant increase in duration it takes to finalise a divorce once it has reached the courts. The statistics showed that the length of time an average divorce now takes is three weeks longer than the previous years. As a result this has caused delays within the system with an… Read more »

Oct 03

Antonia-Love

Italian Fraudsters Scam UK Divorce Courts

By Antonia Love in Divorce

A recent scam has been uncovered whereby Italian fraudsters have successfully conned English  Courts into approving 179 divorces. The scam was used as a fast track for unhappy Italian couples who could achieve a quick divorce in English Courts rather than waiting a minimum of three years to obtain a divorce in Italy. The scam… Read more »

Oct 02

Phil-Taylor

Changes in inheritance law

By Phil Taylor in Uncategorized

Today sees changes being introduced to the law of inheritance, with the introduction of the Inheritance and Trustees’ Powers Act which brings in a number of new rules. Changes in the law will see an increase in spousal rights where a spouse dies and has not made a will, a change which has been welcomed… Read more »

Oct 01

Sally-Eastwood

Dressed to Impress in the workplace? ACAS issue guidance to Employers on Dress Codes

By Sally Eastwood in Employment for Business

Applying a dress code can be difficult for employers as it can have the potential for employees to bring claims including sex, religion and belief discrimination.  ACAS have recently issued new guidance on dress codes in the workplace to provide employers with further clarity on best practice http://www.acas.org.uk/dresscode. The Code states: Employers must avoid unlawful… Read more »

Sep 30

Kelly-Darlington

Local authority in breach of Human Rights Act

By Kelly Darlington in Uncategorized

After being unlawfully detained under the Mental Capacity Act, a 19 year old woman (P) has finally been allowed to return to her family after 6 months in the care of the local authority. The judge ruled that the authority had violated a number of Articles under the European Court of Human Rights, as well… Read more »

Sep 29

Proceeds of Crime Act leads to the stripping of an individual of nearly £1 million

By Sian Hall in Business Crime

A hearing in Leeds Crown Court last week ended in disaster for Mr Mohammed Azam Yaqoob from Dewsbury when the Judge hearing the case ruled that the assets belonging to him were obtained through the profits of his illegal activities. He was thus ordered to hand back, to the National Crime Agency (NCA), close to… Read more »

Sep 26

Alex-Singer

Buying or selling a business- effective negotiation

By Alex Singer in Business / Share Transfers

Contracts form the basis of all business transactions, and are usually the outcome of detailed discussions between the parties involved. However, there is a skill to negotiating contracts, and in the heat of the discussion, it can be easy to agree to inappropriate terms or feel pressurised into revealing confidential information.  That’s why we’ve created… Read more »

Sep 25

Victoria-Mitchell

Changes to contracts of employment – things to consider

By Victoria Mitchell in Commercial Contracts

On occasion, business needs may dictate a need for alterations to an employee’s contract of employment. Perhaps some of the practices included are old and outdated, therefore needing to be brought up to date, or else perhaps employee allowances are too generous and need to be cut back for the benefit of the business’ future…. Read more »

Sep 24

CICA win for victim of domestic abuse

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

The majority of the work I do involves victims of sexual abuse.  This week, however, it was nice to obtain a favourable decision for the victim of domestic abuse. Client J suffered at the hands of her husband for many years.  She eventually had the courage to leave her husband and report matters to the… Read more »

Sep 22

Angharad-Drew

Grandparents’ rights to see their grandchildren

By Angharad Bentley in Children (family law)

Grandparents are more often than not called on as carers for their grandchildren when the parents go out to work or have other engagements.  As a result grandparents develop and share important bonds with their grandchildren. When a parent’s marriage or relationship breaks down grandparents often fall victim of that separation.  With no automatic legal… Read more »

Sep 18

Kelly-Darlington

Inquest into nurse’s death after hoax call

By Kelly Darlington in Inquests

Inquest into the death of nurse, who was found hanged after providing information about Kate Middleton’s condition to a hoax caller, to begin. Westminster Coroner’s Court is set to hear an inquest into the death of Mrs Jacintha Saldanha who was found dead in her home after taking a hoax call which led to confidential… Read more »

Sep 17

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