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Insider SME breakfast – key takeaways

By Ian Liddle in Solicitors for Business

This morning Farleys had the pleasure of sponsoring Insider’s SME Growth breakfast discussion. The event, attended by over 100 business people from across Manchester, looked at the issues facing SME’s in the current market. Bringing to life stories from a sector that accounts for the vast majority of UK business, the session was both informative… Read more »

Nov 27

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Lancashire Constabulary raises awareness of the impact of domestic abuse on employees

By Angharad Bentley in Family / Divorce

On the 24th November Lancashire Constabulary hosted a free event for businesses located across the county to raise awareness amongst employers as to how domestic abuse can impact upon employees. The session, held at the Waitrose Distribution Centre in Leyland, saw advice being given not only by the Police, but also parents who have lost… Read more »

Nov 27

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Training to combat child abuse to be rolled out nationally

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Earlier this year Durham Police became the first police force in the UK to introduce training for their staff to specifically target child abuse. This training is known as ‘Intervene to Protect a Child’ (IPC) and was developed by Dr Joe Sullivan, a renowned expert on child sex abuse who has assisted police forces internationally…. Read more »

Nov 26

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Autumn Statement 2015 – Business Announcements

By Alex Singer in Solicitors for Business

The Chancellor, George Osborne, delivered his Autumn Statement today. The two key announcements affecting businesses relate to the reforms to business rates and the extension of the small business rate relief. Business Rates Business rates is a type of tax that is calculated according to the rental value of the property that a business uses…. Read more »

Nov 25

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Sex abuse still a taboo subject

By Jonathan Bridge in Abuse Claims

Over the last few years our media has been saturated with abuse scandals. Savile, Rochdale, Rotherham, Oxford, even Fred the weather man. It is difficult to pick up a newspaper or watch the 10 o’clock news without seeing some article relating to abuse. As the Head of a Department that specialises in abuse claims we… Read more »

Nov 24

The Policing and Criminal Justice Bill – what changes are on the cards?

By Sian Hall in Criminal Law

Reforms to police disciplinary and complaints systems aiming to ensure public confidence in the police are among a number of measures proposed by the government. The Policing and Criminal Justice Bill, as announced in the Queen’s Speech, will also reform legislation relating to the detention of those experiencing a mental health crisis. The aims of… Read more »

Nov 23

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21 year old transgender female takes her own life at HMP Armley

By Kelly Darlington in Inquests

Vicky Thompson, who was just 21 was pronounced dead last week whilst an inmate at HMP Armley in Leeds. Miss Thompson had been born male but had identified as a female since her mid-teens. Upon sentencing, her solicitor had specifically requested that she be sent to a female prison. Miss Thompson had requested to be… Read more »

Nov 20

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When is a clause deemed to be a penalty clause?

By Alex Singer in Commercial Contracts

In the two recent cases of Cavendish Square Holding BV v El Makdessi and ParkingEye v Beavis, the Supreme Court clarified the position as to when clauses are deemed to be penalty clauses and therefore invalid. It is not uncommon for parties to a commercial contract to agree that specified sums shall be paid upon… Read more »

Nov 19

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Top tips for debt recovery

By Rachel Harrison in Debt Recovery

Sales are often described as the key to a successful business. In reality, however, keeping a keen eye on your cash flow is just as important. It is all too easy to overlook late payments as ‘one of those things’, but customers that pay late, or not at all, could be inflicting serious damage to… Read more »

Nov 18

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Social media – 5 things for employers to consider

By Victoria Mitchell in Employment for Business

Businesses have long recognised the benefits of social media in strengthening their brand awareness. Sites such as Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are are all regarded as useful business tools, assisting in attracting and retaining audiences. Social Media and online business networking also hold many advantages for employees, allowing them to strengthen their contacts and broaden… Read more »

Nov 17

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Payday lending – Quickquid owner agreed to refund £1.7 million

By Mark Skinner in Personal Insolvency

Payday loan company QuickQuid has agreed to refund thousand of customers who took out loans they could not afford. Customers of QuickQuid and Pounds to Pocket will be contacted by each organisation automatically. They will receive, on average, refunds of over £400.00 each. The parent company CashEuroNet will pay out a total of 1.7 million,… Read more »

Nov 16

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A call for changes to cohabitation rights is welcomed by family lawyers

By Amy Price in Family Law

The Families and Households Statistics Report 2015 prepared on behalf of the Office for National Statistics has confirmed the most common family type in 2015 was the married or civil partner couple family. This family type, both with and without dependent children, accounted for some 12.5 million ‘families’. the report further confirms that cohabiting couples are… Read more »

Nov 13

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Debt advice to be offered at food banks

By Mark Skinner in Personal Insolvency

Thousands of people across the UK are to be offered access to free debt advice and advice around money budgeting at food banks run by the Trussell Trust. The Trussell Trust recently announced that 30 of its 420 food banks nationwide would offer debt advice from 2016. This service is being funded by a donation… Read more »

Nov 12


Recent doping scandal in athletics met with great concern

By Richard Yates in Sports & Media Law

I recently appeared on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC2 and Adrian Chiles’ BBC Radio 5 Live Daily programme in order to discus the recent doping scandal in athletics. A detailed report carried out by the independent commission of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was released on the afternoon of Monday 9th November 2015. The… Read more »

Nov 11

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Civil partnerships for all – proposals could see alternative to marriage introduced

By Amy Price in Civil Partnership

The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013 allows same sex couples to marry. Prior to this Act the only alternative to marriage for same sex couples was to form a Civil Partnership. The law at present allows same sex couples the option of either a Civil Partnership or a Marriage. The same cannot be said… Read more »

Nov 10

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