The law of succession – the LGBTQ+ perspective

August 23, 2019

As public demonstrations Pride events are an important way of campaigning for the rights of the LGBTQ+ community. Unlike most other minorities, being gay is a profoundly individual, and often isolating, experience. Most LGBTQ+ children are born into heterosexual families, often without a support network or anyone to turn to as they realise they are not like most others. This is why a public…

The end of the Assured Shorthold Tenancy?

August 16, 2019

A change in the air could be coming for private landlords as the government discusses the future of Assured Shorthold Tenancies.

Deal with the NIP, or it may bite

August 13, 2019

If you have received a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) then the police have evidence that you (or the person driving the vehicle at the time) were travelling in excess of the speed limit.

Proposed coronial investigation of stillbirths

August 12, 2019

The 12 week joint consultation launched by the Ministry of Justice and the Department of Health and Social Care on 26 March 2019 entitled “Coronial Investigations of Stillbirths” ended on 18 June 2019.

Clarification on defamation from social media comments

August 2, 2019

A recent Supreme Court case has provided helpful clarification on defamation from social media posts.

An employee has asked for a copy of all their personal data. Do we have to provide everything?

July 30, 2019

Not necessarily. There are several exemptions to the requirement under data protection law for employers to provide employees with a copy of their personal data. However, these must be considered carefully and on a case by case basis.

Cybercrime – do your terms and conditions protect you?

July 29, 2019

Automatic push payment fraud is a growing problem where fraudsters deceive an individual or business to instruct their payment services provider, such as their bank, to send money to an account controlled by the fraudster. An increasingly common example is when a fraudster intercepts or replicates a genuine business email and instead inserts their own bank details.

A Sage Warning on the Consequences of Defective Service

July 26, 2019

The Court of Appeal have recently ruled in Woodward & Anor v Phoenix Healthcare Distribution Ltd that the Defendant’s solicitors were under no duty to flag a mistake to the Claimant’s solicitors.  Although this case appears at first blush to concern a fairly narrow point, it could well have wider implications.

Does your business have permission to use its outdoor space?

July 23, 2019

If your business is thinking of making use of its outdoor space, here are some top tips to consider before placing any furniture outside:

Penalty or no penalty? Protecting parties to commercial contracts

July 20, 2019

In the footballing world the introduction of VAR (Video Assistant Referee) has caused hot debate, even more so in the UK given its imminent introduction to the Premier League.

Court fee remission – a worthy exercise

July 19, 2019

Court fees can be a significant hurdle to commencing litigation, with fees up to £10,000 being required to even issue a claim. There is currently no appetite for abolishing these fees and they are only set to rise in the future.

Court of Appeal in personal injury fraud crackdown

July 16, 2019

A recent Court of Appeal decision (Zurich Insurance v Romaine 2019) indicates a crackdown on personal injury fraud says Kelvin Farmaner, Partner with Trethowans Solicitors in Southampton.

Pensions on divorce: a guide

July 15, 2019

The Report from the Pension Advisory Group

Can you make a clinical negligence claim in cases of delayed surgery?

June 17, 2019

Is it possible to bring a claim for damages for clinical negligence if your surgery has been delayed and if, when it eventually occurs, you suffer a chance complication during that surgery which causes you to suffer serious injury?

Asbestos Still A Big Problem In Schools

June 13, 2019

According to the National Education Union (NEU), more than 200 teachers in the UK have died from mesothelioma since 2001.

Abuse at Whorlton Hall – Time for Substantive Change?

June 5, 2019

Eight years after the BBC’s Panorama programme exposed the shocking abuse of vulnerable adults at the Winterbourne View private hospital run by Castlebeck (Care) (Teesdale) Limited, Panorama has again highlighted similar catastrophic failings in caring for vulnerable adults, this time at the Whorlton Hall private hospital in County Durham.

Common Misconceptions Private Client Solicitors Often Hear

June 5, 2019

Our private client solicitors constantly hear misconceptions regarding personal legal matters like Wills and Lasting Powers of Attorney.

GP Closures and What They mean for The Future of Primary Care

June 2, 2019

Pulse draws attention to the 583 GP Practice closures over the period between 2013 and 2018, highlighting the considerable challenges faced by primary care.

Corporate Mediation achieves 89% success rate in 2018/2019

May 21, 2019

Mediation continues to be a strong option to resolve corporate disputes, with the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution reporting an 89% success rate in its recent 2018/2019 survey.

Their rights and your obligations under the GDPR

May 20, 2019

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) provides individuals with certain rights when a business processes their personal data. Personal data includes information relating to natural persons who can be identified or who are identifiable, directly from the information in question or who can be indirectly identified from that information in combination with other information.