The story of Glenn Greenwald (@ggreenwald), civil liberties litigator turned blogger, has a lot to teach the modern lawyer and a law profession going through a an identity crisis. And when I say this…Read More
Added by Brian John Spencer on March 7, 2014 — Defero Law
I have been asked on numerous occasions recently as to whether I have an opinion regarding the prospect of the Land Registry becoming privatised. It is something that I have deliberated for a couple of days and have struggled to come up with a ‘right’ answer, if there is one.
There is something that I should confess at this stage and that is that I am unable to formulate the concept of a ‘favourite’. I have no favourite colour, number, sports team, car, motorbike etc not being an…Read More
Added by Daniel Hamilton-Charlton on March 9, 2014 — Defero Law
The last few days have seen a surge in interest in the possibility of pre-nuptial agreements becoming binding and the effect that that might have on the use of divorce lawyers versus DIY divorce solutions.
The Law Commission’s Proposals
First came the Law Commission’s recommendation on 27 February that ‘qualifying nuptial…Read More
Added by Chris McIntosh on March 5, 2014 — Defero Law
When we first started generating business online for law firms we always had a hurdle to overcome – the doubt and scepticism of lawyers. I would like to say that as the Internet has become a fundamental tool in the day to day life of the legal professional this hurdle has disappeared, but I’d be lying. Despite using the Internet to find and buy all types of products and services sometimes lawyers, for some bizarre reason, think that this same type of buyer behaviour does not apply to…Read More
Added by Moore Legal Technology on March 3, 2014 — Defero Law
I’ve long been an advocate of some form of incentive schemes in small firms, and I have seen some results.
I’ve seen bonuses motivate some teams, despite personally have never really been motivated by financial incentives!
OK, that’s not the same as saying an unexpected bonus, hasn’t made me feel appreciated by my boss! Although at the same time, bonuses given to others who (in my opinion) performed worse than me has in fact left me…Read More
Added by Jon Baker on February 28, 2014 — Defero Law
In a recent interview for the Legal Support Network, Peter Hickman, Linklaters' COO presents the importance of ''focusing on numbers'' to ensure business success and growth not only for the…Read More
Jo Summers of PWT Advice LLP specialises in personal taxation for individuals , in particular those who move to and from the UK. Jo was asked by Ann for her thoughts on the hot topic of the disguised remuneration rules as they apply to Employee Benefit Trusts.
The views expressed here are Jo’s and do not necessarily reflect those of Ann.
Since the introduction of the disguised remuneration rules, now found in Part 7A of the Income Tax (Earnings &…Read More
Added by Ann Humphrey on February 27, 2014 — Defero Law
Following the latest ongoing plans to construct a high speed rail link (HS2) between London, Birmingham, the North West of England and Yorkshire, it has recently come to light that the construction of the HS2 could pose a further flooding threat to the country. This issue had been raised by two tory MPs because they fear that this project could encourage flooding of different severities along the…Read More
Added by Nicole Cran on February 24, 2014 — Defero Law
Could two employees whose benefits were reduced after a business transfer force the employer to give them their old terms back?
Yes, says the Court of Appeal in Hazel v. The Manchester College.
The College cut the wages of over 1,500 employees who had transferred to them when it took over a teaching contract at HMP Elmley. The College said that they had made the cut because, without it, redundancies would be…Read More
Added by Springhouse Solicitors on February 18, 2014 — Defero Law
Was the police force allowed to retire a large number of its officers early to save costs?
No, according to an Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Harrod v Midlands Police.
In order to meet the government's budget cuts of 20% over 4 years, many police forces decided to use a statutory provision allowing them to force early retirement on officers who had long service (regulation A19).…Read More
Added by Springhouse Solicitors on February 14, 2014 — Defero Law
What motivates you at work? For some it is their salary, for others getting on with work colleagues. A recent survey held the biggest single motivator is people’s enjoyment of their role. However, that same survey carried out by the Institute of Leadership and Management, revealed that 25% of employees think their appraisals are performed poorly by management.
Appraisals and performance reviews are an important part of your professional development. Recognition for work done and…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on February 17, 2014 — Defero Law
Since the economy dived into a rock bottom pit of recession lasting a number of years from 2007 to 2009 there has been a colossal 133,670 houses that have been built in 2013 alone.
Having read various sources, it appears that the 2007-2009 recession may have been caused solely by a ‘housing bubble’, where house prices were driven up by increased demand.
Following the run up of house prices in the early stages of the decade, prices of properties started to fall…Read More
There are lots of things I would do differently if I were a probate solicitor again.
It could be saying and writing less, or staying in touch with my clients. Everyone could do things better.
Now that I'm on "the other side of the fence" (running a business, not being a lawyer), I've seen things from a new perspective, including confusing legal costs and the need to be more commercially aware and less risk-averse.
I'd like to share some of my experiences, plus some…Read More
Added by Tom Hiskey on February 13, 2014 — Defero Law
CLS is pleased to announce the launch of ChancelCheck® Premium, our NEW enhanced ChancelCheck® search for large land areas.
What is…Read More
Added by CLS on February 13, 2014 — Defero Law
As profitability is reflected by your cash-flow, it is crucial to be able to monitor it accurately to avoid being in the red. Delayed (or incorrect) bill production and credit control compromise the health of your cash flow and consequently the profitability of your practice.
This is…Read More
Added by Ana Udrea on February 11, 2014 — Defero Law
Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, was asked by Ann for his views on corporate tax avoidance. This first post by Charlie looks at the issues raised and will be followed by a second outlining Charlie’s views on how to tackle the matter. The views expressed here are Charlie’s and do not necessarily reflect Ann’s opinions.
Over the past 18 months, the political wind has changed. The public have made clear how disgusted they feel at the industrial…Read More
This is the second post by Charlie Elphicke, the Conservative MP for Dover and Deal, on corporate tax avoidance. In his first post he set out the issues and in this post he considers ways to tackle corporate tax avoidance. The views expressed here are Charlie’s and do not necessarily reflect Ann’s opinions.
In my previous blog post, I…Read More
Added by Ann Humphrey on January 31, 2014 — Defero Law
For over 100 years it has been a fundamental principle of corporate law that a company is a separate legal entity, distinct and separate from its shareholders. As a separate legal entity, a company is treated like any other person with its own property, rights and liabilities. This principle is colloquially known as the “veil of incorporation”. The courts have often been asked to consider the situations in which the veil of incorporation can be disregarded or “pierced”. Typically these cases…Read More
Added by Lanyon Bowdler on January 31, 2014 — Defero Law
The start of a New Year often brings with it change and progress, but it seems, sadly not for millions of people who still face discrimination, bullying and violence for just being LGBT.
Shannon Bond’s article in the FT last week makes a shocking but unsurprising read as to how far behind we are in respect of progress where sexual orientation is concerned. It is crushing that in this day and age a person’s sexuality can still be an issue and in some countries a crime. Shannon Bond’s…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 30, 2014 — Defero Law
The government is really pushing mediation into the limelight by announcing they are funnelling more funds into the initiative. Despite this, mediation is not the hot option that they anticipated. Couples are clogging up the courts and running away from mediation regardless of legal aid being provided for this option. So, why is mediation not taking off?
What Do The Figures Show?
The number of couples taking advantage of state funded mediation fell by a third in 2012 and…Read More
Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on January 29, 2014 — Defero Law