Radical reforms to family law services in 2014 mean fresh challenges for family solicitors and numerous difficulties for parents and couples.
Family lawyers have already had to cope with huge changes in 2013, including the withdrawal of public funding (legal aid) for most family law cases and the closure of several local courts.
Although, family law firms have risen to these challenges – for example by launching competitive fixed fee services – Emma Pearmaine, Head of…Read More
Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on January 20, 2014 — Defero Law
Have you ever been caught out by a client wanting their matters dealt with urgently. So much so that you’ve had to drop something else? I know several lawyers in small firms that have been.
I guess, like the ones I know, you’ve muttered under your breath, been unhappy about it and got on with it? So the question is, whose fault is it - yours or the clients?
From what I see this is quite common for some small firms, causing chaos with the schedule (or stress for the…Read More
It was inevitable that, following the ruling in R v Waya  1 AC 294, the Court of Appeal would face the challenge of hearing appeals concerning proportionality and joint benefits.
One such appeal decided on in November 2013 was R v Fields and others. This was a joint benefit case, and the…Read More
Added by Lewis Nedas Law on January 17, 2014 — Defero Law
Seems like every community has a theoretician, and Defero Law's own high-level thinker is our latest 'Star Blogger'.…
Added by Richard Pettet on January 16, 2014 — Defero Law
The controversial bonus cap which came into force on 1 January 2014 and is opposed by the UK government, prevents banks from paying bonuses worth more than individual’s salaries unless shareholders approve the payments explains Employment Solicitor Deborah Casale...................
Individuals earning over €750,000…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 16, 2014 — Defero Law
I love all my clients. Promise!!! But I appreciate the fact that some of you my colleagues are not as fortunate.....
Here is a really cheerful website (provided you are not on the receiving end).
Here is a snapshot:
CLIENT: Can you give me the phone number of someone on your team who will actually …Read More
Added by Ellie Hurst on January 15, 2014 — Defero Law
The Open University has released a survey of 5,000 participants regarding happiness within marriage. The survey suggests that childless couples reported having happier relationships, but that women with Children were the happiest individuals.
The survey looked at the behaviour which makes people happy within their relationship, as well as the habits which annoy. The results suggested that people who had gone through a difficult…Read More
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 13, 2014 — Defero Law
I had been planning to take December off. Sadly, the guest blogger I had lined up had last minute Christmas stuff to do and now here I am unexpectedly back at the creative coal face. (And, before you ask, no, the guest blogger wasn’t Santa.) Grasping at the blogging equivalent of low-hanging fruit, I wondered ‘Is there anything tax-related about Christmas?’ Well, yes there is …Read More
Added by Ann Humphrey on December 30, 2013 — Defero Law
Non-law blogger Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) is the founder and…Read More
Added by Brian John Spencer on January 4, 2014 — Defero Law
The Government is finally acknowledging the role that grandparents play not only as working members of the community but as those who contribute heavily to child care when it comes to their grandchildren.
Flexible Working Extended to Grandparents
From April 2014, the government will be expanding the right to request flexible leave to all employees – this includes grandparents.
The TUC (Trade Union Congress) estimates that…Read More
Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on December 19, 2013 — Defero Law
We're here for a conversation with non-lawyer producer Josh Block (@JoshBlockNYC), New York resident and producer for Bloomberg Law (@BloombergLaw). Josh began his career as producer for the Charlie Rose Show, later for David Letterman and then in the early 2000s in radio. Come 2005…Read More
Added by Brian John Spencer on December 19, 2013 — Defero Law
To say that this year’s legal aid cuts and changes to eligibility were contentious is something of an understatement – in June, hundreds of solicitors protested outside the Ministry of Justice condemning cuts and reforms to the system. The aim, the MoJ have said from the outset, is to make multi-million pound savings on a £2.1bn annual spend – one of the highest in the world.
After raising a few eyebrows (to put it mildly), the cuts have come under renewed criticism from the Human…Read More
Added by Defero Law on December 19, 2013 — Defero Law
Christmas is often a time for reflection - on the year gone by and what’s in store for the year ahead. A time when employment lawyers dust off their briefings on the pitfalls of Christmas party season and adverse weather policies! Personally, I’ve been posting daily employment law tips on Twitter to feature in an…
Added by David Morgan on December 18, 2013 — Defero Law
A legal loophole meant that Tabitha Oxer-Patey wasn’t entitled to any financial support from her father’s employers the Metropolitan Police because her parents weren’t married and because she was still in the womb at the time her father died.
Simon Cuthbert successfully argued that the decision not to grant her a share of Richard Oxer's pension violateed her human rights and discriminated against…
Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on December 18, 2013 — Defero Law
Every year I like to rummage through my virtual sack of Christmas post and dig out the very best Christmas cards from law firms. I won't lie, this is not a particularly easy task. To tell the truth, many of them are awful. But that doesn't stop me striving to showcase the ones that stand out as stylish, amusing or cheeky.
I'd also like to encourage you, Dear Defero Member, to showcase your firm's seasonal efforts. Post them in the comments section if you dare.
Here are some to…Read More
Online conveyancing brand In-Deed has been acquired by Fitzalan Partners for an undisclosed sum.
Fitzalan Partners own and operate a number of online brands within the legal and property space, including national conveyancing provider Fridaysmove. The company acquired In-Deed from Runnett & Co, who had operated In-Deed since June 2013.
Chris Salmon, Director at…Read More
Added by Tony Lilleystone on December 10, 2013 — Defero Law
‘If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional to do the job, wait until you hire an amateur’.
(Red Adair, oilfield fire-fighter)
One of the problems about marketing yourself as a tax expert is that those using your services are not normally able to test your technical competence. This means that they judge your service in other ways and being a better tax technician than others in your field is largely irrelevant. This can be galling if you like nothing better…Read More
Somebody recently asked me “should I bother with social media”. It was a great question from the floor at a conference I was presenting at.
Many delegates were shocked when I said “NO”, as I’d just been speaking in favour it Social Media.
Don’t touch social media in your practice unless it’s a core part of your growth strategy and you have clear objectives for it.
Should I bother with Social Media?
Consider four things when you think about engaging…Read More
Added by Jon Baker on November 30, 2013 — Defero Law
The legal profession is an important sector of the British economy, generating £23.1 billion per year or 1.8% of GDP, according to the Ministry of Justice and UK Trade & Investment.
As the UK emerges from a difficult economic period, domestic and global competition for legal services also intensifies. The contraction in the demand for legal services of the past few years, coupled with consolidation in the sector caused by mergers and acquisitions and…Read More