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Pre-Nups to Become Fully Binding?

In the latest family law news, couples are have been told by the Law Commission that pre-nuptial agreements should be legally binding in UK divorce settlements – as long as the needs of any children and the couple themselves have been considered. The Commission says that new guidelines should be drawn up to offer couples a more coherent idea on how their needs would be…

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Added by Paul Simms on March 21, 2014 — Defero Law

Flood victims around the UK left to suffer!

People who fell victim to the devastating floods in many parts of the UK have been left to face the aftermath alone. Tories had vowed to help members of the public clearly stating that “money is no object” however, it recently came to light that the public would not be receiving any financial help at all even though many people had their homes severely damaged by the flood waters.

A couple of years ago Waverley Council had distributed a sum of £7,000 per individual…

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Added by Nicole Cran on March 19, 2014 — Defero Law

Can a LinkedIn Profile Update Break Employment Law?

As a LinkedIn user you may not be aware that if you leave your job and change your details on LinkedIn, you could be unlawfully soliciting your ex-employer’s clients.



There are now more than 200 million LinkedIn users worldwide and 11 million of these are registered in the UK. The numbers are growing all the time and many professionals now find it an indispensable marketing and networking tool. Many people have LinkedIn accounts at the request of their employer so may have both…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 19, 2014 — Defero Law

'Barristers' - A five-part documentary into the world of Northern Ireland barristers

I laughed at the tweet below from David Allen Green. But how timely. Being sent on the same evening that 'Barristers'premiered on BBC Northern Ireland (…

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Added by Brian John Spencer on March 18, 2014 — Defero Law

Improving Legal Finance Awareness

The Solicitors’ Regulation Authority (the SRA) has recently published a study after investigating the causes of financial difficulty in business. The SRA found that in more than a third of all cases, the bad financial predicament was a clear result of poor financial and business management. It seems that in many cases, this is down to a lack of understanding on the part of senior managers when it comes to the financial state of a business. Some firms may be profitable whilst being in…

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Added by Paul Simms on March 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Abolishment of discrimination questionnaires

What are discrimination questionnaires and what will their abolition mean?

What are discrimination questionnaires?

Statutory Questionnaires have for a long time been used by claimants in discrimination cases. In discrimination cases it can be very difficult to get to the bottom of the employer's state of mind when they committed the alleged acts, and whether this was tainted by discrimination. Questionnaires can be used to ask…

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Added by Springhouse Solicitors on March 14, 2014 — Defero Law

SFO & CPS Publish Code for Deferred Prosecution Agreements – by Siobhain Egan

Finally, the long awaited Code for Deferred Prosecution Agreements (DPA) is here, and it is a good, comprehensive, well crafted, workable document containing a few surprises.

In essence, after a full self-report of corporate wrongdoing, the prosecutor will apply both the evidential and public interest tests enshrined in the general Code for Prosecutors, or, also assess whether there is a reasonable suspicion that the offence has been committed, before deciding whether or not to invite…

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Added by Lewis Nedas Law on March 11, 2014 — Defero Law

Slater & Gordon Proud to Take Part in St. Luke’s Will Month 2014

St. Luke’s Will Month is an annual campaign between St. Luke’s and local Sheffield Solicitors. The scheme has been running since 2011 and so far has raised over £61,000 for St. Luke’s. Now in its fourth year, Slater & Gordon are once again working in partnership to help the people of Sheffield affected by life limited illnesses.

About St. Luke’s Hospice



St. Luke’s Hospice in Sheffield provides help to people with various illnesses including cancer,…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on March 11, 2014 — Defero Law

Glenn Greenwald - Lawyer turned partisan blogger

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…

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Added by Brian John Spencer on March 7, 2014 — Defero Law

The Land Registry Privatisation Debate

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…

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Added by Daniel Hamilton-Charlton on March 9, 2014 — Defero Law

The Law Commission’s Proposals Herald a Golden Age for Prenuptial Agreements and DIY Divorce. Or Do They?

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…

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Added by Chris McIntosh on March 5, 2014 — Defero Law

If you still doubt that your law firm can generate new profitable business online, look at this...

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…

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Added by Moore Legal Technology on March 3, 2014 — Defero Law

Do you pay your team rewards or bonuses?

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…

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Added by Jon Baker on February 28, 2014 — Defero Law

Learning from the best- Linklaters' COO reveals the law firm numbers that really matter

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…

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Added by Ana Udrea on February 26, 2014 — 1 Comment

Employee Benefit Trusts. Wind them up or keep them going?

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 &…

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Added by Ann Humphrey on February 27, 2014 — Defero Law

Could the HS2 increase the risk of flooding

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…

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Added by Nicole Cran on February 24, 2014 — Defero Law

TUPE : another reason to avoid harmonisation of terms

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.

Background

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…

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Added by Springhouse Solicitors on February 18, 2014 — Defero Law

Can cost savings be used to justify early retirement?

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.

Background

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).…

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Added by Springhouse Solicitors on February 14, 2014 — Defero Law

Advice on How to Approach Difficult Performance Reviews At Work

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…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on February 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Recent property boom marks the start of the economic recovery

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…

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Added by Nicole Cran on February 13, 2014 — 1 Comment

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