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A lunchtime read to inspire progressive lawyers

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…

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Added by Tom Hiskey on February 13, 2014 — Defero Law

CLS Launches NEW ChancelCheck® Premium Screening Report

CLS is pleased to announce the launch of ChancelCheck® Premium, our NEW enhanced ChancelCheck® search for large land areas.

What is…

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Added by CLS on February 13, 2014 — Defero Law

Select your legal accounting software wisely

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…

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Added by Ana Udrea on February 11, 2014 — Defero Law

What Issues are There when it Comes to Corporate Tax Avoidance?

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…

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Added by Ann Humphrey on January 31, 2014 — 1 Comment

How to Tackle Corporate Tax Avoidance

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…

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Added by Ann Humphrey on January 31, 2014 — Defero Law

Prest v Petrodel Resources Ltd & Ors 2013 - The Veil of Incorporation

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…

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Added by Lanyon Bowdler on January 31, 2014 — Defero Law

Discrimination Against LGBT Must End Says Employment Law Solicitor

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…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 30, 2014 — Defero Law

Why is Legal Aid for Mediation Not Taking Off?

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…

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Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on January 29, 2014 — Defero Law

Personal Resilience - Proactive v Reactive

I was stood on the 8th Wonder of the World last week – Platform 2 of Chorley Train Station.  I stood in the freezing cold waiting patiently for the 7.33am to Manchester.  As the train slowly came into view, I scanned the busy platform and wondered how the tightly assembled crowd were going to squeeze into the three already packed carriages.  It was every man for himself and as usual, I ended up standing all the way.  Initially thinking it was going to be a boring journey, I was chuffed to…

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Added by Mike Ode on January 26, 2014 — 2 Comments

Reputation risk with Vanity Directories

The other day a colleague of mine brought to my attention an advert on LinkedIn that reads as follows:

"Are You A Lawyer? - Apply Now For Inclusion In The Prestigious Madison Who's Who Registry! Read More "

The Read More link takes you straight to a website MadisonWhosWho.com which offers a ‘unique’ opportunity to be included in the ‘prestigious’ professional networking directory and networking platforms. It all sounded great and the website promises that it is…

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Added by Yair Cohen on January 25, 2014 — 1 Comment

Family Lawyers and clients face new challenges in 2014

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…

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Added by Simpson Millar LLP Solicitors on January 20, 2014 — Defero Law

Clients can be a pain with their urgent demands

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…

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Added by Jon Baker on January 17, 2014 — 1 Comment

Confiscation Update: January 2013 – by Miles Herman

Regina v Fields and others [2013] EWCA Crim 2042; [2013] WLR (D) 440

It was inevitable that, following the ruling in R v Waya [2013] 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…

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Added by Lewis Nedas Law on January 17, 2014 — Defero Law

Star Blogger: Brian John Spencer

Seems like every community has a theoretician, and Defero Law's own high-level thinker is our latest 'Star Blogger'.…

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Added by Richard Pettet on January 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Employment Solicitor explains creative ways to avoid the bonus cap

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…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 16, 2014 — Defero Law

Clients from Hell

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 …

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Added by Yair Cohen on January 15, 2014 — 1 Comment

A Cuppa a Day keeps the Lawyer Away

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…

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Added by Slater & Gordon Lawyers on January 13, 2014 — Defero Law

The curious incident of HMRC, VAT and supplies of locum doctors

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 …

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Added by Ann Humphrey on December 30, 2013 — Defero Law

Adam Wagner, David Allen Green and Andrew Sullivan on Legal Blogging



Non-law blogger Andrew Sullivan (@sullydish) is the founder and…

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Added by Brian John Spencer on January 4, 2014 — Defero Law

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