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Illegal Instructions

Illegal Instructions

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So your boss wants you to do something you think is illegal… Given the recent sacking of the US Deputy Attorney General Sally Yates, we thought it appropriate to look at how English law deals with similar situations. There are of course specific issues involved with positions such as the one Ms. Yates held which…

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The Gig Economy

The Gig Economy

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Depending on how exciting your usual reading material is you may have come across a lot of excitement being generated about the so-called ‘gig economy’. This is the idea that permanent jobs are old-fashioned relics of a previous age and that work in the future will consist of a constantly changing series of ‘pick and…

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On Probation

On Probation

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Many employment contracts contain a probation period but what does that actually mean? From the perspective of an employment lawyer the answer under the law of England and Wales is in many cases – not a lot. There is no statutory effect whatsoever; a probation period is a purely contractual matter. It has whatever effect…

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The so-called quick divorce

The so-called quick divorce

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Media reports abound with news of divorcing celebrity couples obtaining a ‘quickie divorce’. The separation of David Walliams and his wife, Lara Stone, the parting of Nigella Lawson from Charles Saatchi and the split of Gary Lineker and Danielle Bux are some recent examples. It was recently reported that ‘nasty Nick’ from Big brother had…

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Landlord Advice Regarding Deposits

There are things that just seem to go together—salt and pepper; fish and chips, Ant and Dec—you just don’t get one without the other. For many landlords the same goes for tenants and deposits. But is that really the case? The advantages of a deposit are fairly obvious: You get some reassurance that your tenant…

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Damages awarded to the victim of “sexting”

The BBC has reported that for the first time a victim of “sexting” has been awarded compensation in a Civil Court. The unnamed victim brought a civil claim for damages following the successful conviction of William Whillock. Whillock was a member of staff at the The New School, an independent Special Needs school near Sevenoaks…

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Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse announces first investigations

The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, chaired by New Zealand Judge Hon. Lowell Goddard has announced its first 12 investigations as part of its overall remit. The Inquiry, (known as “the Goddard Inquiry”) was set up by the government in 2014 in the wake of the Jimmy Savile scandal, to examine the failings of…

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What Now For Buy To Lets?

What Now For Buy To Lets?

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In his Autumn Statement on 25th November, the Chancellor unexpectedly announced that from 1st April 2016 higher rates of stamp duty will be charged on purchases of additional residential properties such as buy to let properties and second homes. The effect of this announcement is significant. It adds 3% of the property price of a…

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Don’t play hide and seek with your financial assets on divorce

Stop press! Two Court cases concerning two wives have made recent headlines. Each of the wives succeeded in setting aside the financial agreements they had made on divorce because their husbands had not disclosed the full extent of their financial assets. Mrs Sharland agreed a financial settlement with her former husband in conjunction with their…

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To Will or not to Will?

To Will or not to Will?

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Heather Ilott: What does this mean for those who wish to disinherit family members? When it comes to making a Will, individuals are free to leave their estate to whoever they choose… within reason! The recent case involving Heather Ilott saw her succeeding in her claim against her estranged mother’s estate to the tune of…

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