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Browse our law brief articles and blogs, aimed at addressing the practical implications of the latest legal developments affecting you and your organisation.

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

Beware! Avoid Family Court Applications Unless Absolutely Necessary

Friday, 09 April 2021

It is no surprise that the courts are finding the volumes of cases coming through their doors challenging to manage. There are only a limited number of courts and judges available to hear cases, yet the number of cases continues to rise.

Beware! Avoid Family Court Applications Unless Absolutely Necessary

Articles & Blogs Employment

Can Policies Prohibit Employees From Wearing Political, Philosophical or Religious Signs In The Workplace?

Friday, 09 April 2021

There have been many legal cases about the wearing of religious symbols in the workplace. In such cases courts often need to decide if a ban or partial ban is discriminatory on the grounds of religious belief...

Can Policies Prohibit Employees From Wearing Political, Philosophical or Religious Signs In The Workplace?

Articles & Blogs Employment

New Vento Bands Come Into Force Alongside Other April 2021 Changes

Friday, 09 April 2021

The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals in England and Wales and in Scotland have published new guidance on the award levels for compensation for injury to feelings.

New Vento Bands Come Into Force Alongside Other April 2021 Changes

Articles & Blogs Independent Schools

Everyone's Invited & An Update on Pupil Safeguarding

Friday, 09 April 2021

The publication of thousands (14,268 on 8 April) of testimonies of sexual harassment and violence on Everyone's Invited has brought safeguarding in schools into sharp focus.

Everyone's Invited & An Update on Pupil Safeguarding

Articles & Blogs Coronavirus (Covid-19) Employment

What Are the Latest Updates to Coronavirus Guidance?

Friday, 09 April 2021

The coronavirus (COVID-19) guidelines have been updated once again, with effect from the 1st April 2021 onwards.

What Are the Latest Updates to Coronavirus Guidance?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Addressing Racial Disparities and Inequalities in the Workplace - New Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Friday, 09 April 2021

The Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities was published on 31 March 2021. The Commission was set up by the Prime Minister in 2020 to identify racial disparities and inequalities in Britain and ways to address them.

Addressing Racial Disparities and Inequalities in the Workplace - New Report of the Commission on Race and Ethnic Disparities

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs Real Estate

The Latest Guidance on School Land Transactions

Wednesday, 07 April 2021

The Department for Education (DfE) recently published revised guidance for school land transactions, intended for anyone with a freehold or leasehold interest in land used (or previously used) for the purposes of a school.

The Latest Guidance on School Land Transactions

Articles & Blogs Academies & MATs Data Protection Information Law

Help! Our School Has Received a Subject Access Request - What Should We Do?

Thursday, 01 April 2021

Requesting personal information, or making a subject access request (SAR), has become a popular mechanism for pupils, parents and staff to find out exactly what information a school holds about them. Here's what you need to do when you receive one.

Help! Our School Has Received a Subject Access Request - What Should We Do?

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

Can Judges Order the Capitalisation of Child Maintenance?

Thursday, 01 April 2021

For over 20 years, family court judges have had the power to change periodical maintenance payments to a lump sum award to meet income needs. Historically this only related to spousal maintenance but, in a recent case also included child maintenance.

Can Judges Order the Capitalisation of Child Maintenance?

Articles & Blogs Employment

Asda Loses Supreme Court Equal Pay Case

Thursday, 01 April 2021

The Supreme Court has concluded a key question of comparability in the ongoing equal pay litigation involving Asda Stores Ltd v Brierley and others.

Asda Loses Supreme Court Equal Pay Case

Articles & Blogs Employment

How Do Multiple Contracts With the Same Employer Impact Rest Period Entitlement?

Thursday, 01 April 2021

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has held that where a worker has several employment contracts with the same employer, for the purpose of calculating minimum daily rest periods, those contracts must be taken as a whole, as opposed to separately.

How Do Multiple Contracts With the Same Employer Impact Rest Period Entitlement?

Articles & Blogs Employment

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Update

Thursday, 01 April 2021

On 1 April 2021, the national minimum wage and national living wage rates increased as we detail in this article.

National Minimum Wage and National Living Wage Update

Articles & Blogs Divorce & Family Private Client

Should You Wait for 'No Fault' Divorces?

Wednesday, 24 March 2021

From Autumn 2021, the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 will introduce ‘no fault’ divorces.

Should You Wait for 'No Fault' Divorces?

Articles & Blogs Brexit Private Client

Managing Your Assets Abroad After Brexit

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

The start of 2021 marked the end of the Brexit transition period and the start of a new relationship with continental Europe. Many British families who live at, or own a second home in an EU country need to know how this will affect them.

Managing Your Assets Abroad After Brexit

Articles & Blogs Private Client Tax

Inheritance Tax - What Is the Residence Nil-Rate Band?

Tuesday, 23 March 2021

“In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes” wrote Benjamin Franklin in 1789. It is certainly still true that on death, your estate will be taxed at 40% of the value of your assets, exceeding any available tax-free allowances.

Inheritance Tax - What Is the Residence Nil-Rate Band?