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    The Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims – 4 Months On

    by Pete Gardner | Feb 15, 2018 |
    Back in October 2017, the Pre-Action Protocol for Debt Claims (“PAP”) was launched to very little fanfare. PAP is part of the Civil Procedure Rules which govern how parties deal with litigation claims through the County Court and is the first time that strict rules have been put in place for pre-action conduct on a debt matter. I wrote an article about PAP at the time to explain the ins and outs of it.
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    What Carillion’s demise should tell us all

    by Petra van Dijk | Feb 12, 2018 |
    Much has already been said about the demise of Carillion and the impact of its liquidation on the various parties with whom it contracted. In this article, Petra van Dijk would like to examine what light the demise of Carillion throws on themes commonly encountered within insolvency and whether there are lessons to be learned for everyone.
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    What to do if you think you’ve not been properly provided for in a will

    by Tom McInerney | Feb 12, 2018 |
    For a family the administration of an estate can be a difficult time. With grief still fresh, organising the material elements of somebody’s life is upsetting. At worst though, it can be a source of conflict between family members.
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    Family Mediation Week 2018

    by Justine Cadbury | Jan 19, 2018 |
    A recent report by Aviva highlighted the hidden costs of divorce and separation that on average leave couples in the UK spending over £14000 on legal and lifestyle costs when their relationship breaks down. That number has increased by 17% since their 2014 Family Finances Report. According to Aviva’s recent report, legal fees associated with divorce and separation have more than doubled since 2014, with that number growing exponentially in 2018.
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    Keep Calm – The GDPR is coming!

    by Rachael Eyre | Jan 11, 2018 |
    New rules for the GDPR will come into place on the 25th of May, 2018. GDPR is widely said to be an evolution, not a revolution. It is designed to suit the world we find ourselves in now, 20 years ago not many people would think of their location data, biometric data or online identifier as being personal data.
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  • Insurance

    Before-the-Event insurance – Do you have it?

    by David Whiting | Jan 09, 2018 |
    Many people have BTE legal expenses insurance, but don’t realise it. Usually, BTE insurance is often part of household, travel or motor insurance, or can be sold as an ’add-on’ optional benefit. The cover it provides protects a customer against some or all of the legal costs that may occur following an unforeseen event that may lead to a legal claim or dispute.
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  • Employment contract

    New case confirms if you draft your restrictive covenants too widely then they will be unenforceable

    by Philomena Price | Dec 20, 2017 |
    Restrictive covenants in employment contracts come in various forms, for instance those which seek to protect the employer's confidential information, customer connections, goodwill, stability of its workforce or prevent solicitation of customers, clients, suppliers, other employees, or general competition after termination.
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    Apprenticeship Levy “not working”

    by Philomena Price | Dec 20, 2017 |
    On 6 April 2017, the Apprenticeship Levy came into force. It has now come under criticism since it has emerged there has been a drop in new apprenticeships.
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  • Living wills and lasting powers of attorney

    The importance of ‘living wills’ and Lasting Powers of Attorney

    by Emma Rolfe | Dec 07, 2017 |
    The BBC recently reported on the sad case of Brenda Grant who had made an advance decision (or ‘living will’) specifying her wish not to be kept alive in certain circumstances. It was reported that Mrs Grant made the advance decision after seeing her mother lose independence to dementia and that she ‘feared degradation and indignity more than death’.
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    Discrimination: Can you afford the financial consequences of losing a discrimination claim?

    by Carol Shaw | Nov 30, 2017 |
    Last month we reported that compensation in discrimination cases is on the increase. Couple this with the abolition of Tribunal fees in July 2017 and the fact that discrimination claims make up a sizable proportion of Tribunal claims, employers cannot afford to be unprepared to defend such a claim; of course, in an ideal world, employers would avoid such claims altogether!
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