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Employment

Could You Be Dismissed For an Office Romance?

Dating a colleague is not illegal under UK law. If you are ‘let go’ and you believe that the reason for your dismissal is linked to your relationship then you may have a case against your employer for unfair dismissal. Office romances are very common. Consider these recent statistics: more

Family

Wardship - A Heartbreaking Decision For Parents

A heart-breaking case was put before a High Court judge in March by the parents of a critically ill seven-month old baby named Charlie. Charlie suffers from a rare strain of the genetic condition known as mitochondrial depletion syndrome. Doctors at Great Ormond Street have told the desperate parents that they can do nothing further for the baby and he should be allowed to “die with dignity”. more


Commercial Property

Commercial Leases 101

In many cases when buying a business, you will want the operation to carry on in its current premises to maintain the current customer base. However, it pays to be aware that if you take over an existing lease, you are unlikely to be able to negotiate the lease’s terms. If you choose to take on a new lease, you will need an experienced solicitor to negotiate the best possible terms for you. more

Personal Injury

Knocked Off Your Bike?

We all know that cycling is a healthy way to get to and from your destination. Fresh air, exercise; cycling has long been a favourite sporting activity of British people. However, you are 17 times more likely to be killed on the road if you are on a bike compared to riding in a car. Cyclists are incredibly vulnerable to serious injuries, especially head and spinal trauma. more

Family

Why Are The Number Of Special Guardianship Orders Rising?

The number of children made subject to special guardianship orders continues to rise year on year. According to figures released by the Department of Education, between April 2014 and March 2015, a total of 3,520 special guardianship orders were granted compared to 3,360 in the previous year. Even more startling, the number of special guardianship orders granted has almost doubled from the 2010/11 figure of 1,780. more


Criminal

Help, I Have Been Charged With Being In Possession of Drugs!

If you have been caught in possession of an illegal substance you will need to obtain legal advice as this offence can carry a prison sentence (although this would normally not be handed down on a first offence). To help you understand the law surrounding possession of controlled drugs, we have answered some of the most commonly asked questions. more


Family

Is Surrogacy Legal In The UK?

For many couples desperate to have a baby, surrogacy is an attractive option, depending on the circumstances. But what exactly is surrogacy? And is it legal in the UK? What if the birth mother refuses to hand over the child? This article provides answers to these questions and more. more

Personal Injury

Torn Apart By Childbirth

Most women are apprehensive about giving birth. Despite the excitement of having a baby, most expectant mothers know that childbirth involves a lot of pain. But few women are aware or expect to have life-changing, debilitating injuries as a result of giving birth. Or even worse, to lose their life. But even in 2017, death and serious injury in childbirth still happen. more


Residential Property

Are You Taking Advantage Of Affordable Home Ownership Schemes?

Millions of people are struggling to get on the UK property ladder. Thirty-seven percent of UK families are now renting from a private landlord and the age of first-time buyers is rising, with 33 years now being the age most people purchase their first home, up from 31 years ten years ago. more

Civil Litigation

All You Need To Know About Judicial Review

One of the reasons the legal system in the UK is so highly regarded is that we have a clear separation of powers between the three functions of the Government; the Legislature, Executive and Judiciary. more

Employment

Don’t Settle For Less

A Settlement Agreement, formally known as a compromise agreement, is an agreement made between an employee and employer which is legally binding and usually ends the employment relationship. They usually involve an employee agreeing to leave their position with a financial settlement in exchange for waiving their rights to bring an unfair dismissal claim against their former employer. more


Company

Complying with the UK Corporate Governance Code

The UK Corporate Governance Code (UKCG Code), (formerly the Combined Code) sets out standards of good practice in relation to leadership and effectiveness of a board of directors, remuneration, accountability, and relations with shareholders. more


IT Law

Five Ways To Protect Yourself From Identity Theft

dentity theft is very real in today’s digital world. Many of us now bank and shop online and these online transactions provide the perfect stage for criminals to assume your identity and defraud you, your bank or the business you are buying goods or services from. The ‘good’ ones rip off all three. Here are five ways you can protect yourself from becoming a victim of identity theft. more

Traffic

Driving Offences and Police Powers

Many people are surprised by the amount of power that police have when it comes to investigating suspected traffic offences such as driving under the influence of drink and/or drugs. However, it is important that the police exercise their rights within the boundaries of the law and ensure the person they are investigating understands their rights. more

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