It’s snowing! – What are my legal rights as a worker?

by Anna Crayton, Solicitor in Employment and Dispute Resolution Team As the heavy snow fall continues causing major disruption to travel and hundreds of schools up and down the county remain closed, many commuters are finding themselves stranded at home without access to the rail network or roads. If you find yourself unable to get […]

Rules are rules – Civil Courts cracking down on non-compliance

Article written by Anna Crayton, Dispute Resolution lawyer Prior to the Jackson Reforms in April 2013 it was considered that the UK Courts had become too tolerant of parties’ non-compliance with the Civil Procedure Rules, Practice Directions and the Court’s directions and orders and the delays that this non-compliance caused. Immediately post-implementation of the Jackson Reforms, […]

The Taylor Review – Will it make a difference?

The Taylor Review – Will it make a difference?  Article written by Louise Rogers, Senior Associate Employment lawyer. It is impossible to have missed the many legal challenges to employment status brought by Uber and Deliveroo drivers and others working in the “gig” economy over the last 12 months. Staff have repeatedly alleged that they […]

Technology and Law

Technology and Law Article Written by Matthew Stewart, Partner in our Property department. Cryptocurrency is very much in the news and most of us are aware of its massive fluctuations in value. But is it the future? A property was recently purchased for £350,000.00 using Bitcoins and a multi-million- pound property has been listed for Bitcoin […]

The Family Company

  The Family Company Article written by Tony Mead, Senior Partner. Family owned companies are often assumed to be small businesses which pass from generation to generation. Sometime they are, but many also global companies and international brands. In reality two thirds of companies globally (as reported by the Family Firm Institute) are family-owned and […]

LANDLORDS  –  What is the EPC rating of your rental  properties?

  LANDLORDS – What is the EPC rating of your rental  properties? On 1st April 2018, the Minimum Energy Efficient Standards (MEES) will come into force. It will require both domestic and non-domestic properties to have a minimum EPC rating of E. Subject to certain requirements and exemptions: from 1 April 2018, landlords of  domestic […]

Fixed Term Employees

Fixed Term Employees Article written by Louise Rogers. I am often asked by employers and HR advisers to either prepare, or advise on, fixed term employment contracts. There are many reasons why a fixed term contract can be more suitable than a permanent one. Examples include maternity cover; for the duration of a project; or […]

Shareholders Agreements – Are They Desirable

Shareholders Agreements – Are They Desirable January 18th, 2018 by Tony Mead I am often asked, especially by entrepreneurial clients embarking on a start-up venture where the budget for legal services can be limited whether it is really necessary to have a shareholders agreement or whether they can rely upon the Model Articles under the Companies […]

The Rise and Rise of Streaming

The Rise and Rise of Streaming written by Irving David Partner at DWFM Beckman Solicitors Media & IP Lawyer Until quite recently, if you wanted to listen to music or any other type of audio, you would download a digital audio file in a format such as MP3, WMA, AAC, OGG, or FLAC. But now the question is: along with vinyl, the cassette and […]

Breastfeeding – what are your rights in the workplace?

  Breastfeeding – what are your rights in the workplace? Article by Louise Rogers, Senior Associate.   What does “breastfeeding” mean? It covers both feeding the baby and expressing milk. What are an employer’s obligations towards breastfeeding employees? All employers have a duty to protect the health and safety of pregnant and breastfeeding mothers in the […]