Will investment in mediation help save the family courts?

Every relationship is unique, as are the reasons marriages break down. Often the end of a marriage is the cumulative result of a combination of factors felt by both parties, rather than the deliberate actions of just one. In those circumstances, it can often be the case that the parties focus on fault and blame […]

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What will the Covid rental arrears arbitration scheme mean for commercial property tenants?

Those operating in the commercial letting sector took many knocks when the COVID-19 pandemic took hold of the UK. Where both retail and hospitality are concerned specifically, the mandated closures and restrictive measures imposed had an enormous impact, with the government itself reckoning that there was somewhere in the region of £9 billion in rental arrears still […]

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Instilling a culture of productivity in your legal practice

Covid has had a major impact on legal services. It has seen increased digitalisation across the profession and instilled the need for law firms to be more productive. In just two years there has been twenty years’ worth of modernisation. The most important step change for the next ten years will be understanding that a lawyer’s […]

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Changes to right to work checks – take steps to prepare now

In recent weeks, the Government has announced changes to the ways in which employers can perform ‘right to work’ checks. In response to the news, there have been various press reports warning employers that these changes will be ‘costly’ for employers at a time when many businesses are already struggling to cope with increasing costs. […]

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Are employees entitled to be paid for the Platinum Jubilee Bank Holiday?

To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Friday 3 June 2022 will be an extra Bank Holiday, with the late May Bank Holiday moved to Thursday 2 June. This additional day will create a four-day weekend for most people, but not everyone, as it depends how their contract of employment is worded and the days they […]

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Abuse of position of trust and sexual offences

The Channel 5 drama “The Teacher” explores sexual abuse in the context of the teacher/pupil relationship, sparking a renewed public interest in the abuse of position of trust crimes. Furthermore, the launch of the anonymous survivor website Everyone’s Invited has highlighted a large number of potential cases of alleged sexual abuse in schools across the […]

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Is coupling-up with a colleague legal?

Long before social distancing and home working became the norm thanks to the pandemic, it was generally accepted that the workplace was a hive for blossoming romances, with some statistics indicating that approximately 24 per cent of people have admitted to having a liaison with a colleague at some point in time.  With so much of our […]

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Wellness and fun attract talent to Conscious 

Conscious Solutions, the Bristol-based digital marketing agency that focuses on the legal sector, has added six employees to our Bristol team in 2022 with four of those being brand new roles to support our growth. With continued growth in digital marketing requirements across the legal sector, it has been critical for us to keep up […]

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Virtual law firms in 2022 – creating a new way for lawyers to do what they do best

Analysts have reported that virtual law firms may play a huge role in the future of the legal sector, with coronavirus restrictions fuelling more and more lawyers to become consultant solicitors. The report from investment bank Arden Partners Pllc estimates that one-third of all UK solicitors could be working under a consultancy model within five […]

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5 business dispute trends to look out for in 2022

With COVID-19 and Brexit bringing a range of issues to businesses across the UK, this article looks at what the knock-on effects are with regards to business disputes that could be faced in 2022. They say that the path of true love never runs smoothly; the same can be said for business. A company is […]

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