Views & Insight
The law evolves continuously, and one of our missions is to keep you informed about how this could affect you, particularly where it presents new opportunities or risks. Use the filters at the bottom of your browser to search for subjects, or simply enter a search term.
Sign up to the SA Law mailing list to receive a roundup of our most popular views and insights, delivered straight to your inbox.
Employers feel unprepared for GDPR deadline
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments in People Management on the GDPR and how companies weren't ready for the changes
ICO publishes final version of guidance on consent
Head of employment at SA Law St Albans, Chris Cook, discusses the ICO's guidance on consent
EU data is slowing the divorce process
Head of family law at SA Law, Marilyn Bell examines how the GDPR could potentially add more complications to the divorce process
Where are we with pre-nuptial agreements?
Head of family law, Marilyn Bell examines where the English Court is with pre-nuptial agreements and what the future looks like.
Fundraising at work - a winning formula for charities, businesses and employees
With Corporate Social Responsibility now a key business objective for many, UK businesses large and small are looking for ways to engage with their local…
What it means to be British: Citizenship, Permanent Residency and the Windrush Scandal
In this easy to read article, Gemma Jones, Immigration lawyer explores what it means to be a British citizen.
Introducing Nikita Sonecha
Head of Employment and Data, Chris Cook, introduces solicitor Nikita Sonecha to the employment and data team.
Consent to Assign: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly
Head of Property Dispute Resolution at SA Law, St Albans writes in BRC's The Retailer.
EPCs and MEEs: What is the change in the law?
Head of Property Dispute Resolution Amy Sevier examines two legal changes that will affect approximately 18% of the UK commercial property.
Gore v Naheed - Rights of way
Head of property Dispute Resolution at SA Law, St Albans writes in property Investor News
The Electronic Communications Code: What you need to know
Head of Property Dispute Resolution, Amy Sevier examines the changes to the Electronic Communications Code
Join us for the SA Law Corporate Challenge
Real Estate Partner John Moore challenges local companies to join the SA Law Corporate Challenge and become a VIP for the day
GDPR affects your mergers & acquisitions too
Acquiring or merging with another organisation means expanding the personal data you hold, whether related to employees, customers, suppliers or other…
Welcome to Julie Cohen
SA Law welcomes Julie Cohen, an experienced family law solicitor.
Key Employment Law Updates & Legislation Changes April & May 2018
There have been several key changes to employment law this April, including national minimum wage increases, changes to statutory payments and compensation…
Leave to Remove a Child – Why it matters and the importance of getting the right advice
Ruth Abrams explains the importance of getting the right advice when it comes to Leave to Remove a Child.
Keeping a business going when relationships break down
Head of family law and head of Corporate and commercial join forces to write for SME about mitigating the risks of setting up a family business.
SA Law merges with London boutique firm Leigh Davis
SA Law merges with London boutique firm Leigh Davis to capitalise on opportunities for the two firms and their clients
Ground (f) redevelopment: When unconditional intention appears to be conditional
Head of Property Dispute Resolution Amy Sevier writes for Property Investor News on redevelopment.
Coming clean on NDAs
With the SRA taking a hard line on non-disclosure agreement,s law firms must assess whether they are covering up serious misconduct. Keely Rushmore comments…
Marilyn Bell comments in The Times: Russell Crowe has the right idea with his divorce auction
Russell Crowe is auctioning off memorabilia from his movies and some of his personal items. What an excellent idea, comments Head of Family Law Marilyn…
Data Protection Bill under challenge
Gemma Jones, Head of Immigration, explains the immigration exemptions within the upcoming GDPR
GDPR and Information Security: Are your employees trained to protect data?
With just a short while before the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is implemented into UK law, there are many good reasons to check whether…
Key learnings from SA Law's mock employment tribunal
SA Law helps employers prepare for the expected rise in tribunal claims. Read the key learnings for our popular mock tribunal event.
The Employment Tribunal Process
Click here to download our flowchart and helpful process guide.Time limitsMost claims must be brought to the Employment Tribunal (ET) within 3 months…
Agency workers and holiday entitlement
Head of Employment Chris Cook explains how higher pay cannot offset inferior holiday entitlement under Agency Workers Regulations
Bridging the gender pay gap
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments on the gender pay gap within the construction industry and how employers can close the gap.
Settling the bill
Head of family law, Marilyn Bell discusses how a bill making its way through parliament could have a big impact on how matrimonial finances are addressed…
How HR can prepare for inclement weather
Head of Employment at SA Law, Chris Cook explains the best way to tackle poor weather and 'snow days'.
Gender pay gap: employers know the clock is ticking
Quoted in Personnel Today, Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments on gender pay gap reporting and how it can affect the Employer Brand.
The Employment Life cycle
Our employment life cycle wheel outlines some of the key compliance requirements for handling employee personal data. Many of the points should already…
Welcome to Gemma Jones
Welcome to new co-head of Immigration, Gemma Jones
Leases and EPC's
Anisha Patel, commercial property lawyer comments in Property Investor News on the changes for landlords due to occur in April
The Supreme Court has ruled Employment Tribunal Fees to be unlawful
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains what today's Supreme Court Judgment will mean for your business.
Facing redundancy? Here’s a helpful guide.
The threat of redundancy is unsettling. Employment Solicitor Keely Rushmore outlines what should happen, and what you can do.
More than 300 stores at risk as Toys R Us and Maplin enter administration
Nat Young, Senior Associate, explains what lessons can be learned from the recent collapse of Toys R Us and Maplin.
Draft Data Protection (Charges and Information) Regulations 2018 and guide published
The draft regulations are of course, subject to Parliamentary approval but, given that there is limited time until the GDPR, they are unlikely to change.
Transport for London wants access to Uber's greatest competitive asset – the swathes of data that underpins its success
Head of employment Chris Cook comments in City AM on the upcoming GDPR and the potential hindrance to TfL and it's processes.
Right to work checks and dismissals
The overlap between immigration and employment law is considered in a recent case which examined an individual's right to work.
Does your business lack knowledge of consumer contract law?
Commerical solicitor Ayesha Chandegra explains consumer contract law in an easy to understand format
Employment Appeal Tribunal upholds finding of discrimination
Keely Rushmore, senior associate, examines how a recent case acts as a useful reminder of employers' obligations relating to discrimination
Dutiful dismissals: The compliant approach to letting an employee go
Head of employment Chris Cook examines the compliant approach to letting an employee go
Insight into the life and career of Alicia Coad
Starting a new venture demands a responsive attitude to the first few years of operation, perhaps more so than any other point in the business life cycle.…
SA Law sponsors the SME Hertfordshire Business Awards
After a fantastic 2017 SME Hertfordshire Business Awards, SA Law is delighted to sponsor & judge the 2018 awards. Open to organisations with 250 employees…
The Reluctant Divorcee is shortlisted for 2018 CIM awards
SA Law are shortlisted for the 2018 CIM Awards for their Reluctant Divorcee campaign
School Admission Appeals – Top 10 Tips
Here are our top tips for dealing with school admission appeals from Associate Clare Mackay
The impact upon separating couples and school admissions
Family law solicitor Deepa Patel explains why school admissions can add extra stress for separated parents and gives advice on what to do...
GDPR for HR
Solicitor Emma Gross explains why HR professionals should revisit their data protection practices ahead of the GDPR
Increase in statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and sick pay
Chris Cook explains the increase in statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental and sick pay from April 2018.
Fill in the details
Head of Employment and Data Chris Cook examines the importance of staff training when it comes to payroll and the looming GDPR.
Finding the needle in the haystack - changes ahead for disclosure in civil proceedings
Clare Mackay runs through the proposed changes ahead for disclosure in civil proceedings.
Do you want an online divorce?
Partner and head of the family law team Marilyn Bell examines the pros and cons of online divorces
Applications are open for the Inspiring Herts Awards 2018
Senior Associate in the SA Law employment team attended the Inspiring Hertfordshire Awards at Sopwell House.
Changes to requesting DBS checks
Head of employment Chris Cook explains the changes to requests for DBS checks in England and Wales.
Congratulations to all the teams in this year's Dragons Apprentice
SA Law are proud to support Team Stealth in this year's Dragons Apprentice Challenge
Three reasons to check your contracts are up-to-date
Commercial solicitor Ayesha Chandegra explains why it is so important to keep your contracts up to date.
Scale of Carillion insolvency masks fundamental problems
Carillion’s insolvency has unusual features, not least its political dimension. In other ways, it is simply a familiar story on a larger scale, says Nat…
Predicted consequences of abolition of Employment Tribunal fees
Employment solicitor Emma Gross explains the rises in employment tribunal claims and explains the importance of ensuring policies and procedures are up…
Carillion Collapse: Legal implications
Nat Young, Senior Associate at SA Law comments in The Construction Index on the impact the Carillion collapse has for the companies it supplies to.
Carillion: PwC appointed as special managers - what happens now?
Senior Associate, Nat Young comments on what the effects of the Carillion liquidation are likely to be.
Working whilst on sick leave
After a recent study found that two-fifths of employees who call in sick end up working anyway - Employment Solicitor Emma Gross discusses balancing reducing…
Acting on Sexual harassment
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains the issue of gender pay gap and construction companies' obligations for reporting it.
Regulatory alert to charities
The Charity Commission has issued an alert to charities following incidents of reported accusations of harassment in the workplace.
One in 10 companies set to miss gender pay gap reporting deadline
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains the potential consequences awaiting companies who miss the April deadline.
New Year, New Business
Head of Corporate, Chris Wilks discusses how to keep your business healthy for 2018.
Private Children law - Returning to Court
Family solicitor Jennifer Ball explains the reasons for children cases returning to court
Insolvency: What rights need to be considered?
Senior Associate Nathanael Young writes for the Financial Director on Insolvency and the rights which need to be considered.
Changes to the Immigration Rules
The Home Office has published its most recent updates to the Immigration rules which will affect multiple visa types. Read Head of Immigration, Gemma…
Employment solicitor Keely Rushmore comments in HR Magazine on HR's role in preventing corruption in the business world.
How to prevent employee sexual harassment
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore gives tips on avoiding claims of sexual harassment in the workplace and what employers should do if a claim arises.
New pre-action protocol for debt claims
Senior Associate Simon Walsh explains the pre-action protocol procedure for recovering debts from individuals and sole traders.
A quick guide to Alternative Dispute Resolution
In this short guide, Senior Associate Simon Walsh explains some types of alternative dispute resolution and what they entail.
Applying for a Tier 1 Investor Visa: Taking advantage of the ‘Brexit effect’
After the Brexit referendum in June 2016, the Home Office received nearly double the number of applications for Tier 1 Investor visas.
No fault divorce...where are we?
Will there ever be a no-fault divorce? Family lawyer Jen Ball examines
What are my rights? Consumer Rights explained
Commerical lawyer Ayesha Chandegra answers frequently asked questions on the Consumer Rights Act
Keeping it in the family
For some, joining a family business is as exciting as it is daunting. Our corporate team share some pearls of wisdom from their years advising a range…
Cohabitation: What are your rights?
Family lawyer Jen Ball explains what the rights of cohabitees are in this easy read.
The HRD's Christmas survival guide
Keely contributes to HR Magazine’s HR Directors Christmas Guide and shares key Christmas considerations from the party, annual leave requests, balancing…
The St Albans Nutcracker Trail
St Albans welcomes 15 Nutcrackers to the City from 25th November to 4th January. Find out more about how to get involved in the nutcracker trail.
The National Living Wage: FAQs
On 1 April 2016 the National Minimum Wage (Amendment) Regulations 2016 came in to force introducing a national living wage (NLW) across the UK.Who does…
Early intervention is key
Clare Mackay writes for Teaching Times about the issues that might arise by excluding pupils with mental health conditions
Employment Tribunal Refund Scheme
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains what to do if you think you are due a refund from the Employment Tribunal fees
Your money back
If you brought a claim to an Employment Tribunal in the past four years, you may be able to claim a share of an estimated £33m allocated to refund the…
Are you assured of compliance?
Property solicitor Eleanor Grindley sets out obligations under Assured Shorthold Tenancies and explains what tasks, checks and documentation landlords…
How businesses should approach a hyperlink in contracts
In Real Business, Senior Associate Simon Walsh explains how buyers and suppliers can overcome confusion surrounding digital contracts.
EU citizens who become British will keep family immigration rights
EU migrants who become British citizens can bring in partners and spouses from non-EU countries, Immigration lawyer Gemma Goodhead comments.
What is the difference between ‘data controller’ and ‘data processor’?
It seems fair to say that most organisations are aware that they are subject to obligations under data protection laws and the extent to which they are…
And the award goes to...
Julie Gingell, director of marketing and business development at SA Law, on her success as a non-lawyer partner and developing an award-winning firm
Charity worker fined for unlawfully obtaining personal data from his employer
Recent case highlights importance of obeying data laws after charity worker fined for misusing personal data.
Uber loses appeal against worker status
Employment lawyer Emma Gross explains what the recent Uber case might mean for other gig-economy businesses.
GDPR: What should I be doing?
Following a successful run of GDPR compliance events, SA Law's Data & Privacy team share how you can start preparing for the GDPR.
Introducing Eleanor Grindley
Head of property Dispute Resolution, Mike Lewis introduces the newest member of the team, Eleanor Grindley
Remember, remember the 5th November
Christine Caffrey explains the importance of sharing parental responsibility when it comes to serious issues.
Teaching assistant who raised concerns over 9/11 footage wins victimisation case
In People Management, Keely Rushmore examines whether there are questions of religious discrimination in this case.
SA Law Chambers & Partners Results 2017
Following hot on the heels of SA Law’s Legal 500 results, we are delighted to announce the results of the Chambers and Partners annual UK legal sector…
Sleep in Shifts
BackgroundIn April 2017, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) heard arguments on how to deal with sleep-in shifts under the National Minimum Wage Regulations…
How to combat sexual harassment in the workplace
In light of the recent Harvey Weinstein allegations, Chris Cook details how employers can combat sexual harassment in the workplace.
Force employers to believe sexual harassment complainants
Emma Gross comments in The Times Brief on the importance of workplace policies specifically dealing with sexual harassment
Does flexible working affect your employees' careers?
In this helpful article, Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains how employers can assist staff with flexible working requests
On your terms: Are your terms and conditions in order?
Corporate solicitor Ayesha Chandegra explains briefly how to get to grips with terms and conditions.
When personal activities cause professional pain: Disciplining staff for actions outside the workplace
Chris Cook, Head of employment, explains what employers can and can't discipline their employees for when it comes to their downtime.
Insight into the life and career of...
This issue, we go behind the scenes at SA Law to get tough on our very own Gill Garrett and Sam Walsh, who offer a unique perspective from their combined…
Expected shortage of restricted certificates of sponsorship in November 2017
A shortage of Restricted Certificates of Sponsorship (RCoS) is expected when the monthly applications deadline comes to a close on 5 November 2017.
Unopposed lease renewals
Lynsey Newman writes for The Retailer on unopposed lease renewals. Click here to read more.
Employment Tribunal Fees Refund
Did you pay Employment Tribunal fees? Keely Rushmore explains how to go about applying for your refund.
Sharing the Care of the Children
When couples separate one of the most important arrangements they will have to sort out is how they are going to care for their children going forward.
Child maintenance avoidance
Family solicitor Deepa Patel explains the Government's plans to ensure paying parents can't avoid paying child maintenance.
The importance of well-drafted covenants
Employment solicitor Emma Gross discusses the importance of having carefully considered and well-drafted covenants.
The consequence of illegal working for your business
Head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead writes for Small Business on the consequences of hiring illegal workers.
Brexit and the issues facing separating couples
Solicitor Jen Ball explains a family lawyer's point of view on the consequences of Brexit.
How harassment escapes justice
Solicitor Emma Gross comments in The Times on the importance of workplace policies specifically dealing with sexual harassment
An overview of holiday pay and overtime
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore gives an overview of holiday pay and overtime changes.
Theresa May attempts to reassure EEA nationals
Gemma Goodhead explains what outcomes we can expect from the upcoming EU summit. This comes after Theresa May's facebook post went viral
What happens to staff when a company goes into administration?
In people Management, Emma Gross, Solicitor at SA Law, assesses the likely outcomes for employees following monarch's collapse.
Trick or treat? An unneccesary evil or fun for all the family?
When it comes to occassions like Halloween it's important for parents to have discussions respective views and expectations so that you can agree what…
Do your new employees have the right to work in the UK?
In The Caterer magazine, solicitor Gemma Goodhead explains the importance of right to work checks on all employees.
Brexit and the Risk of Discrimination in Employment
There is nothing to suggest that EEA citizens will lose the right to work following Brexit, therefore it is unjustified to discriminate based on nationality.
SA Law Legal 500 Results 2017: Thank you to our clients and intermediaries
SA Law described as ‘knowledgeable, professional and helpful’ with ‘a genuine dedication to its clients, and delivers an excellent level of service’.
Top tier Family team leads SA Law’s celebration of successful 2017 legal directory results
SA Law's Family team has been ranked as a top tier leading law firm in the latest edition of the Legal 500’s UK legal sector research, reinforcing the…
Matrimonial Conveyancing: Who should sell the house?
Marilyn Bell debates what the options are if divorce proceedings result in the family home having to be sold - which solicitor is going to act on the…
Lecturer made redundant amid role confusion wins £55,000
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments in People Management regarding a case involving a teacher who was made redundant following confusion over her…
Hedge Fund Manager Denies Being Married
Husband attempts to convince the court that marriage was a sham in order to protect his £1.1 billion fortune.
KPMG Partners appointed administrators of Monarch
Senior Associate, Nat Young, comments in Accountancy Age on what's next for Monarch's assets and what other businesses can learn from...
GDPR: 12 key changes
Emma Gross explains the 12 key changes to data protection law you need to know.
SA Law 'cooks for cookers'
SA Law is a keen sponsor of the St Albans Food and Drink Festival so we thought we would do something extra special this year. We’re delighted…
Employment Law Update
A round-up of the key employment law related changes, updates and legislation you should be aware of.
ICO consults on GDPR guidance on contracts and liabilities
Chris Cook highlights what needs to be in a contract between data controllers and processors to ensure GDPR compliance.
SA Law launches jam-packed recipe book for St Albans Food & Drink Festival 2017
SA Law's food for thought vol.3 recipe book brings local chefs, foodies and friends together to celebrate St Albans Food & Drink Festival
SA Law win double at the Herts Digital Awards
We are delighted to share the news of our double win at the Hertfordshire Digital Awards.
Uber decision shows importance of vetting procedures, say experts
Keely Rushmore comments following the announcement that TFL would revoke Uber's London licence.
SA Law Pushes it for Peace Hospice Care
It was mud, sweat and cheers as 19 colleagues from SA Law took part in an obstacle assault course in aid of Peace Hospice Care.
Ryanair cancels flights to accommodate pilots’ holidays
Ryanair has confessed that it “messed up” the planning of its pilots’ holidays and accepts that it is facing a “significant management failure”.
The role of social media in the recruitment process
Head of Employment, Chris Cook examines the role of social media in the recruitment process.
New 'Vento' bands following consultation
Head of Employment, Chris Cook explains the updates to the New 'Vento' bands.
Study links schools exclusion to long-term mental health problems
Associate in the Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution Team, Clare Mackay comments in Education Executive on new research showing that…
The Future of Immigration in the Hospitality Sector Post-Brexit
Head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead comments on what immigration rules hospitality businesses should be aware of when employing staff from the EU.
Monitoring Workers' Emails
Privacy in the workplace is dead. Or so it was claimed in the media in 2016.
Paralegal who resigned was entitled to £14,000 bonus, tribunal rules
Judge finds employer could not unilaterally change pay agreement.
Unequal division of assets after 23 year marriage for Hart v Hart divorce
The Court of Appeal made a surprising decision in dismissing Mrs Hart's appeal against a judgment that left her with less than half of the matrimonial…
Asda store staff can compare their pay to depot workers’, says EAT
Head of Employment Chris Cook comments on Asda being urged to drop a legal action and increase pay on the shop floor.
Universal credit and it's impact on separating couples
Head of family law Marilyn Bell examines the key changes to the current tax credit system
EEA nationals beware of unconscious bias
In HR Director, our expert solicitors examine the dangers of unconscious bias in the lead up to Brexit.
The role of financial advisers in financial disclosure
Financial disclosure can prove a lengthy and complex part of divorce proceedings and, says Marilyn Bell, Head of family law at SA Law, the input of a…
Information Commissioner demystifies GDPR consent
Head of Employment & Data Chris Cook gives clarity on consent within the GDPR.
Pre-Nups and the Family Business
Pre-nups are a difficult subject at the best of times, when there is a family business involved too, that can cause additional difficulty.
Naming and shaming in divorce
In an effort to update the antiquated Divorce Petition in a bid to make it more user-friendly, it appears that concerns have been sparked that the new…
SA Law sponsor the 10th St Albans Food and Drink Festival
SA Law is proud to be the headline Sponsor of the 10th annual St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival.
Presidents propose uplift of the Vento Bands
In July 2017 the presidents of the Employment Tribunals issued a joint judicial consultation on the proposed changes to the Vento guidelines.
Should all jobs be advertised as flexible hours?
Chris Cook examines the Equality & Human Rights Commission's recent statement that all jobs should be advertised as having flexible hours.
Keeping things amicable with your ex – is it really possible to remain friends?
Parents are encouraged to work together to agree arrangements that best meet the needs of their children and that are going to work in practice for their…
The Owens Case and the future of divorce
Read about the Owens divorce case and the highly unusual decision that has taken the entire family law establishment by surprise.
Judge Jules goes National with the SME Business Awards
SA Law Partner & Non-Executive Director at Wenta Julie Gingell has joined the judging panel of the prestigious SME National Business Awards.
Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful – what happens now?
What lies ahead for employers in regards to the recent Supreme Court's decision that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful?
Is good news on the horizon for Mrs Owens?
Mrs Owens hits the headlines following the refusal by the court to allow her to divorce her husband of 39 years.
Recruiter accused of behaving ‘like a playground bully’ wins tribunal
Employment solicitor Emma Gross comments on a recent case where a recruiter won her claim for unfair dismissal.
SA Law are finalists for 4 prestigious awards
We are pleased to announce that our innovative marketing campaign, “The Reluctant Divorcee”, is a finalist for 4 different marketing awards.
HMRC waives enforcement against the care sector for failure to pay the national minimum wage
Chris Cook explains the decision which offers some respite for care sector employers' liabilities.
Anti-bribery guidance in SME supply chains
A recent report showed less than a third of corporations failed to address corruption within supply chains, Ayesha Chandegra explains what you should…
Introducing Gemma Goodhead
Head of Employment & Immigration, Chris Cook welcomes new head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead, to SA Law.
Investigating Fraud in the workplace
Do you suspect an employee of fraudulent activity? Head of Employment Chris Cook explains what to do in this situation
Surrogacy, Parental Orders & Parental Responsibility – ensuring your legal status as parent
When looking to alternative options to have children such as IVF, surrogacy or adoption it is important to understand your legal position as it may not…
The best methods to support your employees through Brexit
Head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead details the best methods for businesses to support their EEA national employees to mitigate against the effects of…
Government warns bad bosses will be slapped with jail time
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments on rogue employers and the likelihood of prison time for bad bosses
SA Law throws down the challenge to Push it for the Peace
SA Law have thrown down the challenge inviting local companies to master the mud, water, and outrageous obstacles in Push it for the Peace 2017.
The BBC Pay Gap - is there a possibility of legal action?
Senior Associate, Keely Rushmore comments in The Guardian about the possibility of the BBC facing legal action after their stars' pay was revealed in…
What to do about the Taylor Review
Have you and your business heard about the suggested changes to the law governing employment status? Chris Cook, Head of Employment examines the report…
Tips from a Mediator
Partner, Head of family law and mediator at SA Law, Marilyn Bell gives advice on mediating situations to ease uncomfortable situations
Insight into the life and career of Adam Reader
The regular Q&A feature that makes senior professionals perspire. This edition, we speak to Adam Reader, Managing Director of Grace Foods UK
Is jail a possibility for not providing financial disclosure?
Solicitor at SA Law Deepa Patel explains the dangers of not providing financial disclosure.
Need to recover a high value debt? Try the insolvency process
Can insolvency be used to recover debt? Senior Associate Nat Young explains how it sometimes can be appropriate.
Proposed post-Brexit deal for EU citizens
Head of Employment and Immigration, Chris Cook examines the proposed post-Brexit deal for EU citizens.
Life as a trainee in family law
Trainee solicitor Pooja Dasgupta explains what it is like to be a trainee in SA Law's family department
SA Law are proud to support the M Festival in its 8th year
Senior Associate and Partnership Governor at Marlborough School, Simon Walsh writes on behalf of SA Law.
A note from the Beaumont school rugby team
Members of the Beaumont School Rugby team keep us up to date on their tour in Toronto.
Calling it a day: Why trading too long can be damaging for directors
When is it time to accept the inevitable and stop trading?
Attracting Investment: How leading entrepreneurs prepare themselves
Partner & Director of Marketing & Business Development Julie Gingell rounds up the top take-away tips from SA Law's recent event on raising finance
The Queen's Speech: A Summary of Employment Implications
Chris Cook, head of the Employment Law team reviews the Queen's speech and examines the implications for employers
How to alleviate employees' Brexit concerns
In People Management, Employment Solicitor Emma Gross explains what employers can do to help alleviate Brexit concerns in the office.
I'm facing redundancy, what should I do?
A redundancy process is undoubtedly an unpleasant thing to go through, understanding your rights can make things significantly easier.
Litigants in Person: Things to be mindful of
Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell explains the difficulties for both solicitors and clients that can arise when working with Litigants in Person.
Third Party pressure to dismiss employees
What should an employer do if a key client demands an employee be dismissed? Keely Rushmore, Senior Associate of the Employment Law team explains all.
What happens to Orders for children if one parent moves to another country?
Marilyn Bell explains what happens to Orders for children if one parent moves to another country.
Bus driver who ran red light wins unfair dismissal claim
Senior Associate of the Employment Law department at SA Law explains how it is crucial for employers to consider all circumstances of cases before sanctions.
Negotiation need to knows
Partner at SA Law, Peter Goodman gives his top tips on negotiating,
A note from Eddie Panting, Head of Rugby
In this short blog, Head of rugby at Beaumont School Eddie Painting tells of his excitement of taking the school team on their first overseas tour.
A note from Alex Curtis, Senior Rugby Captain
Senior Rugby Captain and school pupil Alex Curtis explains how training has been going pre-tournament
The final whistle: time for legal change?
In this article in HR Magazine, Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains her perspective on the recent Barclays whistleblower case and the laws around…
What a day! Congratulations to all St Albans Half Marathon participants
SA Law Partners Marilyn Bell and Julie Gingell congratulate participants of the St Albans Half Marathon.
Using Insolvency as a debt recovery tool
Senior Associate at SA Law Nat Young explains why insolvency can sometimes be an appropriate debt recovery tool
Election legal special: Conservative and Labour immigration pledges
Chris Cook analyses the two main parties’ manifestos to find out how immigration rules could change if they are elected.
Insight into the life and career of Carol Smith
This is the regular Q&A feature from SA Law's Employment edition of The Source that makes senior HR Professionals perspire. We speak to Carol Smith, Head…
Tackling some knotty issues
Amy Sevier in the Property Litigation department comments on recent cases in property litigation and explains what this means for you.
Tribunal Win for business manager demoted to doing 'officey things'
Chris Cook, head of Employment Law at SA Law in St Albans and London explains his views on the recent case cited above. He explains what this tribunal…
If i wasn't a lawyer, i'd like to have been a journalist.
A Flex too far?
Chris Cook, head of Employment Law explains to individuals working within the recruitment industry the latest on the gig economy and what the flexible…
The effect of falling net migration figures on businesses
Chris Cook explains the primary reason for the sudden fall in migration figures; it could be associated with Brexit. Click to find out how this might…
How to prepare for the GDPR
The GDPR comes into force on 25th May 2018, but organisations are recommended to start preparing for the changes as soon as possible to avoid non-compliance…
SA Law present the Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season Award to Sebastian Prödl
Partner and Co-Head of Commercial Litigation department Robert Ryall was delighted to present the Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season award at the…
Tribunal win for man whose former employer provided discriminatory references
Keely Rushmore, Senior Associate at SA Law explains what a recent case means for HR departments and line managers who need to give references for employees'…
If a sick employee is impeding business, how do you dismiss them fairly?
Employment law solicitor Emma Gross explains that employers need to tread carefully when dealing with situations involving employees pulling a few too…
Cold-calling firm Keurboom hit with a record £400,000 fine
Keurboom Communications Limited (“Keurboom”) has been stung with a hefty fine in the sum of £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”)…
A successful May for The Living Room and SA Law
Tracy Lacey-Smith thanks everyone who sponsored the SA Law team in the recent dragon boat race for local St Albans charity The Living Room
Creating a professional social media culture
Julie Gingell, Partner and Director of Marketing and Business Development at SA Law explains her top five tips on creating a social media culture in the…
Applicant with Asperger's syndrome wins 'significant' tribunal case
In people Management, Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments on adjustments to recruitment processes for candidates with Asperger's syndrome.
Insolvency: When is it time to accept the inevitable?
Even when it is obvious that a company is in financial difficulty, it can be difficult to advise the directors. Most of the time, they will believe they…
An Employee’s poor attitude to changes in the workplace could constitute gross misconduct
Emma Gross, Employment solicitor examines a recent case which saw an employee's poor attitude to organisational change amount to gross misconduct...
Age Discrimination: Advocate General Opinion
Head of Employment and Immigration Chris Cook examines a recent case where an employee claimed age discrimination over zero hours contracts...
Top ten tips for leaseholders
Partner, Gary Dunger explains his top ten tips for leaseholders.
General Data Protection Regulation FAQs - What is the GDPR?
The General Data Protection Regulation, commonly referred to as the GDPR, is a set of data protection principles and rules that aim to protect data of…
Nestlé’s Blue Riband chocolate biscuits will no longer be made in the UK
Nestlé consulting on plans to move production of its Blue Riband brand to Poland, which could result in almost 300 UK job losses.
Introducing Mary Phillips
We are delighted to welcome commercial property specialist Mary Phillips, who adds a wealth of sector expertise and experience to our team.
The fraud fight must be multi-faceted
Keely Rushmore gives an employment law perspective on the National living Wage increase to £7.50 in The Grocer.
Thinking of relocating?
Guidance on relocating in search of a 'fresh start' following divorce.
Ten tips for buying a home
Residential Conveyancing expert Steve Kenneford shares his top tips to consider when purchasing property.
Challenges for retailers and commercial landlords
Jacqui Button, Associate, comments on challenges for retailers and commercial landlords in Property Investor News.
Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What employers need to know
Our employment and Corporate lawyers, join forces to explain how employers should effectively handle gender pay gap reporting and ensure their organisation…
Why pay gap rules may not work
Keely Rushmore explores the effectiveness of Gender Pay Gap Reporting in The Times.
Issues affecting lease extensions
Amy Sevier and Glenda Feneyhough explain the issues affecting lease extensions in this handy article.
Sign up a team to our Corporate Challenge!
SA Law are proud sponsors of the St Albans Half Marathon and 5K Corporate Challenge!
Join the SA Law corporate challenge
Is your team fit for it? Join SA Law's Corporate Challenge in conjunction with the St Albans Half Marathon.
One-hour contracts: more exploitation, or gig economy solution?
Could one-hour contracts prove a happier medium between zero-hours contracts and full-time employment?
Buy to Let – My Top Ten Tips
See our advice on Buy to Let and how we can help you.
HR Forum: Stress and resilience in the workplace
We summarise the top points from our latest HR Forums and explain how to best manage stress in the workplace.
Insight into the life and career of Tali Shlomo
This is the regular Q&A feature of The Employment Source that makes senior HR professionals perspire. This month, we introduce you to Tali Shlomo from...
Peter Goodman presents to the Warsaw Bar Association
Partner Peter Goodman was asked by the Warsaw Bar Association to talk about his unusual legal career in International Motorsport, media and crime.
Understanding child maintenance obligations
Family lawyer Christine Caffrey explains the issues of unpaid child maintenance arrears which has left many single parents struggling financially.
Another legendary Watford FC golf day sponsored by SA Law
They were swinging in the rain during the Watford FC spring golf day sponsored by the club’s legal partner SA Law on Monday (March 20).
Job applicants and Facebook: to snoop, or not to snoop?
When recruiting, Keely Rushmore asks is it best to snoop or not to snoop on social media profiles, and explains the risks involved in vetting potential…
What should you do to ensure compliance with the data protection act
The Court of Appeal (CA) has overturned the High Court decision that data controllers can refuse to comply with a data subject access request on the basis…
Discrimination during and after maternity leave
Although it should be a cause for celebration, women often face considerable difficulties in the workplace as a result of their pregnancy. According to…
I’ve been cut out of my mother’s will – can I make a claim?
Clare Mackay explains what to do if you think you have grounds to bring a claim against your parent's estate in-light of the recent Illot case.
Universal Tax Credit
The Universal Tax Credit, is a welfare benefit that was introduced in the United Kingdom in 2013 to replace many existing benefits and tax credits.
Maternity leave - FAQs
Emma Gross answers frequently asked questions around maternity pay to allow your pregnancy to be as stress free as possible and also to enable you to…
Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2017
The final Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017, subject…
The Living Room
Partner and co-head of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Tracy Lacey-Smith explains the benefits of volunteering in the local community and…
The gig economy and workers' rights
Chris Cook writes in Solicitors Journal about how the law needs to be simplified to provide easier ways to determine the working status of an individual.
Security of tenure in almshouse accomodation
Amy Sevier writes for The Solicitors Journal and considers recent cases on the reasonableness of service charges, implied terms in contracts and who should…
Changes to The Employment Rights Order 2017
Chris Cook explains the increase of limits to certain tribunal awards which are due to take effect from 6th April 2017.
One week to go!
SA Law are proud to sponsor the Berkhamsted Half Marathon, hosted by the Rotary of Berkhamsted Bulbourne.
What is The cost of unmanaged stress at work?
According to The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in the UK stress was directly responsible for 11.7M sick days in 2015/2016, 37% of all work-related…
What to do when an employee is going through a divorce
Head of Family Law Marilyn Bell and Head of Employment Law Chris Cook co-write this piece on best practice when an employee is going through a divorce.
Another decision labelling an individual as a worker rather than self-employed
This decision has highlighted the need for legal clarity around the status of those working on a self-employed basis in the gig economy...
A guide to managing your people during adverse weather
For business owners and leaders, adverse weather can cause a bit of a headache if it affects staff getting to work. Chris Cook writes this guide to to…
Is the absence of roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day grounds for divorce?
Is the absence of roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day grounds for divorce?
When conduct is judged not gross
Head of Employment law Chris Cook comments on how the Court of Appeal recently held that a negligent omission by a senior employee amounted to gross misconduct,…
Life after Divorce Maintenance
For some time there has been a settled principle that after a divorce, the higher-earning spouse would have to pay the lower earner maintenance for life.…
SA Law proud to sponsor Watford Football Club Golf Day
SA Law is proud to sponsor Watford Football Club Golf Day
Supreme Court finds in favour of cohabitee’s right to survivor’s pension
Marilyn Bell and Catherine Robson consider what the recent case where the Supreme Court found in favour of cohabitee's right to survivor's pension means…
Annual Appraisals, good, bad or just ugly?
Is your company moving away from annual appraisals? Keely Rushmore offers advice on how to ensure that appraisals support performance & lead to positive…
Associate Kiran Beeharry examines how the UK government might implement important legal procedures regarding cross-border disputes relating to divorce…
ACAS guidelines on Gender Pay Gap Regulations
Chris Cook explains ACAS' guidance on the final Gender Pay Gap Regulations which will come into force on the 6th April 2017.
Without prejudice vs. protected conversations: Getting it right
A HR guide to the distinct differences between without prejudice and protected conversations: Advantages & limitations.
Why does divorce have to be so complicated?
Marilyn Bell explores common problems faced when dealing with complex finance issues during a divorce
A Dressing-Down for Equality Law
Chris Cook & Emma Gross comment in The Times Legal Brief about action required to improve workplace equality.
Doing some homework could be good for business
Make sure you understand the pros and cons as well as legal issues before allowing employees to work from home.
Supreme Court rules against the Government on Brexit Challenge
Our Immigration solicitors explain what the Supreme Court's ruling against the Government means for EEA Nationals and their family members.
Employment status in the gig economy
Employment Solicitor Emma Gross examines the recent case of Dewhurst v CitySprint UK and shows potential implications for employers.
Dress Code in the Workplace
Why it is important to adopt a non-discriminatory dress code in your workplace
Doing your homework on school applications
Family law Associate Kiran Beeharry gives advice for separated parents undertaking school applications.
Employment law cases to watch in 2017
There are a number of employment-related cases of interest which are likely to be determined during the course of 2017. We summarise what to look out…
Welcome Emma Gross
We are delighted to welcome employment solicitor Emma Gross, who was formerly with Buckinghamshire firm Blaser Mills.
Stress as a disability
In a recent case, the EAT provides useful guidance on whether stress caused by difficulties at work can amount to a disability.
Lawyers can reap benefits of agile working amid rail strike chaos
A 24 hour walkout by London Underground staff caused havoc on Monday with tube stations closed across the capital. The strike impacted more than 4m tube…
Introducing The Reluctant Divorcee
SA Law's Family Team present an honest account of the realities faced at every stage of the divorce process.
The Residence Nil Rate Band
The introduction of an additional nil rate band, enabling more assets to pass free from inheritance tax will therefore be welcome news for many.
ICO issues record £400,000 monetary penalty notice for TalkTalk data breach
The Information Commissioner has issued a record £400,000 monetary penalty notice to TalkTalk Telecom Group plc for failing to keep personal data secure.
What to do about Christmas holidays
Christmas is inevitably one of the most popular periods for employees to request off but how do you handle lots of different people wanting time off?
SA Law's Festive Foodbank Success
SA Law's festive food bank provides over 500 meals for the homeless in St Albans. Thank you to our staff, friends and contacts for your generosity & support.
Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Vicarious Liability at the Office Christmas Party
The High Court has held that a company was not vicariously liable for the violent assault of an employee by its Managing Director.
Will husbands who fail to pay wives maintenance have their passports taken away?
This is a recommendation being made by the Law Commission to the Justice Secretary Liz Truss.
What issues follow some Christmas parties?
While it's important to give staff a chance to let off steam in the run up to Christmas some employers view Christmas parties as a real hangover.
Number of agency workers expected to rise to 1 million by 2020
Independent think-tank Resolution Foundation suggest that the number of agency workers is set to rise to 1 million by 2020.
Dealing with competing holiday requests over Christmas
A rota, ballot, or first come first served system could all help with multiple holiday requests over Christmas.
ICO prosecutes company employees for unlawfully accessing client data
A former employee of Lex Autolease Ltd has been prosecuted and fined under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998.
Government introducing personal liability for directors for nuisance call fines
Amendments to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, announced and to be introduced in spring 2017.
Leasehold dreams and nightmares
Flats remain a fertile source of litigation whether in relation to the right to enfranchise or the interpretation of lease covenants, advises Glenda Ferneyhough
Informal meetings and decision making
As the constitutional make-up of a company, the articles of association are the starting point for determining the procedural formalities of director…
Employers’ duty to take steps to provide rest breaks to workers
In the past there have been conflicting EAT decisions on the correct approach to determining whether rest entitlements had been denied under the WTR.
What is digital risk?
SA Law’s “Let’s talk digital” event at the Institute of Directors in London drew a wide range of delegates who came to learn more about the evolving challenges…
The Potential Pitfalls of a ‘Virtual Office’
The rise in the “virtual office” allows growing businesses the flexibility to have a city address at a lower rate, however there are some potential pitfalls.
A public look at shareholdings
The shareholders of a company are recorded in two locations; the public register at Companies House and the internal register of members held by the company…
Will advances in technology & AI ultimately take over the need for a human workforce?
As machines, software and robots become more sophisticated, some fear that we stand to lose millions of jobs as a result. Indeed a recent study found…
West Herts is getting into the festive spirit
I am delighted to participate in SA Law’s initiative in setting up its Christmas Food Bank. We hope that the Food contributed by our staff and clients…
Restrictions after a business sale
When buying or selling a business, it is not unusual for a buyer to request the seller to enter into certain restrictions.
Let's talk digital
What risks are today's organisations facing? This is the question asked as SA Law's recent "Let's Talk Digital" event at the Institute of Directors in…
How to handle flexible working requests
Workers are now entitled to request flexible hours. Deal with them fairly to avoid falling foul of the law.
What do you want for Christmas?
If you are experiencing divorce or a relationship breakdown an important choice for you to make is whether you want conflict or constructive solutions…
SA Law's Festive Foodbank
This Christmas, SA Law have set up a festive foodbank in their St Albans office to help collect food for three local homelessness charities.
The Gay Cake Controversy
Senior Associate Keely Rushmore examines the ruling on the so called 'gay cake' controversy and shows similarities echoed in the employment law sphere.
Did you know letting out your home could breach your lease?
Property Litigation solicitor Amy Sevier explains the potential legal implications of hosting on Airbnb when you own a leasehold...
How to win the Generation Game in your workplace
For the first time ever there will soon be five generations in the workplace.
Top tips on avoiding discrimination when managing older workers
Five years on from the abolition of the default retirement age, employers are still coming to terms with the practical challenges of managing older workers.
Do you have internet trolls within your organisation?
What are the consequences of social media on workplace relations and company image?
Government officially confirms adoption of the GDPR
On appearing before the Culture, Media and Sports Select Committee on 24 October 2016, the Secretary of State Karen Bradley MP, confirmed that the UK…
An 'Uber' Decision
Employment solicitor Emma Gross comments on the recent Uber case decision which has set a ground-breaking precedent impacting all those within the 'gig…
Junior Doctors Dispute
Lessons to be learned on imposing new terms and conditions.
Proud sponsors of the Berkhamsted fireworks display 2016
We are very proud to be sponsoring the Berkhamsted fireworks display again this year.
The Working Dead
Just in time for Halloween, Chris Cook explains how to overcome 'the working dead', also known as workplace boredom.
Asos: A Contractual nightmare?
Keely Rushmore explains how the lack of communication over worker's rights could be creating barriers for businesses and explains the best ways to ensure…
Asda faces £100m equal pay battle with shopfloor staff
Partner and Head of Employment Chris Cook comments in The Guardian on the £100m equal pay battle Asda faces...
SQE: The diversity enabler that's coming too late
Will the 'super exam' reinforce the solicitor brand or will the lines between regulated lawyers continue to blur?
Why should you mediate (and what happens if you don’t)?
A mediation is essentially a without prejudice meeting attended by the parties, their lawyers and an independent and neutral mediator.
Termination Payments – new rules
Following much criticism of the current taxation provisions for termination packages, the government has published a response to a consultation that took…
Congratulations to the winners of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival Awards 2016
There has been a frenzy of tasting, testing, sampling and digesting as the bon viveurs of St Albans and Harpenden were tasked with finding the winners…
In the Summertime
SA Law Partner and Director of Marketing & Business Development Julie Gingell showcases what SA Law has been up to this summer with its CSR...
Legal Focus - Chris Cook, partner and head of employment at SA Law on alternatives to court.
SA Law secures top accolade from national Law Society
SA Law has secured the national Law Society’s legal practice quality mark, Lexcel.
Pushing it to the limit for Peace Hospice Care
It was mud, sweat and cheers as 15 colleagues at SA Law took part in an obstacle assault course to “Push it for The Peace” in Chiswell Green on Saturday…
SA Law are proud headline sponsors of this years St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival 2016
The team at SA Law are putting their taste buds to the test as headline sponsors of this year’s St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival.The…
Introducing John Yalden
We are extremely pleased to welcome John Yalden to SA Law’s Property department, who brings an enviable wealth of experience with him, spanning a 20-year…
Care workers launch claim against council for failure to pay national minimum wage (NMW)
Seventeen care workers are alleging that their employer has failed to pay the NMW in one of the sector's biggest ever legal claims.
Separating From Your Partner and Europe
As the summer draws to a close we can now look back on the result of June’s referendum and how it will effect UK family law.
Departing employee convicted of taking client records before joining rival firm
Employees risk both criminal prosecution and civil action for unlawful use of information belonging to employers.
Joining the top tier
We are delighted to report that SA Law’s Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team has joined the top tier of The Legal 500’s annual research…
Glenda Ferneyhough discusses a recent case prompting practitioners to draw their clients' attention to the details of a lease, as well as other decisions…
Holiday Pay: the saga continues
It’s well established that workers are entitled to receive their “normal remuneration” during the four weeks of annual leave under the Working Time Directive.…
Stamping out bullying in the workplace
Just recently we have seen a report which looks into Mark Clarke’s conduct, the Tory who has been accused of bullying and was named in Elliott Johnson’s…
Nursing home fined £15,000 by Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for data protection failings
The ICO’s investigation into a data breach at Whitehead Nursing Home revealed “widespread systematic failings” in the home’s data protection practices,…
Failure to Complete
Lynsey Newman, Consultant in the Property Dispute Resolution team at SA Law, comments
Severing joint tenancies – don’t get caught out
There are two ways to hold property in the UK, as Joint Tenants or Tenants in Common. Whilst the legal title must always be held as Joint Tenants, the…
The key to a peaceful Christmas – Top Tips
The festive season brings a difficult set of challenges for separated parents to face. Marilyn Bell shares her tips for preparing for a peaceful Christmas.…
How to manage employees during pregnancy and maternity leave
Four golden rules for supporting mothers-to-be and those returning to work
Tips for Protecting Intellectual Property
Sometimes, intellectual property can seem a daunting subject. However, simple steps can still make all the difference. Here are our top tips to help you…
Never underestimate the importance of the ‘Status Quo’
When relationships break down, amidst the hurt (and often anger) it is very easy to take immediate action based on an emotional response to the situation.…
How to handle difficult conversations with employees
Let’s face it – no one likes conflict, but if you supervise teams of people or work in HR, you will be ambushed by tricky management issues and will need…
Chronic workplace boredom is a growing problem that is rarely taken seriously. It can affecting everyone from the high-earners to the support staff and…
SA Law join the Hornets as Official Legal Partner and Solicitor
SA Law join the Hornets as Official Legal Partner and Solicitor
Office Gossip may be damaging your business
First published in City A.M. SA Law Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains how a little gossip over a coffee break can be potentially destructive in…
An employer’s guide to tackling bullying and harassment at work
SA Law Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains in The Guardian how best to handle bullying and harassment in the workplace...
From body odour to skimpy clothes - the conversations managers dread
Chris Cook, partner and Head of Employment at SA Law, explains how best to go about talking to employees about sensitive issues in The Guardian's Small…
How to handle bullying at work
Undetected or unresolved bullying at work can have a detrimental impact on employee morale and performance, absence levels, and staff turnover, and if…
How firms can stop employees from trying to “catch ‘em all” in the office
Publication: Real Business
Celebrating the launch of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival
SA Law are once again the platinum sponsor of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival.
Pokemon, Go! Catching Pokemon in the workplace
Despite only being launched in the UK last Thursday, Pokémon Go has swept the country in to a frenzy with over half a million new players joining the…
A big welcome to Tom Lawrence, who has joined our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team as Partner.Formerly with Islington firm Bolt Burdon,…
Buyer Beware!Anyone who has ever sold or purchased a property will know very well that there is a significant amount of paperwork and communication between…
Ahead of the game with Heads of Terms
Good communication in property transactions is very important.Buyers & Sellers, Landlords & Tenants and Developers usually want their transaction…
SA Law golf day raises £1,600 for Watford FC Community Sports Education Trust
Eight four-balls took to the fairways of Porters Park Golf Club in Radlett on July 1 for the SA Law Charity Golf Day. The friendly but highly competitive…
Brexit – a litigator’s view of the current position
The result of the EU Referendum has sparked much comment, speculation and uncertainty across most aspects of our personal and business lives but, for…
Brexit: Employment Law
A few weeks have now passed since the UK dramatically voted to leave the European Union. As the dust begins to settle, employers across the UK will inevitably…
Momentum builds to ease access to telecoms sites
Publication: Planning ResourceA Department for Culture Media & Sports (DCMS) report issued last month proposes a radical overhaul of the Electronic…
Saying ‘No’ to holiday requests
Publication: People Management
Supreme Court confirms reinstatement order for Scottish fingerprints expert
Publication: People ManagementThe remedy for a successful unfair dismissal claim is usually compensation but employment tribunals do have alternative…
Land Registry fraud and errors
Publication: Solicitors Journal
GPs call for workers to be able to self certify sickness for up to 14 days
The proposal made by doctors at the British Medical Association’s annual conference to permit workers to “self-certify” sickness for up to 14 days has…
Contractual interpretation: what’s there and what’s not
So, you’ve successfully navigated the occasionally perilous waters of negotiation and reached an agreeable foundation for a deal, but what are the next…
Congratulations to all who took part in the St Albans Half Marathon
SA Law were extremely proud to be sponsors of the St Albans Half Marathon for yet another year.
The football club, the doctor & a lot of dirty laundry
Chelsea Football Club’s (now former) first-team doctor, Eva Carneiro, first hit the headlines last summer after being publically criticised by Jose Mourinho…
Victims of modern slavery to be awarded compensation in landmark High Court ruling
Six Lithuanian men who were exploited by British company, DJ Houghton Chicken Catching Services after being trafficked to the UK will be awarded compensation…
Early Conciliation is helping to resolve employment disputes
The conciliation service offered by Acas seems to be taking the heat out of many workplace disputes, with 71 per cent of claimants recently surveyed saying…
Victims of modern slavery to be awarded compensation in landmark High Court ruling
Six Lithuanian men who were exploited by British company, DJ Houghton Chicken Catching Services after being trafficked to the UK will be awarded compensation…
Getting over the line: What happens when a buyer refuses to pay up?
Publication: Prime Resi
Companies House: Filing Changes
From 30 June 2016, the filing requirements at Companies House will see changes and it is important that all directors and company secretaries familiarise…
Companies House: filing changes
From 30 June 2016, the filing requirements at Companies House will see changes.
Justified threats? New Bill Changes Intellectual Property Litigation
How do you react when you want to sue someone? Do you issue a claim immediately, or write a letter of claim first? The answer seems obvious. For many…
High heels dress code row prompts parliamentary petition for law change
Publication: CIPD HR InformA recent news story involving a receptionist sent home from work for refusing to wear high heels has put workplace dress codes…
High Heels: treading the wrong side of the law
Publication: The TimesGill Garret, Partner & Head of Finance and Chris Cook, Partner & Head of Employment comment in The Times.Last week Nicola…
How can SMEs offset the cost of the National Living Wage?
Publication: Real BusinessA month on from this new wage being introduced and it would seem some businesses are struggling to cope with the increased cost.…
Congratulations to Heurelho Gomes, WFC Player of the Season 2015-16
I had the absolute honour and pleasure of delivering the Watford FC Player of the Season award into the incredibly safe hands of goalkeeper Heurelho Gomes…
Going international: Opening a New York Office
We chat with Dan McCarthy from international financial recruitment specialists One Search about successfully opening a New York office. We find out what…
Holidaying abroad or considering a permanent move?
The sun is shining and many of us are looking forward to the summer holidays. Whether you are dreaming of palm trees and white sands or have your heart…
Striking the right balance in response to the national living wage
Publication: People ManagementIt’s a month and a half since the national living wage (NLW) of £7.20 was introduced for employees aged 25 and over and…
What if my former partner decides to represent themselves?
There are lots of resources online about, or for, someone representing themselves in legal proceedings when it comes to divorce or separation. But knowing…
Your contract still means exactly what it says – unless the clause is one which requires contractual variations to be in writing
Back in February 2016, I posted an article about two recent Supreme Court decisions that represented a sea change in how Courts will interpret clauses…
Top 10 tips for finding new business premises
From finding the right new premises, to fitting out your new premises, we have ten top tips to help finding new business premises as painless as possible.The…
The impact of a Brexit on UK Employment law
Publication: Lawyer2BOn 23rd June 2016 the nation will vote on whether or not the UK should remain a member of the EU. If the UK’s exit from the EU (the…
Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination in the Workplace
New research commissioned by The Equality and Human Rights Commission has revealed that pregnancy and maternity discrimination continues to play a significant…
Shared Parental Leave: One year on
Publication: HR MagazineWhen Shared Parental Leave (SPL) was first introduced in April 2015 it was hailed by many as a significant step forward in reducing…
Introduction of the National Living Wage
Publication: HR MagazineApril is set to be a busy month for HR professionals when it comes to getting to grips with new legislation. Here’s a rundown…
ICO issues guidance on preparing for the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
As many organisations will be aware, the existing EU data protection provisions are due to be reformed by the GDPR which is expected to receive formal…
SA Law Sponsors Watford FC 2016 Golf Day
Premier League footballers will swap studs for spikes when they take part in the annual Watford Football Club Golf Day.SA Law is delighted to sponsor…
Employment Appeal Tribunal rules on suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave
The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that childcare vouchers administered by way of salary sacrifice scheme form part of an employee’s remuneration…
SA Law is proud to sponsor the 2016 St Albans half marathon
SA Law are setting the pace as one of the main sponsors of this year’s St Albans Half Marathon.And the city law firm is giving the event, now in its 35th…
Supreme Court rules on vicarious Liability
Two recent ruling by the Supreme Court show the increasingly varied circumstances in which employers may be held vicariously liable for the acts of a…
What would a “Brexit” mean for UK Employment law?
On 23 June 2016 a referendum will be held to decide whether the UK should remain in the European Union. If the nation votes to leave, the implications…
What every business needs to know about The General Data Protection Regulation
Legislative bodies in Europe have agreed radical reforms to European Union data protection guidelines but it will take time, money and careful planning…
Increase of compensation limits payable under employment law
The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2016 which will come in to force early next month will increase the limit for certain tribunal awards…
The Berkhamsted Half Marathon
This year I was one of 200 volunteers helping to marshal and support the Berkhamsted Rotary Half Marathon and Fun Run on Sunday 6th March.As usual, the…
Holiday pay case law
Publication: CIPD HR InformThe holiday pay legal saga looks set to continue for the foreseeable future. But in the meantime, employers need to be looking…
Top 5 employment policies that every employer should have
Employment policies are vital to ensure that both employers and employees understand their respective obligations, and how the working relationship should…
You can’t put a price on protection – or can you?
Litigators are often accused of having 20/20 hindsight but sadly a lot of our work involves the aftermath of deals and business relationships that have…
Crowdfunding around the Campfire
Ever wondered what it takes to make a crowdfunding campaign truly successful?
Derbyshire NHS Trust “scandal”: when should an employer give in?
Publication: HR MagazineA recent employment tribunal decision has placed Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust at the centre of a tabloid frenzy,…
Cyber Crime: The shocking rise in Senior Management committing fraud
Publication: City A.MCyber crime targeting British businesses has rocketed 130 per cent over the past two years, with so-called “silver fraudsters” stepping…
Contract terms and bad bargains – goodbye to commercial common sense?
Two recent Supreme Court decisions have shown a marked shift away from the Court stepping in to achieve a result that reflects commercial common sense.The…
Government publishes draft gender pay gap reporting regulations
The government has published long awaited details of the proposed Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 as part of its ongoing commitment…
Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination claim
An employee has described how she contemplated suicide after suffering discrimination on grounds of her dyslexia, by her employer, Starbucks.The employment…
A death of a main shareholder could have an enormous impact on the continuation or future success of a business. Catherine explores in publication Private…
Coercive Control & Family Proceedings
For many years where issues of domestic violence arose between couples the police were often reluctant to act unless there was clear evidence of an assault.…
Why employers should not turn a blind eye to discrimination in the workplace
Publication: People ManagementA recent case, involving a female banker, shows the potential cost of defending discrimination cases. The case demonstrates…
Business profile: Gill Garrett
Publication: Hertfordshire LifeHertfordshire Life interview Gill Garrett, the director of finance and business support at SA Law.How did you get started…
Spotlight on whistleblowing
Publication: HR MagazineWhistleblowing is once again in the spotlight with the news that the former Co-operative Group procurement director, Kath Harmeston…
Getting what you wish for
Most businesses put together a wish list for the New Year. My bet is that many of them include growth and increased margins on that list and rightly scope…
Top 10 Tips for preparing a presentation
Public Speaking skills are not something you either have or don’t. They are learnt skills. Some may learn earlier or easier than others but they still…
The end of privacy in the workplace
The recent case of Bărbulescu v Romania has spread fear through workers across the EU after it was reported as giving employers free reign to access workers’…
Why do wives issue divorce proceedings?
Although the divorce rate is falling, statistics show that more wives than husbands issue divorce proceedings.Lots of reasons are put forward for this.…
Employment Law 2016: What to expect?
We take a look at some of the key developments expected in employment law over the coming year. The National Living Wage One of the most eagerly anticipated…
Non-disclosure: Surely Imerman must go
Recently the Supreme Court considered the effect of non-disclosure upon Consent Orders and agreements through family proceedings. There is a subtle difference…
Avoiding a brush with the law
Publication: Education Executive
Christmas Carols? Mind the discrimination claim.
Publication: The BriefIt’s the heart of the Christmas holiday period – tinsel and baubles are liberally strewn across desks, monitors and just about any…
What the divorce form error really means
It has just been announced that an urgent investigation has been launched into a software error discovered in the Ministry of Justice’s online form used…
The rise in accountancy mergers
Publication: EconomiaThe accountancy sector has seen a decrease in practice numbers and an increase in the number of mergers. The question is, why the…
Office Christmas parties: Managing the aftermath of fights between employees
Publication: People ManagementOffice parties should be enjoyable events for everyone concerned. However, incidents can arise which require disciplinary…
Sickness absence during the Christmas period
The run up to Christmas often brings with it increased demand for products and services from businesses across the UK. Meeting this increased demand can…
Required reading: How to work with restrictive covenants
Publication: Prime ResiAlthough you might think your hands are tied, there are a number of ways to deal with the existing private agreements that may…
How to deal with seasonal sick leave
Publication: People ManagementTaking time off work when unfit due to illness is generally accepted by employers as a basic right of all employees. However,…
Fraud in the workplace
Fraud in the workplace continues to be a significant threat to UK businesses, causing annual reported losses of over £1.5 billion. Large organisations…
How to survive a workplace crisis
A few tips from Clare Rodway, Managing Director of Kysen PR on managing your company’s reputation during a workplace crisis.Preparation is key. Wherever…
Posts and tweets are the human face of the law
Publication: The TimesA successful legal brand is like a powerful artisan gin. It features the right blend of base spirit – the reputation of the firm…
Fraud in the workplace & insurance trends
Guest Author Jared Jackson, Assistant Division Manager at Centor Insurance & Risk Management, shares his thoughts on the current fraud trends…
The value in appointing a legal practitioner to administer an estate
Publication: Private Client AdviserThe dispute regarding the administration of the estate of Mrs Kathleen Lilley has highlighted an uncomfortable risk.…
The value in appointing a legal practitioner to administer an estate
Publication: Private Client AdviserThe dispute regarding the administration of the estate of Mrs Kathleen Lilley has highlighted an uncomfortable risk.…
Top Tips for the stages of a fraud investigation
Assemble your team – keep it small and on a “need to know” basis. Appoint people unconnected and independent of the suspected fraudster. Instruct lawyers…
When Child Arrangements Go Wrong
Sadly many separating parents have been involved in disputes regarding their children, some of which will have gone into Court proceedings.Parents who…
The Impact of out of hours conduct on employment relationships
International law firm, Goldberg Segalla has decided to terminate its partnership with lawyer, Clive O’Connell following offensive comments made by Mr…
Community Action Dacorum’s 2015 AGM
I was delighted to chair Community Action Dacorum’s 2015 AGM at the Boxmoor Trust’s new Barn on 19th November.Our presence reinforced the reality that…
SA Law leads the pack for recommended lawyers in Legal 500 in Hertfordshire
The two leading UK legal directories – Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 – have revealed the results of their 2015 research, with The Legal 500…
Pensions – A freedom too far?
The introduction of the new Pension Freedoms on 6 April 2015, allowing some pension holders to encash the whole of their pension fund (subject to income…
Top Tips to avoid the perils of the office Christmas party
Christmas will be upon us before we know it, and unfortunately for HR and managers, this can often be something of a headache. From ensuring appropriate…
SA Law Family team wins for professionals
SA Law’s unique Family team has been awarded a top rank in the annual research of celebrated legal directory Chambers and Partners. The 2015 research…
What a difference a name makes
The Equality Act 2010 protects current and former employees as well as job applicants from being subject to discrimination by existing, former or potential…
Berkhamsted Fireworks went off with a bang!
For the second year running SA Law were proud to sponsor the Berkhamsted firework display, hosted by The Rotary Club of Berkhamsted Bulbourne. I attended…
Litigants in Person
Litigants in Person, known as LIPs refers to a person who is representing themselves in Court proceedings. They may or may not have solicitors in the…
Evolve Housing + Support
I recently had the pleasure of attending the brand launch celebration event for Evolve Housing + Support at the House of Commons. Evolve was previously…
All change – Moving the goalposts on penalty clauses
Commercial contracts often contain clauses which proscribe the amount that will be payable by one party to another in the event of a breach. Such clauses…
Acas publish free guidance on how to conduct workplace investigations
Unfortunately, problems in the workplace are inevitable.Whilst many issues will be best dealt with in an informal manner, employers will sometimes need…
Has the time come for ‘No Fault’ Divorce?
With so much positive change in the world of marriage and civil partnerships, it comes as a surprise to many that the divorce process is so prehistoric.…
How to survive a disciplinary hearing – advice for accountants
Publication: Accountancy LiveAs an accountant or an accounting firm, the prospect of a disciplinary hearing in front of your professional body or even…
Mines & Minerals: What Indeminity Insurers will assess
Where the title to registered land is burdened by a unilateral notice that rights of mines and minerals are claimed as part of Manorial Rights, it is…
The Chancellor has made employers responsible for their gardeners’ pensions
Publication: SpearsEmployers must contribute to the pensions of their domestic help or face a tax evader’s fine under the government’s automatic enrollment…
Your very own mansion – for £18,000
Publication: The TimesFlip through a property auction catalogue and you’re likely to spot a few deals that will prompt a double-take. How about a “mid-terrace…
Prescriptive Rights of Way
The usual means of granting an easement for a right of way is by a written deed. Right of way “by prescription” is a term used to describe the legal right,…
In search of Settlement
For many people going through a divorce the hardest piece of the puzzle is settling the financial aspects of the divorce. In the vast majority of cases…
The Reality of Failure to Educate Claims
Publication: Teaching TimesWith the recent publication of exam results, there will inevitably be pupils who did not do as well as they had hoped. Some…
The Tyco ruling: an ECJ judgement that’s good news for carers and travelling salesmen
Publication: Lawyer2BA judgement from the European Court of Justice (ECJ) last month ruled that for those who do not have a fixed office, time spent travelling…
Top 10 Tips on getting through divorce
Get advice early. If you think you might have some initial discussions with your ex about the divorce, the financial aspects of the divorce or about the…
Changes to Section 21 Notices
There have been a number of changes introduced in recent years for landlords wishing to gain possession of residential properties at the end of assured…
SA Law creates commemorative Recipe Book in celebration of St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival
SA Law is the proud headline sponsor of the St Albans and Harpenden Food & Drink Festival, the annual event which celebrates independent culinary…
Legal Blog: How to prepare for ‘failure to educate’ claims
Publication: Education ExecutiveWhen a parent believes their child isn’t doing as well as they had hoped, their first action may be to complain to the…
Disability in the workplace: what is a ‘reasonable’ adjustment?
Publication: People ManagementAnd how much should employers be spending on it?Recent reports that retired Paralympian skier Jade Etherington is struggling…
Rights for the Left Handed
Publication: HR DirectorLast month saw the annual Left Handers Day with tweets hashtagged #lefthandersday posting pictures of the hardships left handers…
Charity Trustees: Personal Liabilities (Part 3)
The final part of this article intends to look at the potential personal liabilities of the trustees of a charity, whether the charity is operating as…
Universal credit / Variation of Maintenance
Are you at risk of a variation of maintenance application?Major changes have been made by the Government to the eligibility criteria for tax credits (along…
Averting Divorce: Is there a recipe for Marital Success?
As a family lawyer I am often asked about the most common reasons for marital breakdown and as a factor of that whether it might be possible to make a…
Charity Trustees: Charitable Reserves (Part 2)
If you’ve missed part 1 of this article, please feel free to click here to go back and read an overview of the responsibilities of the trustees…
Charity Trustees: Responsibilities (Part 1)
The news streams having recently filled with stories about the closure of the Kids Company on 5 August 2015 and the statutory inquiry that’s been launched…
UK Employment Law Changes October 2015
See what’s coming up in the world of employment law with our summary of changes taking effect from October 2015, including national minimum wage increases,…
Small Acts of Kindness
After meeting Lynne Misner at a networking event a few weeks ago, SA Law’s Julie Gingell was struck at how Lynne has created a social enterprise…
Dating & Divorce: Advice from a family law solicitor
With the summer drawing to a close and the start of the new school term approaching, the change of season seems to have an impact on those in divorce…
Divorce through the ages
Does it make a difference how old you and your spouse are when you get divorced? The answer is likely to be yes.Getting divorced in your twentiesIf you…
Ultra Divorce – Marathon
“I am often asked what I think about as I run. Usually the people who ask this have never run long distances themselves. I always ponder the question.…
Congratulations to Peter Goodman who has been appointed Trustee and Director of Herts Mind Network
All of us at SA Law would like to congratulate Peter Goodman who has been appointed Director and Trustee of Herts Mind Network.Peter said: “Having…
Electricity sparks changes for Discrimination Law
The case of CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsi has sent electrifying sparks through discrimination law and may have…
Ten family law transformations
Family law has had an exciting decade, with many evolutions in the way lawyers and courts approach divorce and separation. As always, some of these evolutions…
EU Succession Law: What Brussels IV means for wills and inheritance in Europe
Publication: SpearsCatherine Robson lays out the EU’s succession law, and how it affects you.Determining which law will govern matters arising from a…
Pets and Pre-nups
It was recently reported in the media that there is an increased desire for pre-nuptial agreements to include clauses which govern the custody of a couple’s…
Fraudulent school place applications
Publication: BBC London 94.9Clare Mackay was on BBC London 94.9 this morning talking to Penny Smith & Paul Ross about School Admission…
New guidance on mental health disclosures clarifies what police can share with employers
Publication: People ManagementHome Office revises what information should and shouldn’t be given out during vetting checksAn employer may request a Disclosure…
New corporate statements on slavery and human trafficking
The Government has recently announced that, as of October 2015, every company with turnover of at least £36 million will be required to publish an annual…
New corporate statements on slavery and human trafficking
As of October 2015, new government guidelines will be implemented to ensure companies are not committing acts of modern slavery or human trafficking.
I’ve been completely cut out of my mother’s will – can I make a claim?
Your eye may have been caught by headlines reporting that a disinherited daughter recently succeeded in a claim for a substantial share of her mother’s…
I’ve been completely cut out of my mother’s will – can I make a claim?
Clare Mackay explains what to do if you think you have grounds to bring a claim against your parent's estate in-light of the Illot case.
New proposal for the Immigration Bill: Landlords to evict illegal immigrants
As part of the on-going crackdown on tackling illegal immigration in private rented accommodation in the UK, landlords could face up to five years in…
SA Law completes the 2015 RideLondon 100
On Sunday 2nd August 2015 SA Law’s expert cyclists Terence Ritchie, Simon Walsh, along with friend of the firm and fellow Peace Hospice supporter Steve…
SA Law are proud to be part of the Landlord Investment Show – 24th September
SA Law are proud to be involved with this year’s North London & Hertfordshire Landlord Investment Show.The show intends to connect landlords, investors,…
Enforcing Financial Orders: Welcome changes are on the horizon
Many couples breathe a sigh of relief once their divorce and financial proceedings are completed. However, this is unfortunately not the end of the road…
SA Law take part in Prudential RideLondon 100 for Peace Hospice Care
Lawyers are back on their bikes for Peace Hospice Care in the Prudential RideLondon–Surrey 100.On 2nd August 2015 SA Law’s experienced cyclists Terence…
Ten habits of highly effective employers
Having advised on employment law through economic booms, busts and the bits in-between, I thought I’d dedicate my ‘ten things’ article to some valuable…
Will Power: How to protect your estate from claims under the Inheritance Act
The Court of Appeal decisionThe recent Court of Appeal ruling in the case of Ilott v Mitson  EWCA Civ 797 has shown that the Court may now be more…
Cricket Update: SA Law v Hillier Hopkins
On Wednesday 21st July, SA Law succumbed to a comprehensive mauling by Hillier Hopkins in the final cricket match of the season.Having elected to field,…
Increased Court fees for divorce
The Government has recently announced that it intends to increase Court fees relating to divorce proceedings. The current fee, which is payable upon lodging…
Stepfamilies and How to Survive Them
The difference between step families and our own children is that we don’t set out to have them. They come as a package with our new partner. They are…
SA Law extends 10th birthday celebrations to clients
SA Law turned 10 on 1st June 2015. We’re celebrating a decade of being at the heart of the community in St Albans with our competition to win a breath-taking…
SA Law are taking part in Prudential RideLondon 100
Lawyers are back on their bikes for Peace Hospice Care in the Prudential RideLondon–Surrey 100On 2nd August 2015 SA Law’s experienced cyclists Terence…
The end of disguised investment management fees?
New anti-avoidance provisions have brought management fees squarely into the firing line.
New Drug-Driving Laws Unleashed
Drug-driving is estimated to cause around 200 deaths per year in the UK, according to the Department for Transport.On 2 March 2015, in England and Wales,…
SA Law takes part in the St Albans Professional Services Hub ‘City of Expertise’ campaign launch
I along with my colleagues Peter Goodman and Victoria Thomson were delighted to be involved in the launch of the St Albans Professional…