Insolvency: What rights need to be considered?

Nat Young writes for the Financial Director on lessons learned from the recent Monarch insolvency case. To see the full article, click here.

After Monarch's demise made the headlines, attention has now turned to the courtroom battle over their take-off and landing slots. Initially unsuccessful in the High Court, the administrators have now succeeded in overturning that judgment in the Court of Appeal. It now seems that they will be able to sell Monarch’s slots at Gatwick and Luton, which are said to be worth up to £60 million.

This decision turned on issues of aviation law, such as whether Monarch was still an ‘air carrier’ – a far cry from the issues that arise in more mundane administrations. However, it was a useful reminder that administration not only affects the ability of a company to keep trading, it can also affect the value of its assets.

To read the full article, click here.

© SA LAW 2018

Every care is taken in the preparation of our articles. However, no responsibility can be accepted to any person who acts on the basis of information contained in them alone. You are recommended to obtain specific advice in respect of individual cases.

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If you would like more information or advice relating to this article or a Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution law matter, please do not hesitate to contact Nat Young on 01727 798034.
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The role of financial advisers in financial disclosure
Sun 27th Aug 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

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…

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Information Commissioner demystifies GDPR consent
Fri 25th Aug 2017 | by Chris Cook

Head of Employment & Data Chris Cook gives clarity on consent within the GDPR.

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Pre-Nups and the Family Business
Wed 23rd Aug 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

Pre-nups are a difficult subject at the best of times, when there is a family business involved too, that can cause additional difficulty.

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Naming and shaming in divorce
Mon 21st Aug 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

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…

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SA Law sponsor the 10th St Albans Food and Drink Festival
Fri 18th Aug 2017 | by Julie Gingell

SA Law is proud to be the headline Sponsor of the 10th annual St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival.

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Should all jobs be advertised as flexible hours?
Wed 16th Aug 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook examines the Equality & Human Rights Commission's recent statement that all jobs should be advertised as having flexible hours.

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Presidents propose uplift of the Vento Bands
Wed 16th Aug 2017 | by Chris Cook

In July 2017 the presidents of the Employment Tribunals issued a joint judicial consultation on the proposed changes to the Vento guidelines.

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Keeping things amicable with your ex – is it really possible to remain friends?
Wed 16th Aug 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

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…

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The Owens Case and the future of divorce
Mon 14th Aug 2017 | by Ruth Abrams

Read about the Owens divorce case and the highly unusual decision that has taken the entire family law establishment by surprise.

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Judge Jules goes National with the SME Business Awards
Fri 11th Aug 2017 | by Julie Gingell

SA Law Partner & Non-Executive Director at Wenta Julie Gingell has joined the judging panel of the prestigious SME National Business Awards.

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Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful – what happens now?
Wed 9th Aug 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

What lies ahead for employers in regards to the recent Supreme Court's decision that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful?

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Is good news on the horizon for Mrs Owens?
Tue 8th Aug 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

Mrs Owens hits the headlines following the refusal by the court to allow her to divorce her husband of 39 years.

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Recruiter accused of behaving ‘like a playground bully’ wins tribunal
Fri 4th Aug 2017 | by Emma Gross

Employment solicitor Emma Gross comments on a recent case where a recruiter won her claim for unfair dismissal.

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SA Law are finalists for 4 prestigious awards
Thu 3rd Aug 2017 | by Julie Gingell

We are pleased to announce that our innovative marketing campaign, “The Reluctant Divorcee”, is a finalist for 4 different marketing awards.

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HMRC waives enforcement against the care sector for failure to pay the national minimum wage
Thu 3rd Aug 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook explains the decision which offers some respite for care sector employers' liabilities.

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Anti-bribery guidance in SME supply chains
Tue 1st Aug 2017 | by Ayesha Chandegra

A recent report showed less than a third of corporations failed to address corruption within supply chains, Ayesha Chandegra explains what you should…

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Six things to consider when building a flexible workforce
Tue 1st Aug 2017 | by Domonique McRae

Employment solicitor Domonique McRae writes for Management Today on what to consider when building a flexible workforce.

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Introducing Gemma Goodhead
Fri 28th Jul 2017 | by Chris Cook

Head of Employment & Immigration, Chris Cook welcomes new head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead, to SA Law.

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Investigating Fraud in the workplace
Fri 28th Jul 2017 | by Chris Cook

Do you suspect an employee of fraudulent activity? Head of Employment Chris Cook explains what to do in this situation

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Surrogacy, Parental Orders & Parental Responsibility – ensuring your legal status as parent
Fri 28th Jul 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

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…

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The best methods to support your employees through Brexit
Thu 27th Jul 2017 | by Gemma Goodhead

Head of Immigration, Gemma Goodhead details the best methods for businesses to support their EEA national employees to mitigate against the effects of…

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Government warns bad bosses will be slapped with jail time
Wed 26th Jul 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments on rogue employers and the likelihood of prison time for bad bosses

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The House Trap
Wed 26th Jul 2017 | by Amy Sevier

Head of Property Dispute Resolution, Amy Sevier examines the recent decision by the Government to ban leaseholds for new-builds in the near-future

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SA Law throws down the challenge to Push it for the Peace
Tue 25th Jul 2017 | by Terence Ritchie

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.

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The BBC Pay Gap - is there a possibility of legal action?
Thu 20th Jul 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

Senior Associate, Keely Rushmore comments in The Guardian about the possibility of the BBC facing legal action after their stars' pay was revealed in…

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What to do about the Taylor Review
Wed 19th Jul 2017 | by Chris Cook

Have you and your business heard about the suggested changes to the law governing employment status? Chris Cook, Head of Employment examines the report…

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Tips from a Mediator
Wed 19th Jul 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

Partner, Head of family law and mediator at SA Law, Marilyn Bell gives advice on mediating situations to ease uncomfortable situations

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Insight into the life and career of Adam Reader
Wed 19th Jul 2017

The regular Q&A feature that makes senior professionals perspire. This edition, we speak to Adam Reader, Managing Director of Grace Foods UK

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Top tips for managing difficult employees
Wed 19th Jul 2017 | by Domonique McRae

Domonique McRae examines typical stereotypes of difficult workers and how to manage them effectively.

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Is jail a possibility for not providing financial disclosure?
Thu 13th Jul 2017 | by Deepa Patel

Solicitor at SA Law Deepa Patel explains the dangers of not providing financial disclosure.

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Baggage Allowance Decision
Thu 13th Jul 2017 | by Domonique McRae

Employment solicitor at SA Law, Domonique McRae discusses the decisions made in her recent case which looked at the unfair dismissal of a group of baggage…

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Need to recover a high value debt? Try the insolvency process
Mon 10th Jul 2017 | by Nat Young

Can insolvency be used to recover debt? Senior Associate Nat Young explains how it sometimes can be appropriate.

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Life as a trainee in family law
Fri 7th Jul 2017 | by Pooja Dasgupta

Trainee solicitor Pooja Dasgupta explains what it is like to be a trainee in SA Law's family department

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Proposed post-Brexit deal for EU citizens
Fri 7th Jul 2017 | by Chris Cook

Head of Employment and Immigration, Chris Cook examines the proposed post-Brexit deal for EU citizens.

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SA Law are proud to support the M Festival in its 8th year
Thu 6th Jul 2017 | by Simon Walsh

Senior Associate and Partnership Governor at Marlborough School, Simon Walsh writes on behalf of SA Law.

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A note from the Beaumont school rugby team
Thu 6th Jul 2017

Members of the Beaumont School Rugby team keep us up to date on their tour in Toronto.

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Calling it a day: Why trading too long can be damaging for directors
Tue 4th Jul 2017 | by Nat Young

When is it time to accept the inevitable and stop trading?

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Attracting Investment: How leading entrepreneurs prepare themselves
Mon 3rd Jul 2017 | by Julie Gingell

Partner & Director of Marketing & Business Development Julie Gingell rounds up the top take-away tips from SA Law's recent event on raising finance

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The Queen's Speech: A Summary of Employment Implications
Mon 3rd Jul 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook, head of the Employment Law team reviews the Queen's speech and examines the implications for employers

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How to alleviate employees' Brexit concerns
Fri 30th Jun 2017 | by Emma Gross

In People Management, Employment Solicitor Emma Gross explains what employers can do to help alleviate Brexit concerns in the office.

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I'm facing redundancy, what should I do?
Fri 30th Jun 2017 | by Chris Cook

A redundancy process is undoubtedly an unpleasant thing to go through, understanding your rights can make things significantly easier.

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Litigants in Person: Things to be mindful of
Thu 29th Jun 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

Head of Family Law, Marilyn Bell explains the difficulties for both solicitors and clients that can arise when working with Litigants in Person.

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What happens to Orders for children if one parent moves to another country?
Wed 28th Jun 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

Marilyn Bell explains what happens to Orders for children if one parent moves to another country.

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Third Party pressure to dismiss employees
Wed 28th Jun 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

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.

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Bus driver who ran red light wins unfair dismissal claim
Wed 28th Jun 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

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.

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Negotiation need to knows
Tue 20th Jun 2017 | by Peter Goodman

Partner at SA Law, Peter Goodman gives his top tips on negotiating,

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A note from Eddie Panting, Head of Rugby
Mon 19th Jun 2017

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.

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A note from Alex Curtis, Senior Rugby Captain
Thu 15th Jun 2017

Senior Rugby Captain and school pupil Alex Curtis explains how training has been going pre-tournament

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The final whistle: time for legal change?
Thu 15th Jun 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

In this article in HR Magazine, Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains her perspective on the recent Barclays whistleblower case and the laws around…

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What a day! Congratulations to all St Albans Half Marathon participants
Wed 14th Jun 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

SA Law Partners Marilyn Bell and Julie Gingell congratulate participants of the St Albans Half Marathon.

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Using Insolvency as a debt recovery tool
Tue 13th Jun 2017 | by Nat Young

Senior Associate at SA Law Nat Young explains why insolvency can sometimes be an appropriate debt recovery tool

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How to combat the effect of presenteeism
Mon 12th Jun 2017 | by Domonique McRae

In Real Business, Employment Solicitor Domonique McRae explains what employers should do to prevent 'presenteeism'. Firstly, what exactly is 'presenteeism'?

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Election legal special: Conservative and Labour immigration pledges
Thu 1st Jun 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook analyses the two main parties’ manifestos to find out how immigration rules could change if they are elected.

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Insight into the life and career of Carol Smith
Wed 31st May 2017

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…

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Tackling some knotty issues
Tue 30th May 2017 | by Amy Sevier

Amy Sevier in the Property Litigation department comments on recent cases in property litigation and explains what this means for you.

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HR Stories in the News - Gender Equality
Fri 26th May 2017 | by Domonique McRae

In this edition of 'HR Stories in the News' we have gathered HR stories relating to gender equality from the press and have added in the employment law…

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Tribunal Win for business manager demoted to doing 'officey things'
Thu 25th May 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Thu 25th May 2017

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How to prepare for the GDPR
Wed 24th May 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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The effect of falling net migration figures on businesses
Wed 24th May 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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A Flex too far?
Wed 24th May 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook, head of Employment Law explains to individuals working within the recruitment industry the latest on the gig economy and what the flexible…

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SA Law present the Graham Taylor OBE Player of the Season Award to Sebastian Prödl
Tue 23rd May 2017 | by Robert Ryall

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…

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Join us for the Half Marathon Corporate Challenge
Mon 22nd May 2017

We explain why you and your company should sign up a team to the St Albans Half Marathon's 5K Corporate Challenge

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Tribunal win for man whose former employer provided discriminatory references
Thu 18th May 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

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'…

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If a sick employee is impeding business, how do you dismiss them fairly?
Thu 18th May 2017 | by Emma Gross

Employment law solicitor Emma Gross explains that employers need to tread carefully when dealing with situations involving employees pulling a few too…

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Cold-calling firm Keurboom hit with a record £400,000 fine
Wed 17th May 2017 | by Ayesha Chandegra

Keurboom Communications Limited (“Keurboom”) has been stung with a hefty fine in the sum of £400,000 by the Information Commissioner’s Office (“ICO”)…

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A successful May for The Living Room and SA Law
Tue 16th May 2017 | by Tracy Lacey-Smith

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

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Creating a professional social media culture
Mon 15th May 2017 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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Applicant with Asperger's syndrome wins 'significant' tribunal case
Fri 5th May 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

In people Management, Senior Associate Keely Rushmore comments on adjustments to recruitment processes for candidates with Asperger's syndrome.

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Insolvency: When is it time to accept the inevitable?
Thu 4th May 2017 | by Nat Young

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…

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An Employee’s poor attitude to changes in the workplace could constitute gross misconduct
Wed 3rd May 2017 | by Emma Gross

Emma Gross, Employment solicitor examines a recent case which saw an employee's poor attitude to organisational change amount to gross misconduct...

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Age Discrimination: Advocate General Opinion
Tue 2nd May 2017 | by Chris Cook

Head of Employment and Immigration Chris Cook examines a recent case where an employee claimed age discrimination over zero hours contracts...

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General Data Protection Regulation FAQs - What is the GDPR?
Wed 26th Apr 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Top ten tips for leaseholders
Wed 26th Apr 2017 | by Gary Dunger

Partner, Gary Dunger explains his top ten tips for leaseholders.

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Nestlé’s Blue Riband chocolate biscuits will no longer be made in the UK
Tue 25th Apr 2017 | by Chris Cook

Nestlé consulting on plans to move production of its Blue Riband brand to Poland, which could result in almost 300 UK job losses.

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Introducing Mary Phillips
Mon 24th Apr 2017 | by Terence Ritchie

We are delighted to welcome commercial property specialist Mary Phillips, who adds a wealth of sector expertise and experience to our team.

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The fraud fight must be multi-faceted
Mon 24th Apr 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

Keely Rushmore gives an employment law perspective on the National living Wage increase to £7.50 in The Grocer.

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Thinking of relocating?
Fri 21st Apr 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

Guidance on relocating in search of a 'fresh start' following divorce.

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Ten tips for buying a home
Fri 21st Apr 2017 | by Steve Kenneford

Residential Conveyancing expert Steve Kenneford shares his top tips to consider when purchasing property.

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Challenges for retailers and commercial landlords
Thu 20th Apr 2017 | by Jacqui Button

Jacqui Button, Associate, comments on challenges for retailers and commercial landlords in Property Investor News.

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting: What employers need to know
Wed 19th Apr 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

Our employment and Corporate lawyers, join forces to explain how employers should effectively handle gender pay gap reporting and ensure their organisation…

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Why pay gap rules may not work
Thu 13th Apr 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

Keely Rushmore explores the effectiveness of Gender Pay Gap Reporting in The Times.

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Issues affecting lease extensions
Wed 12th Apr 2017 | by Amy Sevier

Amy Sevier and Glenda Feneyhough explain the issues affecting lease extensions in this handy article.

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Sign up a team to our Corporate Challenge!
Thu 6th Apr 2017 | by Simon Walsh

SA Law are proud sponsors of the St Albans Half Marathon and 5K Corporate Challenge!

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Join the SA Law corporate challenge
Tue 4th Apr 2017

Is your team fit for it? Join SA Law's Corporate Challenge in conjunction with the St Albans Half Marathon.

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One-hour contracts: more exploitation, or gig economy solution?
Tue 4th Apr 2017 | by Emma Gross

Could one-hour contracts prove a happier medium between zero-hours contracts and full-time employment?

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Buy to Let – My Top Ten Tips
Mon 3rd Apr 2017 | by Lynsey Newman

See our advice on Buy to Let and how we can help you.

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HR Forum: Stress and resilience in the workplace
Wed 29th Mar 2017 | by Chris Cook

We summarise the top points from our latest HR Forums and explain how to best manage stress in the workplace.

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Insight into the life and career of Tali Shlomo
Wed 29th Mar 2017

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...

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My thoughts on current news: stress and well-being
Wed 29th Mar 2017 | by Domonique McRae

Employment solicitor Domonique McRae has summarised current news stories on health and well-being in the workplace and summarised them with a legal twist.

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Peter Goodman presents to the Warsaw Bar Association
Tue 28th Mar 2017 | by Peter Goodman

Partner Peter Goodman was asked by the Warsaw Bar Association to talk about his unusual legal career in International Motorsport, media and crime.

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SA Law are proud sponsors of the St Albans Half Marathon
Mon 27th Mar 2017

Take part in the 2017 Corporate Challenge 5K! Find out more about how to join free training sessions and raise money for a good cause.

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Supply chain ethics
Fri 24th Mar 2017 | by Domonique McRae

The importance of your supply chain adhering to National Minimum Wage requirements.

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Understanding child maintenance obligations
Wed 22nd Mar 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

Family lawyer Christine Caffrey explains the issues of unpaid child maintenance arrears which has left many single parents struggling financially.

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Another legendary Watford FC golf day sponsored by SA Law
Tue 21st Mar 2017 | by Robert Ryall

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).

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Job applicants and Facebook: to snoop, or not to snoop?
Mon 20th Mar 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

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…

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What should you do to ensure compliance with the data protection act
Fri 17th Mar 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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I’ve been cut out of my mother’s will – can I make a claim?
Thu 16th Mar 2017 | by Clare Mackay

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.

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Discrimination during and after maternity leave
Thu 16th Mar 2017 | by Emma Gross

Although it should be a cause for celebration, women often face considerable difficulties in the workplace as a result of their pregnancy. According to…

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Universal Tax Credit
Wed 15th Mar 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

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.

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Maternity leave - FAQs
Mon 13th Mar 2017 | by Emma Gross

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…

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Gender Pay Gap Reporting 2017
Thu 9th Mar 2017 | by Chris Cook

The final Equality Act 2010 (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2017 (“the Regulations”) are expected to come into force on 6 April 2017, subject…

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The Living Room
Mon 6th Mar 2017 | by Tracy Lacey-Smith

Partner and co-head of Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution, Tracy Lacey-Smith explains the benefits of volunteering in the local community and…

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The gig economy and workers' rights
Fri 3rd Mar 2017 | by Chris Cook

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.

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Security of tenure in almshouse accomodation
Mon 27th Feb 2017 | by Amy Sevier

Amy Sevier writes for The Solicitors Journal and considers recent cases on the reasonableness of service charges, implied terms in contracts and who should…

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Changes to The Employment Rights Order 2017
Fri 24th Feb 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook explains the increase of limits to certain tribunal awards which are due to take effect from 6th April 2017.

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One week to go!
Thu 23rd Feb 2017 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

SA Law are proud to sponsor the Berkhamsted Half Marathon, hosted by the Rotary of Berkhamsted Bulbourne.

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What is The cost of unmanaged stress at work?
Mon 20th Feb 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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What to do when an employee is going through a divorce
Thu 16th Feb 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

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.

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A guide to managing your people during adverse weather
Wed 15th Feb 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Another decision labelling an individual as a worker rather than self-employed
Wed 15th Feb 2017 | by Chris Cook

This decision has highlighted the need for legal clarity around the status of those working on a self-employed basis in the gig economy...

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Is the absence of roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day grounds for divorce?
Tue 14th Feb 2017 | by Christine Caffrey

Is the absence of roses and chocolate on Valentine’s Day grounds for divorce?

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When conduct is judged not gross
Mon 13th Feb 2017 | by Chris Cook

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,…

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Life after Divorce Maintenance
Fri 10th Feb 2017 | by Kiran Beeharry

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.…

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SA Law proud to sponsor Watford Football Club Golf Day
Thu 9th Feb 2017 | by Robert Ryall

SA Law is proud to sponsor Watford Football Club Golf Day

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Supreme Court finds in favour of cohabitee’s right to survivor’s pension
Thu 9th Feb 2017 | by Catherine Robson

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…

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Annual Appraisals, good, bad or just ugly?
Tue 7th Feb 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

Is your company moving away from annual appraisals? Keely Rushmore offers advice on how to ensure that appraisals support performance & lead to positive…

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Post-Brexit Divorce
Mon 6th Feb 2017 | by Kiran Beeharry

Associate Kiran Beeharry examines how the UK government might implement important legal procedures regarding cross-border disputes relating to divorce…

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Without prejudice vs. protected conversations: Getting it right
Tue 31st Jan 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

A HR guide to the distinct differences between without prejudice and protected conversations: Advantages & limitations.

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ACAS guidelines on Gender Pay Gap Regulations
Tue 31st Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook explains ACAS' guidance on the final Gender Pay Gap Regulations which will come into force on the 6th April 2017.

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Looking back over 2016
Mon 30th Jan 2017 | by Domonique McRae

Employment Solicitor Domonique McRae looks back over 2016 at employment law's most notable cases.

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Why does divorce have to be so complicated?
Mon 30th Jan 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

Marilyn Bell explores common problems faced when dealing with complex finance issues during a divorce

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A Dressing-Down for Equality Law
Mon 30th Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

Chris Cook & Emma Gross comment in The Times Legal Brief about action required to improve workplace equality.

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Doing some homework could be good for business
Mon 30th Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

Make sure you understand the pros and cons as well as legal issues before allowing employees to work from home.

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Supreme Court rules against the Government on Brexit Challenge
Thu 26th Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

Our Immigration solicitors explain what the Supreme Court's ruling against the Government means for EEA Nationals and their family members.

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Employment status in the gig economy
Wed 25th Jan 2017 | by Emma Gross

Employment Solicitor Emma Gross examines the recent case of Dewhurst v CitySprint UK and shows potential implications for employers.

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Dress Code in the Workplace
Wed 25th Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

Why it is important to adopt a non-discriminatory dress code in your workplace

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Doing your homework on school applications
Mon 23rd Jan 2017 | by Kiran Beeharry

Family law Associate Kiran Beeharry gives advice for separated parents undertaking school applications.

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Employment law cases to watch in 2017
Tue 17th Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Welcome Emma Gross
Mon 16th Jan 2017 | by Chris Cook

We are delighted to welcome employment solicitor Emma Gross, who was formerly with Buckinghamshire firm Blaser Mills.

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Stress as a disability
Thu 12th Jan 2017 | by Keely Rushmore

In a recent case, the EAT provides useful guidance on whether stress caused by difficulties at work can amount to a disability.

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Lawyers can reap benefits of agile working amid rail strike chaos
Tue 10th Jan 2017 | by Steve Ryan

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…

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Introducing The Reluctant Divorcee
Mon 9th Jan 2017 | by Marilyn Bell

SA Law's Family Team present an honest account of the realities faced at every stage of the divorce process.

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The Residence Nil Rate Band
Wed 4th Jan 2017 | by Catherine Robson

The introduction of an additional nil rate band, enabling more assets to pass free from inheritance tax will therefore be welcome news for many.

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What to do about Christmas holidays
Tue 20th Dec 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

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?

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ICO issues record £400,000 monetary penalty notice for TalkTalk data breach
Tue 20th Dec 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

The Information Commissioner has issued a record £400,000 monetary penalty notice to TalkTalk Telecom Group plc for failing to keep personal data secure.

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Will husbands who fail to pay wives maintenance have their passports taken away?
Mon 19th Dec 2016 | by Marilyn Bell

This is a recommendation being made by the Law Commission to the Justice Secretary Liz Truss.

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SA Law's Festive Foodbank Success
Mon 19th Dec 2016 | by Gill Garrett

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.

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Bellman v Northampton Recruitment Ltd – Vicarious Liability at the Office Christmas Party
Mon 19th Dec 2016 | by Chris Cook

The High Court has held that a company was not vicariously liable for the violent assault of an employee by its Managing Director.

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What issues follow some Christmas parties?
Fri 16th Dec 2016 | by Emma Gross

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.

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Number of agency workers expected to rise to 1 million by 2020
Thu 15th Dec 2016 | by Chris Cook

Independent think-tank Resolution Foundation suggest that the number of agency workers is set to rise to 1 million by 2020.

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Dealing with competing holiday requests over Christmas
Wed 14th Dec 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

A rota, ballot, or first come first served system could all help with multiple holiday requests over Christmas.

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ICO prosecutes company employees for unlawfully accessing client data
Wed 14th Dec 2016 | by Chris Cook

A former employee of Lex Autolease Ltd has been prosecuted and fined under section 55 of the Data Protection Act 1998.

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Government introducing personal liability for directors for nuisance call fines
Wed 14th Dec 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Amendments to the Privacy and Electronic Communications Regulations 2003, announced and to be introduced in spring 2017.

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The apprenticeship levy
Tue 13th Dec 2016 | by Domonique McRae

The government is to introduce an apprenticeship levy which will apply to large employers from 6 April 2017.

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Leasehold dreams and nightmares
Tue 13th Dec 2016 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

Flats remain a fertile source of litigation whether in relation to the right to enfranchise or the interpretation of lease covenants, advises Glenda Ferneyhough

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Informal meetings and decision making
Thu 8th Dec 2016 | by Chris Wilks

As the constitutional make-up of a company, the articles of association are the starting point for determining the procedural formalities of director…

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Employers’ duty to take steps to provide rest breaks to workers
Thu 8th Dec 2016 | by Chris Cook

In the past there have been conflicting EAT decisions on the correct approach to determining whether rest entitlements had been denied under the WTR.

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What is digital risk?
Thu 8th Dec 2016 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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The Potential Pitfalls of a ‘Virtual Office’
Wed 7th Dec 2016 | by Amy Sevier

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.

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A public look at shareholdings
Tue 6th Dec 2016 | by Chris Wilks

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…

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Will advances in technology & AI ultimately take over the need for a human workforce?
Mon 5th Dec 2016 | by Domonique McRae

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…

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West Herts is getting into the festive spirit
Mon 5th Dec 2016 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

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…

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Restrictions after a business sale
Mon 5th Dec 2016 | by Peter Goodman

When buying or selling a business, it is not unusual for a buyer to request the seller to enter into certain restrictions.

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Let's talk digital
Mon 28th Nov 2016 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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How to handle flexible working requests
Tue 22nd Nov 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Workers are now entitled to request flexible hours. Deal with them fairly to avoid falling foul of the law.

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What do you want for Christmas?
Tue 22nd Nov 2016 | by Marilyn Bell

If you are experiencing divorce or a relationship breakdown an important choice for you to make is whether you want conflict or constructive solutions…

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SA Law's Festive Foodbank
Mon 14th Nov 2016 | by Gill Garrett

This Christmas, SA Law have set up a festive foodbank in their St Albans office to help collect food for three local homelessness charities.

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Did you know letting out your home could breach your lease?
Fri 11th Nov 2016 | by Amy Sevier

Property Litigation solicitor Amy Sevier explains the potential legal implications of hosting on Airbnb when you own a leasehold...

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The Gay Cake Controversy
Fri 11th Nov 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Senior Associate Keely Rushmore examines the ruling on the so called 'gay cake' controversy and shows similarities echoed in the employment law sphere.

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How to win the Generation Game in your workplace
Thu 10th Nov 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

For the first time ever there will soon be five generations in the workplace.

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Top tips on avoiding discrimination when managing older workers
Thu 10th Nov 2016 | by Chris Cook

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.

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Government officially confirms adoption of the GDPR
Fri 4th Nov 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Do you have internet trolls within your organisation?
Fri 4th Nov 2016 | by Chris Cook

What are the consequences of social media on workplace relations and company image?

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An 'Uber' Decision
Thu 3rd Nov 2016 | by Emma Gross

Employment solicitor Emma Gross comments on the recent Uber case decision which has set a ground-breaking precedent impacting all those within the 'gig…

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Proud sponsors of the Berkhamsted fireworks display 2016
Mon 31st Oct 2016 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

We are very proud to be sponsoring the Berkhamsted fireworks display again this year.

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Junior Doctors Dispute
Mon 31st Oct 2016 | by Emma Gross

Lessons to be learned on imposing new terms and conditions.

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Asos: A Contractual nightmare?
Tue 18th Oct 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

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…

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The Working Dead
Tue 18th Oct 2016 | by Chris Cook

Just in time for Halloween, Chris Cook explains how to overcome 'the working dead', also known as workplace boredom.

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Asda faces £100m equal pay battle with shopfloor staff
Mon 17th Oct 2016 | by Chris Cook

Partner and Head of Employment Chris Cook comments in The Guardian on the £100m equal pay battle Asda faces...

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Protected Conversations
Thu 13th Oct 2016 | by Domonique McRae

It is not uncommon for employers to want to enter into negotiations (with potentially problematic) employees on a without prejudice basis to see whether…

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SQE: The diversity enabler that's coming too late
Fri 7th Oct 2016 | by Gill Garrett

Will the 'super exam' reinforce the solicitor brand or will the lines between regulated lawyers continue to blur?

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Why should you mediate (and what happens if you don’t)?
Fri 7th Oct 2016 | by Clare Mackay

A mediation is essentially a without prejudice meeting attended by the parties, their lawyers and an independent and neutral mediator.

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Termination Payments – new rules
Tue 4th Oct 2016 | by Chris Cook

Following much criticism of the current taxation provisions for termination packages, the government has published a response to a consultation that took…

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Congratulations to the winners of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival Awards 2016
Tue 4th Oct 2016 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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In the Summertime
Mon 3rd Oct 2016 | by Julie Gingell

SA Law Partner and Director of Marketing & Business Development Julie Gingell showcases what SA Law has been up to this summer with its CSR...

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Damage Limitation
Fri 30th Sep 2016 | by Chris Cook

Legal Focus - Chris Cook, partner and head of employment at SA Law on alternatives to court.

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SA Law secures top accolade from national Law Society
Tue 27th Sep 2016 | by Gill Garrett

SA Law has secured the national Law Society’s legal practice quality mark, Lexcel.

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Pushing it to the limit for Peace Hospice Care
Mon 26th Sep 2016 | by Terence Ritchie

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…

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SA Law are proud headline sponsors of this years St Albans & Harpenden Food and Drink Festival 2016
Thu 22nd Sep 2016 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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Introducing John Yalden
Tue 20th Sep 2016 | by Steve Ryan

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…

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Separating From Your Partner and Europe
Tue 20th Sep 2016 | by Kiran Beeharry

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.

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Care workers launch claim against council for failure to pay national minimum wage (NMW)
Tue 20th Sep 2016 | by Chris Cook

Seventeen care workers are alleging that their employer has failed to pay the NMW in one of the sector's biggest ever legal claims.

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Departing employee convicted of taking client records before joining rival firm
Mon 19th Sep 2016 | by Chris Cook

Employees risk both criminal prosecution and civil action for unlawful use of information belonging to employers.

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Joining the top tier
Thu 15th Sep 2016 | by Robert Ryall

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…

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Early Warning
Mon 12th Sep 2016 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

Glenda Ferneyhough discusses a recent case prompting practitioners to draw their clients' attention to the details of a lease, as well as other decisions…

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Holiday Pay: the saga continues
Fri 9th Sep 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

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.…

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Nursing home fined £15,000 by Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) for data protection failings
Tue 6th Sep 2016 | by Chris Cook

The ICO’s investigation into a data breach at Whitehead Nursing Home revealed “widespread systematic failings” in the home’s data protection practices,…

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Stamping out bullying in the workplace
Tue 6th Sep 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

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…

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Failure to Complete
Mon 5th Sep 2016 | by Lynsey Newman

Lynsey Newman, Consultant in the Property Dispute Resolution team at SA Law, comments

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Severing joint tenancies – don’t get caught out
Fri 2nd Sep 2016 | by Marilyn Bell

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…

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The key to a peaceful Christmas – Top Tips
Thu 1st Sep 2016 | by Marilyn Bell

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.…

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How to manage employees during pregnancy and maternity leave
Thu 1st Sep 2016 | by Chris Cook

Four golden rules for supporting mothers-to-be and those returning to work

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Tips for Protecting Intellectual Property
Mon 22nd Aug 2016 | by Nat Young

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…

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Never underestimate the importance of the ‘Status Quo’
Wed 17th Aug 2016 | by Christine Caffrey

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.…

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How to handle difficult conversations with employees
Tue 16th Aug 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Workplace Boredom
Mon 15th Aug 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Office Gossip may be damaging your business
Fri 12th Aug 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

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…

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SA Law join the Hornets as Official Legal Partner and Solicitor
Fri 12th Aug 2016 | by Robert Ryall

SA Law join the Hornets as Official Legal Partner and Solicitor

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An employer’s guide to tackling bullying and harassment at work
Thu 11th Aug 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

SA Law Senior Associate Keely Rushmore explains in The Guardian how best to handle bullying and harassment in the workplace...

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From body odour to skimpy clothes - the conversations managers dread
Wed 10th Aug 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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How to handle bullying at work
Mon 8th Aug 2016

Undetected or unresolved bullying at work can have a detrimental impact on employee morale and performance, absence levels, and staff turnover, and if…

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How firms can stop employees from trying to “catch ‘em all” in the office
Wed 27th Jul 2016

Publication: Real Business

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Celebrating the launch of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival
Wed 20th Jul 2016 | by Julie Gingell

SA Law are once again the platinum sponsor of the St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival.

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Pokemon, Go! Catching Pokemon in the workplace
Mon 18th Jul 2016

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…

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Introducing…Tom Lawrence
Mon 11th Jul 2016

A big welcome to Tom Lawrence, who has joined our Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution team as Partner.Formerly with Islington firm Bolt Burdon,…

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Buyer Beware!
Mon 11th Jul 2016 | by Lynsey Newman

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…

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Ahead of the game with Heads of Terms
Mon 11th Jul 2016 | by Jacqui Button

Good communication in property transactions is very important.Buyers & Sellers, Landlords & Tenants and Developers usually want their transaction…

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Brexit – a litigator’s view of the current position
Mon 11th Jul 2016 | by Simon Walsh

The result of the EU Referendum has sparked much comment, speculation and uncertainty across most aspects of our personal and business lives but, for…

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SA Law golf day raises £1,600 for Watford FC Community Sports Education Trust
Mon 11th Jul 2016 | by John Moore

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…

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Brexit: Employment Law
Sun 10th Jul 2016

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…

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Momentum builds to ease access to telecoms sites
Tue 5th Jul 2016 | by Lynsey Newman

Publication: Planning ResourceA Department for Culture Media & Sports (DCMS) report issued last month proposes a radical overhaul of the Electronic…

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Saying ‘No’ to holiday requests
Mon 4th Jul 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Publication: People Management

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Supreme Court confirms reinstatement order for Scottish fingerprints expert
Thu 30th Jun 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Publication: People ManagementThe remedy for a successful unfair dismissal claim is usually compensation but employment tribunals do have alternative…

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Land Registry fraud and errors
Tue 28th Jun 2016 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

Publication: Solicitors Journal

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GPs call for workers to be able to self certify sickness for up to 14 days
Fri 24th Jun 2016

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…

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Contractual interpretation: what’s there and what’s not
Fri 17th Jun 2016 | by Peter Goodman

So, you’ve successfully navigated the occasionally perilous waters of negotiation and reached an agreeable foundation for a deal, but what are the next…

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Congratulations to all who took part in the St Albans Half Marathon
Wed 15th Jun 2016 | by Terence Ritchie

SA Law were extremely proud to be sponsors of the St Albans Half Marathon for yet another year.

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The football club, the doctor & a lot of dirty laundry
Wed 15th Jun 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Chelsea Football Club’s (now former) first-team doctor, Eva Carneiro, first hit the headlines last summer after being publically criticised by Jose Mourinho…

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The National Minimum Wage: How to adhere to the requirements
Tue 14th Jun 2016 | by Domonique McRae

In recent months, there has been no shortage of press coverage relating to the payment of national minimum wage and the alleged failure of many businesses…

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Victims of modern slavery to be awarded compensation in landmark High Court ruling
Tue 14th Jun 2016

Six Lithuanian men who were exploited by British company, DJ Houghton Chicken Catching Services after being trafficked to the UK will be awarded compensation…

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Early Conciliation is helping to resolve employment disputes
Tue 14th Jun 2016

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…

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Victims of modern slavery to be awarded compensation in landmark High Court ruling
Tue 14th Jun 2016

Six Lithuanian men who were exploited by British company, DJ Houghton Chicken Catching Services after being trafficked to the UK will be awarded compensation…

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Getting over the line: What happens when a buyer refuses to pay up?
Thu 9th Jun 2016 | by Lynsey Newman

Publication: Prime Resi

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Companies House: Filing Changes
Thu 2nd Jun 2016

From 30 June 2016, the filing requirements at Companies House will see changes and it is important that all directors and company secretaries familiarise…

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Companies House: filing changes
Thu 2nd Jun 2016 | by Chris Wilks

From 30 June 2016, the filing requirements at Companies House will see changes.

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Justified threats? New Bill Changes Intellectual Property Litigation
Thu 26th May 2016 | by Nat Young

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…

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High heels dress code row prompts parliamentary petition for law change
Fri 20th May 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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High Heels: treading the wrong side of the law
Thu 19th May 2016 | by Gill Garrett

Publication: The TimesGill Garret, Partner & Head of Finance and Chris Cook, Partner & Head of Employment comment in The Times.Last week Nicola…

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How can SMEs offset the cost of the National Living Wage?
Thu 19th May 2016

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.…

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Congratulations to Heurelho Gomes, WFC Player of the Season 2015-16
Thu 19th May 2016 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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Going international: Opening a New York Office
Tue 17th May 2016

We chat with Dan McCarthy from international financial recruitment specialists One Search about successfully opening a New York office. We find out what…

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Holidaying abroad or considering a permanent move?
Tue 17th May 2016 | by Christine Caffrey

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…

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Striking the right balance in response to the national living wage
Mon 9th May 2016

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…

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What if my former partner decides to represent themselves?
Fri 6th May 2016 | by Marilyn Bell

There are lots of resources online about, or for, someone representing themselves in legal proceedings when it comes to divorce or separation. But knowing…

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Your contract still means exactly what it says – unless the clause is one which requires contractual variations to be in writing
Wed 4th May 2016 | by Clare Mackay

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…

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Top 10 tips for finding new business premises
Fri 22nd Apr 2016 | by Gary Dunger

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…

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The impact of a Brexit on UK Employment law
Fri 22nd Apr 2016

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…

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Pregnancy and Maternity Discrimination in the Workplace
Tue 19th Apr 2016

New research commissioned by The Equality and Human Rights Commission has revealed that pregnancy and maternity discrimination continues to play a significant…

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What the Modern Slavery Act means for your business
Thu 14th Apr 2016 | by Domonique McRae

The Modern Slavery Act (MSA) was introduced on 29 October 2015 and places an obligation on businesses to disclose the steps they take to eliminate slavery…

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Shared Parental Leave: One year on
Wed 13th Apr 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Introducing Domonique McRae
Tue 12th Apr 2016

This month, we’re delighted to welcome Domonique McRae as a valued addition to our expanding Employment team.Domonique has a great deal to offer…

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Introduction of the National Living Wage
Mon 11th Apr 2016

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…

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ICO issues guidance on preparing for the EU General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR)
Thu 7th Apr 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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SA Law Sponsors Watford FC 2016 Golf Day
Wed 30th Mar 2016 | by Robert Ryall

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…

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Employment Appeal Tribunal rules on suspending childcare vouchers during maternity leave
Mon 28th Mar 2016

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has ruled that childcare vouchers administered by way of salary sacrifice scheme form part of an employee’s remuneration…

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SA Law is proud to sponsor the 2016 St Albans half marathon
Wed 16th Mar 2016 | by Terence Ritchie

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…

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Supreme Court rules on vicarious Liability
Tue 15th Mar 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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What would a “Brexit” mean for UK Employment law?
Tue 15th Mar 2016

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…

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What every business needs to know about The General Data Protection Regulation
Mon 14th Mar 2016 | by Chris Cook

Legislative bodies in Europe have agreed radical reforms to European Union data protection guidelines but it will take time, money and careful planning…

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Increase of compensation limits payable under employment law
Thu 10th Mar 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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The Berkhamsted Half Marathon
Thu 10th Mar 2016 | by Glenda Ferneyhough

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…

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Holiday pay case law
Wed 9th Mar 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

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…

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Top 5 employment policies that every employer should have
Tue 8th Mar 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Employment policies are vital to ensure that both employers and employees understand their respective obligations, and how the working relationship should…

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You can’t put a price on protection – or can you?
Tue 8th Mar 2016 | by Simon Walsh

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…

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Crowdfunding around the Campfire
Mon 7th Mar 2016 | by Julie Gingell

Ever wondered what it takes to make a crowdfunding campaign truly successful?

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Derbyshire NHS Trust “scandal”: when should an employer give in?
Fri 26th Feb 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Publication: HR MagazineA recent employment tribunal decision has placed Derbyshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust at the centre of a tabloid frenzy,…

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Cyber Crime: The shocking rise in Senior Management committing fraud
Thu 25th Feb 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Publication: City A.MCyber crime targeting British businesses has rocketed 130 per cent over the past two years, with so-called “silver fraudsters” stepping…

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Contract terms and bad bargains – goodbye to commercial common sense?
Fri 19th Feb 2016 | by Clare Mackay

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…

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Government publishes draft gender pay gap reporting regulations
Thu 11th Feb 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

The government has published long awaited details of the proposed Equality Act (Gender Pay Gap Information) Regulations 2016 as part of its ongoing commitment…

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Starbucks employee wins dyslexia discrimination claim
Wed 10th Feb 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

An employee has described how she contemplated suicide after suffering discrimination on grounds of her dyslexia, by her employer, Starbucks.The employment…

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Surviving Succession
Wed 10th Feb 2016 | by Catherine Robson

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…

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Coercive Control & Family Proceedings
Tue 9th Feb 2016 | by Kiran Beeharry

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.…

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Why employers should not turn a blind eye to discrimination in the workplace
Wed 3rd Feb 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Publication: People ManagementA recent case, involving a female banker, shows the potential cost of defending discrimination cases. The case demonstrates…

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Business profile: Gill Garrett
Tue 19th Jan 2016 | by Gill Garrett

Publication: Hertfordshire LifeHertfordshire Life interview Gill Garrett, the director of finance and business support at SA Law.How did you get started…

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Spotlight on whistleblowing
Mon 18th Jan 2016 | by Keely Rushmore

Publication: HR MagazineWhistleblowing is once again in the spotlight with the news that the former Co-operative Group procurement director, Kath Harmeston…

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Getting what you wish for
Mon 18th Jan 2016 | by Simon Walsh

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…

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Top 10 Tips for preparing a presentation
Mon 18th Jan 2016

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…

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The end of privacy in the workplace
Fri 15th Jan 2016

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’…

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Why do wives issue divorce proceedings?
Tue 12th Jan 2016 | by Marilyn Bell

Although the divorce rate is falling, statistics show that more wives than husbands issue divorce proceedings.Lots of reasons are put forward for this.…

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Employment Law 2016: What to expect?
Mon 11th Jan 2016 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Non-disclosure: Surely Imerman must go
Wed 23rd Dec 2015

Recently the Supreme Court considered the effect of non-disclosure upon Consent Orders and agreements through family proceedings. There is a subtle difference…

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Avoiding a brush with the law
Wed 23rd Dec 2015

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Christmas Carols? Mind the discrimination claim.
Mon 21st Dec 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: The BriefIt’s the heart of the Christmas holiday period – tinsel and baubles are liberally strewn across desks, monitors and just about any…

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What the divorce form error really means
Fri 18th Dec 2015

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…

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The rise in accountancy mergers
Wed 16th Dec 2015

Publication: EconomiaThe accountancy sector has seen a decrease in practice numbers and an increase in the number of mergers. The question is, why the…

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Office Christmas parties: Managing the aftermath of fights between employees
Wed 16th Dec 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: People ManagementOffice parties should be enjoyable events for everyone concerned. However, incidents can arise which require disciplinary…

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Sickness absence during the Christmas period
Wed 16th Dec 2015 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Required reading: How to work with restrictive covenants
Tue 15th Dec 2015

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…

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How to deal with seasonal sick leave
Fri 4th Dec 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: People ManagementTaking time off work when unfit due to illness is generally accepted by employers as a basic right of all employees. However,…

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Fraud in the workplace
Thu 3rd Dec 2015

Fraud in the workplace continues to be a significant threat to UK businesses, causing annual reported losses of over £1.5 billion. Large organisations…

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How to survive a workplace crisis
Wed 2nd Dec 2015

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…

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Posts and tweets are the human face of the law
Fri 27th Nov 2015

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…

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Fraud in the workplace & insurance trends
Fri 27th Nov 2015

Guest Author Jared Jackson, Assistant Division Manager at Centor Insurance & Risk Management, shares his thoughts on the current fraud trends…

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The value in appointing a legal practitioner to administer an estate
Thu 26th Nov 2015

Publication: Private Client AdviserThe dispute regarding the administration of the estate of Mrs Kathleen Lilley has highlighted an uncomfortable risk.…

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The value in appointing a legal practitioner to administer an estate
Thu 26th Nov 2015 | by Catherine Robson

Publication: Private Client AdviserThe dispute regarding the administration of the estate of Mrs Kathleen Lilley has highlighted an uncomfortable risk.…

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Top Tips for the stages of a fraud investigation
Wed 25th Nov 2015 | by Clare Mackay

Assemble your team – keep it small and on a “need to know” basis. Appoint people unconnected and independent of the suspected fraudster. Instruct lawyers…

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When Child Arrangements Go Wrong
Wed 25th Nov 2015

Sadly many separating parents have been involved in disputes regarding their children, some of which will have gone into Court proceedings.Parents who…

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The Impact of out of hours conduct on employment relationships
Fri 20th Nov 2015 | by Chris Cook

International law firm, Goldberg Segalla has decided to terminate its partnership with lawyer, Clive O’Connell following offensive comments made by Mr…

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Community Action Dacorum’s 2015 AGM
Fri 20th Nov 2015

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…

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SA Law leads the pack for recommended lawyers in Legal 500 in Hertfordshire
Tue 17th Nov 2015

The two leading UK legal directories – Chambers & Partners and The Legal 500 – have revealed the results of their 2015 research, with The Legal 500…

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Pensions – A freedom too far?
Tue 17th Nov 2015

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…

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Top Tips to avoid the perils of the office Christmas party
Mon 16th Nov 2015

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…

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SA Law Family team wins for professionals
Mon 16th Nov 2015

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…

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What a difference a name makes
Thu 12th Nov 2015 | by Chris Cook

The Equality Act 2010 protects current and former employees as well as job applicants from being subject to discrimination by existing, former or potential…

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Berkhamsted Fireworks went off with a bang!
Wed 11th Nov 2015

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…

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Litigants in Person
Wed 11th Nov 2015

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…

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Evolve Housing + Support
Tue 10th Nov 2015

I recently had the pleasure of attending the brand launch celebration event for Evolve Housing + Support at the House of Commons. Evolve was previously…

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All change – Moving the goalposts on penalty clauses
Mon 9th Nov 2015

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…

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Acas publish free guidance on how to conduct workplace investigations
Mon 9th Nov 2015 | by Chris Cook

Unfortunately, problems in the workplace are inevitable.Whilst many issues will be best dealt with in an informal manner, employers will sometimes need…

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Has the time come for ‘No Fault’ Divorce?
Tue 3rd Nov 2015 | by Christine Caffrey

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.…

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How to survive a disciplinary hearing – advice for accountants
Mon 2nd Nov 2015

Publication: Accountancy LiveAs an accountant or an accounting firm, the prospect of a disciplinary hearing in front of your professional body or even…

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Mines & Minerals: What Indeminity Insurers will assess
Sun 1st Nov 2015

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…

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The Chancellor has made employers responsible for their gardeners’ pensions
Mon 26th Oct 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: SpearsEmployers must contribute to the pensions of their domestic help or face a tax evader’s fine under the government’s automatic enrollment…

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Your very own mansion – for £18,000
Mon 26th Oct 2015

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…

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Prescriptive Rights of Way
Thu 22nd Oct 2015

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,…

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In search of Settlement
Tue 20th Oct 2015

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…

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The Reality of Failure to Educate Claims
Wed 14th Oct 2015

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…

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The Tyco ruling: an ECJ judgement that’s good news for carers and travelling salesmen
Wed 14th Oct 2015 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Top 10 Tips on getting through divorce
Wed 7th Oct 2015

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…

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Changes to Section 21 Notices
Fri 2nd Oct 2015

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…

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SA Law creates commemorative Recipe Book in celebration of St Albans & Harpenden Food & Drink Festival
Thu 24th Sep 2015 | by Julie Gingell

SA Law is the proud headline sponsor of the St Albans and Harpenden Food & Drink Festival, the annual event which celebrates independent culinary…

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Legal Blog: How to prepare for ‘failure to educate’ claims
Wed 23rd Sep 2015

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…

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Disability in the workplace: what is a ‘reasonable’ adjustment?
Mon 21st Sep 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: People ManagementAnd how much should employers be spending on it?Recent reports that retired Paralympian skier Jade Etherington is struggling…

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Rights for the Left Handed
Wed 16th Sep 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: HR DirectorLast month saw the annual Left Handers Day with tweets hashtagged #lefthandersday posting pictures of the hardships left handers…

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Charity Trustees: Personal Liabilities (Part 3)
Tue 15th Sep 2015

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…

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Universal credit / Variation of Maintenance
Tue 15th Sep 2015

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…

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Averting Divorce: Is there a recipe for Marital Success?
Mon 14th Sep 2015 | by Marilyn Bell

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…

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Charity Trustees: Charitable Reserves (Part 2)
Sun 13th Sep 2015

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…

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Charity Trustees: Responsibilities (Part 1)
Fri 11th Sep 2015

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…

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UK Employment Law Changes October 2015
Wed 9th Sep 2015 | by Chris Cook

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,…

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Small Acts of Kindness
Tue 8th Sep 2015 | by Julie Gingell

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…

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Dating & Divorce: Advice from a family law solicitor
Fri 4th Sep 2015

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…

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Divorce through the ages
Fri 4th Sep 2015 | by Marilyn Bell

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…

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Ultra Divorce – Marathon
Wed 2nd Sep 2015

“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.…

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Congratulations to Peter Goodman who has been appointed Trustee and Director of Herts Mind Network
Tue 1st Sep 2015 | by Peter Goodman

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…

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Electricity sparks changes for Discrimination Law
Tue 1st Sep 2015 | by Chris Cook

The case of CHEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD v Komisia za zashtita ot diskriminatsi has sent electrifying sparks through discrimination law and may have…

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Ten family law transformations
Fri 28th Aug 2015

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…

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EU Succession Law: What Brussels IV means for wills and inheritance in Europe
Fri 28th Aug 2015 | by Catherine Robson

Publication: SpearsCatherine Robson lays out the EU’s succession law, and how it affects you.Determining which law will govern matters arising from a…

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Pets and Pre-nups
Tue 25th Aug 2015

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…

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Fraudulent school place applications
Mon 24th Aug 2015

Publication: BBC London 94.9Clare Mackay was on BBC London 94.9 this morning talking to Penny Smith & Paul Ross about School Admission…

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New guidance on mental health disclosures clarifies what police can share with employers
Thu 20th Aug 2015 | by Chris Cook

Publication: People ManagementHome Office revises what information should and shouldn’t be given out during vetting checksAn employer may request a Disclosure…

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New corporate statements on slavery and human trafficking
Tue 11th Aug 2015

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…

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New corporate statements on slavery and human trafficking
Tue 11th Aug 2015 | by Chris Wilks

As of October 2015, new government guidelines will be implemented to ensure companies are not committing acts of modern slavery or human trafficking.

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I’ve been completely cut out of my mother’s will – can I make a claim?
Fri 7th Aug 2015

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…

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I’ve been completely cut out of my mother’s will – can I make a claim?
Fri 7th Aug 2015 | by Clare Mackay

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.

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New proposal for the Immigration Bill: Landlords to evict illegal immigrants
Tue 4th Aug 2015 | by Chris Cook

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…

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SA Law completes the 2015 RideLondon 100
Tue 4th Aug 2015

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…

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SA Law are proud to be part of the Landlord Investment Show – 24th September
Tue 4th Aug 2015

SA Law are proud to be involved with this year’s North London & Hertfordshire Landlord Investment Show.The show intends to connect landlords, investors,…

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Enforcing Financial Orders: Welcome changes are on the horizon
Fri 31st Jul 2015

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…

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SA Law take part in Prudential RideLondon 100 for Peace Hospice Care
Fri 31st Jul 2015

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…

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Ten habits of highly effective employers
Wed 29th Jul 2015 | by Chris Cook

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…

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Will Power: How to protect your estate from claims under the Inheritance Act
Wed 29th Jul 2015 | by Catherine Robson

The Court of Appeal decisionThe recent Court of Appeal ruling in the case of Ilott v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797 has shown that the Court may now be more…

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Cricket Update: SA Law v Hillier Hopkins
Fri 24th Jul 2015

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,…

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Increased Court fees for divorce
Fri 24th Jul 2015

The Government has recently announced that it intends to increase Court fees relating to divorce proceedings. The current fee, which is payable upon lodging…

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Stepfamilies and How to Survive Them
Tue 21st Jul 2015

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…

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SA Law extends 10th birthday celebrations to clients
Mon 20th Jul 2015

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…

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SA Law are taking part in Prudential RideLondon 100
Fri 17th Jul 2015

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…

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The end of disguised investment management fees?
Fri 10th Apr 2015 | by Peter Goodman

New anti-avoidance provisions have brought management fees squarely into the firing line.

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New Drug-Driving Laws Unleashed
Thu 12th Mar 2015 | by Chris Cook

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,…

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SA Law takes part in the St Albans Professional Services Hub ‘City of Expertise’ campaign launch
Thu 8th Jan 2015 | by Julie Gingell

I along with my colleagues Peter Goodman and Victoria Thomson were delighted to be involved in the launch of the St Albans Professional…

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