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The St Albans Nutcracker Trail
St Albans welcomes 10 Nutcrackers to the City from 19th November to 22nd December. Find out more about how to get involved in the nutcracker trail.
SA Law is pleased to return as the principal sponsor of the Harpenden Christmas Carnival 2022
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! We are so pleased to confirm that SA Law returns as principal sponsor of the Harpenden Christmas Carnival…
SA Law Lawyers Recognised as Outstanding Leaders in Their Fields by Clients and Competitor Law Firms
Chambers & Partners interviews thousands of clients and law firms to identify the lawyers and firms that provide the most value. SA Law has been consistently…
Grandparents’ Role in Family Finances
As anyone with children knows, you never stop being a parent, so it follows that you never stop being a grandparent either.
Tesco’s “Fire and Rehire” Tactics
Dismissal and reengagement, also known as “fire and rehire”, is a practice that can be used by employers when employees refuse to agree to proposed new…
Truss’ “bonfire of workers’ rights” Leaves Lawyers Unconvinced
The Conservative Party’s Liz Truss wants to review existing EU worker protections in an attempt to improve the competitiveness of the UK economy.
New Litigation Solicitor Joins SA Law’s Growing Commercial Services Team
SA Law is pleased to share the news that we have appointed a new commercial litigation & dispute resolution solicitor to further increase the breadth…
Changes to Right to Work Checks
Concessions on right to work checks implemented by the Home Office in the midst of the pandemic, came to an end on 30 September 2022. Gemma Jones explains…
The Legal 500 2023 - Clients praise SA Law’s personal service, communication, and friendly expertise
Clients and peers say SA Law 'provide the very highest levels of legal expertise' and 'exceptional client service'.
Holiday Pay for Part Year Workers
Under the Working Time Regulations, the 5.6 weeks’ annual leave entitlement must not be pro-rated for part-year workers on permanent contracts.
Why does employment status matter?
Employers have a variety of important responsibilities towards their staff and these, along with the rights and protections staff are entitled to, vary…
Document preservation and the 'Wagatha Christie' case
The duty to preserve documents in litigation is taken very seriously and any gaps in the evidence that are disclosed will be thoroughly interrogated,…
Director’s Personal Loans – Risk v Reward
A loan may save the business, but will it put your personal wealth at risk?
Challenging a Will? - What's New?
One of the questions that we are most frequently asked by disappointed family members is whether they can challenge a will in England and Wales before…
What directors can learn from the collapse of NMCN
CFOs and other directors can use the collapse of NMCN to put their own house in order and help ward of the impact of recessionary forces.
SA Law expands employment team
SA Law is proud to welcome James Cresswell and Stephanie Clarke to its employment team, bringing the team size up to seven qualified lawyers.
Providing more support for elderly and vulnerable clients
Tahsin Chasmawala has been awarded the Older Client Law in Practice (OCLP) qualification by Solicitors for the Elderly (SFE), helping her to provide extra…
Insolvency insights - the NMCN collapse
Insolvency solicitor, Helen Young and employment lawyer Nishma Chudasama consider what accountants can learn from the failure of NMCN.
Directors' Personal Loans
Helen Young explores directors' personal loans and the issues that arise if you get into financial difficulties.
Is it time to come back to Collaborative Law?
No-fault divorce could pave the way for a long-overdue revival of the Collaborative Law approach.
I’m a higher earner in a marriage – does gender make a difference?
The family courts see no difference between men and women when it comes down to financial matters on divorce. All statutes and procedural rules are applied…
Sustaining Swifts in St Albans
Thanks to a fantastic initiative to help halt the decline of the swift population, we are hosting (or should that be housing) several nesting boxes.
The Building Safety Act 2022 – What it means and what you need to know
After its debut in Parliament in July 2021, the Building Safety Act 202 (“BSA”) finally received royal ascent on 28 April 2022. The BSA marks a shift…
Marilyn Bell joins the board of the St Albans Business Improvement District (BID)
We are delighted to announce that Marilyn Bell, Partner and head of our family law team, has joined the St Albans BID Board.
Staying safe from the scammers
Both organisations and their customers can be the victims of invoice fraud. What can businesses do to protect or defend themselves?
Benefitting from menopause training
Law firms are recognising the benefits of training that raises awareness of the effects of menopause amongst staff.
Trialling the 4-day working week
70 businesses are taking part in a 4-day working week trial, for no loss of pay. What could this mean for employers, employees and customer service?
Inspiring Herts Awards 2022 – A Night To Remember
Celebrating the best that Hertfordshire has to offer, the annual ‘Oscars of Hertfordshire’ awards ceremony was a feast for all the senses.
Could your employees work from home abroad?
UK skills shortages and a challenging recruitment market have led some employers to consider allowing staff to work from home abroad. Could this be a…
International Family Law in a Post-Pandemic World
Fingers crossed, we are now in a post-pandemic world. What does that mean and what lessons have we learned? What trends do we see? I, for one, have experienced…
The Future of Data Protection in the UK
The Queen’s speech on 10th May 2022 confirmed the Government’s intention to reform the UK’s Data Protection Legislation. This presents quite significant…
The Domestic Abuse Act and Family Law
The Domestic Abuse Act received royal assent on 29 April 2021, but what has it done for victims of domestic abuse, their children, and how such matters…
Lady Barclay’s battle
Once a couple divorces, what happens if the financial settlement remains unpaid? In the ongoing battle between the Barclays, Kiran Beeharry considers…
Is London still the divorce capital of Europe?
Brexit has changed the rules on cross-jurisdictional matters involving families and family commercial disputes
Crypto assets make divorces tougher
Increasing investment in crypto currencies and non-fungible tokens (NFTs) is bringing new challenges for divorcing couples.
Fraud Alert - Beware the Bogus Bailiff (Again)
I wrote this article in late 2018 and am revisiting it because the ‘bailiff scam’ is still a problem.An opponent called me this week to find…
No-fault divorce is here: legal experts share their views
In an article where legal experts share their views on the recent update to family law 'no-fault' divorce, Marilyn Bell comments about how no-fault divorce…
What is a no-fault divorce? The new laws explained: How to apply and what the new minimum wait means
Changes introduced by the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Act 2020 are now in effect. In an article on iNews, Marilyn Bell answers the question 'what…
The implications of voluntary liquidations post-Covid
Helen Young and Simon Walsh in SA Law's Commercial Litigation and Dispute Resolution department have written an article for Accountancy Today. The…
Don't ask about salary history if you want to improve the gender pay gap
The Fawcett Society has recently urged employers to stop asking about salary history, due to findings that it contributes to the gender pay gap by keeping…
M&A audit risks – implications of HP and Lynch litigation
In Britain's biggest civil fraud trial, HP wins its High Court claim against Autonomy's founder and chief executive Mike Lynch. Commercial Litigation…
No fault divorce - ending the blame game
A monumental and long-awaited development in family law takes place on 6 April 2022 – the introduction of ‘no-fault’ divorce. Hopefully this long overdue…
Why parental leave policies should be used to attract the best candidates
Personnel Today, has published an article written by SA Law's employment solicitor, Christine Caffrey, about how upgrading parental leave policies will…
Delay, disruption and disputes
Where deliveries are delayed, the most pressing question for either party is ‘can the contract be terminated’? Clare Mackay, Senior Associate in SA Law's…
How mishandling sexual harassment claims can damage a business
In an article for Reward Strategy, Vincent Billings, Corporate Partner, and Gita Patel, Employment Solicitor, spoke about how employers can tackle allegations…
Co-op shop floor workers win equal pay row
Reward Strategy has published a online article about shop floor workers at Co-op having successfully won a legal argument over securing equal pay.Beth…
SA Law sponsors 2022 Inspiring Herts Awards
Businesses of all sizes encouraged to share their success stories and enter the Inspiring Herts Awards.
Children as Social Media Influencers
Over the last decade or so, there has been an explosion of social media platforms. I remember the days when all you had was a choice of MySpace or Bebo,…
Delays, excuses, and termination of contracts
What can you do when a contract has not been performed on time? Delay can happen as the result of many factors, ranging from goods being stuck further…
Family run businesses and succession planning
Marilyn Bell (Partner and Head of Family Law team) and Simon Walsh (Partner in the Commercial Litigation & Dispute Resolution team)…