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Dilapidations claims

The issue of dilapidations on lease expiry has increasingly cropped up in recent years. The increase in such cases reflects, in part at least, the poor economic climate in which they first arose. Whilst cases don’t often reach court, the courts have tended to err on the side of the landlord in those that have been reported.


Legal Eagles Fly High With Video Conferencing

The legal landscape continues to evolve. Changes in legislation and working procedures are inspiring a more technological driven legal process with video conferencing playing an increasingly influential role.


International Divorces – a complex matter

How are the courts dealing with international aspects of divorce cases?

International marriages are no longer unusual. Where the marriage breaks down the issues are potentially complex because of the inherent jurisdictional issues. The recognition of foreign divorces is governed by Part II of the Family Law Act 1986 Act. Family lawyers are increasingly dealing with divorce cases with an international element.


Cyber Crime: Know your enemy

If any law firm were to harbour a blasé attitude towards cyber security matters, events of the past month will have proved a wake-up call. First came the Heartbleed virus – an accident of software which spread with all the ferocity of bird flu – swiftly followed by a missive from the Law Society regarding a phishing email scam


Distress for Rent Abolished

As from the 6th April 2014, The Tribunals Courts and Enforcement Act 2007 (TCE Act) has abolished Distress for Rent and has been replaced with a new regime of Commercial Rent Arrears Recovery (CRAR).

Early Conciliation: The new Acas scheme encouraging early conciliation

Under the new Early Conciliation Scheme, potential claimants must first go through Acas. But what does it mean for employers?

The Scheme is billed by Acas as “the free, fast and less stressful alternative to an employment tribunal for resolving workplace disputes”. Anyone seeking to lodge a claim with the Employment Tribunal must, from 6 May, first go through the new dispute resolution Scheme before starting a formal claim.


Signed, sealed, delivered…unless I’m out of the office.

How you can easily receive and sign important legal documents on the go.


Unoccupied Property Insurance

Unoccupied properties come in all shapes and sizes. The only common denominator is that they are invariably valuable family assets that need to be properly protected. All the while a property remains empty it’s much more vulnerable to loss or damage with extra risks such as arson, malicious damage, attempted theft or weather damage often making them more difficult and expensive to insure.


Civil litigation cases and a procedural muddle

When might the courts reinstate a case? When lawyers have not follow procedure. In the unusual case of Duce v Worcestershire Acute Hospital NHS Trust [2014] EWCA Civ 249, the Court of Appeal reinstituted a case that had earlier been struck out, following a rather chequered procedural history.


Work Referral

With the advent of cheap air travel, the property boom and easy credit of the early 2000s, combined with the British desire to acquire a place in the sun, firms are increasingly called upon to advise on all the legal issues that arise from owning assets abroad. Not being able to provide this specialist advice doesn’t mean losing clients for good.


The Best Law Blogs: Are You Missing Out? (Part 4 – the international blogosphere)

As we continue our round-up of the best law blogs in the business, it’s time to look overseas. Operating in a truly global marketplace requires a keen eye across the time zones, from legislative developments in the EU to persuasive rulings in the Commonwealth, and from the ‘Tiger Economies’ of Asia to legal headlines across the pond


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