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  • 25 July 2014

    Importance of a Consent Order/clean break

    Emma Alfieri often comes across clients who comment that they are dealing with a divorce, or are already divorced, but have not considered financial matters. Here, Emma identifies the importance of dealing with financial matters upon divorce. Read more

  • 21 July 2014

    Pension sharing upon divorce

    Often pensions can be one of the most valuable assets in divorce or civil partnership dissolution after the family home. Emma Alfieri explains the basics of pension sharing upon divorce. Read more

  • 17 July 2014

    Delay in resignation: constructive dismissal?

    A recent decision of the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has considered whether an employee who delays his resignation due to a period of sick leave still has a valid claim for constructive dismissal. Read more

  • 17 July 2014

    Retirement age was objectively justified

    In this long-running case, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has upheld the decision that a compulsory retirement age of 65 was objectively justified. Read more

  • 11 July 2014

    Compulsory pay audits

    The Government has published draft regulations introducing a requirement for employers to undertake and publish equal pay audits, if the employer is found to have breached equal pay legislation. Read more

  • 8 July 2014

    Proposed restriction on zero-hours contracts

    The Government has published the Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill, which includes measures aimed at banning exclusivity clauses in zero-hours contracts. Read more

  • 7 July 2014

    Cohabitation figures show need for law reform

    The Office for National Statistics has analysed the 2001 and 2011 Census data, finding that the proportion of households in the UK which comprise cohabiting couples rose from 14% to 17%.  Of these, 38% of the cohabitating couples had a dependant child. The number of households with married couples fell from 70% to 65%. Read more

  • 27 June 2014

    Civil partnerships to remain available to same sex couples only

    Same sex couples will be able to convert their existing civil partnerships into marriages from 10 December 2014.  This provision was included in the Marriage (Same Sex) Couples Act 2013, although the Government delayed implementation.  Same sex couples have been able to marry since March 2014. Read more

  • 16 June 2014

    Break Clauses – “Form versus Content”

    Break clauses are a subject that will not go away.  A useful reminder of the need to take particular care when negotiating terms at the outset, and strictly complying with them when exercising a break, is provided by the case of Friends Life Limited -v- Siemens Hearing Instruments Limited [2014]. Read more

  • 16 June 2014

    Restrictions on User – Competition Law

    It is fair to say that competition law has been under the radar for many property lawyers, probably due to the fact that when the Competition Act 1998 (“Act”) was enacted, Land Agreements were excluded.  All that changed on 6 4pril 2011, and Land Agreements are now treated in the same way as any other Agreement for the purposes of competition law in the UK. Read more