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  • 14 July 2015

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  • 29 May 2015

    Costs can be awarded even if an employee cannot afford to pay

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  • 20 May 2015

    Increase in “round table meetings” following divorce

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  • 18 May 2015

    Using confidential information in a new job

    The law provides protection for a business’ confidential information. This protection is often strengthened through formal confidentiality provisions in contracts or specific non-disclosure agreements. However, there can often be considerable uncertainty as to whether knowledge that an employee develops is confidential information protected in law, or whether it is the employee's own knowledge that he is free to exploit elsewhere after his employment. Read more

  • 11 May 2015

    Court allows Consent Order to be varied

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  • 27 April 2015

    Campaign for “blame-free” divorce

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