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  • 13 June 2016

    Ex-wife receives £300,000 settlement 20 years after divorce

    Kathleen Wyatt, the ex-wife of Dale Vince, has succeeded in securing a lump sum payment of £300,000 almost 20 years after the couple divorced. Mr Vince is the founder of the wind-power firm, Ecotricity and he is reported to have a net worth of £107,000,000. Read more

  • 24 May 2016

    Can you keep your home after a divorce?

    A big concern for many divorcing couples is whether or not one of the parties is able to retain the family home after the financial aspects of the divorce have been dealt with. Read more

  • 17 May 2016

    Putting your affairs in order: from PETs to LPAs

    Nobody likes to think about life coming to an end. But organising your affairs can only be of benefit to you and your family. Karen Bacon outlines what to consider. Read more

  • 4 May 2016

    Are your PSC registers in place yet?

    The legal requirement for companies to keep a register of persons of significant control (PSCs) came into force on 6 April 2016. All companies and LLPs should now have a register in place and be taking reasonable steps to identify any "persons of significant control" (PSCs). Read more

  • 4 May 2016

    Agency Law: How much do you need to pay an agent on termination?

    Unless you are terminating the relationship with your agent on the grounds of a "fundamental breach" having been committed by the agent, you may need to make a lump sum payment to that agent. This lump sum can include notice payment, payment of commission on all orders taken up to the date of termination, commission on future orders mainly attributable to the agent's efforts for a reasonable period and a "compensation" or "indemnity" payment. Read more

  • 28 April 2016

    Prince dies without leaving a Will

    News coming in from the United States is that the multimillionaire musician Prince died without leaving a Will and that court proceedings in relation to his estate have already commenced. Read more

  • 25 April 2016

    Raking over the ashes: rights to the body and funeral disputes

    We look at the issues surrounding who has the right to the body after death. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    The effect of commission on holiday pay

    Article 7 of the Working Time Directive (WTD) gives workers the right to be paid during their annual leave. Unfortunately, it does not then specify how holiday pay should be calculated. In British Gas Trading Ltd v Lock and anor, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has confirmed the position taken in Bear Scotland Ltd and ors v Fulton: The Working Time Regulations 1998 can be interpreted in line with the WTD, so as to include results-based commission payments when calculating holiday pay for the basic four weeks' annual leave. Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    National Living Wage: Updated guidance on calculating National Minimum Wage

    Following the introduction of the Government's National Living Wage on 1 April 2016, The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) has issued new guidance on calculating the National Minimum Wage: Read more

  • 8 April 2016

    Lay-offs and short-time working

    In Craig v Bob Lindfield and Son Ltd, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has held that there is no implied term that a period of lay-off will be no more than is reasonable. In this case, an employee who resigned after being laid off for four and a half weeks without pay was not found to have been constructively dismissed, as there had been a genuine downturn in work which led to the employer operating a contractual lay-off clause and the employer had a reasonable expectation that further work would become available within four weeks. Read more