Business Succession – Failing To Plan Is Planning To Fail

According to Government statistics there were 5.4 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the UK in 2016, making up over 99% of all businesses. Of these, a large number...


Who Should Keep The Engagement Ring?

Noel Coward is quoted as having said: It is unfortunately the case that some people experience broken engagements and, for whatever reason, do not ever make it down the aisle...


School Admissions in Leicester & Leicestershire

Do councils in Leicestershire have a legal obligation to ensure that each child attends a suitably local school? The Leicester City and Leicestershire County Councils have a legal duty to...


The Grounds for Divorce in England & Wales

A common question Family Solicitors get asked is what are the grounds for a divorce. Essentially there is only one answer to this which is that the marriage has irretrievably...


Sharing Pre-Marital Wealth

In a recent case where the parties had been married for 23 years, but the Husband was 21 years older than the Wife, the Court had to consider the fairest...


What Makes A Contribution ‘Special’ In Divorce Proceedings?

In the case of Work v Gray [2017] EWCA Civ 270, the Court of Appeal confirmed that a party’s ‘special contribution’ to a marriage is one such good reason to...


Removing Sixth Form Students

St Olave’s Grammar School in Orpington, London has been at the centre of a row about removing sixth form students because of academic ability. The highly-selective grammar school set a...


School Exclusions – New Guidance

Since 1st September, all maintained schools and academies have to comply with revised statutory guidance on excluding children. The previous version had been in place since 2012, despite an abortive attempt...


Uniform & Gender

A number of recent news stories have highlighted the controversial topic of school uniform and gender. Recent Examples In one case, the Priory School in Lewes, Sussex hit the headlines...


School Admissions

It may seem an odd time to be thinking about school admissions. However, for parents and schools alike, the annual admissions cycle is now getting underway. Application Process The application deadline...


Brand Protection – When Is It ‘Kneaded’?

Taylor Swift is known not only as a world famous music artist but also as an astute business woman. In particular, Ms Swift knows how to protect her branding, as...


Let’s Make…Up?

The Kardashian family have become a household name and have strategically exploited the intellectual property rights in the family name in order to build a Kardashian empire and capitalise on...