The Unfortunate Case Of The Prodigal Son & The Euromillions Winner

In the case of Dawes and Beedle v Dawes and Dawes (unreported), His Honour Judge Gerald has dismissed the claim of a son against his parents for cutting him out of...


Wife Receives Largest Divorce Settlement Recorded

The wife of a Russian born billionaire oil and gas trader has been awarded £453 million in a recent divorce settlement. Hailed to be the largest divorce settlement recorded, the...


Civil Mediation: “Get On With It”

In the case of Thakkar and Another v Patel and Another [2017] EWCA Civ 117, the Court of Appeal has given further credence to the risks parties face by not...


Judicial Review – Time is of the Essence

A site in the green belt, and within an area of outstanding natural beauty, which was further protected by a long established local development policy, was not sufficiently protected to...


Top Tips to Appointing Agents & Distributors

With Brexit on the way we are being told to reconnect with our proud trading heritage and ‘export, export, export’, but where do you start? Two of the key ways...


Gender Pay Gap Reporting

The new duty requiring large employers to publish specific information on the gender pay gap within their workplace came in to effect in April 2017. The Equality Act 2010 (Gender...


Supreme Court: Clarification Regarding Indirect Discrimination

To succeed with an indirect discrimination claim, is it necessary to establish the reason for the particular disadvantage to which a group is put, compared to another? No, held the Supreme...


General Election 2017: Five Things To Know About Politics In The Workplace

Can employers prevent staff from political campaigning at work? Should employees be banned from displaying their political allegiance, for example by wearing a campaign badge? What if colleagues fall out over...


‘Some Other Substantial Reason’ Dismissal

Is there a particularly high threshold for an employer when dismissing an employee because of ‘some other substantial reason’ (SOSR)? No, held the EAT in Ssekisonge v Barts Health NHS Trust, rejecting...


High Court Gives a Colourful Planning Decision – Council Wrong to Issue Section 215 Notice Against Red & White Striped Property

The High Court has handed down judgment in favour of a landowner who painted the exterior of her Kensington townhouse in red and white stripes in the case of Lisle-Mainwaring...


Equal Civil Partnerships Campaign

A recent survey undertaken by Populus suggests popular support for the extension of civil partnerships. The report shows that three in five people think that civil partnerships should be available...


Prenuptial Agreements: An Overview

Historically, prenuptial agreements were deemed “unromantic” and reserved to celebrities and the super rich. However, such agreements are now increasingly being used by couples seeking financial autonomy. In many cases,...