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Dispute Resolution team

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The Dispute Resolution team adds value by ensuring that time is taken at the outset of a matter to understand a client’s specific objectives, and then giving clear, practical advice tailored to that client’s particular circumstances and objectives.

We provide a personal, attentive service, offering good availability and speed of response. We are informal where appropriate, whilst always professional. We have great strength and depth in numbers, with a wide range of experience, enabling clients and their issues to be matched to the most appropriate lawyer. We have lawyers who are true specialists in their chosen fields. We offer flexible funding arrangements, we enjoy excellent relations with assorted leading barristers’ chambers, enabling us to secure the most appropriate counsel on the best possible terms for our clients.

David Feakins
 

Covid19 and the rental market

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Emergency legislation is being implemented which will stop landlords from issuing proceedings to evict tenants. The Government announced radical measures yesterday. These measures ensure that no renter, in either social or private accommodation, will be...

Common misconceptions about solicitors and how they work

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A lot of people may feel concerned about the prospect of having to speak to a solicitor. It may be that you want to discuss a family issue, a dispute you are having with a neighbour or wanting to prepare a will. Solicitors are here to provide the support...

Rooney vs Vardy... off the pitch!

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Disputes caused by social media are on the rise. Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy, the respective wives of footballers Wayne and Jamie, have very publicly fallen out. Coleen has made allegations that Rebekah sold stories to the tabloids taken from...

The gay footballer Twitter account

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It’s amazing to think that, in 2019, there are no players who identify as LGBTQ+ in the top tiers of men’s football in the UK. Although former Aston Villa midfielder, Thomas Hitzlsperger, recently came out, he did not do so until after he had...

Esports: Fortnite World Cup $30m prize pool

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Taking the esport world by storm, the first Fortnite World Cup has recently finished. With a $30 million prize pool (around £24 million) being awarded to the competitors, the event provided the biggest prize pool ever seen at an esports event. With...

Esports: professional Fortnite gamer sues Faze Clan

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Professional esports gamer, Tfue, is suing his esports team, Faze Clan. Tfue is one of the most popular professionals on the game Fortnite. He is taking legal action against esports team, Faze Clan, as he alleges they are limiting his opportunities as a...

Contract termination: legal battle with Rugby Australia

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Israel Folau, a rugby player who was recently sacked by Rugby Australia following his homophobic comments made on social media, has had a controversial GoFundMe page shut down. Folau had his contract terminated by Rugby Australia in May, after he said,...

Emiliano Sala transfer - Will a transfer fee be payable?

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It has been reported that Premier League club, Cardiff City, are refusing to pay French Ligue 1 club, Nantes, an agreed £15 million transfer fee for striker Emiliano Sala. Sala sadly died, along with pilot David Ibbotson, when the aircraft they were...

Personal insolvencies at seven-year high

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The Insolvency Service has reported a staggering 16.2% rise in personal insolvencies in England and Wales since 2017. The total number of personal insolvencies increased to 115,229 during 2018, the highest it has been since 2011. As levels of debt increase,...

Insolvency investigation in sports

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A property developer, who received millions of pounds’ worth of funding from a local council to aid the redevelopment of a football stadium, has been banned from running companies for 10 years. Howard Grossman was a director of 1 ST Land Limited (the...

Sporting injuries and a club's duty of care

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Athletes put their bodies on the line when playing sports and, as a result, they become prone to injury. However, recent incidences have highlighted the extent of a club’s duty of care to their athletes. Oxygen supply ...

Patisserie Valerie collapse leaves sour taste

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As high street retailers continue to feel the pressure of falling sales, Patisserie Valerie has become the latest business to enter administration. However, it appears that the collapse is due to other factors, rather than a reduced level of sales. In...

Discrimination in Sports

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Discrimination in sports has received a lot of media attention in the past month or so. Former England women coach Mark Sampson was investigated for allegations of racial discrimination against England player, Eniola Aluko, as well as for “breaching...

The growing world of esports

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As technology improves each year, the world of esports is growing more and more popular. There is now a large number of professional esports teams that participate in a variety of different game formats. The growth of esports is only expected to continue....

Sodje brothers jailed for taking charity money

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It was recently revealed that a sporting family embezzled cash from their own charity, the Sodje Sports Foundation, which had been set up in 2009 to provide sporting facilities in Nigeria. Ex-rugby player Bright Sodje and ex-footballers Stephen Sodje and...

Game, Set and....Fix?

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As Andy Murray waved goodbye to tennis fans at the Australian Open, a much more sinister story emerged from the world of tennis. Months of investigations have led to the arrest of Grigor Sargsyan, an individual who is the suspected ringleader of an...

Changes to Termination Clauses

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On 26 August 2018, the Government announced its proposals to make extensive changes to the insolvency legislation currently in force within the UK. These proposed changes form part of the Government’s focus on “delivering a strong business...

It pays to seek legal advice

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For all of the soap lovers out there, you may have recently watched a storyline that appeared on Hollyoaks. Science teacher, Courtney Campbell, had accepted a loan from the villainous Glenn Donovan, in a bid to secretly assist with the financial problems of...

Have a break... Have a Kyikk Lunsi?

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Us Brits may not be familiar with the Norwegian chocolate bar Kvikk Lunsj. Kudos for those who have tried one, but for those who are unaware, it is a four-fingered wafer treat which looks very similar to a Kit-Kat. Nestlé, the...

FRP 5k Nuclear Mud Run Race

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On a (very) warm Wednesday afternoon, Simon Green, Peter Allen and I took part in FRP Advisory’s 5k Nuclear Mud Run. For those who do not know what is involved with the Mud Run, it’s certainly not for the faint hearted. Along the 5k route there...

Interview with a trainee solicitor at Birkett Long

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Where are you with your training contract? David Feakins : I am currently in my second seat with the Dispute Resolution team , I’ve already spent 6 months with the Divorce & Family team. I spent time as a paralegal at Birkett Long, meaning my...

DIY divorce? The hinges could come off...

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In a world where things seem to be getting more and more expensive, it’s only natural for us to try and save a bit of money wherever possible. The idea of a DIY divorce and not paying for a solicitor may be tempting, but a huge number of people are...

Robot divorces: the future?

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Artificial Intelligence is on the rise. More and more jobs which have traditionally been carried out by us mere humans appear to be at risk. In most supermarkets you no longer receive service with a smile from another human being, instead you hear a recorded...

Birkett Long v Ensors

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Last Thursday, some of Birkett Long’s finest football players were involved in a 5-a-side friendly against Ensors in Ipswich. Organised by our colleague Tom, we piled into his car after work and headed to the game for what was supposed to be a 6.30pm...

Baby boomers

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It has recently been suggested that the so-called “Baby Boom” generation (those born between the 1940s and 1960s) are enjoying a higher level of income and wealth than any other generation born before them. Undoubtedly a great achievement, but...

Dragon Boat Race 2016

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On Sunday 26th June, Birkett Long’s finest rowers took to the River Chelmer to take part in a Dragon Boat Race in aid of Bloodwise UK. With the sun shining down, a total of 22 teams entered the competition with the hope of taking home the...

Inheritance tax payments are on the up

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The latest statistics released by HMRC show that in the first four months of this tax year, they have received £1.62 billion from Inheritance Tax payments: Sound like a lot? Well, to put this into perspective, this figure has risen by 27.3% compared...

It's not all doom and gloom

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Although coming in to discuss your Will may seem a little morbid, a few stories have caught my eye lately that prove you can still raise a smile from beyond the grave. One story explained how Roger Brown, a gentleman from Swansea who sadly passed away from...

Think twice! Use a professional (take 2)

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So, a week or two after my original blog (read here) on the dangers of D.I.Y wills went live, I saw that the Daily Mail is running a front-page promotion entitled “FREE TOMORROW – D.I.Y WILL KIT WORTH £9.99”. This is highly...

Think twice! Use a professional!

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It’s been just over half a year since the Law Society launched its ‘Use a Professional’ campaign. The growth of unregulated and D.I.Y legal services that are readily available to individuals means that more and more people are being exposed...

Lasting Powers of Attorney - Don't leave it too late

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An article in the newspaper caught my eye. A loving husband has seen his wife deteriorate over the past six years after she was diagnosed with the early onset of Alzheimer’s. Fortunately, this couple had the foresight to register Lasting Powers of...

Change to ISAs

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Following Chancellor George Osborne’s Autumn Statement delivered late last year, significant changes are being made to the way in which ISAs operate – and you will be pleased to know that the changes are wholly positive. Previously, spouses who...