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Education law can be complex and there are many different reasons why you may need legal advice. Our Education team includes individuals who specialise in certain sectors, so you are guaranteed a solicitor who has the expertise in the area that you require. The team is made up of specialists working within the relevant principle disciplines – commercial and corporate finance, commercial real estate, employment and HR, and dispute resolution. We regularly work for universities, colleges, and schools, including Multi Academy Trusts.

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Changes to Covid-19 measures impacting schools and colleges

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It was only late last year that the Department for Education re-introduced measures to tackle the spread of Covid-19 after the discovery of the Omicron variant (...

What does "Plan B" mean for educational institutions?

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As a result of the emergence of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, and the discovery that it seems to have a significant reproduction number, the Prime Minister yesterday announced the implementation of “Plan B”. Today, the Department for Education...

Omicron variant - new measures by the department for education

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Over the last few days news has spread of the discovery of a new variant of SARS-CoV-2. New variants are not uncommon and most do not make the news. However, this variant named by the World...

Buying a business in administration - things to know

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Albert Einstein once said “in the midst of every crisis lies great opportunity” and this applies to the buying and selling of businesses. Buying an insolvent company provides an opportunity for buyers to enter a new sector or expand their...

Face coverings in schools? Your questions answered

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On the back of World Health Organisation guidance released on 21 August, which states that “children aged 12 and over should wear a mask under the same conditions as adults, in particular when they cannot guarantee at least a 1-metre distance from...

COVID-19 The impact on borrowers & things to look out for in loan agreements

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No business is sheltered from the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Business owners are turning to their advisers for advice on how to deal with the short term impact of the crisis and also to help plan for the medium term. One of the key considerations for...

Entering into a new contract during the COVID-19 outbreak

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In the UK and around the world, governments have announced a variety of measures to support businesses whilst COVID-19 lockdown restrictions and social distancing measures remain in place. Many businesses are facing commercial and practical...

When can I terminate a commercial agreement?

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Yes, we are talking Brexit again, but not entirely. With Brexit practically upon us, businesses up and down the country might find themselves in unchartered waters wondering how easy or difficult it will be to get out of contractual obligations when the...

Why should you invest in a shareholders' agreement

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Business owners have no problem organising business insurance to protect themselves against known potential risks, yet not all shareholders choose to protect themselves against the known risks involved in owning shares in a company. With all the day to day...

Irish Data Protection Commission begin investigation into Facebook

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Around May 2018, I was very busy assisting clients in their preparations for the then incoming General Data Protection Regulation. I don’t think there was a day around that time that I did not use the acronym “GDPR”. ...

New CAP Code rules on advertising certain foods to children

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On 1 July 2017 new rules banning the advertising of high fat, salt and sugar food and drink products (HFSS) in children’s media came into force. The rules apply across all non-broadcast media including print, online and in social media. A summary of...

Goods Mortgages - consumer protection enhanced?

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Bills of Sale are a way in which individuals can use their goods, which they already own, as security for loans or other obligations whilst retaining possession of those goods. The main type of Bill used is a Security Bill (also known as a Conditional...

Costco loses latest trademark legal battle with Tiffany & Co

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Be careful when making associations with famous brands! Nearly everybody will be aware of the jewellery chain Tiffany & Co and their famous Tiffany rings. A majority of people however may not be aware of the long running legal battle between...

The need for businesses to be careful when advertising

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A TV ad for American Express seen in April 2017 contained a voiceover, part of which claimed that the American Express Platinum Cashback Everyday Credit Card provided 5% cashback on all purchases. Two Complainants challenged that claim on the basis...

Singhsbury's vs Sainsbury's - the battle of the burys

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It seems that a day doesn’t go by without another report relating to the subject appearing in the news and this week is no different, with major newspapers and other media outlets reporting that a large superstore threatened legal action against a...

The rule on penalty clauses applied in the High Court

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In a previous blog (which you can read here) , I discussed the change to the rule on penalty clauses resulting from the Supreme Court’s decision in Cavendish Square Holding BV v Talal El Makdessi and ParkingEye Ltd v Beavis [2015] UKSC 67. In that...

Kylie who?

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I can only imagine what it would be like to be so famous, that I could file a credible opposition to an application to trademark my first name. I should be so lucky… However, that is exactly what Kylie Minogue’s legal team did in opposition to...

The Budget and the outlook for commercial real estate market in 2016

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Chancellor George Osborne made a number of announcements affecting commercial property in the Budget last week. For example, the way Stamp Duty Land Tax (SDLT) on freehold commercial property and leasehold premium transactions is calculated has been changed....

Birkett Long victorious at NatWest's annual quiz night

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On 8th October 2015, over 15 teams from a variety of organisations across Essex attended the Natwest Quiz 2015 at Chelmsford FC to raise money for Havens Hospice. Thanks to Natwest and all the organisations in attendance; over £5,000 was raised! A...

1 down 23 to go...

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I felt both excited and perhaps understandably, slightly nervous on the morning of my first day as a trainee solicitor. Happily, I can report that my nerves quickly subsided; I was made to feel very welcome from the moment I arrived. What was striking...