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Covid-19: Summary guidance for employers

Julie Temple
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  Entitlement to pay and sick pay If an employee is ready, willing and able to work, but for whatever reason the employer does not provide them with work or sends them home they are, in principle, entitled to full pay. If they are unwell they are...

Coronavirus guidance for employers

Julie Temple
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The Prime Minister has said coronavirus could spread 'significantly' and, potentially, a fifth of the workforce could be off sick at its peak. I understand the situation is of growing concern to individuals and employers alike.  At work, both...

Social media influencers: is your post an #Ad?

Tim Field
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With the proliferation of social media influencers, the Advertising Standards Agency (ASA) are cracking down on advertising posts. Do your posts comply with the current guidelines? The ASA has just launched an easy to use flow chart to assist social media...

Force majeure: Is Coronavirus an Act of God?

David Wisbey
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This is one of a number of questions I have been asked by a client about the impact of the coronavirus on supply chains. Our client manufactures car components in factories in China. It also relies on suppliers of sub-components and raw materials that are...

Grenfell Tower - update on new measures

Daniel Sturman
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This month, the government announced new measures to improve the safety of buildings in the wake of the 2017 Grenfell Tower disaster. The new measures are: The creation of a Building Safety Regulator (“BSR”) to oversee the design and management...

"National Divorce Day" 2020 - So how was it for you?

Muntech Kaur
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The phrase "Divorce Day", traditionally the first Monday in January, is coined by the media rather than family lawyers. Many who practice family law, including family lawyers who are Members of Resolution , are likely to agree. So, it is...

Have you considered leaving a legacy in your will?

Phoebe Trott
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Last week, after a devoted Norwich City FC fan sadly passed away, it became clear that he had left a legacy in his will to buy all the players a drink. Did you know there are different types of legacies which could be included in a will, depending on how...

Election update - private client tax implications

Tim Ogle
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So, the first Winter election since 1974 and the first to take place in December since 1923, has returned a Conservative Government. But few would have expected a majority of 80, thanks to the Tories winning so many seats in the traditional Labour heartlands...

Don't talk about Love Island?

Philip Hoddell
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The reality show’s presenter, Caroline Flack, hit the news recently after she was arrested for an alleged assault on her current boyfriend. Now one of her exes has taken to Twitter.  Under the hash tag “#abusehasnogender”, he says that...

Celebrity divorce - be careful it's a jungle out there!

Philip Hoddell
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I previously blogged about non-disclosure agreements (NDAs) and how Paul Hollywood’s girlfriend had allegedly ended their relationship when he asked her to sign one that would effectively have gagged her from talking about their private life. Now it...

Equal rights for same-sex and opposite-sex couples

Karen Johnson
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On 5 November 2019, in one of its final acts before being dissolved in advance of the forthcoming General Election, the House of Lords approved secondary legislation giving opposite-sex couples the right to enter into civil partnerships. Civil partnerships...

The care system in crisis

Liz Jones
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I read an article in the Sunday Telegraph on 13 October 2019 about the real crisis in the care system. It informed readers that vulnerable people who have been paying for their care home but are no longer able to pay, and no longer responsible for their own...

Are you liable for your employees out of hours?

Julie Temple
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A recent case concluded that a business was not liable for a private social media post made by an employee out of hours and using their own equipment. We discussed the implications of this case at recent HR Forums and the reaction was, it’s fair to...

Wills discovered at Lloyds Bank - too late for some

Leah Woodnott
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It has been reported by the Financial Times that Lloyds Bank has discovered approximately 9,000 wills in its database that they did not know they had. As a result, many deceaseds’ estates may have been distributed to incorrect beneficiaries! Lloyds...

Transgender visibility and awareness

Tracy England
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A BBC story today has reported that demand for transgender awareness courses has risen by 50%. According to the Diversity Trust, this is due to changes in the law and increased visibility of trans people. I consider trans visibility to be a crucial issue....

Rooney vs Vardy... off the pitch!

David Feakins
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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...

Farming: the UK's deadliest industry

Katie Gibson-Green
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Farming has now been dubbed as the UK’s “deadliest industry”. It has been named as the most dangerous profession for many years now by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE). Other notoriously dangerous jobs, such as working on a...

Celebrity's multi-million pound inheritance dispute

Amanda Smallcombe
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Actress Elizabeth Hurley’s son, Damian Hurley, has been involved in an inheritance dispute with his multi-millionaire grandfather, Peter Bing. Background Peter Bing is a very wealthy individual. In 1980, Peter set up a family Trust for the benefit...

Amy Winehouse: Back to wills

Leah Woodnott
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The recent news of Amy Winehouse’s ex-husband trying to make a financial claim against her estate, eight years after her passing, provides a stern reminder about the importance of making a will. In 2011, Amy Winehouse died without making a will....

Celebrity separation: Can you have your cake and eat it too?

Philip Hoddell
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Celebrity baker, Paul Hollywood, has certainly hit the headlines this week after his girlfriend, Summer Monteys-Fullam, allegedly dumped him after refusing to sign a non-disclosure agreement. But who is in the right here and what is the legal status of...

The gay footballer Twitter account

David Feakins
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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...

The danger of informal land agreements

Emma Jenkins
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In Pezaro v Borne*, Master Treverson in the Court of Appeal has found that a right of way was not extinguished, on the grounds of proprietary estoppel, when a previous owner of the dominant land orally agreed to its removal. The right of way was still...

Making a will: take advice before a river becomes an ocean!

Lisa Cox
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I was saddened to read last month that there is doubt as to whether George Michael had sufficient capacity to make his last will. He made the will in 2013, and it has been called into question on the basis of his possible consumption of drugs and alcohol....

Wetherspoons will dispute

Rachel Leech
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A will made in a Wetherspoons pub, by a man leaving his estate to his taxi driver, has been declared invalid. Gary Mendez, 57, agreed to leave everything to his taxi driver, Dean Hughes. He made the will in his local Wetherspoons pub, over a pint, months...

Intestacy battle!

Leah Woodnott
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Step-sisters, Anna Winter and Deborah Cutler have gone to the High Court to fight over their potential inheritance after elderly parents, John Scarle and Ann Scarle died from hypothermia at their home in Leigh-on-Sea. John and Ann died without leaving a...

Contract termination: legal battle with Rugby Australia

David Feakins
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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,...

Esports: professional Fortnite gamer sues Faze Clan

David Feakins
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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...

What happens to your online accounts after you die?

Lisa Cox
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In May, Rachel Thompson was victorious in her legal battle with Apple. The process was costly and lasted three years. Mrs Thompson requested access to her late husband’s Apple account that contained 4,500 photos and 900 videos. Apple refused Mrs...

Stan Lee's former manager charged with elder abuse

Leah Woodnott
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It has been alleged that comic book writer, Stan Lee, was a victim of elder abuse by his former manager, Keya Morgan. Morgan has been charged with five counts of elder abuse, including false imprisonment, forgery and fraud. Unfortunately, financial abuse...

Misunderstanding agricultural tenancy can result in termination

Caroline Dowding
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The recent finding in the case of Auliffe and others v Ellis provides a stern reminder to agricultural landlords and tenants alike about the importance of understanding your agricultural tenancy. On the death of a tenant, tenancies under the Agricultural...

Man murdered by his brother due to inheritance dispute

Amanda Smallcombe
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When you are disputing a loved one’s inheritance, emotions will often run high. However, it is rare that someone will take such drastic steps as to murder a sibling. Last week, Richard Martin was convicted of his brother’s murder and was...

Domestic abuse victims' treatment in family courts

Philip Hoddell
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Over 120 MPs from various political parties have written to the Government requesting an inquiry into how the family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic abuse in court proceedings. This is a very important area which has been the subject of...

Inheritance disputes at an all time high

Amanda Smallcombe
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There has been a recent rise in the number of inheritance disputes being heard in court. One of the main reasons for this is due to DIY wills. They may seem like an attractive alternative to instructing a solicitor, but, more often than not, they cause...

R-E-S-P-E-C-T your estate planning!

Leah Woodnott
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My previous blog, “Aretha Franklin dies without making a will ”, concluded that Aretha’s family were left with the uncertainty of not knowing how her estate would be divided, as they believed that the soul singer had not left a will. ...

Finn's Law receives Royal Assent

Lisa Cox
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Last month I was overjoyed to learn the news that Finn’s Law has received Royal Assent and will soon come into force. The new law, formally known as the Animal Welfare (Service Animals) Act 2019, means that causing unnecessary suffering to a service...

Money and divorce: But money can't buy you love

Philip Hoddell
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The winners of Britain’s largest ever lottery prize are in the news this week as they have decided to divorce.  Colin and Christine Weir had normal jobs and had been married for 30 years when they won £161m on the Euro Millions in 2011. 8...

No-deal Brexit: the uncertainty for our farming families

Caroline Dowding
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At the moment, Brexit is always in the news headlines and, whether you are tired of hearing about it or not, its various permutations are inescapable. In the Agriculture and Estates team at Birkett Long, we appreciate that our farming clients may be the most...

Probate fee hike and the impact on charities

Leah Woodnott
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In February, I blogged about the new probate application fee structure, which was set to be introduced on 1 April 2019. At that time, there was an increasing amount of speculation as to whether the increase would come into effect on time, due to the ongoing...

Women in law: Partner and Head of Department

Claire Read
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One hundred years ago, the Sex Disqualification Act was passed and this allowed women to become solicitors and barristers. The women that fought for this change were pioneers and, because of their determination, I have been able to undertake a job that...

Emiliano Sala transfer - Will a transfer fee be payable?

David Feakins
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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...

Women in law: Inspired by Brockovich

Lisa Cox
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My career in law formally started when I joined Birkett Long in 2016 in the Court of Protection and Inheritance Disputes team. However, if you ask my mum, she would tell you that it started the day I watched the film about Erin Brockovich. Like many young...

Women in law: Progression to Partner

Julie Temple
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Julie Temple , Partner and Head of BLHR and Employment team at Birkett Long, tells us about her career in law, what has changed, and what needs to continue. When did you start your career in law? My career in law began when I started at Birkett Long...

Women in law: Paralegal to trainee solicitor

Cara O'Donoghue
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Cara O’Donoghue, a trainee solicitor in our Wills, Trusts and Probate team is currently in her second seat in her training contract. Throughout her years of studying, working as a paralegal, and now close to qualifying, she tells us about her journey. ...

Women in law: Partner, mum and part time

Caroline Dowding
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Caroline Dowding, a Partner and the Head of Agriculture and Estates here at Birkett Long. She has given us an insight to how her law journey has been, as a female and a mum, and the changes she has seen. When did you start your career in law? I began my...

Women in law: Administration apprentice to lawyer

Emma Rayner
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I first started working at Birkett Long when I was just 16 years old and aspired to be a legal secretary. I did not want to stay at sixth form or go to university so I knew I needed to enrol onto an apprenticeship scheme. The perfect opportunity came up...

Recognising dementia risk factors

Liz Jones
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I saw in the news today that a study by Alzheimer’s Research UK found that half of UK adults cannot identify any of the key risk factors for dementia. This is a worrying statistic. With more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK,...

Patisserie Valerie collapse leaves sour taste

David Feakins
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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

David Feakins
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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...

Cyclist failed to prove she was an employee or worker

Julie Temple
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There has been an increasing number of high-profile cases in recent years considering whether individuals are employees, workers or self-employed. Most have gone in favour of the individual, lending some weight to the idea (which has increasing support in my...

Sodje brothers jailed for taking charity money

David Feakins
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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...

Are you paying the loyalty penalty?

Tim Field
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Citizens Advice has taken a super complaint to the Competitions and Markets Authority (CMA) to protect those loyal customers that are paying over the odds. As much as consumers may be told that they should shop around and change provider when it comes to...

Professionals and a no-deal Brexit

Reggie Lloyd
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“Exit day” is 29 March 2019. If a no-deal Brexit occurs, professionals, such as lawyers, doctors, nurses, dentists, veterinary surgeons, midwives, pharmacists and architects who qualified in the European Economic Area (EEA) and work in the UK and...

Government resurrects the new 'death tax'

Katie Hayden
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It was announced recently that the government plans to reintroduce a hike in probate fees. Plans were dropped back in 2017 ahead of the general election after a furious backlash, as it was felt that the increase in price with regards to the application for a...

Can your commercial relationships survive Brexit?

Tim Field
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The time is uncompromisingly ticking and we are just over 100 days away from the official date when the UK is due to leave the EU. How many of you have sought to or are taking steps to protect your contractual position with your commercial counter-parts,...

Universal Wealth Preservation - the ongoing investigation

Katey  Stephenson
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At the end of last month, I highlighted the difficulties that a number of individuals were having with Universal Wealth Preservation and Mr Steven Long – including the number of aliases through which they acted. The issues surrounding Universal Wealth...

The quicker we act, the better!

Katey  Stephenson
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We have recently received enquiries relating to Universal Wealth Preservation, who are trust and estate planners. Over the past decade, they or their directors have become trustees for many individuals’ estates. They had offered to handle...

2018 Legal 500 results!

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We have some great results this year!  We have 5 listed as elite leading lawyers (Tracey Dickens in Commercial & Corporate and Health, Melanie Bache in Commercial Property, Philip Hoddell in Family, Claire Read in Wills, Trusts and Probate) and 8...

2019 Legal 500 results!

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This year's Legal 500 results are in! The Legal 500 is an annual directory that rates and ranks lawyers and law firms across the different specialisms within which they work. They interview clients and business partners, printing their testimonials...

Another royal baby

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We have all heard the news that there will be another royal baby next spring and, whilst the seventh in line to the throne is unlikely to be our future king or queen, there is no doubt that they will be adequately financially provided for in the future....

Muntech Kaur's BBC Essex interview

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Today, 26 July 2018, Muntech Kaur , our divorce and separation expert, was interviewed by Sadie Nine on BBC Essex Radio  (From 01:17:00) following a Judgment of the Supreme Court. Divorce and the recent case of Owens v Owens is a hot topic at the...

Owens v Owens

Melanie Loxley
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Following my blog back in March “Parliament may wish to consider whether to replace a law which denies Mrs Owens any present entitlement to a divorce...” This must surely be the stand-out statement in the judgment handed down by the...

The Judgment for Owens v Owens

Muntech Kaur
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Victory for Mr Owens. Much disappointment for Mrs Owens and Resolution, the latter having intervened in this case. Considerable uneasiness is now felt by family practitioners following the 20 page Judgment of the Supreme Court. So where does this leave us...

Owens v Owens: Supreme Court decision

Muntech Kaur
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The day of the much anticipated decision of the Supreme Court in the matter of Owens v Owens has arrived. This was a rare case where Mrs Owens was unable to prove that Mr Owens, to whom she married in 1978 and separated from in 2015, had behaved...

Combustible cladding in high rise residential buildings

Daniel Sturman
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Following the Grenfell Tower fire, the government is currently consulting on the possible banning of combustible cladding used in external walls of high rise residential properties. The government has indicated that their preferred way forward would be to...

Meghan and Harry - happily ever after

Claire Read
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Did you know that marriage revokes a will?  Not a lot of people know that (to coin Peter Sellers’ impression of Michael Cain). Whilst a marriage, such as Meghan and HRH Prince Harry’s at the weekend, can bring lots of joy, it can sometimes...

Personal budget for care costs - are affected?

Rachel Leech
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It has been announced in the news this morning that personal budgets for care costs will be rolled out to 350,000 people. When the local authority agrees to pay for someone’s home care needs, personal budgets allow people to be in charge of their care...

The Last Laugh

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Comedians of a certain generation are famous for their mother-in-law jokes and tales of “her indoors”.  Ken Dodd was one of those whose act often included such stories. His passing earlier this week will be mourned by many. The Notty Ash...

Don't rely on your Birth Certificate, let science help.

Amanda Smallcombe
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Last week the case of Nield-Moir v Freeman grabbed headlines in both the popular and legal press because, for the first time, a High Court Judge has directed a woman, Lorraine Freeman, to undergo a DNA test to establish if she is, in fact, the daughter of...

Power of attorney refunds

Katey  Stephenson
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Are you a donor or attorney for any lasting powers of attorney made between 1 April 2013 and 31 March 2017? If so, the donor could be entitled to a partial refund from the Office of the Public Guardian. The Government has recently launched a scheme that...

Gig economy - workers' rights to be enforced

Reggie Lloyd
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In response to last year's Taylor Review into working practices, the government has promised an overhaul of employment rights to improve conditions for those in the gig economy. The Business Secretary, Greg Clark, said the measures would "address...

Wonder Woman & Sylvia Pankhurst, the real Superheroes.

Claire Read
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I recently watched Wonder Woman with my daughter. For those that have not seen the latest film, it is set in World War II and accordingly the military aspect of the film is male orientated. However, my daughter was confused by one of the scenes. It...

DIY SOS - how to prevent a divorce disaster

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The ongoing divorce of DIY SOS presenter, Nick Knowles, and Jessica Moor is spending some time in the limelight in certain publications this week.   So far, the only gleam of discussions about money is the suggestion from the media that Nick pays...

Providing for your pet's future, without you.

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This week’s topic in the Law Society’s @solicitorhour discussion on Twitter, was including your pets in your will; an issue which we deal with regularly. If you would like to see all the questions and answers they can be accessed here: ...

Will disputes: Mind your manners!

Lisa Cox
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The late wife of Lord Lucan left her entire £575,626 estate to the homeless charity Shelter, leaving nothing to her three children whom she had not spoken to for more than 35 years. Lady Lucan went so far as to explicitly exclude the children,...

Advice for attorneys under a lasting power of attorney (LPA)

Claire Read
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I googled “carer jailed for theft in Essex” and was quite horrified at the number of entries that came up. There was a case last week that I blogged on regarding a carer who was jailed for stealing from an elderly lady, (read it here) ...

Tesco and Sainsbury's make changes which will cause job cuts!

Charlotte Holman
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This week both Tesco and Sainsbury’s announced changes to their business models which included a high number of job cuts; but what does this mean for those employees who now face the potential prospect of losing their jobs? Given that the number of...

Financial abuse of the elderly - the Tonight programme

Amanda Smallcombe
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ITV’s Tonight programme aired last night, highlighting the growing problem of elderly financial abuse. Statistics quoted are that, in the last three years, there have been 90,000 cases of elderly financial abuse crimes reported to the Police. Most...

2017 Legal 500 results!

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Another successful year for Birkett Long in the 2017 Legal 500, ranked as a Top Tier firm in Essex! Claire Read and Melanie Bache have again been listed in the elite leading lawyers list for another year running! Comentary of our teams from Legal 500...

Hugh Hefner's wife 'won't inherit anything'

Claire Read
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Recently in the news, it was announced that the playboy editor has died, aged 91. His third wife, Crystal Harris, is reported to have signed an “ironclad” prenuptial contract which prohibits her from inheriting any of Hefner’s fortune....

GDPR - Strengthens your right to privacy

Claire Read
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As a Trustee of the Essex Community Foundation, I am very mindful that there are new regulations coming into force in May 2018.   Today, whilst I was live on the Ronnie Barbour BBC Essex Radio show  it was raised that some charities had...

Supreme Court to hear civil partnership dispute

Lisa Collins
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Earlier this year, in March, I wrote about a London couple who were denied their wish to enter into a civil partnership rather than a marriage because they did not meet the requirement of being the same sex. Their appeal was rejected by the Court of Appeal...

The tightening of data protection law

Tracey Dickens
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Following the news that 143 million people have been hit by a data breach at Equifax , Tracey Dickens comments. The tightening of data protection law with the new GDPR is aimed very much at security breaches like this. The new General Data Protection...

Bereaved families are struggling to register deaths in time

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When somebody dies it is a very stressful and upsetting time, which is made no easier by the fact that a death must be registered in England and Wales no more than 5 days after death. It has become clear in the news this week that this is a timescale which...

Extra medical school places announced for 2018

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The government has recently confirmed an extra 500 medical school places in England for 2018.  Training to become a doctor takes at least five years, and currently in the UK about 6,000 graduate each year. The British Medical Association says the plan...

Lasting powers of attorney for farmers

Katie Gibson-Green
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This morning, a retired Senior Judge has made sweeping statements about the effects of Power of Attorney documents . Denzil Lush, who was a senior judge at the Court of Protection, says that there is not enough safeguarding in place, and vowed never to sign...

A CPRE report claims small farms could be lost by 2050

Caroline Dowding
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Only a couple of weeks ago, my colleague Katie commented on how economist, Professor Helm, called for a review of taxation rules for farmers, taking into account the subsidies they receive, business rates exemptions and reduction of diesel duty. Michael Gove...

The right to be forgotten

Tracey Dickens
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The Government is ramping up its visibility of this new law. Failure to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation could result in your business receiving a heavy fine.  Businesses that deal with consumers need to: 1. Be aware that their...

Airbnb to combat dodgy hosts

Tim Field
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Airbnb has been riding the wave of the ‘sharing economy’, along with sites such as Uber and eBay, to create a success story in the hospitality industry. However, it has not been all plain sailing.  Horror stories from both guests and hosts...

Green energy, not all hot air!

David Rayner
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There have been conflicting stories in the news over the past week, with concerns being expressed at the percentage of our power bills that goes towards ‘green’ or renewable energy supplies. The positive story has been the news that Greg Clark,...

Could the resale of tickets become a criminal offence?

Tim Field
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Ticket bots are accountable for the heartbreak of millions of fans across the globe every year. By harvesting hundreds of tickets as they go on sale, genuine fans are forced to buy ‘secondary’ tickets at extortionate prices. Tickets for Floyd...

Same Sex Couples - the end of pension inequality

Melanie Loxley
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In Walker v Innospec Limited and others [2017] the Supreme Court ruled unanimously that legislation which allows employers to exclude same sex partners from spousal benefits paid into pension funds prior to December 2005 is discriminatory.  This...

Financial Remedy

Melanie Loxley
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Roxar v Jaledoust (2017) is a financial remedy case where the husband sought to vary or bring an end to a maintenance order made back in 2010. The order provided for him to pay global maintenance (i.e. maintenance for his wife and children) at a rate of...

'What was the most extraordinary thing about this advert?'

Jennie Skingsley
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Yesterday I watched an advert on YouTube that gave me goosebumps. Without giving too much away, the advert revolved around pairs of people who had never met before and had polar opposite views about some very specific things. They were then set a number of...

Victoria Beckham trademarks her daughter's name

Thomas Emmett
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In a previous blog, I told readers that I could only imagine what it would be like to be so famous that I could register my own name as intellectual property. You can read that blog here. Harper Beckham, the daughter of David and Victoria Beckham, has had...

Probate fee update

Claire Read
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Only a couple of weeks ago, the Law Society Select Committee reported that it was their view that the Lord Chancellor had gone beyond her powers in proposing to increasing the fees by such a great amount.  The reason for this is that the probate fees...

Parents on the run

Muntech Kaur
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There has been a considerable amount of media coverage concerning the matter of two brothers, aged 6 and 9, who were abducted by their mother in March 2017. It has been a long judicial process for this family which initially commenced by way of an...

Ed Sheeran's IP dispute settles

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Last September a work experience student at Birkett Long, Katrina Russell, wrote a blog on Ed Sheeran’s defence of a $20 million lawsuit in the United States. You can read the article, posted by Liz O'Mahony  here . The lawsuit was...

Be aware - bogus law firms

Muntech Kaur
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It is now commonplace for us all to have been touched by fraud, either by way of personal experience or we know of someone who has been a victim . We are less likely to have a knock at the door from someone trying to con us out of our money and sensitive...

Flout Orders made by the Family Court at your own peril

Melanie Loxley
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…as Mr Assoun in the case of Assoun v Assoun [2017] EWCA Civ 21 discovered.  In 2013 the English Court made a maintenance order against Mr Assoun in favour of his wife.  Mr Assoun failed to make the payments ordered of him and in 2015, he...

Owens v Owens - No fault divorce

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Much has been written in the press about this case where the Judge refused to grant the wife’s divorce petition based on unreasonable behaviour.  The background is that on considering her application for Decree Nisi, the Judge in the County...