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Common misconceptions about solicitors and how they work

David Feakins
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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...

Free advice - think again!

Muntech Kaur
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Like many professionals, solicitors often find themselves giving free legal advice to potential clients, generally at initial contact with individuals both during their working hours and at times away from the workplace. In a case already decided by the...

Sexuality and sport

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When will this stop being an issue? Why can’t the UK lead the way? When will the rest of the World catch up? In a way, I feel that by writing this I’m contributing to the problem as, ultimately, we all want to get to a place where there...

Olympic Questions Answered

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With less than 100 days to go I thought it was about time there were some clear answers to the questions which are getting increased coverage in the media: Should we be excited about the Olympics? Yes. Even though most of us didn’t manage to get...

A High Street should be for life, not just at Christmas?

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Mary Portas has now made her recommendations to bring the High Street back to life and the government will review these recommendations and publish their response in the Spring. Meanwhile, the recent news is that high street names are now leading the exodus...

Government update - employment changes?

Tim Ogle
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Interesting that as the Labour party talks about rewarding “good ” businesses and punishing “bad” ones, the Government has published on the internet (but not yet in any sort of press release) proposals to deregulate business.  ...

Breaking a new market - The start of a new era

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The opening day of Birkett Long’s new South Essex office is nearly upon us and the months of hard work that have been put in by the firm’s Business Development & Marketing and I.T. teams is about to come to fruition. The team members chosen...

Trainee moves

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It’s that time of year again! There you are all settled in, well into your seat, and you’re then on the move to your new department. For those of you who don’t know, trainee solicitors move seats, i.e. departments, in line with their...

Permitting television cameras in courts

Adrian Livesley
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I was reading a statement sent to me yesterday by the Judiciary of England and Wales regarding the permitting of TV cameras in courts. If I linked to the statement I’d have to shoot you, but it has been reported here –...

New and improved client facilities

Jennie Skingsley
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Birkett Long recently renovated its reception and client waiting area. I am really pleased to see the results. ‘Front of house’ We now have 4 ‘small’ meeting rooms at the front of the office, where we only used to have 3, and a...

From yummy mummy to suited and booted

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I am into my third month back at work after 8 months’ maternity leave and thought I would share some tips. I thoroughly enjoyed my time with my son as a yummy mummy. Coffee mornings, baby swimming lessons and baby massage classes are a world apart...

Royal Vacation 2: the return of the 3-day week

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It was recently announced that Tuesday 5 June 2012 will be a bank holiday, to commemorate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. The late May bank holiday will be moved to Monday 4 June, to allow for a four-day weekend of celebrations. Whether you are an...

Colchester Lecture 2011 - Esther Rantzen

Jennie Skingsley
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On Wednesday we were pleased to be able to attend the Colchester Lecture at the Mercury Theatre, which Birkett Long has sponsored for some years now. The speaker this year was Esther Rantzen, who spoke entertainingly about her life in the media and how she...

A Right to Death?

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Having watched Sir Terry Pratchett’s documentary Choosing to Die, it is clear that this is an issue which is highly controversial but also extremely important. Assisted suicide is illegal in this country and, regardless of motivation, somebody found to...

Apple sues Samsung alleging copied designs

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On Friday 15 April, Apple filed a lawsuit in the U.S District Court of Northern California alleging that Samsung’s Galaxy line of products have violated patents and trademarks for the look, design, packaging and user interface of it’s iPad and...