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The proposed end of "no-fault evictions"

Liz O'Mahony
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Under Section 21 of the Housing Act 1988, landlords can reclaim their property at the end of a fixed-term tenancy agreement without having to provide a reason. This is commonly called “no-fault eviction”. However, James Brokenshire, the previous...

The Introduction of Natasha's Law

Liz O'Mahony
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Natasha’s Law is the law introduced in the wake of the death of Natasha Ednan-Laperouse. Natasha died on a flight to Nice, after suffering a severe allergic reaction to a Pret a Manger sandwich. Natasha was unaware the sandwich contained sesame, which...

Navigating Business Rates:

Liz O'Mahony
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Navigating Business Rates: The demise of retail and effect on commercial property It seems that more and more businesses, from small pubs to giant retailers, are closing down. I am sure there are many factors attributable to this phenomenon but...

Divorce law in the UK - time for a change?

Liz O'Mahony
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  The Supreme Court judgment in the case of Owens v Owens on 25 July 2018, has reignited the outcry for divorce law to be changed in the UK.    Currently, no fault divorce is not available in the UK, unless the parties wait until 2...

My Week at Birkett Long LLP

Liz O'Mahony
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My week of work experience at Birkett Long’s Basildon office gave me an insightful look into the day to day life of a solicitor, in a well renowned regional law firm.    During my time at Birkett Long, I was based in the Family department...

The legalisation of cannabis

Liz O'Mahony
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The future of cannabis use in the UK looks set to change. The formerly Class C, and more recently Class B, drug will be able to be legally prescribed by doctors within the coming weeks.  The Home Secretary, Sajid Javid, has emphasised that only those...

An insightful look into the legal profession

Liz O'Mahony
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My week of work experience at Birkett Long’s Chelmsford office was an insightful look into the legal profession. During my placement in June, I was able to work with the Wills, Trusts and Probate team and gained valuable experience about both this area...

My week of work experience

Liz O'Mahony
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I managed to gain a good insight into the work of a Birkett Long solicitor through my week of work experience at the firm. A week in the Residential Real Estate team gave me a clear understanding of the day to day tasks of a property solicitor. I...

The role of the ECJ after Brexit

Liz O'Mahony
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The word “Brexit” will likely dominate conversations in the UK for many years, after the recent resignations of Boris Johnson and David Davis, Brexit has become an area of further uncertainty and anxiousness. Yet, it appears the customs union...

Poundworld - the latest retailer to go into administration

Liz O'Mahony
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Poundworld has shown to be yet another victim of the decline in British high street retailers, joining many other traditional sellers such as House of Fraser and Toys R Us – but how does this affect their employees who are now facing potential job...

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...

Work Experience -Roshni P

Liz O'Mahony
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‘Will’ we go electronic? After my exciting, wide-ranging and practical work experience placement in the Wills, Trusts and Probate department at Birkett Long in Chelmsford, I had a desire to research more about the latest developments in this...

Work Experience - Rachel N

Liz O'Mahony
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My week at Birkett Long was both informative and enjoyable. I spent my time in the family department shadowing Philip Hoddell and his team. Throughout my time at Birkett Long, I was given the opportunity to help in challenging cases, draft legal documents...

Work experience - Lucie W

Liz O'Mahony
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My time at Birkett Long LLP, was the best week of my summer 2017. On my first day, I was sat in reception shaking.  My mentor for the week, Daniel Sturman from the Commercial Real Estate team, came and met me. Instantly I was put at ease. Daniel showed...

work experience Haseeb M

Liz O'Mahony
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During my time at Birkett Long I undertook a range of activities in the Wills, Trusts and Probate team, which gave me a great overall legal experience. On my first day I was asked to conduct some research on how beneficial a Disabled Person’s Trust...

Work experience - Kate G

Liz O'Mahony
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After struggling to find a law firm that would allow me to complete a week of work experience, due to only being half way through my A-Levels, I was excited to find out that Birkett Long allowed me to carry out my week with them.  I began my work...

Work experience - Katherine P

Liz O'Mahony
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I have just completed my work experience in the specialist Court of Protection (CoP) and Inheritance Disputes Team in Colchester. The CoP is the branch of the High Court with jurisdiction over people who do not have the mental capacity to handle their own...

Work experience in Court of Protection Katherine P

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I have just completed my work experience in the specialist Court of Protection (CoP) and Inheritance Disputes Team in Colchester. The CoP is the branch of the High Court with jurisdiction over people who do not have the mental capacity to handle their own...

Ed Sheeran's court battle over plagiarism

Liz O'Mahony
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Ed Sheeran is currently being sued for $20m, amid the claim by Martin Harrington and Thomas Leonard that Ed Sheeran’s song “Photograph” boasts the same musical composition as their earlier penned track “Amazing”. I am personally...

Hot or Cold

Liz O'Mahony
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As Britain exceeds over 32c today a proposal has been made by MP’s to pass a law advising employers that if the temperatures should rise above 30c they should send their employees home. The proposal has been raised in a parliamentary motion lead by...

Successes in life often derive from rejection

Liz O'Mahony
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After facing constant rejection with my quest to find work experience this summer, I was sitting at home utilising my monthly subscription of Netflix whilst wallowing in my own self-pity. It was then I received a phone call from Birkett Long informing me I...

Sex discrimination in sport - men are making a splash!

Tim Ogle
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This week, BBC news released an article titled ‘ Why can’t men be synchronised swimmers ?’ It reports that despite men being allowed to compete in the sport for the first time at the World Aquatics Championships this weekend in Russia, the...

Admiration for administration

Liz O'Mahony
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After being sat with the secretaries of the Wills, Probate and Trusts team for a week during work experience, it has been evermore apparent to me the importance they have. There are no individuals at Birkett Long LLP; it is truly a team effort. Whether that...

The Birkett Long Experience - Jack R

Liz O'Mahony
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I have just got off the train from London after interviewing clients in the Houses of Parliament. I have a letter on my desk with a legal question which my supervisor wants me to research on his behalf. I have just assisted in the delivery of a seminar in...

Work experience - Pat G

Liz O'Mahony
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My time at Birkett Long LLP in Chelmsford helped me to understand the world of law but also helped me make an informed decision as to what field of law I want to enter. I was admittedly nervous on my first morning, however the friendly nature of all who...

Work experience - Becky L with the BDM team

Liz O'Mahony
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Having recently graduated from university, it is time to decide on a career path; something which is difficult to do considering I have limited experience of the multiple options. Therefore, I was very grateful for the opportunity to do three days of work...

Work experience - Becky L "The Cost of Care"

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Today Birkett Long hosted one of two seminars on “The Cost of Care”. Nowadays, with people expected to live longer and the rising cost of care homes, many people are spending the majority of their savings on the cost of care; leaving little...

Work experience - Luke S - Law for non-law

Liz O'Mahony
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Having always had a passion to have a career within the legal industry, it seems to be a source of slight confusion that I study Geography BSc (the physical element of the subject) rather than law at university. Having been advised to do a different subject...

Imogen C - Work Experience Student 2013

Liz O'Mahony
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I applied for work experience with Birkett Long LLP to gain more knowledge about the inside of a law practice. I am still currently studying A-levels, Birkett Long has introduced me to different areas of the business such as business development &...

Joe L- Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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I came to Birkett Long half way through my A-levels, with almost no knowledge of law or experience of office work. I found myself mainly placed in property law, looking at conveyancing, but also taking detours to offices handling wills, powers of attorney...

Kerri-Anne P - Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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During my week at Birkett Long Solicitors, I was given a truly practical perspective of what training at the firm would be like. I spent a week in the Employment department of their Basildon office and on my first day was immediately given the responsibility...

Kirsty B - Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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I applied for work experience with Birkett Long LLP in order to gain the experience of working in a fast paced and long-standing specialist firm. Having just finished a four year Law with American Law degree course at the University of East Anglia, I was...

John C - Work Experience Student 2012

Liz O'Mahony
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For anybody thinking of pursuing a career with one of the fastest growing full-service law firms in Essex, then no look no further than Birkett Long. My recent work experience at the Colchester office of this long-established law firm was one that I cannot...

Leading tomorrow's solicitors down a different path

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As someone that was fortunate enough to be given a training contract, and a job at the end of it, I do not envy those looking to a career in law in what is undeniably a highly contracted job market. Law firms of all sizes are reducing the amount of training...

Summer Work and 'Interns': case update

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Summer is on its way (ignoring the odd shower) and that means the season of the ‘intern’ is here.  For many, unpaid work can be a fully rewarding and enjoyable experience, building confidence and affording the opportunity to make contacts...