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All too often, the wrangling over the financial arrangements on divorce turns out to be lengthy, expensive and a cause of anxiety and anger. In order to reduce these negative aspects, Mr Justice Mostyn has released a statement outlining procedures designed...
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In June, the '.uk' top-level domain was launched. The .uk extension indicates an organisation in the UK, as opposed to the '.co.uk' one, which has been used for many years to indicate a commercial organisation in the UK. Most countries have domain suffixes...
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Any application for property development has to be considered against the local development plan. In addition to the plan, the planning officer must also take account of the local development policy and any other material considerations. When an application...
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The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2014/2015 has now been published. It will introduce a wide variety of measures aimed at reducing barriers to business innovation and growth. Employment measures include making exclusivity clauses in zero...
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A revised Shareholder Rights Directive has recently been published that will give shareholders greater rights in the determination of executive pay. The proposed measures will apply to listed companies and, among many changes, will allow shareholders to...
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The Assisted Dying Bill was recently debated in the House of Lords and appears to have a better chance of becoming law than three similar Bills introduced into Parliament in the last decade. The latest Bill is the response to a 2012 report from the...
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The relaxation of permitted development rights will mean that many holders of agricultural land will be able to develop buildings on their properties for residential purposes. In many cases the gains on such developments will be exempt from Capital Gains...
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Following the introduction of Employment Tribunal (ET) fees in July 2013, the UK's largest public service trade union, Unison, supported by the Equality and Human Rights Commission, brought judicial review proceedings challenging the lawfulness of the new...
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A dock worker who was summarily dismissed for gross misconduct following an alleged incident involving him and a fellow worker has been awarded a total of £45,000 in compensation for unfair dismissal and harassment on the grounds of sexual orientation...
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When an elderly woman died and left her entire estate to her window cleaner, rather than the nephew who had looked after her for a very long period of time, a challenge to her will was always likely. The nephew claimed that the woman had promised to leave...