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BOUTIQUE BUSINESSES BOOM...

The fragmentation and reconstruction of the legal services market continues apace.  The news that a large number of new "boutique"...

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PARENTAL ALIENATION.

If you have been involved in issues surrounding contact with children then you will almost certainly have heard someone mention 'Parental...

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FRIEND OR FOE?

Acas has compiled a report into the effects of technology in the workplace. There are no exciting revelations, just thoughts penned to...

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CAN WE JUST CALL YOU SMITH?

What do Elton John, Michael Caine and Cliff Richard all have in common? They all changed their names before embarking on their careers....

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TIME TO DITCH THE SUIT?

Last year when the sun was beating down, I commented on workwear in the office.  I noted that 'acceptable' workwear for women was on...

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My little book of sunshine

At our recent Partners Conference we were lucky enough to have a refreshing lunchtime talk by Ian Sanders about how little changes can...

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Going Green

In January 2020, a new congestion charge will come into force in Birmingham. Businesses should check whether the vehicles they operate...

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Trouble at Sea

This is a rather back to front comment. Most employers who dismissed an employee before the investigation was complete would find...

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Fathers forced to lie

Juggling work and childcare is often seen as a mother’s problem, but a recent study shows that fathers are also finding it difficult....

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High Street Vacancy Rates Hit 10%

Without changes to the business rates structure is this the shape of things to come?

“With regular reports of shop closures, it may come as no surprise that town centre vacancy rates rose to their highest level in four...…

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Sumption Reith Lectures

This year's BBC Reith lectures are being given by one of the greatest legal minds of our time - Jonathan Sumption.  

His first...

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When employees play the game

Summer season is fast approaching and the sporting calendar is still at full pace with Wimbledon just around the corner.  Whenever...

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Are you crazy?

The Club that made this comment needs to catch up with discrimination laws.  Danny Rose, the Tottenham and England footballer, has...

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The power of a great leader

Being self-employed I get to choose where I work and several times a week I head to The Village in Solihull to enjoy their VWorks club....

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Where do you work?

This survey has produced an interesting and somewhat unexpected result given the current trend towards flexible and remote working, in...

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The importance of time out

Medication is often the first thing people think of for treating mental health problems and next, many people would suggest a form of...

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What's in a [company] name?

... a [great company] by any other name would smell as sweet... Well, no actually. And we all know what happened to Romeo and Juliet. 

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Jeremy Kyle show cancelled

I watched the debate over whether this show should be cancelled on breakfast television this morning.  There were calls for the show...

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Sleep Easy Anthony Joshua

Father, husband, lawyer and now undefeated boxer!

A big thank you to all those who sponsored me to enter the boxing ring for the first...

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The Companies House police?

It often surprises clients starting up a business just how how much they can get away with on Companies House. 

The current regime is...

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It's good to talk

It's not often that I agree with politicians, especially at the moment.  However, at the beginning of Mental Health Awareness week...

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Working for You

I like, many others, have taken the plunge and work on a self-employed basis so that I am able to reap the benefits of flexible work...

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Mind the Equal Pay Gap

Equal pay for equal work. It's not rocket science is it?  And yet employers continue to get it wrong. Natwest has now joined a list...

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Instant dismissal of perspective

Social media is all around us. When we wake up, at work, whilst eating out... we just can't escape. It can be a wonderful thing of course...

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Legal Lightsabers

To honour Star Wars Day, I've written this guide for financial services firms: "How to be the most powerful finance business in the galaxy."

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By failing to plan...

...clients are not quite planning to fail, but some might as well be. A classic error we see time and again (and it's an odd thing for a...

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Fun flourishing

One of our Partners, Joe Warren, suggested that rather than giving out the classic corporate gifts we should dare to be different. His...

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Landlords may proceed with caution

Landlords have often used s.21 notice for evictions as they are generally quicker. Whereas a  a s.8 eviction can often take months.

If the process for Section 8 evictions isn’t expedited at the same time as Section 21 evictions are abolished, landlords will be more...…

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Mum's the word

Too many of my friends and clients have been forced out of their chosen careers after returning to work from maternity leave.  It's...

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Bringing You To Work

Yesterday saw Carbon Law Partners' fifth birthday and our Annual Partners Meeting. It was a great opportunity to reflect on how Carbon...

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Is it rocket science?

The news that solicitors are stressed is not new. It’s been news for years. It does raise a very important question. Why do very...

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