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Are restrictive covenants enforceable?

Employers often choose to include restrictions within employment contracts. Workers who sign up to the restrictive covenants are agreeing not to do certain things once their employment is over. These restrictions work to protect employers by preventing their previous employees from using the knowledge and information gained at the workplace for the benefit of their new jobs.

Changes to the Consumer Rights Act (CRA). What do you need to know?

October 2015 heralds a wholesale overhaul of the UK’s consumer rights regime.

Designed to clarify and consolidate existing consumer law – which currently spans ten different acts – the new CRA also introduces some significant changes.

Intended to make the law clearer and easier to understand, the Act does present a number of challenges for businesses. It is expected that most companies will need to make at least some changes to their terms and conditions before it comes into force on 1 October.

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act. What do you need to do now?

The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Act 2015 (SBEE) received Royal Assent last month and is set to herald significant changes to UK company law.

Scheduled to be implemented by October 2016, proponents hope the legislation will considerably improve the position of SMEs by reducing red tape and ensuring fair competition.

Ultimately, the Act could play a crucial role in influencing investors considering doing business in the UK.

Central to the legislation, there are a number of changes relating to what companies file with Companies House. It is expected that all companies will be affected by at least some of the changes.

Breaking bad or breaking even – how to turn break clauses into an advantage

Including break clauses in commercial property leases allows both tenants and landlords the flexibility to terminate a lease before the agreed fixed term has expired and both parties can turn break clauses into an advantage.

The economic downturn has resulted in an increased number of landlords agreeing to break clauses in a bid to make their properties more attractive to businesses. While this allows some flexibility for both parties, these can prove to be the danger that knocks however.

Forced marriage and the law – how individuals can protect themselves

Panorama recently highlighted the real issue of forced marriage which sadly, is still commonplace in some communities in the UK and the programme followed the plight of 19 year old ‘Sana’.

A British Asian, Sana was taken to Pakistan under the guise by her parents of attending university there however, while there, she overheard them discussing her being married to a man she hadn’t even met.

Don’t let the rogue traders get away with it!

If you’ve fallen victim to a rogue trader over the Christmas period particularly, it can be an extremely distressing experience.

Just think about it, how would you feel if you had given your hard earned cash to someone who then refused to do any work? Or, even worse, they completed part of the job, causing damage to your property in the process for example, before then demanding more money to finish the job which is sadly a common scenario?

High Court judge puts financial dampner on new romances during divorce proceedings

A recent ruling by a High Court judge has sent a clear message to women undergoing divorce proceedings: stay single.

Mr Justice Mostyn warned wives against starting a new relationship before their divorce is finalised as family judges would take into account any new relationship when calculating a fair financial settlement on the assumption that they would, in time, cohabit with their new partner.

The ruling was made during divorce proceedings involving a couple who had an adopted child together, the mother worked as a journalist while the father didn’t work but had inherited millions ensuing a long legal battle over how assets would be split following the breakdown of their marriage.

Estranged partners could benefit more than children under new rules if the deceased doesn’t leave a Will

Changes to the intestacy rules, which govern how an estate is divided if an individual dies without a valid Will, came into effect on 1st October. The changes highlight the importance of having a Will in place to protect assets and valuables for those who have separated from their partner but are yet to formalise a divorce.

Without a Will in place in these circumstances, estranged partners will now inherit more than the children and if the partnership didn’t produce any children, the estranged spouse or civil partner will inherit the deceased’s whole estate.

Consumer rights and #bendgate

You may have seen the above hashtag trending on twitter or come across it in the mainstream media. The moniker relates, of course, to claims made by several iPhone users that Apple’s latest release, the iPhone 6 Plus, had bent whilst in their pockets. Apple argues that such issues would be rare where the phones were only subject to normal use.

Initial reports of #bendgate were quickly followed by a torrent of social media reaction and viral videos of purchasers testing the integrity of their latest smartphone. No doubt if you step into an Apple store over the coming days, you will see a group of teenagers covertly attempting to test the ‘flexibility’ of the new models themselves.

The parent’s guide to forced adoption

Having a child placed in adoption or care, without parental consent, is one of the most painful events that a parent or child can endure.

In the majority of adoptions, the biological parent(s) legally relinquishes parental responsibility of the child. Compulsory adoptions, however, take place despite of the parents’ express wishes. For parents who have had their children taken away without explicit consent, there are a number of issues and concerns which could potentially arise.

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