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Paternity Leave: Prince William swaps Royal duties for daddy duties

By Beth Gale, Solicitor As Prince William swaps Royal duties for daddy duties following the arrival of his third child we consider the rights of not-so-regal fathers to take paternity leave. In 2013, after the birth of Prince George, William took two weeks off from his role as a Sea King Helicopter Pilot. He did… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

HMO all change?

The government has recently published its consultation paper entitled ‘Houses in Multiple Occupation and residential property licensing reforms’ and covers, amongst other things: Extending the scope of mandatory HMO licensing National minimum room sizes in licensed HMOs Impact assessment Fit and proper test Refuse disposal facilities The governments reasoning for the proposed reforms are to… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Fight for Eastbourne’s Court Services

Fight for Eastbourne’s Court Services Following the closure of the Eastbourne County and Magistrates Court, Stephen Lloyd requested a meeting with Lucy Frazer MP, Justice Minister, regarding the ‘alternative provision’ that was promised for Eastbourne but has not been implemented. Essentially, this ‘alternative provision’ was to be a court sitting in Eastbourne on one or… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Accommodation claims

The Medical Negligence team at Mayo Wynne Baxter frequently deal with claims involving brain damage sustained at birth as a result of the hospital’s negligence. Such claims usually take many years to reach settlement negotiations, at which point we carefully consider all the possible heads of damage that may be claimed from the Defendant in… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Is it time to consider collective enfranchisement?

Owners of long leases of flats who are dissatisfied with the management of their buildings, or need to extend their leases, can act together to exercise their right to purchase the freehold of their building under the Leasehold Reform Housing & Urban Development Act 1993. This process is more formally known as ‘collective enfranchisement’. The… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Top Ten Tips for Avoiding Discrimination in Recruitment

The Equality Act 2010 outlaws discrimination in employment in relation to nine “protected characteristics”: age; disability; gender reassignment; marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief; sex; and sexual orientation. Employers must ensure that the process they use to decide who they will offer employment to is free from discrimination which includes… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Some Things in Life are Guaranteed to be Satisfying

Some things in life are guaranteed to be satisfying, like having some down-time after a hard week, taking off high heels at the end of the day, getting into a freshly made bed and receiving good service. ‘Client satisfaction’ is a term frequently used as a measure of how products and services supplied by a… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Dogs and Divorce: A Bone Of Contention?

England is famous for being a nation of dog-lovers. It’s perhaps unsurprising that what happens to man’s best friend in the event of a relationship breakdown is becoming an increasing cause for concern for many. Recent research by the charity Dog’s Trust has found that over a quarter of dog-owners in relationships said that their… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Collaborative Law

How does it work? Is it suitable for you? Will a fair outcome be achieved? What are the advantages?   These were all questions I asked myself before undertaking the collaborative training. I wondered whether I was the right ‘type’ to become a collaborative lawyer. Having spent the last 10 years working tirelessly for each… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)

Employment Tribunal Fees

The Supreme Court’s judgment on Employment Tribunal (ET) fees has been widely reported in the legal and mainstream press and has been described variously as momentous, terrific, ground-breaking and the most important employment law case of [our] lifetime. In 2013 the Government introduced legislation requiring those who wanted to bring a claim in the ET… Read the rest of this post (No Comments)