Legal Insights

Buyers beware – AI and the law

Posted by Robert Morley in Excello Law Blogs on Thursday, June 1st, 2017

Artificial intelligence (AI) research has a long history, but it has been an even longer fascination for Hollywood, with more than fifty films to date, portraying self-aware intelligent robots, often posing stereotypical threats to humankind. In the real world, the best known AI is an IBM supercomputer, lovingly named Watson, which won the US game […]

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Are the UK’s gender pay gap regulations all bark and no bite?

Posted by Sarah King in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Although the gender pay gap has been steadily shrinking over the past few years, progress is still considered to be too slow. Figures from the Office for National Statistics show that on average, women earn 18.1 per cent less than men. For full-time employees the gap is smaller at 9.4 per cent, however when you mine into […]

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Could Alternative Business Structures save the Bar? Excello MD in The Times Law Brief

Posted by George Bisnought in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017

A decade after the Legal Services Act 2007 paved the way for them, The Bar Standards Board (BSB) has finally licensed Alternative Business Structures (ABSs): legal services businesses providing regulated legal activities which have either, or both, non-lawyer owners and managers. By allowing barristers to partner with other business professionals, liberalising regulations on non-lawyer ownership […]

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The gig economy and the future of self-employment

Posted by Karen Coleman in Excello Law Blogs on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Published in smallbusiness.co.uk – 5 April 2017 The term ‘gig economy’ has featured in numerous news reports and headlines recently, not to mention analysis of the Spring Budget. However, debate and uncertainty surrounding the definition of self-employment remains prominent. Some associate self-employment as being employed in everything but name, and therefore not benefiting from key […]

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Probate fee hike faced fierce opposition from lawyers

Posted by Dawn Joughin in Excello Law Blogs on Thursday, April 27th, 2017

Published in The Times – 27 April 2017 The plan for a significant increase in probate fees, or so-called “stealth death tax”, has been dramatically shelved ahead of the general election in June. The decision follows hard on the heels of a highly critical report from an influential parliamentary joint committee in response to the […]

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What now for employer dress codes and their interpretation after Brexit?

Posted by Michael Farrelly in Excello Law Blogs on Friday, April 21st, 2017

Recent European court judgments have suggested that employers can justify a ban on employees wearing certain religious items. But what do these cases mean for employers drawing up dress codes and will Brexit affect how they are interpreted in future?  Published in Personnel Today 21 April 2017. Two recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) judgments […]

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School governors need to be aware of insolvency legislation

Posted by Mark Gardner in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

There has been a lot happening in respect of insolvency legislation recently – mostly we are told to bring it into the 21st century with the use of technology and abandoning formal meetings. All good in theory but it could also result in a rogue’s charter. Caught up in all of this has been the […]

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Wife denied divorce by Court of Appeal

Posted by Lindsay Yateman in Excello Law Blogs, Uncategorized on Thursday, March 30th, 2017

In a landmark judgment, a wife has been denied a divorce by the Court of Appeal. After a 39-year marriage, Tini Owens applied for a divorce on the grounds of her husband’s unreasonable behaviour. In a highly unusual move, a High Court judge in the Oxford Family court, refused her application for a decree nisi, after […]

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Companies should review staffing structures after confusion over self-employment status

Posted by Karen Coleman in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

Companies should urgently review the status of freelance workers following the Budget and recent court cases involving the “gig economy.” The 8 March Budget saw Chancellor Philip Hammond controversially increase National Insurance contributions for self-employed people, while recent high profile court rulings, involving businesses such as Uber and Pimlico Plumbers, have highlighted cases where people […]

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Law is playing catch-up with Internet of Things

Posted by Anthony Robinson in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, March 13th, 2017

Published in The Times Law Brief, Monday 13 March 2017 WikiLeaks’s latest dump of 9,000 CIA files revealed that US spies, in collusion with British intelligence services, had, as well as targeting smartphones and computers, developed a programme called Weeping Angel, which is allegedly able to turn a television set into a monitoring device – […]

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