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Pre-action protocol for debt claims will impact businesses with individual debtors

Posted by Mark Gardner in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, September 6th, 2017

The pre-action protocol for debt claims comes into effect on 1st October 2017 and has far-reaching implications for businesses who deal with individual debtors – such as in business to consumer or business to business environments where the customer is an individual. The golden rule at the start of the relationship is to get a […]

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A victory for workers: Supreme Court rules employment tribunal fees illegal

Posted by Michael Farrelly in Excello Law Blogs on Friday, August 4th, 2017

The government has been forced into a humiliating and costly overhaul of employment tribunal fees after the Supreme Court ruled that they were “inconsistent with access to justice” and breached both EU and UK law. The Ministry of Justice will now have to repay approximately £27m to thousands of individuals in what has been called […]

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An Upper Case – using defined terms in contracts

Posted by Keith Lewington in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, July 31st, 2017

Two things lawyers are famous for: (a) bring pedantic; and (b) sprinkling their documents with apparently random Capital Letters.  A recent case explains why! A sub-contractor was engaged to fit a sprinkler system to a new office building being built in Manchester.  They completed the works, but the sprinkler system went wrong and flooded the building, […]

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The Taylor Review – a step in the right direction?

Posted by Karen Coleman in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, July 31st, 2017

The government’s review of Modern Working Practices, published in July, polarises opinion. But although it focused particularly on the contentious status of workers in the gig economy, recommendations in the Taylor Review were wide ranging. They include: People who work for companies like Deliveroo or Uber should be classed as dependent contractors Strategies must be […]

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Is your company’s PSC record up to date?

Posted by Keith Lewington in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

New rules about updating the records at Companies House came into force on 26 June 2017, and the deadline for updating the record ran out on 10 July. The new rules relate to the record of a company’s PSCs – “persons having significant control”.  Since April 2016, every private company has had to keep a […]

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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 – 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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