Legal Insights

Law firms must embrace flexible working to achieve gender parity

Posted by Jo Losty in Excello Law Blogs on Friday, January 5th, 2018

Women will not achieve parity with men at a senior partnership level in law firms until 2037, at least according to BPP University Law School’s recent report on the UK’s legal industry, Law firm of the future. This critique extends beyond law firms. Baroness Hale, the first female president of the Supreme Court, has consistently identified […]

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The impact of acrimonious family breakdowns on children

Posted by Lindsay Yateman in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, December 18th, 2017

The issue of single parent families has attracted the attention of headline writers for more than a generation. But in the reporting of data relating to them, much of it centres on the two million single parents who comprise a quarter of all UK families with dependent children. Notably, rather less coverage is given to […]

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Gig economy workers should not be criticised for defending their rights

Posted by Michael Farrelly in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, December 11th, 2017

The gig economy and workers’ rights are among the most prominent themes of our age. In the future of employment – in particular, what it means to be employed or self-employed – they are critical. Catapulted to the heart of this debate is Uber, which has deployed its ride-hailing platform app in nearly 500 cities […]

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At what point is it a legally binding and enforceable contract?

Posted by Keith Lewington in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Once people have agreed the essential terms of a contract, the one remaining issue for it to be legally binding and enforceable is whether or not the parties intended it to be legally binding.  If they both sign a formal legal document, then the answer is obvious.  If they exchange letters or emails agreeing the […]

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Litigation overload for divorced couple fighting over alleged undisclosed assets after 26 years

Posted by Lindsay Yateman in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, November 28th, 2017

The case of Jarndyce and Jarndyce, as Charles Dickens called it, is well-known to every student of Law, and of English Literature, as an epic legal battle. An entirely imaginary dispute derived from his fertile imagination, it forms the centrepiece of Bleak House epitomising the very slow movement of the law that was a very […]

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Defining status of workers in the gig-economy – why Deliveroo case was different to Uber

Posted by Anthony Robinson in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

In the latest legal battle over workers’ rights and the gig economy, Deliveroo has emerged victorious. As one of the UK’s biggest gig economy companies, the food delivery app defeated a demand by north London couriers for union recognition, and by extension, workers’ rights. The ruling by the Central Arbitration Committee (CAC), the tribunal that […]

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What will I get for my shares?

Posted by Keith Lewington in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

A lot of private companies have provisions written into their articles of association or into a shareholders’ agreement saying that any shareholder who wants to sell his shares must first offer them to the other shareholders.  The rules may also provide that the shareholder must offer to sell their shares in certain circumstances, such as […]

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Should employees not work their notice to prevent that departing act of defiance?

Posted by Sarah King in Excello Law Blogs on Friday, November 10th, 2017

Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been in the news recently for a different reason.  A departing employee of Twitter deleted Trump’s account before leaving the business.  It was down for only about 11 minutes as, of course, all the data was fully backed up.  Whilst there were media reports that people had called for the […]

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Flexible working hours for every lawyer should be part of the profession’s future

Posted by George Bisnought in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

Every job in the UK should be advertised as available for flexible working. This was proposed recently by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC): one of several suggestions designed to accelerate the glacial progress of the much-publicised gender pay gap. The watchdog argued that making flexible hours available to every job applicant would help […]

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Is it time for gig economy businesses like Uber to buckle down and reform?

Posted by Karen Coleman in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

Autumn 2017 will go down as a tumultuous time in the brief history of Uber in Britain’s capital. On top of learning of TfL’s delicensing of their TFI license and subsequently launching an appeal against it, Uber have chosen to appeal the 2016 tribunal decision that their drivers are ‘workers’, and consequently entitled to the […]

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