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Divorce law reforms – simpler, faster, friendlier

Posted by Lindsay Yateman in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

After sustained lobbying from all sides, the government finally announced in April that divorce laws in England and Wales will be reformed and updated. The impetus for reform has gathered significant momentum over recent years. Prominent members of the judiciary, the Family Mediation Taskforce and Resolution, the national organisation of family lawyers, have all argued […]

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How do employers overcome unconscious bias in their HR processes?

Posted by Louise Brown in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

Unconscious bias has become firmly embedded in the thinking of HR departments in many organisations, even though it only found its place in modern psychology just over 20 years ago. In 1998, the University of Washington and Yale published the world’s first research on the subject which revealed that it is remarkably prevalent: 90-95 per […]

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24% would contest a will: the avoidable & costly route to resolution

Posted by Dawn Joughin in Excello Law Blogs on Thursday, April 11th, 2019

A recent poll by Direct Line suggested that 24% of UK residents would contest a loved-one’s will, if they were unhappy with the division of assets. Claimants made over 8,100 applications to halt probate in 2017. That figure increased by 6% last year. The idea of freedom of testation has deep roots in English law. […]

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Partner pressure and promotion promises can foster dishonesty to meet billings targets

Posted by George Bisnought in Excello Law Blogs on Thursday, March 21st, 2019

Last year, the legal media devoted considerable coverage to Kirkland & Ellis as it overtook Latham & Watkins to become the world’s highest billing law firm with gross revenues of $3.165 billion – a 19 percent increase in its top line over the previous year. Meanwhile Kirkland also saw its profits per equity partner rise […]

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The elusive quest for High Street survival

Posted by Mark Gardner in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019

Structural economic change can be painful. The demise of Britain’s industrial base in the 1980s saw the domestic coal industry unable to compete with cheaper international rivals because it was uneconomic. The National Coal Board closure programme started with a hit list of 100 pits. The end result was that all the mines eventually closed […]

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After Carillion – where now for corporate accountability?

Posted by Anca Thomson in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Carillion’s 2016 annual accounts carried the now-ironic tagline: “Making tomorrow a better place”.  By mid-2017, the company was issuing profit warnings. By January 2018 it collapsed completely, leaving debts of £7 billion in its wake. MPs squarely blamed the “recklessness, hubris and greed” of Carillion’s directors for the debacle. Carillion’s collapse wreaked financial havoc on […]

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Equal pay test claim in the retail sector could affect many businesses

Posted by Karen Coleman in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, January 7th, 2019

The challenge Morrisons is facing over equal pay at the employment tribunal comes mostly from women who argue their pay is unfair because it is less than their male counterparts employed in distribution centres. Male workers there are paid £1 to £4 an hour more than their female colleagues who work in supermarkets, they claim. […]

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Harrassment & bullying – employers are letting themselves down

Posted by Hina Belitz in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, January 7th, 2019

In a dramatic wake-up call for the legal profession to examine its culture and working practices, the preliminary findings of a recent International Bar Association (IBA) survey, revealed in October 2018, found that bullying and sexual harassment are rife. According to more than 5,000 lawyers in 120 jurisdictions, one-third of male lawyers and half of female […]

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Probate fee hike proposed yet again – more harm than good?

Posted by Dawn Joughin in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

In April 2017, the government abandoned its controversial plan to hike probate fees. The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) had been projected to raise an additional £300m a year to fund the courts and tribunals service (HMCTS). A new sliding scale schedule was planned with fees starting at £300, while for estates worth more than £2m […]

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Virgin Media the first to test Electronic Communications Code – ECC

Posted by Brian Wake in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, September 24th, 2018

Readers will be aware of the Government’s stated intention to introduce measures intended to make it more “straightforward” for operators to reach agreement with landowners and occupiers of land “in order to improve coverage capability and capacity” (ECC Code of Practice) – the result was the Digital Economy Act 2017 (“DEA”), and more specifically Schedule […]

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