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Family law reform long overdue in light of Owens v Owens divorce appeal

Posted by Lindsay Yateman in Excello Law Blogs on Thursday, August 30th, 2018

The case of Owens v Owens is unusual. Not because Mrs Tini Owens is a woman of 68 who wants to divorce her 80 year-old husband, Hugh: after all, in 2016, there were 114,000 divorce petitions in England & Wales. What marks out the Owens case is that Mr Owens contested the divorce – one […]

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Sexual harassment policies in the workplace; draft with plenty of common sense

Posted by Hina Belitz in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, August 15th, 2018

Since it first became widespread last October, #MeToo has been widely adopted by millions of Twitter users. Its endurance shows that the hashtag is much more than a temporary social media phenomenon. Instead, it has become symbolic of a worldwide movement against sexual harassment and assault which is designed to produce permanent change in how men […]

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Supreme Court decision against Pimlico Plumbers emphasises necessity of legislative reform

Posted by Hina Belitz in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, July 11th, 2018

To much acclaim, the Supreme Court recently found against Pimlico Plumbers and in favour of Gary Smith, a self-employed plumber and heating engineer who had worked exclusively for the company for six years. But in doing so, it did not make new law. In what has been widely referred to as a landmark decision for […]

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EU proposal for fairness and transparency across online platforms targets tech giants

Posted by Anca Thomson in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

In excess of a million EU enterprises currently trade through online platforms in order to reach their customers, while it is estimated that around 60% of private consumption and 30% of public consumption of goods and services related to the total digital economy are transacted via online intermediaries. The proposal for a regulation of the […]

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Gender pay gap deadline highlights need for industry wide culture change

Posted by Jo Losty in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, May 29th, 2018

The gender pay gap reporting deadline has come and gone. The results are in and City law firms have filed their figures. So how did the legal sector perform and what can be done to address the issues of diversity and flexible working which underpin much of the gap that still exists? But first, the […]

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Is it time to reform inheritance tax?

Posted by Emma Gadsden in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Inheritance tax (IHT) has a long and complex history stretching back to 1694 when a probate duty was introduced in a fixed stamp tax on the personal property in wills. A century later came the 1796 tax on estates, which helped to fund the imminent war against Napoleon. Meanwhile, modern IHT can be traced back […]

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Insolvency: Government initiatives fail small business

Posted by Mark Gardner in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

Insolvencies are making an unwelcome return to the headlines. The number of individuals who were declared insolvent last year reached its highest level since the aftermath of the financial crisis. According to the Insolvency Service, 99,196 people in England & Wales were declared insolvent in 2017 – up by 9.4 per cent on the year […]

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What employers need to know about settlement agreements

Posted by Hina Belitz in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, May 16th, 2018

When employers are faced with potential claims from their employees it is quite common for them to enter into settlement agreements to resolve the dispute. However, not every claim can be resolved in this way. Some can only be settled through The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), by using conciliation, which avoids the need for […]

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Are auditors to blame for Britain’s high-street woes?

Posted by Mark Gardner in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, April 10th, 2018

Everyone has felt the effects of a long cold winter. But this year, it was particularly bitter for some of Britain’s best-known retailers. Toys ‘R’ Us will soon be no more with the loss of 3,000 jobs in the UK alone. The administrators are also in action at Maplin, where closing down sales are already […]

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Cutting the red tape: a potential boon to business from Brexit

Posted by Anca Thomson in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, March 28th, 2018

Does Britain have a clear 2020 vision? Over halfway through the two-year time limit prescribed by the terms of Article 50, but with no Brexit deal yet in sight, several critical fault lines remain between the government in London and EU leaders in Brussels. Despite endless discussion, debate, and dissection of the myriad issues over […]

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