Legal Insights

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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Social media and the workplace in the #MeToo era

Posted by Sarah King in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, March 20th, 2018

Quickly following on from the Harvey Weinstein scandal, the #MeToo hashtag went viral across all forms of social media. After it first appeared on Twitter, the hashtag was used 850,000 times within the first 48 hours. Since then, #MeToo has been posted on Twitter and elsewhere tens of millions of times, often accompanied by a […]

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Is it time to accept coworking and flexible working as the new normal?

Posted by Sarah King in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, March 6th, 2018

Ask someone to list innovative companies which have become notable disruptors in their market and they invariably respond with two names – Uber and Airbnb. That is because both brands are positioned squarely and successfully at the retail consumer: for people who use a taxi or take an occasional short break in a foreign city, […]

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Women still await their seat at the law firm partnership table

Posted by Jo Losty in Excello Law Blogs on Monday, February 19th, 2018

Women in law firms will not achieve parity with men at a senior partnership level until 2037, even though most entrants to the legal profession have been female for more than 20 years. Based on current trends, that is the conclusion of a recent report into the future of legal practice published by BPP University […]

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Never assume ‘it goes without saying’ in contract wording

Posted by Keith Lewington in Excello Law Blogs on Tuesday, February 13th, 2018

Two parties negotiate and agree the terms of a contract, which they put in writing and sign.  Some time later one or other party realises that the contract does not actually expressly include a term which it considers is vital to the contract.  Can it then ask the court to imply the relevant term into […]

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Equal pay disparity – what are the legal solutions?

Posted by Sarah King in Excello Law Blogs on Wednesday, February 7th, 2018

Following Carrie Gracie’s resignation as BBC China editor, when she accused her employer of paying women less than men for equal work, the conversation has moved on from gender pay disparity at the corporation to what legal remedies are available for those who have suffered pay discrimination at the hands of their employers. A disparity […]

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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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