The Goverment’s LGBT action plan: Banning conversion therapy

THE GOVERNMENT’S LGBT ACTION PLAN: BANNING CONVERSION THERAPY Following the UK government revealing its LGBT Action plan, lawyer Andrew Spearman takes a look at the logistic of enforcing the proposed ban of the controversial practice of conversion therapy… The UK government’s LGBT Action Plan sounds a little like the blueprint for an upcoming war game, […]

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Small business legal mistakes – and how to avoid them

Karen Holden of A City Law Firm has represented hundreds of tech businesses and sees the same issues time and time again. Here’s what to look out for and how to navigate the legal minefield. This month my company (A City Law Firm) marked our ten-year anniversary, which has made me think back to our […]

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Surrogacy Reform

It shouldn’t take a car crash for us to react. It shouldn’t take sensationalist journalism and broadcasting to prick up your ear. It shouldn’t take a parent losing their child for common sense to takeover the driving seat. Society and the law are interesting bedfellows. One is usually reacting to the other in an eternal […]

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On Divorce Day: is your business protected?

The first working Monday of the year is dubbed Divorce Day by family lawyers, but if you’re in business with your partner, things can get complicated A divorce is one of those things you don’t anticipate, plan or want to be party to. It’s tough to go through, especially when children are involved, but throw a […]

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6 game-changing laws that have transformed the LGBTQ community

It has been over 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality started – and since then we have made some phenomenal steps forward when it comes to protecting the rights of people in the LGBT community. Perhaps the biggest and most seminal piece of legislation in recent memory was the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act […]

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GDPR: Changing the ways businesses interact with their customers

From 25 May 2018 the Data Protection Act 1998 (DPA) will be replaced by The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it will bring important changes to the ways data is stored and processed by businesses. The introduction of GDPR is designed to set clear rules for businesses to follow when collecting and storing personal […]

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9 game-changing laws that transformed women’s lives

There has been an incredible revolution over the past 100 years, which has transformed the lives of women. Opportunities have been created, expectations have been surpassed, and women are working to (successfully) achieve equality. Changes in the law have empowered women to gain the right to vote, right to an education, right to divorce, the […]

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Self-employed staff, are they still a risk to your business?

WE HAVE ALL READ THE CHALLENGES MADE AGAINST UBER, DELIVEROO, ADDISON LEE AND PIMLICO PLUMBERS BY MEMBERS OF STAFF. The issue is not new and boils down to whether certain self-employed staff should be considered as employed (and subject to employers NI) and in turn whether they should then have employment rights and benefits. We […]

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Ten Biggest Legal Mistakes Tech Start-ups Make

This month my company (A City Law Firm) marked our ten-year anniversary, which has made me think back to our first year, how we started and some of the early mistakes we made. For one thing, within a year of our launch, we had to restructure the entire business and there were so many hurdles […]

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Revenue is vanity, cash flow is sanity, but cash is king

Cash flow is the lifeblood of your business. If you are receiving less cash than you are spending, you cannot meet your immediate needs and you could risk insolvency. Due diligence and well drafted terms and conditions can reduce the risk of negative cash flow. Some challenges for small business There is a never-ending list […]

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I am business owner forced into litigation by the wrongdoing of another – can I recover damages for lost staff time?

Potentially. Where staff must be diverted from their usual tasks, damages for significant disruption caused to the business may be recoverable. This must not be confused with time spent by your staff preparing for court proceedings. Damages for business disruption will not extend to time “lost” building your case against the Defendant. They are limited […]

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What a Cyber Attack looks like- Prevention and Tips

The recent global cyber-attack wreaked havoc at dozens of NHS trusts and hit thousands of computers in over 150 countries.The NHS trusts that were affected have been criticised for not adding the patch despite warnings from NHS Digital a month ago that they were vulnerable to a possible attack. Security experts say that computers were […]

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Are you an intermediary? Are you affected by the new legislation?

New legislation has been implemented to prevent intermediaries and individuals using deceptive methods to reduce employment tax and avoid the provision of employment rights. Such methods include the portrayal of false self-employment and the supply of workers from an off-shore location. Intermediaries are organisations that make arrangements for someone to work for a third person, […]

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Transgender Rights: Harassment and Discrimination in the workplace

Late last year we fought a case for a transgender woman who was being discriminated against and harassed by her employer and colleagues. This woman had worked for the company happily for an astounding 23 years, yet despite the rapport and connections that she had built up, things changed frighteningly quickly following her transition.We find […]

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Covertly Recorded Conversations: Family and Child Cases

Separation and custody battles are extremely distressing. Allegations made between the parents can be easily made yet difficult to refute. Perhaps you have a way to prove otherwise though? Ever been tempted to leave your iPad ‘accidentally’ in a room, recording a conversation? Ever wanted to sew recording devices into children’s clothes to record your […]

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Transgender Judgment: Woman denied access to 5 children

A transgender woman has been refused direct access to her children due to the discriminatory and trans-phobic practice of Ultra-Orthodox Judaism (Charedi).  Despite the resilience of the children and the inherent best interests being served by a child having direct contact with their parent, a High Court Judge has nonetheless supported the birth mother in […]

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Questions on Franchise & why is it right for you?

Had enough of your regular 9-5pm job, had a baby and can’t face returning to work or just bored and need a new challenge. A Franchise arrangement can open a whole new world to you, but are you genuinely ready and capable of successfully embracing a new business? Are you too old? Never, you can […]

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Divorce: What happens to your pension?!

  A pension feels very personal and the thought of your ex-spouse acquiring a share now and/or in the future can be disturbing. If an agreement cannot be reached between you and your spouse, and there is no pre-nuptial agreement, a sizable pension can lead to a lengthy and protracted court battle. We have experienced […]

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On Divorce Day: is your business protected?

The first working Monday of the year is dubbed Divorce Day by family lawyers, but if you’re in business with your partner, things can get complicated. A divorce is one of those things you don’t anticipate, plan or want to be party to. It’s tough to go through, especially when children are involved, but throw […]

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