UK companies look to make Covid-19 vaccinations mandatory.

Companies in the UK are looking to implement “no jab, no job” employment contracts for current and future employees. Will this be the future? This is a subject that before the COVID-19 pandemic would barely have been a passing consideration. Whilst this will soon be a global conversation, British business is at the forefront of […]

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Brexit Restructuring and Insolvency Insight

Against the odds, the UK left the EU with a deal (the UK-EU Trade and Cooperation Agreement). However, this deal makes surprisingly few references to financial services and many argue that this means that, for financial transactions, there has still been a hard Brexit. This has an inevitable knock-on effect to restructuring and insolvency practices, […]

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Litigation Trends That We Are Likely to See In 2021

Introduction We have all witnessed, in some form, the tumultuous way in which 2020 has changed the world. The legal world, which is a sector historically reluctant to change, has seen unprecedented changes to the way in which it operates, and we hope it continues to embrace these changes. How will affect you? Specifically, there […]

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Issues to consider for your tech business before post Brexit

As the UK prepares for Brexit with the transition period due to end on 31 December 2020, it is an important time for businesses operating in the tech sector. Trade agreement or not there will be significant changes.  From 1 January 2021, it is vital that businesses have knowledge of how new regulations may affect their […]

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ACLF SoundByte Sessions – Family Law Guidance

Speakers: Janette Johnston, senior consultant Family Specialist Solicitor is interviewed by ACLF trainee, William Humphrey. Content: Watch this Vlog which covers many topics to assist and guide any person going through or about to embark on divorce. Child arrangements whether married or not and financial arrangements. Jannete answers many important questions relating to the subject […]

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ICO Fines British Airways £20 million for Data Breach

Following a major data breach, which affected 400,000 customers, the Information Commissioners Office has imposed a fine of £20 million on British Airways. This is one of the highest recorded fines in the United Kingdom to date for a data breach. The ICO announced in the summer of 2019 that it would be imposing a […]

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MS v FS [2020] EWFC 89 – Costs and Ancillary Issues

In short, the case involved the applicant husband arriving home to find his suitcase packed by his wife waiting for him at the front porch. The wife was an accountant and the husband an Uber Driver. The wife’s case was that the marriage broke down in 2009 before the youngest child was born she stated […]

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Zombie Trade Mark

A Zombie trade mark is a special type of trade mark which has been abandoned or is in the name of an organisation that no longer trades. Unlike their name, zombie trade marks can be extremely useful when considering what trade marks to use. This is because, as many people have now realised after about […]

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NatWest Group Update

The NatWest Group have committed to champion the breaking down of barriers that exist in the banking world for people from Black, Asian and ethnic minority backgrounds. They established a task force in June designed to consider the actions necessary to tackle these inequalities.   After a very in-depth review, they have launched a set of […]

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Simplifying subject access requests – new detailed SARs guidance

All individuals have the right to ask an organisation how they are using or storing their personal information. Individuals can also ask organisations for copies of the personal information that they hold, either verbally or in writing. This is known as the right of access and is commonly known as making a subject access request […]

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A Short Guide to Individual Insolvency

Relevant Legislation The main law that governs corporate insolvency in England and Wales can be found in the following statutes: Insolvency Act 1986; and The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016. When does an individual become insolvent? Simply put, an individual is insolvent if they do not have sufficient assets available to discharge their financial […]

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Employment Guide to Insolvency

This article assumes that an employer is a limited company unless otherwise specified. It is also recommended that this article be read in conjunction with ACLF’s short guide to corporate insolvency. If your employer is an LLP, partnership or employs another structure, it is advised that you seek specific advice as to your employment rights. […]

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A City Law Firm’s Short Guide to Corporate Insolvency

Relevant Legislation The main law that governs corporate insolvency in England and Wales can be found in the following statutes: Insolvency Act 1986; and The Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016. Insolvent or solvent? Generally, a company is considered to be insolvent when it becomes unable to pay its debts when they fall due. Under […]

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COVID-19 and the Courts – Legal Update

COVID-19 and the Courts As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the courts have had to adapt in a way that they had previously resisted doing but when it became a necessity, they were quick to adapt to a new way of working which has also been virtual. The justice system, which is already under […]

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World Mental Health Day

World Mental Health Day comes at a prevalent time for employers and employees this year, as our daily lives continue to be drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Since March, we have faced many new challenges, that would have been considered unthinkable at the turn of the year. The social and economic affects continue to […]

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Mental Health Week – Divorce

Giving clear instructions to your family solicitor when you are going through emotional turmoil will be a tough challenge.  However, our advice is to allow your family lawyer to help you extract the important information from you.  A good family lawyer will be able to know what questions to ask and give you relevant advice.  […]

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Janette Johnston – Joins Our Team

She initially qualified as a Fellow of the Institute of Legal Executive in 1999 and having attended University of Westminster Law School London, she then attended Guildford College of Law and has been qualified as a solicitor since 2008. Having started off in the City, she gathered much experience in litigation and family law. Janette’s […]

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Current COVID-19 Restrictions

On 22 September the Prime Minister introduced new ‘lock-down’ rules across the country, with further regional restrictions being implemented as and when needed. The new measures have been announced in an attempt to stop a second wave being as devastating as the last. It is still advised to wear a face covering and practice social […]

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Key Tax Cases – Summer Round Up

The UK courts and tribunals have released a number of notable judgements in recent weeks. The cases should serve as useful precedents for the importance of clear drafting when it comes to tax. Dodika v United Luck Group Holdings Ltd [2020] EWHC 2101. This case centred on the interpretation of tax clauses in a share […]

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Trademarks update: the implications of Sky v SkyKick

A story of David and Goliath ? Sky face a 1.5 million costs order for pursuing another brand for IP infringement. A recent ruling, this Summer, resulted in a High Court judge ordering “the overall winners” of an ongoing dispute over trademark rights to pay the other parties legal costs which totalled in excess of £1.5 […]

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IPO Update: Delays for Trademark Examination Reports

The Intellectual Property Office (‘IPO’) have advised that in light of unusually high volumes of trademark applications during the pandemic, examination reports are now taking 30 working days (6 weeks) from the filing date, whereas previously, examination reports were completed within 15 working days of receipt of applications. For more information on this news story, […]

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Insurance Claims for Businesses Affected by the Pandemic

Background After months of speculation and debate, the Business world finally has some clarity around when insurers must pay out for business losses caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. If like many of our clients you have been denied assistance; been unclear on what is covered this guide should help you. The judgment itself was not […]

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Track and Trace Data Protection Considerations

They had been encouraged to do this, but now it has become a mandated legal requirement. All businesses must though still comply with data protection laws. A pub or restaurant collecting the required personal data for the purpose of contact tracing will have a legitimate reason for doing so under the Data Protection Act 2018. […]

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Covid-19 has made me Redundant – What payment should I accept?

As more and more redundancies are announced, many employees are needing to consider whether an offer of voluntary redundancy will be suitable for them. So what type of financial package should I be looking at? First of all alongside the offer, you will need to check your employment contract, or your employment terms and conditions. […]

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Redundancy After Furlough – What is my Weekly Pay?

As the UK emerges from lockdown, more and more businesses are beginning to make their employees redundant following a period of Furlough on the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS). For some employees, their weekly wage may have been reduced, either by the wage cap or a reduction from 100% to 80%. If they are now […]

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Can I ‘Work From Home’ in Another Country?

Employees have been keen to take a summer break and for some, a 14-day quarantine period may now apply and therefore have to be added to any holiday time abroad. So, when UK employees are abroad, are they able to work from home? Firstly, in the UK an employer has a duty to protect the […]

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Furlough changes for September 8.9.20

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme (CJRS) has allowed many businesses to retain their employees positions by placing them on furlough for an extended period. The scheme has had several reiterations including the addition of part-time furlough from 1 July 2020. However, in September further employer contributions are required to the employee’s salary, so what are […]

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The Blockchain

Blockchain is a secure, distributed ledger, that helps companies cut out intermediaries and maintain secure records of every transaction at a fraction of the cost of traditional systems. Originally used as infrastructure for trading cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, its multiple use cases have subsequently been realised and blockchain has now become integral to many firms in […]

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Additional Protection for Mothers at Work

A study from 2015 showed that 1 in every 20 mothers are made redundant at some point in or around their pregnancy. This situation is expected to get worse with the economic uncertainty introduced by COVID-19. Currently, lots of pregnant or recent mothers have been forced to work outside of their skill sets or take […]

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Government will provide a further total of 4 billion pounds

A fantastic new announcement today has been that the government have gone further again than we would have expected and have just announced that they will provide a further total of 4 billion pounds support in the Covid 19 pandemic, this is because the government are encouraging us (the public) to go to the pubs […]

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Parliament are in the report stage of a new Domestic Abuse Bill

Parliament are in the report stage of a new Domestic Abuse Bill. This new Bill, described as an ‘over-haul of past precedent’, will give the family courts greater scope to offer protection to victims of domestic abuse. The new Bill will, in certain circumstances, prohibit the alleged perpetrator from cross-examining the victim in person in […]

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British Airways (BA) Staff Ultimatum

BA are looking to terminate a significant number of staff unless they agree to vary their employment contracts to work for a lower salary , with less annual leave provisions. The time frames being suggested are not at this stage clear, but there have been suggestions of redundancies, contract variations and the dismissing and re-hiring […]

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No-fault divorce Bill closer to becoming a reality.

Last night, Monday 8 June 2020, MPs debated the Divorce, Dissolution and Separation Bill. Despite many Tory backbenchers raising criticism, the bill passed through to the second reading with MPs voting 231 to 16. The Bill was originally put before the House of Commons by then Justice Secretary, David Gauke, on 13 June 2019, and […]

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Employer: Return to work plan post-lockdown

Employees are going to have mixed reactions, when employers discuss their return to work plans, with them. There will be factors around childcare, transportation, health concerns and some people’s desire to remain working at home for productivity. How an employer handles this will very much depend on its needs and requirements, but the law and […]

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Zoombombing the pro and cons of technology

As agile tech enabled companies now work more frequently remotely , like ACLF , we have become more reliant on video communications such as zoom. We at ACLF take client privacy very seriously and our data protection and cyber security policies have always been at the forefront of our minds. As such with this new […]

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EasyJet Cyber Attack

In the midst of Covid 19, one of the biggest budget airlines that have been affected badly by the Covid Pandemic and has been faced with a large scale cyber attack, It has been reported that personal information and data of 9 million customers have been accessed in a “highly sophisticated attack”. Data protection infringement and banking data security […]

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UPDATED: International Surrogacy – COVID -19 Travel Ban

The Covid-19 pandemic is affecting every facet of our lives and, unfortunately, shows no sign of abating any time soon. If you are a British Intended Parent (IP) resident in the UK and currently on an international surrogacy journey, we know that you will be extra worried about being able to be with your surrogate and to be there when your baby is born. The […]

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Furlough (Extended until October 2020) 12th May 2020 update

We have heard a lot recently of mass redundancies when other companies have been taking advantage of government schemes to protect its staff . The airlines , especially Virgin , have come under great scrutiny and criticism as a result of its decisions . So what’s the reason a company would choose redundancy over furlough […]

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Getting your affairs in order, during Lockdown.

Our Private Client team being agile and proactive have adapted their services so you remain safe but enable us to still provide these services. During these uncertain times, we have seen an influx in clients seeking our assistance with ensuring their affairs are in order by drafting or updating their Wills or creating Trusts. We […]

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COVID-19 Business Resilience 150 Package

We are offering our Business Resilience 150 Package to keep your business on track. For the discounted rate of £150 +VAT you can choose either: 1. A Furlough letter to your employees 2. A Redundancy letter to your employees 3. A standard debt recovery letter to a third-party owing an undisputed debt 4. Letter to a landlord or freeholder asking […]

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Commercial Property and Covid 19

Property Litigation: Protection From Eviction and Managing your commercial property The Coronavirus pandemic is putting a particular strain on the commercial property sector. Social-distancing measures and the closure of non-essential businesses have left many business owners unable to use their premises. New provisions brought in in by the UK government are attempting to mitigate some […]

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Are the courts operating during lockdown?

Further to the Lord Chief Justice’s announcement on 23 March 2020 as to how the courts will operate during these times, HM Courts and Tribunal Service published a list of priority county court work on 31 March 2020 to ensure the courts continue to operate to provide justice whilst bearing in mind the public’s safety […]

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COVID-19 and Insolvency new rules

Following from the UK Government’s announcements that they will provide financial assistance to businesses that are facing collapse, it seems that a number of business have acknowledged that such assistance is either going to be far off the mark to help them or simply too late We have already seen in the headlines that Virgin […]

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Insolvency overview and guidance for directors

Protecting you as a director , during potential insolvency. As a director insolvency is complex and personal liabilities and sanctions can be a concern. We have written this article to help you navigate through the current procedures and support you , personally, not just focusing on the business. If the business has suffered a downturn […]

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Family Courts are still operating

We are now into the fourth week of the lockdown and the world looks very different. Whilst some aspects of life are now on hold, there are some areas which are vital and must continue. Our judicial system is one of them. But how can justice still be delivered during a lockdown?  What this means […]

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Co-parenting successfully in lockdown

How to remain calm and both see your children COVID-19 is causing increased tension for co-parents across the country, as they contend with child arrangements such as contact and home-schooling whilst managing work issues and financial security. Co-parenting in most instances can be extremely difficult and stressful, but co-parenting while social-distancing and self-isolating? Many couples […]

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Landmark case: Whittington Hospital (Commercial Surrogacy)

Commercial surrogacy is unlawful in this country, unlike in the USA for example, however, in a landmark case,  Whittington Hospital v XX 2020, the Supreme Court’s decision in a personal injury case, shows that the judiciary, are recognising the shift in society’s perception of surrogacy as a whole, and commercial surrogacy in particular. The UK’s […]

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Covid-19 Self-Employed Resilience Advice

Financial assistance for the Self-employed Chancellor Rishi Sunak has finally announced a package for the self-employed which will include people and businesses that’s can paid their earnings in addition to employed people. This is a relief and welcomed offering to everyone who is self-employed in the UK, and this means that being self employed is […]

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UPDATE – Covid-19 and the Courts

With the country grinding to a standstill it is paramount that the justice system remains functionable to help maintain public order, albeit it may be functioning in a different and more remote way to ensure that people remain safe in the Covid 19 Pandemic. A City Law Firm are keeping up to date with all […]

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Covid-19 Mitigating Business Disruption

Around the world businesses are being affected by Covid-19. Many may be unable to perform an obligation under a contract or find themselves with a supplier or service provider unable to service them.  In these circumstances what can you do to protect your business. Business interruption This may be because an area is in lock-down, […]

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Covid-19 Legal & Practical Considerations

There are numerous practical and legal issues facing businesses which continue to operate within the context of Covid-19 now that England is currently in lockdown.    Keep your business operational even if you have limited ability to go outside. Many businesses moved to home working following Government advice that this should be implemented. However, some businesses […]

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Business Resilience for Employers during Covid-19

At this time there are many struggles facing employers in the UK amidst the Covid-19 outbreak, but the government has implemented  many ways in which they can help.  As an employer what should you be aware of and what measures should you be putting in place to protect your business and staff? Home-working what should […]

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Coronavirus Business Support

Government aid for businesses A raft of measures have been introduced to assist businesses suffering as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic. Our team have set out details of the measures , which are in place,  to help your business continue in these unprecedented times. We are here to assist you , but these government […]

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Business Resilience and Leading a Dispersed Team

In an unprecedented and uncertain time, business resilience and tools to ensure business continuity are imperative. With the advancement of technology and now COVID-19, working remotely is now the only way many of us can work. Leaders are understandably under pressure to continue business as usual whilst ensuring the productivity of their team members.’   […]

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Surrogacy, who needs a lawyer and why?

Introduction Surrogacy is legal in the UK and those engaging in it are free to make arrangements between themselves. However, there are rules and specific processes that parties involved in surrogacy arrangements must be aware of and adhere to. We would encourage anyonetaking their first steps on the surrogacy journey to do as much research […]

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Utilising Blockchain Forensics in a Divorce with Hidden Cryptocurrency

As with all other assets, cryptocurrency such a Bitcoin must be properly disclosed within financial remedy proceedings following a divorce. However, due to its pseudonymous nature, clients going through the divorce process, where the onus is on each spouse to honestly disclose all of their assets, may have genuine concerns that such class of assets […]

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Heterosexual civil partnerships approved

The law in England and Wales has now been changed to allow heterosexual couples the right to enter civil partnerships. On 2 December 2019 theCivilPartnership (Opposite-sex Couples) Regulations 2019 came into effect and eligibility for the Civil Partnership Act 2004 was amended. To enter a civil partnership, two people must: not be married and not […]

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What will the ‘No Fault Divorce Bill’ mean for me?

Taking the leap to begin a divorce or dissolution is never easy and can be made more difficult by the legal process to be navigated ahead. One aspect of the legal process, the necessity to specify a reason for the separation on the petition, is set to change with a new Bill currently being debated […]

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LGBT+ and the Law

This month, February 2020, is the UK’s LGBT history month. In honour of this, we have detailed the history of the relationship between the LGBT community and British law in the hope to raise awareness of the past and spread positivity into the future. Although the world has come so far, there is still much […]

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Parental bereavement leave – new laws 2020

New legislation will be introduced in April 2020 which will now give employees the right to receive paid parental bereavement leave if they suffer the loss of a child. New legislation will be introduced in April 2020 which will now give employees the right to receive paid parental bereavement leave if they suffer the loss […]

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The Importance of a Proper Redundancy Process

A recent employment case highlights the importance of following the correct procedure in a redundancy situation where an employee could claim the contrary. Mr O’Connor worked for East London NHS Foundation Trust, and was informed in March 2017 that his role as a Psycho-Social Intervention (PSI) Worker would be deleted. Mr O’Connor received a letter […]

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Brexit planning: consider your commercial contracts

In the wake of the recent election result held on 12 December 2019, Boris Johnson, the conservative prime minister has promised to deliver Brexit and in his words “get Brexit done” and has gained the trust of voters after he led the Conservatives to an historic general election win. Remaining in the EU is not […]

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TECH & IP

BLOCKCHAIN – is a decentralised, distributed ledger system offering complete transparency, used for numerous tech advances, including intellectual property rights (patents, designs, copyright and trade marks), encompassing digital identity, asset provenance and royalty distribution. IP RIGHTS Whilst patent protection provides a 20-year monopoly and corporate tax (patent box) relief, to register a patent, you must […]

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Equality and diversity in the workplace – how to be compliant and inclusive

Inequality, unfortunately, is still prevalent in the workplace, despite equality legislation and recognition by many organisations of the importance of diversity and inclusion in the workforce. There are two major arguments in support of employers having a diverse and inclusive workforce, namely moral and financial. The moral case for diversity and inclusion When discussing this […]

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Updated Press Release:

Karen Holden is the founder of A City Law Firm judiciary.uk/judgments/r-on-the-application-of-tt-v-the-registrar-general-for-england-and-wales-and-others/ “As a firm that champions equality we are of course disappointed at the judgement and it highlights how the law is slow to keep up to modern society. Our founder was invited to be given Freedom of the City for her work towards Equality she says […]

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Is your business ready for investment?

Many businesses require funding or investment at some stage, either to launch or scale-up. The common route is equity share. Whilst this is readily available, these are not without pitfalls or obstacles. Working with many different companies, investors and financial groups have given us an insight into the options available for companies, including the risks, and benefits […]

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How Should You Handle LGBT Discrimination In The Workplace?

Here Total Business hears from Karen Holden, the Founder of A City Law Firm, who discusses the steps in handling LGBT discrimination in the workplace. The LGBT community are subjected to bullying and harassment in the workplace on a devasting scale. In a survey conducted by Stonewall, consisting of more than 5,000 LGBT people across […]

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Restructuring to save your business: Which route should you take?

A properly planned restructure can save a company. Karen Holden, founder of A City Law Firm, looks at the different options available to business owners and advises on the most suitable route to take. What does it mean to restructure your business? Typically, when referring to restructuring a business people mean carving up the different parts of […]

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Drones in the construction industry is the way forward to save money;

The closure of Gatwick airport for three days, from 19th to 21st December 2018, grounded 1,000 flights and affected over 140,000 passengers. It is sadly this bad publicity that qualified and professional drone operators need to overcome. These were, however, all down to recreational operators who showed a complete disregard for safety and for others. […]

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How Emojis Are Creeping Into The Courtroom

Jurisdictions around the world are starting to recognise that the law must evolve in conjuncture with language and digital communication. Until now, courts have traditionally relied on hard evidence such as documents, words, audio and video recordings as evidence. However, the strong influence of popular culture and widespread use of Emoji as an enhancement to […]

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Cryptocurrency: What it means for divorcing couples.

Bitcoin is known as the “gold standard” of cryptocurrency. Chances are you’ve heard of it but may not really understand its importance and growing relevance. In recent years, however, banks, governments and crucially divorce lawyers are beginning to take a much more forensic interest. And if you own bitcoin, or have a spouse that does […]

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How should you handle LGBT discrimination in the workplace?

While there has been a growing acceptance of the LGBT community in the UK in recent years, which helps to combat issues of discrimination and bullying, these are still prevalent issues in professional settings. The LGBT community are subjected to bullying and harassment in the workplace on a devastating scale. In a survey conducted by […]

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